Prof. Dr. Georg FytasProject Leader
George Fytas is a professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science & Technology at the University of Crete, an affiliated member of IESL/FORTH, and an External Member of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. George Fytas received his BS in the Chemistry Department at the University of Athens and his PhD from the Technical University of Hannover in Germany. He performed his postdoc research at SUNY in Stony Brook, USA and received his habilitation from the University of Bielefeld in Germany. He received an honor professorship offer from the University of Patras and the first F.O.R.T.H Award for Basic Research (1999). He was nominated as an external member of the Max Planck Society (1998), received a Humboldt Senior Research Award (2002), became a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2004), and received an invited professorship at the University of Lille (2009, 2012). He is currently a Member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems ICMS (TU/e), Eindhoven, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Akron (since 2013), a distinguished Fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai and at Shanxi University in Taiyuan, and a visiting Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was awarded with an ERC 2015 Advanced Grant. He has been serving as a Regional Editor of Colloid & Polymer Science and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of four international journals. His mission is to understand and predict the behavior and tunability of unconventional physical properties of structured soft materials with spatiotemporal complexity. Research interests We employ spontaneous Brillouin Light Spectroscopy and develop a stimulated hypersound technique to study the elastic wave propagation in polymer-and colloid-based structures (phononics), direction-dependent thermomechanical properties, and photon-phonon interactions.