Philip Demokritou

Philip Demokritou

Associate Professor of Aerosol Physics; Director of the Environmental Health Nanoscience Laboratory and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology
Philip Demokritou

Research Interests

Dr. Demokritou's research interests are primarily in the areas of aerosol science and technology and particle health effects. His current research focuses on the applications and environmental health and safety implications of engineered nanomaterials and nanotechnology in general. Dr. Demokritou has been one of the PI's of the Harvard/US EPA Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects and participated in many international Particle Health Effect field studies (US, Chile, Finland, Greece, Kuwait, Cyprus). Dr. Demokritou and his team have developed over the years many instruments and patented methods focusing on the physico-chemical and biological characterization of particles. These novel techniques have been used extensively by human exposure assessors in United States and worldwide and helped to advance the field of particle health effects. Dr. Demokritou also led the efforts of Harvard School of Public Health at international level and help establishing graduate level Environmental Health Programs in Europe (Cyprus). He is a co-author of two books, book chapters and numerous articles in leading journals in the particle health effect and aerosol engineering fields. He is currently the Director of the Environmental Health Nanoscience Laboratory and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Related Publications

Pirela S., Molina R., Watson C, Cohen L., Bello D., Brain J., Demokritou P. Effects of copy center particles on the lungs: A toxicological characterization using a Balb/c mice model. Inhalation Toxicology, in press, 2013

Gass S., Cohen J., Pyrgiotakis G., Sotiriou G., Pratsinis S., Demokritou P. A safer formulation concept for flame generated nanomaterials. ACS. Sus. Chem. Eng. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/sc300152f

Demokritou P, Gass S., Pyrgiotakis G, Cohen J., Goldsmith W., McKinney W., Frazer D, Ma J., Schwegler-Berry D., Brain J., Castranova V. An in vivo and in vitro toxicological characterization of realistic nanoscale CeO2 inhalation exposures. Nanotoxicology 2012, DOI: 10.3109/17435390.2012.739665

Chang C, Demokritou, P., Shafer M. and Christiani D. Physicochemical and toxicological characteristics of welding fume derived particles generated from real time welding processes. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/c2em30505d

Pyrgiotakis G., McDevitt J., Yamauchi T., Demokritou P. A novel method for bacteria inactivation using electrosprayed water nanostructures. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 2012; vol.14, number 8, DOI: 10.1007/s11051-012-1027-x

Bello D, Martin J, Santeufemio C., Sun Q., Bunker K., Shafer M. and Demokritou P. Physico-chemical and morphological characterization of nanoparticles emitted from photocopiers: Implications for Environmental Health. Nanotoxicology 2012, DOI: 10.3109/17435390.2012.689883.

Cohen J, DeLoid G, Pyrgiotakis G, Demokritou P. Interactions of engineered nanomaterials in physiological media and the implications for in vitro dosimetry. Nanotoxicology 2012, DOI: 10.3109/17435390.2012.666576.

Tsai S, Echevarría-Vega E,2, Sotiriou G, Santeufemio C, Huang C, Schmidt D, Demokritou P, Ellenbecker M. Evaluation of environmental filtration control of engineered nanoparticles using the Harvard Versatile Engineered Nanomaterial Generation System (VENGES). Journal of Nanoparticle Research 2012, DOI 10.1007/s11051-012-0812-x


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