Georgia Papaefthymiou received a B.A. degree (1968) in physics from Barnard College and an M.A. degree (1970) and a Ph.D. degree (1974) in physics both from Columbia University. She also had postdoctoral studies (1974–1976) at MIT, with Ph.D. thesis advisor C. S. Wu (nuclear physics). She has been serving as a Professor at the Department of Physics, Villanova University, since 2009, and as a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) Demokritos, Athens, Greece, since 2005. She served as an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, Villanova University (2004–2009); a Marie Curie Chair, Institute of Materials Science, NCSR-Demokritos (2006–2008); an Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Villanova University (1999–2004). Her areas of research are within condensed matter physics intellectual merit, which is a broad area of scientific inquiry that cuts across strict disciplinary boundaries to encompass areas of physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science and engineering: (1) cluster science and the transition from molecular to bulk behavior with increasing cluster size; (2) nanoscale magnetism, fundamental studies, and applications to nanotechnology and nanomedicine; (3) multiferroic materials; and (4) iron proteins, iron metabolism, and iron disorders. She is also interested in studying nanoscale magnetism: the molecular/solid-state boundary matter of nanoscale dimensions exhibits novel physical properties (electronic, magnetic, and optical) that lie between those of atomic and molecular systems and the bulk state of solids.
Biography Updated on 6 December 2014