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  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida  May 2006
  • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida May 2004
  • B.S. Physics , University of Crete  March 2000

Professional Experience: 

August 2011-Present: Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health working on the following projects:

  • Development of Engineered Water Nanostructure generation system for airborne bacteria and formites removal.
  • Development of Safer Formulation Concept for engineered nanoparticles.
  • AFM study of the nanoparticles interactions in physiological fluids and their correlation to toxicology.

August 2011-August 2012: Marie Curie Fellow University of Crete, Department of Biology

May 2010-November 2010: Service to the Greek Army, Lance Corporal

 July 2006-April 2010: Post Doctoral Associate, Particle Engineering Research Center, University of Florida with duties and tasks described below:

  • August 2009 – April 2010: Coordinator of the course “Nano For the Rest of Us”
  • August 2006-April 2010 :Co-Instructorfor the class of Interfacial Phenomena I & II
  • Assisted in Grant Proposal writing
  • bioRaman project: The use of Raman Spectroscopy for in situ toxicological evaluation of nanoparticles.
  • Mentoring three undergraduate students.

September 2002-May 2006: Graduate research Assistant, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida- PERC.  Dissertation Title: Titania Carbon Nanotubes composites for Enhanced Photocatalysis.

  • Development of advanced photocatalytic materials based on carbon structures.
  • Measured the Mechanical Behavior of Spores and Bacteria by AFM.
  • Measured the Interactions Between micro/nano-particles and polymer with the Colloidal AFM Probe Technique.

August 2001-July 2002: Teaching Assistant, University of Florida

  • Materials Selection and Failure Analysis, Spring 2002
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Electronic Materials, Fall 2001

Awards / Distinctions: 

  • Marie Curie Fellow, 2011
  • President of UF Chapter of KERAMOS 2003-2005
  • Research Scholarship in Physics at University of Crete, 1999

GRANTS (participation, lead author, or Co-PI):

  • NSF “INSPIRE”, PI: Dr. P Demokritou (2013) –  Lead Author
  • USDA “Nanotechnology for Agricultural and Food Systems”, PI: Dr. P Demokritou (2013) – Co-PI
  • NIH “Nano-EHS”, PI: Dr. P Demokritou (2013) – Co-PI
  • NSF “Nano-manufacturing”, PI: Dr. P Demokritou (2012) – Participation
  • HarvardIncubator Fund, PI: Dr. P Demokritou (2011) – Lead Author
  • Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, PI G. Pyrgiotakis (2011) – Lead Author
  • NSF I/UCRC supplementary grant, PI Dr. B. Moudgil (2009) – Lead author
  • Center of Excellence Proposal to the State of Florida, PIs: Dr. B Moudgil and Dr. D. Dennis (2006) – Participation


Refereed Journal Articles

  1. S. Gass, J. M. Cohen, G Pyrgiotakis, G. A. Sotiriou, R. Derk, L. Rojanasakul, S. E. Pratsinis, P. Demokritou, A safer formulation concept for flame-generated engineered nanomaterials (2013) – ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  2. P. Demokritou , S. Gass, G. Pyrgiotakis, J. M. Cohen, W. Goldsmith, W. McKinney, D. Frazer, J. Y Ma, D. Schwegler-Berry, J.D. Brain, V. Castranova, An in vivo and in vitro toxicological characterization of realistic nanoscale CeO2 inhalation exposures, Nanotoxicology (2012) – doi:10.3109/17435390.2012.666576
  3. G. Pyrgiotakis, J. McDevitt, T. Yamauchi and P. Demokritou, A novel method for bacterial inactivation using electrosprayed water nanostructures, Journal of Nanoparticle Research (2012) 14:1027 -doi: 10.1007/s11051-012-1027-x
  4. J. Cohen, G. Deloid, G. Pyrgiotakis and P. Demokritou, Interactions of Engineered Nanomaterials in Physiological Media and Implications for In Vitro Dosimetry, Nanotoxicology – (2012) – doi: 10.3109/17435390.2012.666576
  5. M. B. Fenn, P. Xanthopoulos, G. Pyrgiotakis, S. R. Grobmyer, P. M. Pardalos, and L. L. Hench, Raman Spectroscopy for Clinical Oncology, Advances in Optical Technologies (2012) doi:10.1155/2011/213783
  6. F. Karakaş, G. Pyrgiotakis, M.S. Çelik, Brij M. Moudgil, Modified Na-Bentonite as a Thickening Agent for Water-Borne Paints, KONA Powder and Particle Journal, 29, p. 96, 2011
  7. P. Xanthopoulos, G. Pyrgiotakis, M. Guarracino, V. Tomaino, B. Moudgil and P. Pardalos, Classification of cancer cell death with spectral dimensionality reduction and generalized eigenvalues, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 53, p119–125, 2011
  8. G. Pyrgiotakis, E. Kundakcioglu, P. Pardalos, and B. M. Moudgil, Raman Spectroscopy and Support Vector Machines for Quick Toxicological Evaluation of Titania nanoparticles, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 42(6), p. 1222–1231, 2011
  9. P. Sharma, S.C. Brown, A. Singh, I. Nobutaka, G. Pyrgiotakis, Vijay Krishna, J. A. Knapik, K. Barr,  S. R. Grobmyer, and B. M. Moudgil, Near-Infrared Absorbing and Luminescent Gold Speckled Silica Nanoparticles for Photothermal Therapy, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, p. 5182-5185, 2010
  10. G. Pyrgiotakis and S. Wolfgang, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Anatase-TiO2 Coated Carbon Nanotubes, Solid State Phenomena, 162, p 163-177, 2010
  11. K. Woan, G. Pyrgiotakis, and W. Sigmund, Photocatalytic Carbon Nanotube-TiO2 Composites, Advanced Materials, 21, 2233, 2009
  12. G. Pyrgiotakis, E. Kundakcioglu, K. Finton, K. Powers, P.s Pardalos, B. Moudgil, Cell death discrimination with Raman spectroscopy and Support Vector Machine, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 37 (7), 1464, 2009
  13. G. Pyrgiotakis, T. K. Bhowmick, K. Finton, A.K. Suresh, S.G. Kane, J. R. Bellare and B. Moudgil, A Study of Cell (A549) Particle (Jasada Bhasma) Interactions Using Raman Spectroscopy, Biopolymers, 89 (6), p 555-564, 2008
  14. G. Pyrgiotakis, T. K. Bhowmick, K. Finton, A.K. Suresh, S.G. Kane, B. Moudgil and J. R. Bellare, A Study of the Effect of Jasada Bhasma Particles on Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (yeast) cells by Raman Spectroscopy. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 39 (12), 1859, 2008
  15. W. Sigmund, J. Yuh, Hyun Park, V. Maneeratana, G. Pyrgiotakis, A. Daga, J. Taylor, and J. C. Nino, Processing and Structure Relationships in Electrospinning of Ceramic Fiber Systems, Journal of American Ceramics Society 89 (2), p. 395-407 2006
  16. B.-S. Kim, G. Pyrgiotakis, J. Sauers and W. Sigmund, The Effect of Monolayers’ Alkyl Chain Length on Atomic Force Microscopy Anodization Lithography, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 253,p. 2326, 2005
  17. S.-H. Lee, G. Pyrgiotakis and W. Sigmund, TiO2 -Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Particles, Annals of the European Academy of Sciences, 2004
  18. B.-S. Kim, G. Pyrgiotakis, W. Sigmund, Dip-Pen Nanolithography with Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience,4 (3), p. 221-225, 2004
  19. N.J. Manjooran, S.-W. Lee, G. Pyrgiotakis, W. Sigmund, Ceramic slurries for electrodeposition in rapid-prototyping applications, American Ceramic Society Bulletin, 83 (12), p. 9301-9303, 2004


  1. G. Pyrgiotakis, J. McDevitt, A. Bordini, E. Diaz, R. Molina, C. Watson, G. Deloid, S. Lenard, N. Fix, Y. Mizuyama, J. Brain, T. Yamauchi, P. Demokritou, A Nanotechnology-based Method for Airborne Bacterial Inactivation using Engineered Water Nanodroplets, Submitted – ACS Environmental Science and Technology
  2. Capture, Isolation and Detection of Industrially-relevant Engineered Aerosol Nanoparticles, V. Okello, S. Gass, G Pyrgiotakis, D. Nian, K. Mudaugh, D. Boling, P. Demokritou, Submitted – ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  3. M. Fenn, P. Xanthopoulos, M. R. Guarracino, G. Pyrgiotakis,  M. Varshney, B Moudgil and P. M. Pardalos, Raman spectroscopy with support vector machines for assesment of a new class of anti-cancer agents, Submitted – IEEE BME journal, Invited

Book Chapters

  1. G. Pyrgiotakis and W. Sigmund, Photocatalytic Particles for Biocidal Applications, Particulate Systems in nano- and bio- technologies. Editors: Wolfgang Sigmund, H. El-Shall, D.O. Shah and B. Moudgil. RCR Press, 2008 ISBN: 9780849374364
  2. W. Sigmund, G. Pyrgiotakis and A. Daga, Theory and Applications of Colloidal Processing, Chemical Processing of Ceramics, 2nd Edition, Editors: Burtrand I. Lee and Sridhar Komarneni, CRC Press, 2005 ISBN: 1574446487
  3. J. Cho, G. Pyrgiotakis and W. Sigmund, Dispersion of Nanoparticles Invited Dekker Encyclopaedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, Ed. H. Nalwa, DOI: 10.1081/E-ENN 12003552, by Marcel Dekker Inc. 2004


  1. W. Sigmund, S.-H. Lee, B. Koopman, B. Moudgil, G. Pyrgiotakis, V. Krishna, Photocatalytic Nanocomposites for the Inactivation of Microbes - Provisional Patent United States Patent, Patent No. 11418, June 2, 2009.

Peered Reviewed Proceedings

  1. S. Gass, G. Pyrgiotakis, J.M. Cohen, G.A. Sotiriou, S.E. Pratsinis, P. Demokritou, A safer formulation concept for flame-generated engineered nanomaterials, Nanotech 2012 Conference Proceedings Vol. 3, ISBN: 978-1-4665-6274-5, Pages: 323 – 326, 2012
  2. G. Pyrgiotakis, J. McDevitt, T. Yamauchi, P. Demokritou, A novel method for bacteria inactivation using Engineered Water Nanostructures. Nanotech 2012 Conference Proceedings Vol. 1, ISBN: 978-1-4665-6276-9, Pages: 421 – 424, 2012
  3. G. Pyrgiotakis and W. Sigmund, Titania-Carbon Nanotube Composite for Enhanced Photocatalysts, 2nd International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites, Daytona Beach, 2008
  4. W. Sigmund, G. Pyrgiotakis, V. Krishna, S.-H. Lee, S. Pumprueg, B. Koopman, B. Moudgil, Photocatalytic Destruction of Bioparticles, IEEE International Conference, Proceedings TEHOSS 2005, Ed. A. Stepnowski, Co-Eds. A Rucinski, K. Kosmowski, ISBN 83-917681-9-8, p. 479-486, 2005
  5. G. Pyrgiotakis, S.-H. Lee and W. Sigmund, Advanced Photocatalysis with Anatase Nanocoated Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes, Proceedings of MRS Spring Meeting 2005: Symposium R Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Catalysis, Sensor, and Gas Separation Applications, Editors: S.W. Lu, H. Hahn, J. Weissmuller, J.L. Gole, San Francisco, p. R5.7, 2005
  6. N. J. Manjooran, S.-W. Lee, G Pyrgiotakis, W Sigmund, Rheology of Ceramic Slurries for Electro-Deposition in Rapid Prototyping Applications. Proceedings of ACerS Meeting 2004: Colloidal Ceramic Processing of Nano-, Micro-, and Macro-Particulate Systems, Editors: W.-H. Shih, Y. Hirata, W. Carty, p. 75-81, 2004 


Panels Organized

  1. Conference: International Conference on Biomedical Data & Knowledge Mining: Towards Biomarker Discovery, Chania, Crete, July 7-9, 2010

 Invited Presentations

  1.  bioRaman – Probing nanoparticle cell interactions, Department of Science of Materials – University of Patras, September 12, 2009, Invited by Dr. N. Vainos
  2. bioRaman single cell probing tool, Location: Center of Applied Optimization – Industrial and System Engineering, April 7, 2009, Invited by Dr. P. Pardalos
  3. Titania -Carbon Nanotube Composites for advanced photocatalysis, Foundation of Research and Technology at Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Janouary 17, 2007, Invited by Dr. A. Lappas

Conference/Meeting Presentations

  1. A safer formulation concept for flame-generated engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, November 25-30, 2012 
  2. A novel method for bacteria inactivation using Engineered Water Nanostructures, Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference, Arlington, VA, November 4-6, 2012
  3. Engineered Water NanoStructures (EWNS) Physicochemical Characterization and Antimicrobial Applications, Nano-Symposium: “Nanotechnology and Engineered Nanomaterials: Applications and Environmental Health implications”, Kyoto, Japan, September 24, 2012
  4. Engineered Water Nanostructures Synthesis, characterization and applications, Nano-Symposium: “Working towards a sustainable nanotechnology industry: The importance of industry-academia partnerships in addressing nano-EHS matters”, Boston, MA, June 13, 2012
  5. A novel method for bacteria inactivation using Engineered Water Nanostructures, 2012 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference & Expo , Santa Clara, CA, June 19-21, 2012
  6. Support Vector Machines in Spectroscopy: Seeing inside the Cell, International Conference on Biomedical Data & Knowledge Mining: Towards Biomarker Discovery, Chania, Crete, July 7-9, 2010
  7. A Fundamental Study of Nanoparticle–Protein Mutual Interactions: Role of Nanoparticle Morphology and Size – Part III/UCRC Meeting, Gainesville, FL, February 18- 22, 2010
  8. A Fundamental Study of Nanoparticle–Protein Mutual Interactions: Role of Nanoparticle Morphology and Size – Part II/UCRC Meeting, New York, NY, August 20, 2009
  9. bioRaman: in-situ Monitoring of Particle-Cell Interaction – Case study: Gold Speckled Silica,13th International Conference and Surface and Colloid Science (ICSCS) & 83rd ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, New York, NY, USA, June 14 – June 19, 2009
  10. Characterization of Bioreactivity of Particles Using the BioRaman Technique, SME Meeting Denver, February 23-25, CO, 2009
  11. bioRaman: An in-situ method for investigating the particle-cell interaction, MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, March 24-28, CA, 2008
  12. Whole Real Time Cell Toxicity Through bioRaman, PERC IAB Meeting, Gainesville, FL, April 13-14, 2007
  13. Advanced Photocatalysis With Anatase Nanocoated Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2005
  14. Advanced Photocatalytic Systems for Destructions of Hazardous Microbes: Anatase Coated CNTs and TiO2 Nanofibers, 107th ACerS Meeting, Baltimore, MA, April 10-13, 2005
  15. Advanced Photocatalytic Systems for Destructions of Hazardous Microbes: Anatase Coated CNTs and TiO2 Nanofibers, PERC/NSF IAB meeting Gainesville, FL, September 22-23, 2004,
  16. Advanced Photocatalytic Composites: Anatase Coated CNTs, PERC/NSF IAB meeting, Gainesville, FL, September 3-4, 2003
  17. Photocatalytic Nanocomposites: A Synthesis and Characterization.,PERC/NSF IAB meeting, Gainesville, FL, February 18-19, 2003Surface Forces for Nanosize Particles.


  • Surface Characterization Instruments: Raman, Micro-Raman, FTIR, ATR-FTIR, AFM
  • Particle Characterization Instruments: SEM, TEM, Coulter LS13320, Brookhaven ZetaPlus, Colloidal Dynamics, Acoustosizer, XRD, BET, UV-VIS
  • Cell Culture Instruments: Confocal Microscope, Epifluorescent Microscope, Coulter ViCell


  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Society of Mining Engineering (SME)


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