Position
Researcher
Telephone
+30 210 650 3623
About/Biography
Dr. Yannis G. Lazarou was born in 1961 in Volos, Greece. He graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, obtaining his B.Sc. in Chemistry, in 1984. His early research interests focused in complexes of metals in high oxidation states and complexes of Nb and Ta with alcohols. In 1985, he entered the Graduate Programme of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Crete, to work in the Laboratory of Photochemistry and Chemical Kinetics. In 1991, he obtained his Ph.D on the "Study of the Decomposition Mechanism and Chemical Reactivity of Nitramines in the Gas Phase". As a post-doctoral fellow, he continued working on the mechanism and kinetics of chlorine atom reactions with a variety of chemical compounds using the Very Low Pressure Reactor (VLPR). Subsequently, he performed experimental work on the atmospheric degradation of halogenated organic compounds, especially CFC substitutes and bromine/iodine containing compounds. In parallel, he started using theoretical chemistry in order to predict molecular properties and derive structure-activity relationships. During 1995-1998 he was hired by the Chemistry Department of the University of Crete to teach General Chemistry (class and lab), Computational Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. In 1999, he was elected Researcher C' in the Institute of Physical Chemistry, NCSR "Demokritos". He is the head of the Laboratory of Molecular Computational Chemistry in the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in NCSR "D", working on the calculation of properties for molecular and supramolecular materials using ab-initio, density-functional theory (DFT) and semi-emprirical methods. His research activity embraces the study of chemical compounds of environmental importance, mechanisms of chemical reactions, encapsulation of compounds in supramolecular complexes and the assessment of the accuracy of computational chemistry methodologies. In parallel, he is developing computer code for molecular graphics and data treatment using Fortran, C and shell scripts.