rusticating along the Tennessee River at Knoxville for nearly 20 years,
Spiro D. Alexandratos is coming home. Born and raised in Washington
Heights and a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, Dr. Alexandratos
is leaving his endowed chair, the Celanese Professorship in Polymer
Science at the University of Tennessee, to become CUNY's new University
Dean for Research, beginning Feb. 1.
Dean for Research Alexandratos in his Knoxville, Tennessee, laboratory.|
He will also be
leaving three years' service as a prestigious Collaborating Scientist at the U.S.
Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is 24 miles north
Alexandratos's research, which garnered him during those three years $684,000
in Department of Energy grants, has brought him 12 patents, two of which have
been commercialized. He has focused on large molecules called polymers and their
use as reagents in recovering pollutants from the environment. In particular,
he and his colleagues have sought to employ polystyrene beads with phosphorous
groups that are able to attract the metal ions in radioactive waste from water.
One example of his work is an ion exchange resin synthesized in his laboratory.
A company he co-founded to manufacture it has disseminated $2 million worth of
this resin to other companies for evaluation as a remover of toxic metal ions,
including radionuclides, from their process streams.
new Dean for Research will lead the University's recently formulated plans to
build major areas of research strength, develop large-scale, multi-campus external
funding initiatives, and supervise the Office of Technology, Licensing Management
and Support and such programs as the Graduate Research and Technology Initiative
and the Collaborative Incentive Awards Program
Dean for Research," Alexandratos says, "offers a tremendous opportunity
to work with the many talented faculty at CUNY to enhance the visibility of the
University both nationally and internationally by helping to coordinate world-class
In recognition of the importance of
the role of Dean for Research in effecting the CUNY Master Plan, his office is
being relocated from the Research Foundation to the Central Office at 80th Street.
The holder of a B.S. from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. from the University
of California at Berkeley, Alexandratos, who expects to continue his polymer research
while at CUNY, is asked what he will miss most about the hills of eastern Tennessee.
"The real estate prices!" Then he adds, "I have several students
who would love to follow me to New York City, but they are daunted by the huge
prices for small spaces." What has he missed most about his home town? "The
the Alexandratos appointment as a senior member of her Office of
Academic Affairs, Executive Vice Chancellor Louise Mirrer noted
his advocacy of interdisciplinary scholarship and his many close
contacts with the chemistry and engineering communities, as well
as the Department of Energy. "I am confident that Dr. Alexandratos's
oversight of this critical area will enable us to move forward in
our research agenda," Mirrer said, emphasizing in particular
the new Dean's major role in Chancellor Matthew Goldstein's strategic
plan to create flagship.