Philip Demokritou, PhD
Philip Demokritou, Ph.D., serves as a professor in Nanoscience and Environmental Bioengineering at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He is also the Henry Rutgers Chair, Director of the Division of Environmental and Population Health Biosciences, Vice Chair of the Department of Environmental Occupational Health and Justice, and the Director of Environmental Occupational Health and Justice concentrations. His patented methods on the physicochemical and biological assessment of particles have been used extensively by risk assessors around the world and helped in understanding the effects of particles on human population health. His current nanoscience research focuses on the interactions of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) with biological systems and the role of ENM structure on bioactivity. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Demokritou was a professor at Harvard University for twenty-five years and directed two interdisciplinary research centers: Harvard-NIEHS Nanosafety Research Center and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology. He was also the founding program director for the Harvard-Nanyang Technological University/Singapore Sustainable Nanotechnology Initiative. Dr. Demokritou founded the Rutgers Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Research Center. He holds more than a dozen international and United States patents and inventions. He is a co-author of two books, numerous book chapters, and more than two hundred articles in leading journals in his field of research. Dr. Demokritou’s innovative research was highlighted in major mainstream media and online magazines, including articles published in the Economist, NanoWerk, Chemistry World, The Scientist, ACS C&EN News, MIT News, Harvard Gazette, and NPR. Dr. Demokritou is currently the founding Co-Editor in Chief of NanoImpact (Elsevier), a journal that focuses on all aspects of nanosafety research.
Dr. Demokritou’s research interests include nano science and technology with an emphasis on the interactions of particles with biological and environmental systems and elucidation of health effects.