Dr. George Pistolis is Researcher A and Research Director of the Electronic Spectroscopy Laboratory: Molecular Engineering of Photo-functional Supramolecular Nanosystems at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” in Aghia Paraskevi, Greece, the largest state-owned research organization in the country. He graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, obtaining the Degree of Chemistry in 1986. He obtained his PhD in photochromic supramolecular materials in 1994 from the University of Athens in collaboration with the Institute of Physical Chemistry ( NCSR). In 1995 he obtained a post-doctoral position at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC) and at 2003 he joined the IPC as a Researcher. Dr G. Pistolis works in the area of design, synthesis and electronic properties of advanced supramolecular materials. His early research program focused heavily on static and time-resolved methods of electronic spectroscopy to investigate various aspects of luminescent chemical systems such as, cyclodextrins' based host-guest complexes, photophysics and dynamics of energy transfer phenomena in light-emitting linear and dendronized photonic polymers, color tunability engineering in organic light emitting diodes and optical lithography, etc.
His current research interests embrace many aspects of complex chemical systems such as (1) construction of artificial light-harvesting systems - via coordination driven self-assembly - capable of mimicking natural photo-processes, (2) guest stability and dynamics in nanocavities, (3) photophysics and dynamics of energy transfer/conversion phenomena in photo-active/reactive molecular networks (4) supramolecular photochemistry and aggregation-induced emission in the NIR region (5) excited-state kinetics and thermodynamics of certain adiabatic isomerizations which could form the basis for molecular machinery, etc.
He is also participant of several funding projects and has published more than 60 articles in high-impact journals (>1400 citations, h-index: 21). He has also been invited to give several speeches and to review articles in several high impact Journals such as, Account of chemical research, J. Am. Chem. Soc.,etc.
Dr. George Pistolis was elected for a 2-year term (2013-2015) according to the 510th (07/03/2013) Session of the Board of Directors of NCSR DEMOKRITOS as Head of the Physical Chemistry Division of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN), and he exercised administrative and organizational tasks.
His teaching experience includes 3 years (2000-2003) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Sciences and Technologies, University of Ioannina, Greece (Laboratory Exercises of General Chemistry, Laboratory Exercises of Physical Chemistry, Chemistry II, Laboratory Exercises of Materials I, Laboratory Exercises of Materials II and Physical Chemistry and Special Lessons of Physical Chemistry Nanostructures-Supramolecules-Molecular machines). He has supervised 5 PhD theses and currently supervises 3 PhD Theses. (c) He has also provided training to M.S. students in time resolved fluorescence and phosphorescence spectroscopy.