Spiro Alexandratos, Ph.D.
Synthesis of organic and inorganic polymers with application to environmental remediation
Professor – Polymer & Environmental Chemistry, Hunter College
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (inaugural class)
Fulbright Scholar (France)
Education: University of California at Berkeley
Prof. Spiro Alexandratos was born and raised in New York City, earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, then worked for four years at the Rohm and Haas Company before joining the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he rose through the academic ranks. He returned to New York as professor of chemistry at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He has had the good fortune to work with outstanding graduate and undergraduate students who are co-authors of the many publications. His research began with the design and development of ion-selective organic polymers with a focus on bifunctional phosphinate and phosphonate ligands. His current work is on biocompatible inorganic polymers based on hydroxyapatite and its modification with diphosphonate ligands. Characterization by solid state phosphorus NMR and XRD have become more recent interests. He has been honored by selection as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (inaugural class) and as a Fulbright Scholar for research at l’Ecole des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux in France. He has no interests outside of chemistry except for learning French, appreciating French culture, and listening to the New York Metropolitan Opera as long as the music is composed by Mozart.