Professor Mountziaris earned a diploma in Chemical Engineering with highest honors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton. After completing postdoctoral study in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, he started his academic career at the University at Buffalo in 1989.
He served as Program Director for Particulate and Multiphase Processes at the National Science Foundation before joining the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst as a professor and department head in 2005. He has presented numerous invited plenary talks at international conferences and is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Norman Hackerman Award of the Electrochemical Society, The Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching of the SUNY system, and a Guest Professorship in Process Engineering from ETH-Zürich. Two of his U.S. patents on template-assisted synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals have been licensed by a startup company.