Prof. Marina Tsianou
Marina Tsianou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York (SUNY). She joined UB after receiving a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, a PhD degree in Chemistry from Lund University, Sweden, and having worked in industry. Tsianou’s research interests and activities involve the design, development, characterization and applications of molecularly-engineered nanomaterials with desirable functionalities. Her research has addressed thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of polymer mediated crystallization, bio-inspired material synthesis, nano- and meso-scale organization and structure, complex fluids and soft interfaces, nanostructured polymers in films and on surfaces, and biomass processing. Her current focus is on environmental separations: PFAS sequestration and polymer recovery from plastic waste. In addition to her research, Tsianou is very dedicated to improving undergraduate education and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. For her outstanding contributions to education and mentoring, she has been recognized with the 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Tsianou has been active with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In AIChE, she has served as chair of Area 1C, “Interfacial Phenomena” and Area 2B “Crystallization and Evaporation”, and as a Director of the Separations Division. She is currently serving on the executive committee of AIChE’s Women in Chemical Engineering and as the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Separations Division.