The progress of mankind is due exclusively to the progress of natural sciences, not to morals, religion or philosophy.

Justus von Liebig, 1866



OCS-2009    |    GEOHET-2011


Prof.Georgios C. Vougioukalakis


Georgios C. Vougioukalakis was born on Crete, Greece, in 1976 and received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Crete in 1999. In 2004, he completed his Ph.D. at the same university under the direction of Prof. Michael Orfanopoulos. During his graduate studies he spent short periods of time at the University of Sussex (UK) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Bologna (Italy). After carrying out his military service in the Greek Air Force, he moved as a Marie Curie Fellow to the California Institute of Technology - Caltech (USA) where he worked for two years with Prof. Robert H. Grubbs. Following another year of postdoctoral studies with Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis at the University of Athens, he joined the National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos”. In 2012, he visited the University of California - Irvine (USA), as a Visiting Scholar. Since January 2014, he is Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Athens, where he is heading the Group of Catalysis and Advanced Materials.

His research interests include homogeneous catalysis, organic and organometallic chemistry, the development of nanostructures mostly related to energy issues and nanotechnology, as well as the synthesis of compounds of biological relevance and potential applications.

Thus far, he has coauthored 43 publications (having 1185 citations in Feb. 2014) and 4 invited book chapters in international scientific journals and books, respectively. He also has one International Patent in USA, Europe, and China, and he is member of the Editorial Board in 3 international scientific journals. He has presented his research in 30 international and national conferences and meetings and has given 13 invited lectures in universities and research institutions in Europe and USA. His distinctions and awards include: a Commendation from The Academy of Athens, a Foundation for Education and European Culture Research Scholarship, the Alexander Onassis Foundation Scholarship for Participation in the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau (Germany) as Young Scientist, a Greek National Scholarships Foundation Research Fellowship, a Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship, and the Leonidas Zervas Foundation Award for Young Researchers. He has participated and currently participates in 18 international and national research projects (as Coordinator, Principal Investigator, and/or Researcher), and serves as an evaluator for research and funding agencies including: European Community (European Commission), European Cooperation for Science and Technology (COST), and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

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