Program Director for Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics, National Science Foundation
Dr. T.J. Mountziaris is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Program Director for Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.
He earned a Diploma in Chemical Engineering with highest honors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. After completing postdoctoral studies in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota he started his academic career in 1989 at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY), where he remained as a member of the faculty until 2005.
From 2003 to 2005 he was appointed Program Director for Particulate and Multiphase Processes at the National Science Foundation. In 2005 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts as Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering. Under his leadership the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts reached historical highs in faculty size, student enrollment, research expenditures, and gift income. His research interests include the synthesis and functionalization of nanostructured electronic and photonic materials, the development of biological sensors for point-of-care diagnostics and the design of chemical processes for sustainable energy applications.
He has published more than 80 papers, edited two books and presented numerous invited talks at Universities, industrial research laboratories and international conferences throughout the world. He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Norman Hackerman Award of the Electrochemical Society, The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching of the SUNY system, a Guest Professorship in Process Engineering at ETH-Zürich, and a Visiting Professorship at Princeton University. Two of his US patents on template-assisted synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals have been licensed by a startup company, The Quantum Technology Group.