Paschalis Alexandridis

Paschalis Alexandridis

Paschalis Alexandridis, PhD
UB Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY)
Buffalo, NY 14260-4200, USA


Paschalis Alexandridis is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), where he has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering, co-Director of the Materials Science and Engineering program, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds an affiliate appointment in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and has been visiting professor at Shinshu University, Kyushu University, and Technical University of Crete. He has a Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (EMΠ) and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in chemical engineering, and has carried out postdoctoral research in polymer physical chemistry at Lund University.

Alexandridis’ research utilizes molecular interactions and supramolecular assemblies to develop processes that are environment friendly and energy efficient, and products with desired properties and function. Ongoing projects address structuring via self-assembly and directed assembly of block copolymers, environmentally responsible solvents, and fluorinated surfactant sequestration from aqueous solutions. In the field of plastic recycling, Alexandridis is leading projects on advanced sorting, chemical recycling, recycling of multilayer films, and recycling of medical waste. He has authored 190 articles published in 65 different peer-reviewed scientific journals and in books (Google Scholar h-index 75 and 22000 citations), and 6 US patents on pharmaceutical formulations, superabsorbent polymers, and nanomaterial synthesis.

Alexandridis is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and International Association of Advanced Materials, and has served as chair of AIChE Area 1C: “Interfacial Phenomena” and on the executive committee of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics section), and Review Editor of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.

Valorization of Plastic Waste: Research Advances in Molecular Recycling

Polymers are highly versatile materials that constitute numerous products, ranging from the ubiquitous water bottles to personal protection equipment. 44 million tons of plastic waste were managed in the US in 2019, with 86 % of all that plastic landfilled, and only 5 % recycled. We can and must do better than this, for the benefit of future generations. The presentation will first report on trends on plastic production, use and misuse, discuss recent disruptions affecting plastic waste management, and point to current concerns of plastics contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and littering the oceans and the land. The spotlight will then shine on various initiatives by foundations and governments aimed to the reduction in the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and the increase in the amount of post-consumer plastic in various products. Last, recent research advances will be highlighted in the identification of plastic type for mechanical recycling, and in solvent-based molecular recycling of plastic waste.

Conference Place Address

Chania, Crete, Greece

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Head of the Organizing Committee, Dr. Konstantinos Moustakas: [email protected]