Δρ. Αθηνά Αναστασάκη, Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Polymeric Materials, ETH Zurich
Professor Anastasaki obtained her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Athens, where she began her research in polymer synthesis under the supervision of Professor Pitsikalis. In 2014, she gained her PhD from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom) together with the Jon Weaver Award for the best PhD in Polymer Chemistry in the UK, as well as the award for the best PhD thesis in Chemistry, at the University of Warwick. In 2015, she accepted a research fellow position between the Pharmaceutical department at Monash University and the University of Warwick, jointly supervised by Professor Davis and Professor Haddleton. Following this successful collaboration, she received an Elings Fellowship and a Global Marie Curie Fellowship that allowed her to conduct research with Professor Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara (United States).
Since January 2019, Anastasaki is an Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich and the Head of the Laboratory of Polymeric Materials. Her group focuses on controlled radical polymerization, an innovative method to engineer polymeric materials, with unprecedented control over the molecular weight, dispersity and end-group fidelity. Her group currently consists of five PhD students, three post-doctoral researchers and three Master students. Professor Anastasaki has so far co-authored 90 peer-reviewed publications and she received the Hanwha-Total IUPAC Young Scientist Award (2020) and a 2020 ERC Starting Grant. She is on the editorial board of many established journals including Chem, the Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry, the Europeans Polymer Journal and Materials Horizons. Professor Anastasaki’s work has been cited over 4,600 times and she has a h-index of 42.