Christoforos G. Kokotos

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Associate Professor Christoforos G. Kokotos was born in Athens, Greece (1981). He studied Chemistry at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (2003). He completed his PhD studies in the University of Bristol, UK (2007), under the supervision of Prof. Varinder Aggarwal. He then carried out of postdoctoral work at Princeton University, USA in the group of Prof. David W. C. MacMillan. Now, he is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His research interests lie on asymmetric Organocatalysis, Photocatalysis and green methodologies on oxidation reactions.     


Education

September 1999 - June 2003
                         

Bachelor in Chemistry: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Graduated from the Department of Chemistry at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with the Grade of 8.02 on a 10-point scale.

October 2003 - January 2007                    

PhD in Organic Synthesis: University of Bristol, UK, Supervisor: Professor Varinder K. Aggarwal, Title: “Applications of Sulfur Ylides in Asymmetric Synthesis”.


Professional Experience

January 2007 - September 2008              

Postdoctoral Researcher: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry (Prof. George Kokotos).

October 2008 - October 2009                        

Postdoctoral Researcher: Princeton University, USA, Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry (Prof. David W. C. MacMillan).

November 2009 - November 2010                       

Military Service: Naval Base of Crete, Chania, Greece, Served mymilitary service in Greek Navy providing Gas Free Certificates, allowing repairs in Battleships.

November 2010 - December 2013              

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (elected but not hired), Postdoctoral Researcher: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Working on the development of new methodologies mainly in organocatalysis within the Post-doctoral Research Grant, “PEPCAT-Novel Organocatalysts Based on Peptides and Amino Acids and their Application in Asymmetric Organic Transformations”.

January 2014 - March 2016              

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Working on the development of new methodologies mainly in organocatalysis and photocatalysis and their applications in the synthesis of bioactive compounds.

March 2016 - July 2020             

Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Working on the development of new methodologies mainly in organocatalysis and photocatalysis and their applications in the synthesis of bioactive compounds.

August 2020 - till present

Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry. Working on the development of new methodologies mainly in organocatalysis and photocatalysis and their applications in the synthesis of bioactive compounds.         

January 2017 - till present 

Greek Representative in the Organic and Biomolecular Division of IUPAC.

January 2017 – July 2018              

Member of the General Assembly of the Greek Institute of Research and Innovation.

December 2018 – till present              

Greek Representative in the EuCheMS, Division of Organic Chemistry.

December 2020 - till present

Member of Natural Sciences Panel of the National Assembly of Research and Innovation.


Scholarships-Awards

(1) “PAPADAKIS” four-year undergraduate studies scholarship (1999–2003), obtained after written examinations.

(2) IKY (State Foundation of Scholarships), one-year scholarships for undergraduate students ranked in the top five of their year (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003).

(3) MARI KAMARA award, awarded to the student that finished first in his year (2002-2003).

(4) Industrial sponsorship (2003-2006), joint sponsorship from Avecia (MPhil Pharma), Syngenta, Johnson-Matthey and DTI.

(5) Award for the best oral presentation in Syngenta Collaborative Research Conference 2006, Bracknell, UK, entitled “Applications of Sulfur Ylides in Organic Chemistry”.

(6) IKY (State Foundation of Scholarships), one-year post-doctoral scholarship (year 2011).

(7) Prize for Young Chemists (IUPAC), Award to encourage outstanding young researchers at the beginning of their career (year 2011).

(8) ACS Young Academic Investigators Award (ACS), 9th Young Academic Investigators, 248th ACS National Meeting, Organic Division, San Francisco, USA, August 2014. (Europe’s representative). Award to encourage outstanding young academic investigators at the beginning of their career (year 2014). The intent of the Symposium is to have the program composed of Assistant Professor speakers. Sixteen speakers are invited to give 30-minute presentations on their work. Only 2 European Young Investigators were selected.

(9) Young Investigators Workshop (EuCheMS), Workshop to encourage outstanding young academic investigators at the beginning of their career (year 2014). EuCheMS workshops promote and recognize academic excellence. Each National Chemical Society (European countries, USA, Canada, Japan, and China) nominates one young investigator, for which a total of not more than 30 can be chosen.

(10) Scientific scholarships from the Latsis Foundation (year 2015, 12.000 €).

(11) JSP (Junior Scientist Programme) Fellowship to attend the Burgenstock Conference 2016. A very famous conference that you can attend only after invitation. JSP fellowships are to promote the participation of promising European scientists at the beginning of their academic careers (2016).

(12) Hildegard Zervas Award from the Academy of Athens (National Academy of Science and Arts) for the promotion of Organic Chemistry (December 2016).

(13)Young Investigators Workshop (EuCheMS), Workshop to encourage outstanding young academic investigators at the beginning of their career (year 2017). EuCheMS workshops promote and recognize academic excellence. Each National Chemical Society (European countries, USA, Canada, Japan, and China) nominates one young investigator, for which a total of not more than 30 can be chosen.

(14)Outstanding Reviewer 2017, Green Chemistry (impact factor 9.13).

(15)Young Investigators Workshop (EuCheMS), Workshop to encourage outstanding young academic investigators at the beginning of their career (year 2018). EuCheMS workshops promote and recognize academic excellence. Each National Chemical Society (European countries, USA, Canada, Japan, and China) nominates one young investigator, for which a total of not more than 30 can be chosen.

(16) Hildegard Zervas Award from the Academy of Athens (National Academy of Science and Arts) for the promotion of Organic Chemistry (E. Voutyritsa, A. Theodorou and Dr. M. G. Kokotou) (December 2018).

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