George Fytas


George Fytas


Materials Science and Engineering


George Fytas is affiliated member of IESL/FORTH and External Member of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. George Fytas has received the BS in Chemistry Department of the University of Athens and the PhD with from the Technical University of Hannover in Germany. He performed his postdoc research in SUNY at Stony Brook in USA and received his habilitation from the University of Bielefeld in Germany. George Fytas trained 32 PhD students and 16 postdocs who all have successful carriers worldwide. He published over 275 peer reviewed scientific articles (Science, Nature (Materials, -Nanotechnology, -Chemistry, -Communications), Nanoletters, Angewandte Chemie JACS, ACS Nano, Adv. Mater, PRL), one edited book and 11 reviews in books.
He has received honor professorship offer from the University of Patras and the first FO.R.T.H Award for Basic Research (1999). He was nominated as external member of Max Planck Society (1998), received a Humboldt Senior Research Award (2002), became a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2004), received an invited professorship in the University of Lille (2009, 2012) is Member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems ICMS (TU/e), Eindhoven, Adjunct Professor at the University of Akron (2013), distinguished Fellow of Tongji University in Shanghai and Shanxi University in Taiyuan, and awarded with ERC 2015 Advanced Grant. He served as Regional Editor of Colloid & Polymer Science and member of the Editorial Advisory Board in four international journals. His mission is the basic understanding and prediction of the behavior and tunability of unconventional physical properties of structured soft materials with spatiotemporal complexity.


Based on the planned research the main anticipated benefit are:
(i)establishment of a possible relationship between direction dependent thermal flow and elasticity anisotropy in soft nanostructured materials;
(ii)training of PhD's in advanced methodologies


Specially Appointed Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Affiliated member of IESL/FORTH, Greece


Professor, Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete


Department Head, Materials Science & Technology, University of Crete


External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society


Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete


Head of the Polymer & Colloid Group of the IESL/FO.R.T.H, Greece


Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, Greece


Humboldt Research Award (60.000 €)


FO.R.T.H. Award for Basic Research


Fytas, G.; Anastasiadis, S. H.; Seghrouchni, R.; Vlassopoulos, D.; Li, J.; Factor, B. J.; Theobald, W.; Toprakcioglu, C., Probing Collective Motions of Terminally Anchored Polymers. Science 1996, 274, 2041. [with Perspectives by A. Balasz  Science p. 2036].


Sigel, R.; Fytas, G.; Vainos, N.; Pispas, S.; Hadjichristidis, N., Pattern Formation in Homogeneous Polymer Solutions Induced by a Continuous-Wave Visible Laser. Science 2002, 297, 67.


Gorishnyy, T.; Ullal, C. K.; Maldovan, M.; Fytas, G.; Thomas, E. L., Hypersonic phononic crystals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2005, 94, 11550 –Physics web news (April 9/2005).


Cheng, W.; Wang, J. J.; Jonas, U.; Fytas, G.; Stefanou, N., Observation and tuning of hypersonic bandgaps in colloidal crystals. Nat. Mater. 2006, 5, 830 Views & News by E. L. Thomas, T. Gorisnhyy, and M. Maldovan: “Colloidal Crystals go Hypersonic” in Nat. Mater. 2006, 5, 773.


Still, T.; Cheng, W.; Retsch, M.; Sainidou, R.; Wang, J.; Jonas, U.; Stefanou, N.; Fytas, G., Simultaneous Occurrence of Structure-Directed and Particle-Resonance-Induced Phononic Gaps in Colloidal Films. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2008, 100, 194301 –Selected for Virt. J. Nanoscale Science & Technology


Hermanns, T.M.; Broeren, M. A. C.; Gomopoulos, N.; van der Schoot, P..; van Genderen, M. H. P.; Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M.; Fytas, G.; Meijer, E. W., Self Assembly of soft nanoparticles with tunable patchiness. Nature Nanotechnol. 2009, 4, 721.


Kearns, K. L.; Still, T.; Fytas, G.; Ediger, M. D., High-Modulus Organic Glasses Prepared by Physical Vapor Deposition. Adv. Mater. 2010, 22, 39.


Raccis, R.; Nikoubashman, A.; Retsch, M.; Jonas, U.; Koynov, K.; Butt,H-J.; Likos,C.N.; Fytas,G., Confined Diffusion in Periodic Porous Nanostructures. ACS Nano 2011, 5, 4607.


Guo, Y.; Morozov, A.; Schneider D.; Fytas, G.; Arnold, C. B.; Priestley, R. D.;, Ultrastable nanostructured polymer glasses. Nat. Mater. 2012, 11,337–Views & News by Ediger, M.D.; Yu,L. From gas to nanoglobular glass in Nat. Mater. 2012, 11, 267


Dankers, P.H.W.; Hermans, T.M.; Baughman, W.;  Kamikawa, Y.; Kieltyka, R.E.;  M. Bastings, M.M.C.; Janssen, H.M.; Sommerdijk, N.A.J.; Larsen, A.; van Luyn, M.J.A.; Bosman, A.W.; Popa,R.A.;  Fytas,G.;  Meijer E.W.,Hierarchical Formation of Supramolecular Transient Netwaorks in Water: A modular injectable Delivery System  Adv. Mater. 2012, 24,2703


Schneider, D.; Liaqat, L.; Boudouti,El.; Abouti, O.El.; Tremel,W.; Butt,H.-J.; Djafari-Rouhani,B.; Fytas G., Defect-controlled Hypersound Propagation in Hybrid Superlattices, Phys.Rev.Lett. 2013.111,164301


Narita, A.; Feng, X.;  Bonn, M.; X.; Koch, A.; Fytas, De Feyter, S.; Müllen, K. et al. Synthesis of structurally well-defined and liquid-phase-processable graphene nanoribbons. Nat. Chem. 2014, 6, 126–Views & News by S. S. Hartley “Nanoribbons from the bottom-up” in Nat. Chem. 2014, 6,91


Koch, A.H.R.; Leveque,G.; Harms, H.; Jaskiewicz, K.; Bernhardt,M.; Henkel, A.;  Sönnichsen, C.;  Landfester, K.; Fytas G., Surface Asymmetry of coated spherical nanoparticles Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 4138


Alonso-Redondo,E.; Schmitt,M.;  Urbach,Z., Hui,C.M.; Sainidou,R.; Rembert,P.; Matyjaszewski,K.; Bockstaller, M.R.; Fytas G., A new class of tunable hypersonic phononic crystals based on polymer-tethered colloids  Nat.Comm. 2015,6:8309|DOI:10.1038/ncomms9309.


Schneider, D.; Papadopoulos, P.; Koh,C.H.; Kremer, F.;Thomas,E.L.; Fytas, G., Non-linear Control of High Frequency Phonons in Spider Silk. Nat.Mater. 2016, 15, 1079– Views & News by I.Su, M.Buehler” Dynamic Mechanics Nanoribbons” in Nat. Mater.2016, 15, 1054


Kim, H.; Cang, Y.; Kang.E.; Graczykowski,B.; Secchi,M.; Montagna,M.; Priestley, R.D.;  Furst,E.M.; Fytas, G., Direct Observation of Polymer Surface Mobility via Nanoparticle Vibrations. Nat.Comm.2018, 9, 154


Alonso-Redondo,E.: Belliard,L.; Rolle.K.; Graczykowski,B.; Tremel W.; Djafari-RouhaniB.; Fytas,G. Robustness of elastic properties in polymer nanocomposite films examined over the full volume fraction range Sci.Rep. 2018 8:16986 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-35335-1


Midya, J.; Cang,Y.; Egorov,S.A.; Matyjaszewski, K.;  Bockstaller, M.R.; Nikoubashman, A.; Fytas, G. Disentangling the Role of Chain Conformation on the Mechanics of Polymer Tethered Particle Materials Nano Lett. , 2019, 19 , 2715