Giannis Mpourmpakis received a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from the University of Crete. He was then a post doctoral “Marie-Curie” research fellow at the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (University of Delaware) for the outgoing phase, and then at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of the Foundation for Research and Technology in Hellas, Greece, for the return phase. He then held a senior researcher position at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at the University of Delaware before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.
The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute was established in 2012 to help unify and promote research in quantum science and engineering in the Pittsburgh area. PQI members have faculty appointments from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh in physics, chemistry, and engineering disciplines.