Staff Catalogue


Department of Physics
FST 02 - Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, B224
University Campus
Born 26 Feb 1966
Education and training:
Ph.D. Theoretical Biophysics, University of California Berkeley, USA (1991)

B.G.S. Physics & Mathematics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA (1986)
Research Group
Academic posts
Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS, Oct. 06 - present 
Mercator Fellow, Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg, Freiburg Germany, July - Aug. 18
Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union & External Senior Fellow (2014-15), Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, Freiburg Germany
Visiting Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies (Molecular Electronics Research Group), Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel, June - Aug. 2012
Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Duke University, NC USA July 2004 - Dec. 2004 & Aug. 2010 - Aug. 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS, Feb. 2000 - Oct. 2006
Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS, Jan. 1997- Feb. 2000
Research Assistant Professor (Jan. 1996-1997), Research Associate (Jan. 19995-1996), Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester, NY, USA, Jan. 1994 - Jan. 1995
Postgraduate Research Physicist, Department of Physics, University of California San Diego, CA, USA, Sept. 1991 - Dec. 1993
Administrative posts at UCY
Vice-Chairperson, Dept. of Physics, University of Cyprus,  2016 - 2018, 2020 - present
Mamber of the University Senate, 2021 - present
Member of the University of Cyprus Research Committee, 2016 - 2018
Chairperson, Dept. of Physics, University of Cyprus, 2008 - 2010
Member of the Academic Council of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Cyprus, 2008 - 2010
Biophysics, Chemical/Molecular Physics and Molecular Electronics
Theory and computation of charge and energy transport phenomena in biological and molecular systems
(cellular, solution, molecular junction, single-molecule settings)
Theory for molecular rate processes in condensed phase environments
Chemical and  biological quantum phenomena
Structure-function and dynamics-function relationships for proteins and DNA
Spyroulla A. Mavrommati, Spiros S. Skourtis
Molecular Wires for Efficient Long-Distance Triplet Energy Transfer
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13 (41), 9679-9687 (2022)
Stephanie Valianti, Spiros S. Skourtis
The Role of Bridge-State Intermediates in Singlet Fission for Donor–Bridge– Acceptor Systems:
A Semianalytical Approach to Bridge-Tuning of the Donor–Acceptor Fission Coupling
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 13 (3), 939-946 (2022)
Frank Schlawin, Manuel Gessner, Andreas Buchleitner, Tobias Schaetz, and Spiros S. Skourtis
Continuously Parametrized Quantum Simulation of Molecular Electron Transfer Reactions
Phys. Rev. X Quantum 2 (1), 010314 (2021)
Roman Zhuravel, Haichao Huang, Georgia Polycarpou, Savvas Polydorides, et. al. 
Backbone Charge Transport in Double Stranded DNA
Nature Nanotechnol. 15 (10), 836-840 (2020)
Spiros S. Skourtis Chaoren Liu, Panayiotis Antoniou, Aaron Virshup, and David N. Beratan
Dexter Energy Transfer Pathways
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113 (29) 8115-20, (2016)
Yuqi Zhang, Chaoren Liu, Alexander Balaeff, Spiros S. Skourtis, and David N. Beratan
Biological Charge Transfer via Flickering Resonance
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111 (28), 10049-54 (2014)
Spiros S. Skourtis
Protein Electron Transfer
in Quantum Effects in Biology Cambridge University Press (invited book chapter)
M. Mohseni, Y. Omar, G. Engel, and M.B. Plenio, (eds.), Cambridge University Press (2014) 
ISBN: 9781107010802
Gideon I. Livshits, Avigail Stern, Dvir Rotem, Natalia Borovok, et. al.  
Long-Range Charge Transport in Single G-Quadruplex DNA Molecules
Nat. Nanotechnol. 9 (12), 1040-46 (2014)
Nicholas Polizzi, Spiros S. Skourtis, and David N. Beratan
Physical Constraints on Charge Transport Through Bacterial Nanowires
Faraday Discuss. 155, 43-62 (2012)
Spiros S. Skourtis, David H. Waldeck, and David N. Beratan
Fluctuations in Biological and Bioinspired Electron-Transfer Reactions
Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. Vol. 61, 461-485 (2010) (c:226)
Zhiwei Lin, Candace M. Lawrence, Dequan Xiao, Victor V. Kireev, et al.
Modulating Unimolecular Charge Transfer by Exciting Bridge Vibrations
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (50), 18060–62 (2009)
Spiros S. Skourtis, David N. Beratan, Ron Naaman, Abraham Nitzan, and David H.Waldeck
Chiral Control of Electron Transmission Through Molecules
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 (23), 238103 (2008)
Ilya A. Balabin, David N. Beratan, and Spiros S. Skourtis
The Persistence of Structure Over Fluctuations in Biological Electron Transfer Reactions
Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 (15), 158102 (2008)