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Vogiatzis named Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist

Konstantinos Vogiatzis, associate professor in the chemistry department, has been named a Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Award winner. The award recognizes young Greek scientists for their work in a number of academic fields, including science, life sciences, applied science and technology, and the social sciences.

Vogiatzis’ work is centered on the development of computational methods based on electronic structure theory and artificial intelligence. He and his team apply this to chemical systems for clean, green technology.

“As an independent researcher, my work has focused on leveraging machine learning in computational chemistry, using modeling and simulation for the discovery of novel molecules and materials with enhanced properties,” said Vogiatzis. “The guiding objective of my research is to clarify the fundamental physical principles influencing the properties of molecules and materials through the interpretation of experimental data.”

Since 1993, the Bodossaki Foundation has distributed Distinguished Young Scientist Awards every two years. In that time, 57 Greek scientists have been recognized for outstanding research conducted across a global stage. Candidates for the Bodossaki Distinguished Young Scientist Award are nominated by peers, collaborators, and institutions in which they work. Vogiatzis was nominated by Vanda Glezakou, a colleague at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and fellow native of Greece.

Vogiatzis will attend a ceremony in Greece this summer where he will be presented with his award.As a Bodossaki honoree, Vogiatzis joins the ranks of Greek professors working at leading research institutions around the world, including Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Toronto.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Bodossaki Foundation, both for recognizing my work and for the honor of being included among the outstanding scientists receiving these awards now and in years past,” said Vogiatzis. “This award is the result of a 17-year course of scientific study that began in the classrooms and research laboratories of Greek universities. This, however, is just the beginning and I look forward to many more years continuing the search for new discoveries in the field of chemistry.”

Vogiatzis joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016. Since that time, he has authored more than 40 publications and mentored 15 graduate students. He is the recipient of the 2020 and 2022 Ffrancon Williams Endowed Faculty Award in Chemistry, the 2021 OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award presented by the American Chemical Society, and a 2021 NSF CAREER award.

Read more about the Bodossaki Foundation and the 2023 Distinguished Young Scientist awardees here.