Sotiris E. Pratsinis is Professor Process Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Particle Technology Laboratory (www.ptl.ethz.ch) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). His research focuses on aerosol processing of materials with applications in catalysts, ceramics, sensors, batteries, bio and nutritional materials. His program has been funded by the U.S. and Swiss National Science Foundations as well as by DuPont, Dow, Nestle, Toyota, Clariant, Buhler etc. Prior to this, he was Professor and Interim Head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio (1985-98). He received his PhD on particulate air pollution engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1985 and his Diploma in chemical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1977.
He has published over 300 refereed journal articles, has twenty European and U.S. patents licensed to various industries and have contributed to creation of four spinoffs. His research has been recognized by the 1988 Kenneth T. Whitby Award of the American Association of Aerosol Research, a 1989 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the 1995 Marian Smoluchowski Award of the European Association for Aerosol Research and the 2003 Thomas Baron Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2009 he won an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council, in 2011 he received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award from Germany and in 2012 he was elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering (SATW). He is Associate Editor of the AIChE Journal and on the editorial boards of seven other journals. He has held visiting professor appointments at the Univ. of Queensland, Australia, Univ. of New Mexico, TU Delft in Netherlands, Harvard School of Public Health, Univ. Karlsruhe and Univ. Duisburg-Essen in Germany. He was a JSPS Fellow at the Univ. of Hiroshima, Japan and a Russell Severance Springer Visiting Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Univ. of California, Berkeley.