Kostas Demadis was born in Komotini (Thrace, Northern Greece) in 1967. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Athens in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan, USA in 1995. He then moved to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC) for post-doctoral work with Prof. Tom Meyer. In 1998, he was hired by Nalco Chemical Company as a Senior Chemist in their Research & Development Division, switching research gears and “diving” into the water treatment world.
In 2003 Kostas started his appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, in his homeland Greece. He created the Crystal Engineering, Growth & Design Laboratory.
Kostas’ research group is interested in a number of research projects. Metal phosphonate chemistry (synthesis, characterization and application of metal phosphonate materials), functional hybrid materials, silicon chemistry (modeling of biosilicification mechanisms), water treatment issues (mineral scale inhibition, corrosion control, metal ion absorption), controlled release of active ingredients (in particular phosphonate-based drugs), “green” chemistry.
Professor Demadis has published 120 papers in peer reviewed journals, about a dozen chapters in books, two edited books (“Water Treatment Processes” and “Metal Phosphonate Chemistry”), and is the inventor of two patents.