Alexander Couzis

Dean of The Grove School of Engineering

Main Affiliation

Grove School of Engineering

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Chemical Engineering

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Interfacial Engineering
  • Energy Storage
  • Process Scale Up
  • Materials Engineering
  • Nanomaterials

Building

Steinman Hall

Office

335

Phone

(212) 650-6701

Fax

(212) 650-6660

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Alexander Couzis

Professional Summary

Pr. Alexander Couzis is a Professor of chemical engineering. He received his BS in chemical engineering from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece and MS and PhD in chemical engineering from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Immediately after graduating, he joined International Paper's research center with the division of Applied Polymer Science to develop novel polymeric materials and coatings for gas and vapor barrier applications. 

In 1994, he joined the department of Chemical Engineering at CCNY where he established an internationally recognized research program focused on the study of the dynamic phenomena at solid-liquid interfaces. He is the author of over 50 peer reviewed, highly sited publications, holds six patents, and has mentored and co-mentored 19 PhD students. From 2008 to 2013, he held the position of Department chair of chemical engineering at CCNY. 

In January 2013 Pr. Couzis joined the team at Urban Electric Power (UEP), UEP is a NY-based clean energy company start-up that spun off from CCNY and is commercializing advanced zinc anode rechargeable battery technology developed at the CUNY Energy Institute, located within the schools’ chemical engineering department. Initially assuming the role of CTO, he was later appointed CEO by the board of directors. In 2018, upon the successful productization of the technology and the completion of the pilot scale manufacturing facility, he returned to City College to continue his research and teaching. 

Professional Preparation

  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Ph.D., 1992  
  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Chemical Engineering, M.S., 1988  
  • National Technical University, Athens, Greece, Chemical Engineering, B.S., 1987  

Academic Appointments

  • Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Chemical Engineering, The City College of the City University of New York, Feb. 2004 – present   
  • Department Chair, Chemical Engineering, The City College of the City University of New York, June 2008 – Jan. 2013  
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, The City College of the City University of New York, Sept. 2004 – present  
  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Department The City College of the City University of New York Sept. 1999 – Sept. 2003  
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, The City College of the City University of New York, Sept. 1994 – Sept. 1998

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Wei, X., D. Desai, G.G. Yadav, D.E. Turney, A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Impact of anode substrates on electrodeposited zinc over cycling in zinc-anode rechargeable alkaline batteries. Electrochimica Acta, 2016. 212: p. 603-613.
  2. Li, X., O. Niitsoo, and A. Couzis, Electrostatically assisted fabrication of silver-dielectric core/shell nanoparticles thin film capacitor with uniform metal nanoparticle distribution and controlled spacing. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2016. 465: p. 333-341.
  3. Savaji, K., X. Li, and A. Couzis, Understanding the lateral movement of particles adsorbed at a solid-liquid interface. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2015. 453: p. 276-280.
  4. Zarkar, S., V. Pauchard, U. Farooq, A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Interfacial Properties of Asphaltenes at Toluene-Water Interfaces.Langmuir, 2015. 31(17): p. 4878-4886.
  5. Vaidya, S.V., A. Couzis, and C. Maldarelli, Reduction in Aggregation and Energy Transfer of Quantum Dots Incorporated in Polystyrene Beads by Kinetic Entrapment due to Cross-Linking during Polymerization. Langmuir, 2015. 31(10): p. 3167-3179.
  6. Ingale, N.D., J.W. Gallaway, M. Nyce, A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Rechargeability and economic aspects of alkaline zinc-manganese dioxide cells for electrical storage and load leveling. Journal of Power Sources, 2015. 276: p. 7-18.
  7. Zarkar, S., A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Effect of Premixed Asphaltenes and Demulsifier on Oil-Water Interfacial Properties. Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, 2015. 36(10): p. 1465-1472.
  8. Savaji, K.V., O. Niitsoo, and A. Couzis, Influence of particle/solid surface zeta potential on particle adsorption kinetics. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2014. 431: p. 165-175.
  9. Liu, S.Y., A.R. Akbashev, X.H. Yang, X.H. Liu, W.L. Li, L. Zhao, X. Li, A. Couzis, M.G. Han, Y.M. Zhu, L. Krusin-Elbaum, J. Li, L.M. Huang, S.J.L. Billinge, J.E. Spanier, and S. O'Brien, Hollandites as a new class of multiferroics. Scientific Reports, 2014. 4.
  10. Pauchard, V., J.P. Rane, S. Zarkar, A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Long-Term Adsorption Kinetics of Asphaltenes at the Oil-Water Interface: A Random Sequential Adsorption Perspective. Langmuir, 2014. 30(28): p. 8381-8390.
  11. Li, X., O. Niitsoo, and A. Couzis, Experimental studies on irreversibility of electrostatic adsorption of silica nanoparticles at solid-liquid interface. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2014. 420: p. 50-56.
  12. Salako, O., C. Lo, A. Couzis, P. Somasundaran, and J.W. Lee, Adsorption of Gemini surfactants onto clathrate hydrates. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2013. 412: p. 1-6.
  13. Cha, M.J., A. Couzis, and J.W. Lee, Macroscopic Investigation of Water Volume Effects on Interfacial Dynamic Behaviors between Clathrate Hydrate and Water. Langmuir, 2013. 29(19): p. 5793-5800.
  14. Rane, J.P., V. Pauchard, A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Interfacial Rheology of Asphaltenes at Oil-Water Interfaces and Interpretation of the Equation of State. Langmuir, 2013. 29(15): p. 4750-4759.
  15. Li, X., O. Niitsoo, and A. Couzis, Electrostatically driven adsorption of silica nanoparticles on functionalized surfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2013. 394: p. 26-35.
  16. Salako, O., C. Lo, J.S. Zhang, A. Couzis, P. Somasundaran, and J.W. Lee, Adsorption of sodium dodecyl sulfate onto clathrate hydrates in the presence of salt. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2012. 386: p. 333-337.
  17. Rane, J.P., D. Harbottle, V. Pauchard, A. Couzis, and S. Banerjee, Adsorption Kinetics of Asphaltenes at the Oil-Water Interface and Nanoaggregation in the Bulk. Langmuir, 2012. 28(26): p. 9986-9995.
  18. Shojaei-Zadeh, S., J.F. Morris, A. Couzis, and C. Maldarelli, Highly crosslinked poly(dimethylsiloxane) microbeads with uniformly dispersed quantum dot nanocrystals. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2011. 363(1): p. 25-33.
  19. Niitsoo, O. and A. Couzis, Facile synthesis of silver core - silica shell composite nanoparticles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2011. 354(2): p. 887-890.
  20. Song, J.H., A. Couzis, and J.W. Lee, Investigation of Macroscopic Interfacial Dynamics between Clathrate Hydrates and Surfactant Solutions. Langmuir, 2010. 26(23): p. 18119-18124.
  21. Lo, C., J.S. Zhang, A. Couzis, P. Somasundaran, and J.W. Lee, Adsorption of Cationic and Anionic Surfactants on Cyclopentane Hydrates. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2010. 114(31): p. 13385-13389.
  22. Song, J.H., A. Couzis, and J.W. Lee, Direct Measurements of Contact Force between Clathrate Hydrates and Water. Langmuir, 2010. 26(12): p. 9187-9190.
  23. Halverson, J.D., C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, and J. Koplik, Atomistic simulations of the wetting behavior of nanodroplets of water on homogeneous and phase separated self-assembled monolayers. Soft Matter, 2010. 6(6): p. 1297-1307.
  24. Halverson, J.D., C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, and J. Koplik, Wetting of hydrophobic substrates by nanodroplets of aqueous trisiloxane and alkyl polyethoxylate surfactant solutions. Chemical Engineering Science, 2009. 64(22): p. 4657-4667.
  25. Zhang, J.S., C. Lo, A. Couzis, P. Somasundaran, J. Wu, and J.W. Lee, Adsorption of Kinetic Inhibitors on Clathrate Hydrates.Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2009. 113(40): p. 17418-17420.
  26. Lo, C., J.S. Zhang, P. Somasundaran, S. Lu, A. Couzis, and J.W. Lee, Adsorption of Surfactants on Two Different Hydrates.Langmuir, 2008. 24(22): p. 12723-12726.
  27. Halverson, J.D., C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, and J. Koplik, A molecular dynamics study of the motion of a nanodroplet of pure liquid on a wetting gradient. Journal of Chemical Physics, 2008. 129(16).
  28. Zhang, J.S., C. Lo, P. Somasundaran, S. Lu, A. Couzis, and J.W. Lee, Adsorption of sodium dodecyl sulfate at THF hydrate/liquid interface. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2008. 112(32): p. 12381-12385.
  29. Vaidya, S.V., M.L. Gilchrist, C. Maldarelli, and A. Couzis, Spectral bar coding of polystyrene microbeads using multicolored quantum dots. Analytical Chemistry, 2007. 79(22): p. 8520-8530.
  30. Song, Q., A. Couzis, P. Somasundaran, and C. Maldarelli, A transport model for the adsorption of surfactant from micelle solutions onto a clean air/water interface in the limit of rapid aggregate disassembly relative to diffusion and supporting dynamic tension experiments. Colloids and Surfaces a-Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2006. 282: p. 162-182.
  31. Kalyankar, N.D., M.K. Sharma, S.V. Vaidya, D. Calhoun, C. Maldarelli, A. Couzis, and L. Gilchrist, Arraying of intact liposomes into chemically functionalized microwells. Langmuir, 2006. 22(12): p. 5403-5411.
  32. Kumar, N., C. Maldarelli, and A. Couzis, An infrared spectroscopy study of the hydrogen bonding and water restructuring as a trisiloxane superspreading surfactant adsorbs onto an aqueous-hydrophobic surface. Colloids and Surfaces a-Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2006. 277(1-3): p. 98-106.
  33. Shen, Y.Y., A. Couzis, J. Koplik, C. Maldarelli, and M.S. Tomassone, Molecular dynamics study of the influence of surfactant structure on surfactant-facilitated spreading of droplets on solid surfaces. Langmuir, 2005. 21(26): p. 12160-12170.
  34. Zhou, X., M.C. Tamargo, M. Munoz, H. Liu, A. Couzis, C. Maidarelli, Y.S. Huang, and L. Malikova, Effect of beryllium concentration on the size of self-assembled CdSe quantum dots grown on Zn(1-x)Be(x)Se by molecular-beam epitaxy. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, 2005. 23(3): p. 1212-1216.
  35. Kumar, N., A. Couzis, and C. Maldarelli, Measurement of the kinetic rate constants for the adsorption of superspreading trisiloxanes to an air/aqueous interface and the relevance of these measurements to the mechanism of superspreading. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2003. 267(2): p. 272-285.
  36. Fan, F.Q., C. Maldarelli, and A. Couzis, Fabrication of surfaces with nanoislands of chemical functionality by the phase separation of self-assembling monolayers on silicon. Langmuir, 2003. 19(8): p. 3254-3265.
  37. Arredondo, S., A. Couzis, R.M. Buch, and H.M. Fares, Insights into the stain prevention properties of Aquafresh Whitening dentifrice. Journal of Dental Research, 2002. 81: p. A281-A281.
  38. Kumar, N., C. Maldarelli, C. Steiner, and A. Couzis, Formation of nanometer domains of one chemical functionality in a continuous matrix of a second chemical functionality by sequential adsorption of silane self-assembled monolayers. Langmuir, 2001. 17(25): p. 7789-7797.
  39. Tomassone, M.S., A. Couzis, C.M. Maldarelli, J.R. Banavar, and J. Koplik, Molecular dynamics simulation of gaseous-liquid phase transitions of soluble and insoluble surfactants at a fluid interface. Journal of Chemical Physics, 2001. 115(18): p. 8634-8642.
  40. Tomassone, M.S., A. Couzis, C. Maldarelli, J.R. Banavar, and J. Koplik, Phase transitions of soluble surfactants at a liquid-vapor interface. Langmuir, 2001. 17(20): p. 6037-6040.
  41. Guo, S.P., X. Zhou, O. Maksimov, M.C. Tamargo, C. Chi, A. Couzis, C. Maldarelli, I.L. Kuskovsky, and G.F. Neumark, Effects of Be on the II-VI/GaAs interface and on CdSe quantum dot formation. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, 2001. 19(4): p. 1635-1639.
  42. Kumar, V., S. Krishnan, C. Steiner, C. Maldarelli, and A. Couzis, Measurement of infrared molar absorptivity of a surfactant adsorbed onto a solid substrate over a wide range of surface concentrations using octadecyltrichlorosilane Langmuir-Blodgett transferred films. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 1998. 102(17): p. 3152-3159.
  43. Couzis, A. and E. Gulari, Adsorption-Kinetics of Polystyrene onto Germanium from a Carbon-Tetrachloride Solution.Macromolecules, 1994. 27(13): p. 3580-3588.
  44. Couzis, A. and E. Gulari, Adsorption of Sodium Laurate from Its Aqueous-Solution onto an Alumina Surface - a Dynamic Study of the Surface Surfactant Interaction Using Attenuated Total-Reflection Fourier-Transform Infrared-Spectroscopy. Langmuir, 1993. 9(12): p. 3414-3421.
  45. Couzis, A. and E. Gulari, Adsorption from Aqueous Binary Surfactant Mixtures onto the Solid Liquid Interface - a Kinetic-Study with Attenuated Total Reflection and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopies. Acs Symposium Series, 1992. 501: p. 354-365.