Dr. Georgios Pyrgiotakis is a Research Associate at the Harvard T. H. CHAN School of Public Health and acting manager of the Laboratory of Environmental Health NanoSciences (LEHNS).
Dr. Pyrgiotakis completed Postdoctoral research at the Particle Engineering Research Center at the University of Florida (2006-2010). He holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2006) with a specialty in Ceramic Materials from the University of Florida. He completed his MS degree at the University of Florida in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Electronic Materials. His BS degree is on Physics from the University of Crete, in Greece (2000).
His research is focused on the Environmental Health and is has two pillars: i) understating and assessing environmental exposures and ii) developing methods to mitigate those sources. He is in particular focused in the investigation of nanoparticle toxicity and how it correlates to nanoparticle properties, such as size, surface morphology, shape, porosity, etc. At the same time he developed a novel, nanotechnology based, chemical free method for air and surface disinfection that utilizes only water to kill dangerous pathogens. This portion of his research has been including in the Technology Quarterly of the 2014 Economist issue as one of the most notable nanotechnology applications of the year. He is currently exploring the application of this technology on the disinfection of the food-borne pathogens on fruits and vegetables as a method to deliver cleaner and sustainable food products.
He has numerous publications, authored several book chapters and holds three patents.