Christos Fountoukis | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Christos Fountoukis

Dr. Christos Fountoukis

Joint faculty appointment
Sustainable Development
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

  • Phone+974 4454 0876
  • Office locationC052, Ground Floor, HBKU Research Complex (North Building)


Christos Fountoukis received his PhD from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, U.S.A. in 2007. He has been a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008-2012 and a Project Scientist from 2012-2015 with the University of Patras and the FORTH research institute in Greece. Between 201-2015 he was an adjunct assistant professor at the Cyprus Institute. Over the last 15 years he has participated in 14 large-scale integrated projects of the EU and the USA. He has 43 journal publications, h-index=24 and 2,072 citations (as of August 2017). 

At QEERI, Christos is a technical team leader for the atmospheric research modeling team within the Air Quality & Climate Change research portfolio. His research focuses on the application of air quality and climate models in the greater region of the Middle East with a special focus on the State of Qatar. He is also interested in atmospheric dust and solar energy forecasting and their effects on PV systems and solar power generation potential. Working closely with the measurement groups, the goal is to better understand the local and regional atmospheric conditions in order to identify efficient mitigation strategies towards a sustainable environment.


Research Interests

  • Atmospheric chemistry and climate
  • Energy Meteorology
  • Regional 3-D Air Quality/Photochemical dispersion models Pollutant emissions and their effects on human health and the environment
  • Simulation of dispersion of dust in the greater area of Middle East Air pollution control strategies in the Middle East and the State of Qatar
  • Air pollution control strategies in the Middle East and the State of Qatar
  • Observational data analysis (ground, aircraft, balloon measurements, etc.)
  • Dust deposition on solar panels
  • Prediction and forecasting of solar radiation for solar energy applications


Senior Scientist

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar

2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Energy, Environment and Water Research Center The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus.

    2013 - 2015
  • Project Scientist

    Laboratory of Air Quality Studies, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Patras, Greece.

    2012 - 2015
  • Visiting Scientist - IASS Fellow

    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (JASS), Cluster: Sustainable Interactions with the Atmosphere, Potsdam, Germany.

  • Post-doctoral (Marie Curie) Research Fellow

    Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Patras, Greece.

    2008 - 2012
  • Visiting Research Scientist

    Finokalia Aerosol Measurement Experiment (FAME) field campaign, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, Greece.

  • Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant

    School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.



PhD in Chemical Engineering

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

  • MS in Chemical Engineering

    School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

  • BS (Diploma) in Chemical Engineering

    Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


Selected Publications

  • Fountoukis, C., A.G. Megaritis, K. Skyllakou, P.E. Charalampidis, C. Pilinis, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, M. Crippa, F. Canonaco, C. Mohr, A.S.H. Prevot, J.D. Allan, L. Pou lain, T. Petaja, P. Tiitta, S. Carbone, A. Kiendler-Scharr, E. Nemitz, C. O'Dowd, E

    Organic aerosol concentration and composition over Europe: Insights from comparison of regional model predictions with aerosol mass spectrometer factor analysis, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 9061-9076,

  • Fountoukis, C., T. Butler, M.G. Lawrence, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, A.J.H. Visschedijk and S.N. Pandis,

    Impacts of controlling biomass burning emissions on wintertime carbonaceous aerosol in Europe, Atmos. Environ., 87, 175-182,

  • Fountoukis, C., Koraj, D.S., and S.N. Pandis,

    Impact of grid resolution on the predicted fine PM by a regional 3-D Chemical Transport Model, Atmos. Environ., 68, 24-32,

  • Fountoukis, C., I. Riipinen, H. A. C. Denier van der Gon, P. E. Charalampidis, C. Pilinis, A. Wiedensohler, C. O'Dowd, J. P. Putaud, M. Moerman, and S. N. Pandis,

    Simulating ultrafine particle formation in Europe using a regional CTM: Contribution of primary emissions versus secondary formation to aerosol number concentrations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 8663-8677,

  • Fountoukis, C., P.N. Racherla, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, P. Polymeneas, P.E. Charalampidis, C. Pilinis, A. Wiedensohler, M. Dall'Osto, C. O'Dowd, and S.N. Pandis,

    Evaluation of a three-dimensional chemical transport model (PMCAMx) in the European domain during the EUCMRI May 2008 campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 10331-10347,

  • Fountoukis, C., A. Nenes, A. Sullivan, R. Weber, T. VanReken, M. Fischer, E. Matfas, M. Moya, D. Farmer and R.C. Cohen,

    Thermodynamic characterization of Mexico City aerosol during MILAGRO 2006, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2141-2156,

  • Fountoukis, C., and A. Nenes, ISORROPIA II:

    A computationally efficient thermodynamic equilibrium model for K+­Ca2+-Mg2+-NH4+-Na+-SO42--NO3--CI--H2O aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 4639-4659,

  • Fountoukis, C., A. Nenes, N. Meskhidze, R. Bahreini, W.C. Conant, H. Jonsson, S. Murphy, A. Sorooshian, V. Varutbangkul, F. Brechtel, R.C. Flagan, and J.H. Seinfeld, Aerosol

    cloud drop concentration closure for clouds sampled during the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation 2004 campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D1 0S30,

  • Fountoukis, C., and A. Nenes,

    Continued development of a cloud droplet formation parameterization for global climate models J. Geophys. Res., 110, Dl 1212,