LSTM GROUP:  Emmanuel N. Skountzos

PhD student

Research summary

Modeling and simulation in soft matter systems. Study of the effects on the structural, dynamical, rheological and mechanical properties of polymeric systems (i.e. PMMA and PEO) enhanced with different kinds of nanomaterials (e.g. graphene, graphene oxide, silica etc.) by applying large-scale atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations. Multiscale modeling of the agglomeration phenomenon (silica & fullerenes as nanoparticles) in the gas phase using both the Monte-Carlo and the Molecular Dynamics techniques. Study of the structural, thermodyncamic and packing properties of organic semiconducting polymers i.e. P3HT, PQT, PBTTT etc.

Education

  • 2013-present:  Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras
  • 2011-2013:       Master of Science, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras
  • 2004-2010:       Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras

Research experience

  • March 2016: Visiting Researcher at the Particle Technology Laboratory of the Mechanical and Process Engineering Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 2013-present: PhD studies, thesis “Detailed atomistic modeling and simulation of the structural, dynamical, mechanical and rheological properties of graphene-based polymer nanocomposites“, supervised by Prof. Vlasis G. Mavrantzas
  • 2011-2013: MSc studies, thesis “Atomistic Modeling and Simulation of the Mechanical Properties of sPMMA – Graphene Nanocomposites“, supervised by Prof. Vlasis G. Mavrantzas

Awards-honors-fellowships

  • Cover Page at ACS Macroletters Journal: volume 5, issue 1 (2016)
  • HPC-ARIS 2nd Production Call Award: Allocation of 1.900.000 CPU hours under the project “RINGPOLY” (2015)
  • Cover Page at Macromolecules Journal: volume 47, issue 24 (2014)
  • Award of excellence to the top three student of the 2011 class during the graduate studies of the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Patras by the LIMMAT foundation, Switzerland. The Award was followed by money prize. (2014)
  • HPC-ARIS 1st Pilot Call Award: Allocation of 1.100.000 CPU hours under the project “NanoComp” (2014)
  • PRACE DECI-12 Award: Allocation of 1.500.000 CPU hours by PRACE (2014)
  • Fellowship for postgraduate studies provided by the ICEHT/FORTH Institute (2013)
  • Fellowship for postgraduate studies provided by the University of Patras (2012)

Professional activities

  • Materials Research Society, member
  • Technical Chamber of Greece, member