Dr. Christos FountoukisSenior Scientist | Environmental and Chemical Science
Christos Fountoukis’ main research focus is on the field of Atmospheric Chemistry. His work emphasizes on the modeling of gas/particle partitioning of multi-component aerosols, their formation, transport and chemical transformation, the application of regional 3-D Air Quality / Photochemical dispersion models, and the development of parameterizations for a better representation of aerosol – cloud – climate interactions in Global Climate Models.
- B.Sc. (Diploma) in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002.
- M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., 2005.
- Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., 2007.
Fountoukis’ doctoral research in the U.S.A. mainly included the development of computationally efficient aerosol submodules for use in large-scale air quality and climate models. He has been a Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow (2008-2012), a Project Scientist at the University of Patras and the FORTH research institute in Greece (2012-2015), and an Assistant Professor at the Cyprus Institute (2013-2015). Over the last 13 years he has participated in 12 large-scale integrated projects of the EU and the USA. He has 36 publications, h-index=18 and 1406 citations.
At QEERI, Christos is a Technical Team Leader for the Atmospheric research modeling team within the Environmental and Chemical Sciences group. His research focuses on the application of air quality and climate models in the greater region of Middle East with a special focus on the State of Qatar. He is also interested in atmospheric dust and its effect on PV systems and solar power generation potential. Working closely with the measurement groups, the goal is to better understand the local and regional atmospheric conditions in order to identify efficient mitigation strategies towards a sustainable environment.
- Marie Curie International Fellowship Grant, 2008.
- Honorable mention in the AICHE (American Institute for Chemical Engineers) graduate student paper contest for outstanding graduate student contributions to environmental protection through chemical engineering, 2007.
- Recipient of a graduate studies scholarship from the Gerondelis Foundation, MA, USA for outstanding MS thesis, 2005.
- Full Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship for Ph.D studies in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., 2003.
- Fountoukis, C., and A. Nenes, ISORROPIA II: A computationally efficient thermodynamic equilibrium model for K+-Ca2+-Mg2+-NH4+-Na+-SO42--NO3--Cl--H2O aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 4639-4659, 2007.
- Fountoukis, C., A. Nenes, N. Meskhidze, R. Bahreini, W.C. Conant, H. Jonsson, S. Murphy, A. Sorooshian, V. Varutbangkul, F. Brechtel, R.C. Flagan, and J.H. Seinfeld, Aerosol - cloud drop concentration closure for clouds sampled during the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation 2004 campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D10S30, 2007.
- Fountoukis, C., T. Butler, M.G. Lawrence, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, A.J.H. Visschedijk and S.N. Pandis, Impacts of controlling biomass burning emissions on wintertime carbonaceous aerosol in Europe, Atmos. Environ., 87, 175-182, 2014.
- Fountoukis, C., A.G. Megaritis, K. Skyllakou, P.E. Charalampidis, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, M. Crippa, A. S. H. Prévôt, F. Freutel, A. Wiedensohler, C. Pilinis and S.N. Pandis, Simulating the formation of carbonaceous aerosol in a European Megacity (Paris) during the MEGAPOLI summer and winter campaigns, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3727-3741, doi:10.5194/acp-16-3727-2016, 2016.