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Faculty Members
Charitidis Costas

Costas Charitidis is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens and Director of the Laboratory of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology.

Prof. Charitidis is member of the General Assembly of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation and since 2018 President of the Body. He has been elected in the Deanship of the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA since 2017. From 2010 to 2016 he has been Director of Section III: Materials Science & Engineering of the School, while from 2011 he is Director of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate (MSc) Program: Materials Science & Technology (NTUA).

He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Carbon-based materials and Safety impacts of Nanotechnology. He has extensive R&D experience through collaborations with international research centers since he has participated in more than 70 European and National funded projects, in many of them as Scientific Coordinator (most recent are: Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, Resource Efficient Economy with a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials NMP FP7, Horizon 2020).

He is a referee in 85 International scientific journals. He is the author of several scientific books, chapters in international text books and more than 300 scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals and conference proceedings and cited ~4700 by other researchers (h-index 37). He has been supervisor of 15 PhD Theses and member of the examining committee of more than 60 PhD theses.

Selected Publications
  • N. Mejlgaard, L.M. Bouter, G. Gaskell, P. Kavouras, N. Allum, A.-K. Bendtsen, C.A. Charitidis, N. Claesen, K. Dierickx, A. Domaradzka, A.R. Elizondo, N. Foeger, M. Hiney, W. Kaltenbrunner, K. Labib, A. Marušić, M.P. Sørensen, T. Ravn, R. Ščepanović, J.K. Tijdink & G.A. Veltri, Research integrity: nine ways to move from talk to walk, Nature, 586 (2020): 358-360, doi:
  • E.P. Koumoulos, A.-F. Trompeta, R.-M. Santos, M. Martins, C.M. dos Santos, V. Iglesias, R. Böhm, G. Gong, A. Chiminelli, I. Verpoest, P. Kiekens, C.A. Charitidis, Research and development in carbon fibers and advanced high-performance composites supply chain in Europe: A roadmap for challenges and the industrial uptake, Journal of Composites Science, 3 (2019): 86, doi:
  • S.A.M. Tofail, E.P. Koumoulos, A. Bandyopadhyay, S. Bose, L. O’Donoghue, C.A Charitidis, Additive manufacturing: scientific and technological challenges, market uptake and opportunities, Materials Today, 21 (2018): 22-37, doi:
  • C.A. Charitidis, P. Georgiou, M.A. Koklioti, A.-F. Trompeta, Vasileios Markakis, Manufacturing nanomaterials: from research to industry, Manufacturing Review, 11 (2014), 9, doi:
  • C.A. Charitidis, Nanomechanical and nanotribological properties of carbon-based thin films: a review, International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, 25 (2010): 51-70, doi:
Loukas Zoumpoulakis

Loukas Zoumpoulakis is Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. He is working in the area of synthesis of materials and their characterization, the study of their structure and of their mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and other properties. He has published 31 research papers in international scientific journals with referees and participated in 31 international conferences and in 38 Greek conferences with proceedings with oral or poster presentations. He has participated in Greek and European research projects and he has satisfactory industrial experience in the areas of his scientific interests (1983-1986) as well as in the area of Logistics and Marketing of materials. He is a member of the Permanent Materials Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Selected Publications
  • Soupionis, G., Zoumpoulakis, L., 57207357216 8615480800,
    Manufacture and Characterization of Heat-Resistant and Heat-Insulating New Composites Based on Resol Resin-Carbon Fibers-Perlite for the Built Heritage Protection
    (2019) Scanning, 2019, art. no. 8791010
  • Semitekolos, D., Goulis, P., Batsouli, D., Koumoulos, E.P., Zoumpoulakis, L., Charitidis, C.A.
    Enhancement of mechanical integrity of advanced composites using PMAA-electropolymerised CF fabrics
    (2019) International Journal of Structural Integrity, Cited 1 time
  • Dragatogiannis, D.A., Perivoliotis, D.K., Karagiovanaki, S., Zoumpoulakis, L., Charitidis, C.A.
    Effect of magnetite particle loading on mechanical and strain sensing properties of polyester composites
    (2016) Meccanica, 51 (3), pp. 693-705. Cited 4 times
  • Asimakopoulos, I., Zoumpoulakis, L., Psarras, G.C.
    Development and characterization of a novolac resin/BaTiO3 nanoparticles composite system
    (2012) Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 125 (5), pp. 3737-3744
  • Simitzis, J., Triantou, D., Soulis, S., Tsangaris, G., Zoumpoulakis, L., Manolopoulos, E.
    Influence of backbone rigidity on the curing and the dielectric relaxations of unsaturated polyesters
    (2011) Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 120 (4), pp. 1984-1993
Post-doctoral Researchers
Dr. Ioannis A. Kartsonakis
Post-doctoral researcher

I.A. Kartsonakis is a Chemist, with MSc in Polymer Science and its Applications. He has a PhD in Chemistry with subject on Corrosion protection of metal alloys, synthesis and characterization via the Sol-Gel method of hybrid organic-inorganic coatings as well as nanocontainers. He has been involved in the technical/ scientific development, implementation and project administration of 8 European and 6 National research projects. He is co-inventor in 3 patent applications, and has published 57 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 2 book chapters and 72 contributions to conference proceedings and workshops. He is a reviewer in 50 international journals and he has presented 27 talks in international conferences. His scientific subjects are focused on synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, coatings (polymeric, inorganic, hybrid organic-inorganic) and study of corrosion processes on materials. (Scopus h-index: 20) (Google scholar h-index: 24)

Selected Publications
  • “Effect of submicron admixtures on mechanical and self-healing properties of cement-based composites”, Irene Kanellopoulou, Evangelia K. Karaxi, Anna Karatza, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis and Costas Charitidis, Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, 1-16, 2019,
  • “Combined effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and lignin on polymer fiber-reinforced epoxy composites”, Panagiotis Goulis, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, Konstantinos Mpalias and Costas Charitidis, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 218, 18-27, 2018,
  • “A comparative study of corrosion inhibitors on hot-dip galvanized steel”, I.A. Kartsonakis, S.G. Stanciu, A.A. Matei, R. Hristu, A. Karantonis, C.A. Charitidis, Corrosion Science, 112, 289-307, 2016,
  • “Evaluation of the protective ability of typical corrosion inhibitors for magnesium alloys towards the Mg ZK30 variant”, I.A. Kartsonakis, S.G. Stanciu, A. Matei, E.K. Karaxi, R. Hristu, Antonis Karantonis, C.A. Charitidis*, Corrosion Science, 100, 194-208, 2015,
  • “Hybrid organic-inorganic multilayer coatings including nanocontainers for corrosion protection of metal alloys”, I.A. Kartsonakis*, E.P. Koumoulos, A.C. Balaskas, G.S. Pappas, C.A.Charitidis, G.C. Kordas, Corrosion Science, 57, 56-66, 2012,
Dr. Elias Koumoulos
Post-doctoral researcher

Elias P. Koumoulos has been involved in R-NANO’s team since 2007. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, followed by MSc in Materials Science and Technology; also he dealt with synthesis and study of advanced nanostructures and coatings, focusing on nanomechanical properties, within his PhD research. Till now, E. P. Koumoulos has the authorship of over 70 published papers in ISI journals, 6 book chapters, 102 participations in national/international conferences, and has been thrice awarded for published research work in national and international level. Having occupied in EC and national funded projects, his interests include nanomaterials, nanomechanical properties of materials (metals, alloys, polymers, ceramics, functionally graded materials for brakes, thruster and valve applications, thin films, elastomers, packaging polymers), polymers (processing of plastics, forming, casting, films, biopolymers, petroleum products, environmental friendly processes), R&D, quality control, production process and design.

Selected Publications
  • Additive manufacturing: Scientific and technological challenges, market uptake and opportunities
  • Metrology and nano-mechanical tests for nano-manufacturing and nano-bio interface: Challenges & future perspectives
  • Carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposites: a study on mechanical integrity through nanoindentation
  • Surface analysis and mechanical behaviour mapping of vertically aligned cnt forest array through nanoindentation
  • Nanomechanical properties of friction stir welded AA6082-T6 aluminum alloy
Dr. Dimitris Dragatogiannis
Post-doctoral researcher

An Applied Mathematician that has acquired a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Technology and a PHD in Experimental Mechanics of Materials focused on Nanomechanics. Currently,   his main research interests are investigation of mechanical behavior of advanced materials at small scales and development of multiscale approaches beyond the limits of conventional mechanics.  His PhD studies were focused on the localized mechanical behavior of metallic matrix nanocomposites and carbon fiber composites for aeronautical applications.  His research was supported by PhD scholarships granted by Research Committee of the National Technical University of Athens and Pericles Theocaris foundation. He has dealt, as well, with characterization of plasma textured surfaces for “smart” microfluidic devices and nanomechanical behavior of thin films and coatings. He is author of 34 published papers in peer reviewed International Journlas, 33 papers in peer reviewed Proceedings and 3 book chapters. He has participated in 60 scientific conferences and workshops. Concerning publication metrics, his h-index is 9 (according to Scopus) and 12 (according to Google Scholar).

Selected Publications
  • Friction Stir Welding between 6082 and 7075 Aluminum Alloys Thermal Treated for
    Automotive Applications, D Dragatogiannis, D Kollaros, P Karakizis, D Pantelis, J Lin,
    C Charitidis Materials Performance and Characterization 8, no. 4 (2019): 571-589.
  • Effect of local microstructure on the indentation induced damage of a fiber reinforced
    composite, P Kavouras, DA Dragatogiannis, DI Batsouli, CA Charitidis
    Polymer Testing 61 (2017) 197-204.
  • Dissimilar friction stir welding between 5083 and 6082 Al alloys reinforced with TiC
    nanoparticles, DA Dragatogiannis, EP Koumoulos, IA Kartsonakis, DI Pantelis, CA
    Charitidis Materials and Manufacturing Processes 31, no. 16 (2016): 2101-2114.
  • Nanoscale mechanical and tribological properties of plasma nanotextured cop
    surfaces with hydrophobic coatings, Dimitrios A. Dragatogiannis, Elias Koumoulos,
    Kosmas Ellinas, Angeliki Tserepi, Evangelos Gogolides, and Costas A. Charitidis, Plasma Processes and Polymers 12, no. 11 (2015): 1271-1283.
  • Plasma micro-nanotextured, scratch, water and hexadecane resistant, superhydrophobic, and superamphiphobic polymeric surfaces with perfluorinated monolayers K Ellinas, SP Pujari, DA Dragatogiannis, CA Charitidis, A Tserepi, H Zuilhof, E Gogolides ACS applied materials & interfaces 6, no. 9 (2014): 6510-6524
Dr. Panagiotis Kavouras
Post-doctoral researcher

A Physicist by degree, with an MSc in Materials Science and Technology and a PhD in Physics focused on Technology of Materials. Currently, his main research interests are characterization of mechanical properties with indentation methods at various length scales and the built up of a metrological approach for the calculation of Surface Free Energy through nano-indentation. His early career research interest was synthesis and characterization of vitreous and glass-ceramic silica-based materials for industrial solid waste management. He is the author of 42 published papers (38 ISI), 1 book chapter, 1 textbook. He has participated in 63 scientific conferences and workshops. Concerning publication metrics, his h-index is 10 (according to Scopus) and 12 (according to Google Scholar). Another side of his activities in funneled through his participation in four H2020 “Science with and for Society” projects, while he has participated in a Tender project related with Dual Use research in key enabling technologies. He is one of the contact persons and member of the coordinating team of Ethical Aspects in Research and Technology for Human network (EARTHnet), member of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO), through his participation in EARTHnet and member of the European Network for Ombuds in Higher Education (ENOHE).

Selected Publications
  • Dual Use in modern research: Taming the Janus of technological advance
    P. Kavouras, C.A. Charitidis
    In “Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity” R. Iphofen (eds) Springer (2019).
  • Correlation of mechanical properties with antifouling efficacy of coatings containing loaded microcapsules
    P. Kavouras, A.F. Trompeta, S. Larroze, M. Maranhão, T. Teixeira, M. Beltri, E.P. Koumoulos, C.A. Charitidis
    Progress in Organic Coatings 136 (2019) 105249.
  • Effect of local microstructure on the indentation induced damage of a fiber reinforced composite
    P. Kavouras, D.A. Dragatogiannis, D.I. Batsouli, C.A. Charitidis
    Polymer Testing 61 (2017) 197-204.
  • Incineration of tannery sludge under oxic and anoxic conditions: Study of chromium speciation
    P. Kavouras, E. Pantazopoulou, S. Varitis, G. Vourlias, K. Chrissafis, G.P. Dimitrakopulos, M. Mitrakas, A.I. Zouboulis, Th. Karakostas, A. Xenidis
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 283 (2015) 672-679.
  • Vitrification of Lead-Rich Solid Ashes from Incineration of Hazardous Industrial Wastes
    P. Kavouras, G. Kaimakamis, Th. Ioannidis, Th. Kehagias, Ph. Komninou, S. Kokkou, E. Pavlidou, I. Antonopoulos, M. Sofoniou, A. Zouboulis, C. P. Hadjiantoniou, A. Prakouras and Th. Karakostas
    Waste Management 23 (2003) 361-371 [most cited publication].
Dr. Athanasios Morozinis
Post-doctoral researcher

Athanasios Morozinis studied applied physics with specialization in the field of solid state physics. He performed his PhD in the School of Chemical Engineering NTUA with the title “Molecular Modelling of Cavitation in Polymer Melts and Rubbers” and was member of the Computational Materials Science and Engineering Group. Main objective of his research was the study of stretched polymers and elastomers and their mechanical and thermodynamic properties, using computational models and simulation techniques. The above mentioned research has resulted in publications in international journals and conferences and was funded by the Dutch Polymer Institute. After the completion of his thesis he worked in the private and public sector as Project Manager and Scientific Consultant occupied, mainly, with funded projects focused in innovative materials.  Currently, his main research interests are multiscale modeling and simulations of advanced materials and composite structures, experimental data management, data analysis, nanoinformatics and Life Cycle Assessment.

Selected Publications
  • “Life Cycle Assessment and possible impacts of CFRPs for space applications”, I. Xiarchos, A.K. Morozinis, C. Charitidis, 9th EASN conference proceedings (2019)
    “Innovative Data Management in advanced characterization: implications for materials
    design”, N. Romanos, M. Kalogerini, E.P. Koumoulos, A.K. Morozinis, M. Sebastiani, C.A. Charitidis, Materials & Design, 20 (2019)
    “Atomistic Simulations of Cavitation in a Model Polyethylene Network.” A.K. Morozinis, C. Tzoumanekas, S.D. Anogiannakis, D.N. Theodorou, Polymer Science C, 5 (2013)
Dr. Ioannis Xiarchos
Post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Ioannis Xiarchos received his degree of Chemical Engineering from NTUA in 2000 and afterwards pursued a PhD in the School of Chemical Engineering NTUA entitled “Contribution to the characterization of membranes: Evaluation of hydrophobicity with the use of solutions of surfactants”(2006). During his under – graduated and post-graduated studies, he got several scholarships,namely: scholarship “Ialemos Kyprianides” after written examinations, scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece after written examinations, and scholarship under the aegis of the Operational Program in Educational Initial Vocational Training – EPEAEK II – Heraklitos(European Social Fund (75%) and National Resources (25%)). After the completion of his PhD thesis, he worked in European Research Institutes and Universities (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology in Warsaw – Poland. Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geoscience , Sector of Petroleum Engineering in TUDelft – Netherlands and Center for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE) in DTU Chemical Engineering – Denmark ) in the area of Advanced Methods for Environment Research and Control (Marie Curie Fellowship) and of EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) in joint industrial projects. He has received additional training in Safety Engineering, Quality Systems Management and on x-ray computed tomography for visualization and quantification of flow processes in porous media. Currently, he is occupied with EU funded projects focused in innovative materials, Life Cycle Analysis, Risk Assessment and Safe-by-Design principles.

Selected Publications
    • Effect of nonionic surfactants on the solubilization of alachlor
    • Ultrafiltration of micellar solutions of nonionic surfactants with or without alachlor pesticide
    • Response surface methodology for the modelling of copper removal from aqueous solutions using micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration
    • Comparative analysis of experimental methods for quantification of small amounts of oil in water
    • Elasticity and electrical resistivity of chalk and greensand during water flooding with selective ions
Dr. Tatjana Kosanovic Milickovic
Post-doctoral researcher

Tatjana Kosanovic Milickovic is a Chemist (University of Belgrade) with Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences (NTUA). She has been involved in the scientific and technical implementation and project management of >20 EU and national R&D projects. She’s research interests cover a wide range of topics in the fields of electrochemistry, advanced materials, and nanotechnology: electrochemistry of materials and crystal growth – controlled preparation and characterization of specific material microstructures and heterostructures featuring adjusted properties for technological applications; electrodeposition of functionality graded metallic coatings and alloys; development and characterization of nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanocomposites; electrosynthesis of binary and ternary selenide and telluride compounds and evaluation of the produced configurations (photovoltaic device components, electrodes in PECs and photocatalytic applications); characterization of materials by solid-state methods, optical and electrochemical techniques; environmental chemistry (analysis of water, wastewater, soils, sediments and compost, pollution monitoring, wastewater treatments) and technical interpretation and implementation of standards specifications, development of analysis methods and quality control. She has published > 50 scientific and technical papers in peer reviewed journals and/or presented at national and international conferences.

Selected Publications
    • Q. Wang, M. Callisti, J. Greer, B. McKay, T. Kosanovic Milickovic, A. Zoikis-Karathanasis, I. Deligkiozi, T. Polcar: “Effect of annealing temperature on microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of nano-SiC reinforced Ni-P coatings”, Wear 356-357 (2016) 86-93, doi: 10.1016/j.wear.2016.03.011
    • T. Kosanovic, D. Karoussos & M. Bouroushian: “CdSe electrodeposition on anodic, barrier and porous Ti oxides. A sensitization effect.”, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 14 (2010) 241–248.
    • M. Bouroushian, T. Kosanovic, D. Karoussos & N. Spyrellis: “Electrodeposition of polycrystalline ZnTe in aqueous medium using constant and pulsed potentials”, Electrochimica Acta, 54 (2009) 2522-2528.
    • M. Bouroushian, T. Kosanovic, D. Karoussos & N. Spyrellis: “Electrodeposition of polycrystalline ZnTe in aqueous medium using constant and pulsed potentials”, Electrochimica Acta, 54 (2009) 2522-2528.
    • M. Bouroushian, T. Kosanovic, Z. Loizos & N. Spyrellis: “On a thermodynamic description of Se(IV) electro-reduction and CdSe electrolytic formation on Ni, Ti and Pt cathodes in acidic aqueous solution”, Electro-chemistry Communications, 2 (2000) 281-285.
Dr. Andronikos Balaskas
Post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Andronikos Balaskas (male) is Materials Scientist form the University of Patras (Greece), his master’s is on Chemistry form National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and he finished his PhD in the School of Materials at the University of Manchester (UK). He has 17 publications in peer reviewed journals and his h-index is 11 on Scopus and he has several oral and poster presentations in conferences. His research activities are on the areas of (i) materials characterization with electrochemical methods and surface observations, (ii) synthesis and characterization of novel nanocontainers and (iii) formulation of surface functional treatments. More specifically, He uses traditional and advanced electrochemical techniques for materials characterization (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), image assisted electrochemical noise (EN), the split-cell technique and potentiodynamic polarization (PP)). He synthesises novel stimuli-responsive nanocontainers with encapsulated organic substances with chemical methods. The nanocontainers are designed to ensure controlled release properties in specific environments. Additionally, he formulates and he characterise organic treatments on metallic surfaces with functional properties. The organic treatments contain novel nanocontainers designed to offer sustainability to the metallic surfaces. Finally, He is highly experience with the surface characterization techniques of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). (h-index: 11)

Selected Publications
    • Two-Shell Structured PMAA@CeO2 Nanocontainers Loaded with 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole for Corrosion Protection of Damaged Epoxy Coated AA 2024-T3
      A.C. Balaskas, T. Hashimoto, M. Curioni, G.E. Thompson
      Nanoscale 9 (2017) 5499 – 5508
      Doi: 10.1039/C7NR00858A
    • Evaluation of inhibitor performance by electrochemical methods: comparative study on nitrate salts
      A.C. Balaskas, M. Curioni, G.E. Thompson
      Journal of the Electrochemical Society 161 (2014) C389-C394
      Doi: 10.1149/2.0711409jes
    • Effectiveness of 2-mercaptobenzothiazole, 8-hydroxyquinoline and benzotriazole as corrosion inhibitors on AA 2024-T3 assessed by electrochemical methods
      A.C. Balaskas, M. Curioni, G.E. Thompson
      Surface and Interface Analysis 47 (2015) 1029-1039
      Doi: 10.1002/sia.5810
    • Improvement of anti-corrosive properties of epoxy-coated AA 2024-T3 with TiO2 nanocontainers loaded with 8-hydroxyquinoline
      A.C. Balaskas, I.A. Kartsonakis, L.-A. Tziveleka, G.C. Kordas
      Progress in Organic Coatings 74 (2012) 418-426
      Doi: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2012.01.005
    • Improving the corrosion protection properties of organically modified silicate-epoxy coatings by incorporation of organic and inorganic inhibitors
      A.C. Balaskas, I.A. Kartsonakis, D. Snihirova, M.F. Montemor, G. Kordas
      Progress in Organic Coatings 72 (2011) 653-662
      Doi: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2011.07.008
Dr. John Psihogios
Post-doctoral researcher

John Psihogios studied chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). His phd thesis, entitled “Fluid flow simulation utilizing the lattice-Bolztmann method” was conducted at the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, under the supervision of the school of chemican engineering of NTUA. During his phd research, he devoloped in-house codes for the numerical simulation of single and two-phase flows, especially through pous media, utilizing the lattice-Boltzmann method. His research interests are concerned with computational fluid dynamics utilizing the finite element, finite volume and lattice-Boltzmann methods. He has extented experience in commercial CFD tools (e.g. COMSOL Myltiphysics, ANSYS Fluent) and in the development of in-house codes under a variety of programming languages (FORTRAN, C, C++, C#, Java)

Selected Publications
    • J. Psihogios, M. E. Kainourgiakis, A. G. Yiotis, A. Th. Papaioannou, A. K. Stubos, A Lattice Boltzmann study of non-Newtonian flow in digitally reconstructed porous domains, Transport in Porous Media, 2007, Volume 70, Issue 2, pp 279–292
    • Andreas G.Yiotis, John Psihogios, Michael E.Kainourgiakis, Aggelos Papaioannou, Athanassios K.Stubos, A lattice Boltzmann study of viscous coupling effects in immiscible two-phase flow in porous media, Colloids and Surfaces A, 300, Issues 1–2, 2007, 35-49
Dr. Eleni Spyrakou
Post-doctoral researcher

Eleni Spyrakou studied Philosophy at the University of Patras (BA, Hons), and she was awarded yearly scholarships by the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for her performance. She further studied Philosophy at King’s College London funded with a scholarship by Onassis Foundation, and she was awarded an MPhil in Philosophy focusing on Ethics and Political philosophy. Her PhD (Hons) in Political Philosophy is from the University of Ioannina, funded with a scholarship by the Institution’s Research Committee. Her main research interests include applied ethics (research ethics and integrity, ethics of new technologies, bioethics, environmental ethics, business ethics), the ethics-politics relation, and its epistemological and metatheoretical problems, the methodology/ies of social sciences, different versions of the liberalism-republicanism debate. She has presented part of her research work in national/international conferences.

Dr. Nikolaos Nikoloudakis
Post-doctoral researcher

Nikolaos Nikoloudakis is a Physicist (University of Patras, Department of Physics) with a PhD in Astrophysics (Durham University, Department of Physics, U.K.) with subject in Observational Cosmology and Astronomical Instrumentation, founded partially by a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher fellowship. He worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Obsevatory of Athens where he developed algorithms for space telescope data analysis and at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, where he developed predictions algorithms for urban climate studies and he was founded by a Stavros Niarchos fellowship. Currently he works as a Data Scientist/Senior Researcher at the School of Chemical Engineering at the National and Technical University of Athens. Parts of his research work have been published in peer reviewed journals and also presented in national and international conferences. His research interest include data analysis, statistics, machine learning, algorithms, data engineering and databases.

Selected Publications
    • Researchgate profile
Dr. Evangelia Karaxi
Post-doctoral Researcher

Evangelia Karaxi is Mining and Metallurgical Engineer, with MSc in Materials Science and Engineering. Her PhD thesis is focused on the development and characterization of anti-corrosion coatings based on hybrid core-shell sub-micron materials with self-responsive functionalities. She has participated in 3 European and 1 National research projects related with the development of advanced nanomaterials and the characterization of the corresponding composites, with technical/scientific and managerial liabilities. She has participated in international and national conferences with 18 oral presentations. Her scientific interests are focused on synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, coatings (polymeric, inorganic, hybrid organic-inorganic) and composites. Her main fields of scientific interest are Ceramics; Coating and films; Composites (including laminates, reinforced plastics, cements, combined natural and synthetic fiber fabrics; filled composites), Nano-materials (production and properties); Nano-processes (applications on nano-scale). Additionally, she is familiar with the European Regulatory frameworks related with nanomaterial risk management in accordance with REACH and the CLP Regulation.

Selected Publications
    • Chloride ion entrapment by calcined layered double hydroxides,
      E.K. Karaxi, I.A Kartsonakis, C.A Charitidis, Int. J. Struct. Integr. (2016).
    • Evaluation of the protective ability of typical corrosion inhibitors for magnesium
      alloys towards the Mg ZK30 variant,
      I.A. Kartsonakis, S.G. Stanciu, A. Matei, E.K. Karaxi, R. Hristu, Antonis Karantonis, C.A.
      Charitidis, Corros. Sci. (2015) 100 194-208.
    • Effect of submicron admixtures on mechanical and self-healing properties of cement-based composites
      Irene Kanellopoulou, Evangelia K. Karaxi, Anna Karatza, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis and Costas Charitidis,
      Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, 2019
Dr. Panagiotis Maroulas
Post-doctoral researcher

Worked both in industry and research departments he acquired high expertise in chemistry and technology of thermoset resins and aerospace grade advanced materials. He has participated in many European and ESA funded research projects and collaborated with high tech industries and institutions.
Dr Panagiotis Maroulas has a solid interdisciplinary background holding a bachelor degree in chemistry, a MSc in Material Science and Technology and a Doctorate in soft matter Physics.
As a researcher his main interests are polymers / polymer nanocomposites formulation, synthesis, characterization (thermal, mechanical, electrical/dielectric properties) and their industrial processes (injection molding, blow molding, VARTM, HPRTM).

Selected Publications
    • Sasal F.N. et al. (2016) Manufacturing of Nano-treated Lower Panel Demonstrators for Aircraft Fuselage. In: Wölcken P., Papadopoulos M. (eds) Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures (SARISTU). Springer, Cham
    • P. Pissis, C. Pandis, P. Maroulas, A. Kyritsis, E. Kontou, “Electrical/Dielectric Measurements for Monitoring Polymerization, Morphology and Mechanical Integrity in Polymer Nanocomposites”, Procedia Engineering, 114, 2015, 598-605, ISSN 1877-7058
    • Kyritsis, A. , Vikelis, G. , Maroulas, P. , Pissis, P. , Milosheva, B. , Kotsilkova, R. , Toplijska, A. , Silvestre, C. and Duraccio, D. (2011), Polymer dynamics in epoxy/alumina nanocomposites studied by various techniques. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 121: 3613-3627
    • Tsamasphyros, G. , Kalkanis, K. , Maroulas, P. , Anthoulis, G. I. and Grigoryeva, O. (2009), Formulation and Evaluation af a Novel Adhesive Film for Use in Composite Patch Repair. Macromol. Symp., 286: 42-48.
    • Maroulas, P., Kripotou, S., Pissis, P., Fainleib, A., Bei, I., Bershtein, V., Gomza, Y., (2009), Molecular Mobility in Polycyanurate/Clay Nanocomposites Studied by Dielectric Techniques. J. Comp. Mater. 43: 9, 943-958
    • Bershtein V., Fainleib A., Pissis P., Bei I., Dalmas F., Egorova M., Gomza Y., Kripotou S., Maroulos P., Yakushev P.,(2008) Polycyanurate–Organically Modified Montmorillonite Nanocomposites: Structure–Dynamics–Properties Relationships. J. Macromol Sci. B, 47: 3, 555-575
Dr. Eleni Zachariou - Rakanta
Post-doctoral researcher

She received the Diploma and the Phd degrees in Chemical Engineering both from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. From 2001 until now she is Laboratory Teaching staff of Materials Science and Engineering, in National Technical University of Athens. Her research interests are in the fields of material durability and corrosion (reinforced concrete durability and metal constructions corrosion) and protection methods against material corrosion such as corrosion inhibitor, corrosion protection and prevention, development of new anticorrosive paints, performance evaluation of anticorrosive behaviour of novel materials, chemical admixtures. She has several publications and has been participated in national and international project/ studies in the above mentioned areas.

Dr. George Trantalis
Post-doctoral researcher

An Interventional Cardiolgist, that has studied Medicine at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, has acquired a Master’s in Science in Managing Health Services, a Master’s Degree in Cardiology Intesive Unit and a PhD in Clinical Predicting Scores after Acute Coronary Syndrome. Currently, his main reasearch interests are on matching Mechanics and Biology. He is also interested in e-health. His main clinical interests are Transcatheteral Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and closure of Patent Forame Ovale (PFO) and Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). He is author of 53 published papers, 12 of which are in Journals with Impact Factor abobe 3. He participates every year in more than 20 conferences in Greece and abroad as a speaker. He is Director in Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) in more than 65 lessons. He is also a Reviewer in 2 International Cardiologic Journals (the one with Impact factor more than 3). Concerning publication metrics, his h-index is 5 (according to Scopus) and 7 (according to Google Scholar).

Selected Publications
    • The prognostic value of CHA2DS2-VASc and GRACE risk scores in patients with ACS. Trantalis G, Aggeli K, Toutouzas K, Synetos A, Latsios G, Drakopoulou M, Penesopoulou V, Patsa C, Tousoulis D. Hellenic J Cardiol. 2018 Mar 27.
    • Reduction of Para-Ring Regurgitation After Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Into a Failed Mitral Annuloplasty Ring. Toutouzas K, Lozos V, Oikonomou G, Aggeli C, Latsios G, Drakopoulou M, Synetos A, Trantalis G, Stathogiannis K, Triantafillou K, Tousoulis D. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2018 Feb 12;11(3):e17-e20. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2017.09.026. No abstract available.
    • Multi-slice CT (MSCT) imaging in pretrans-catheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) screening. How to perform and how to interpret. Latsios G, Spyridopoulos TN, Toutouzas K, Synetos A, Trantalis G, Stathogiannis K, Penesopoulou V, Oikonomou G, Brountzos E, Tousoulis D. Hellenic J Cardiol. 2018 Jan – Feb;59(1):3-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hjc.2017.09.013. Epub 2017 Oct 28. Review.
    • TAVR and Thrombosis. Trantalis G, Toutouzas K, Latsios G, Synetos A, Brili S, Logitsi D, Penesopoulou V, Tousoulis D. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Jan;10(1):86-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2016.11.007.
    • Managing the lipid profile of coronary heart disease patients. Drakopoulou M, Toutouzas K, Stathogiannis K, Synetos A, Trantalis G, Tousoulis D. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2016 Nov;14(11):1263-1271. doi: 10.1080/14779072.2016.1221341. Epub 2016 Aug 23. Review.
Constantinos Balias

Constantinos Balias is a Mechanical and Aeronautic Engineer, graduated from Technical University of Patras. He has accomplished his Master studies on Material Science and Technology of National Technical University of Athens. After completing his postgraduate studies he continued working as a researcher on European projects in research group of advanced, composite nanomaterials and nanotechnology (R-Nano group) of Chemical engineering department. His research work is highly releated with thermoplastic materials extrusion and carbon fiber production processes. Moreover, he provides technical support services to R-Nano research group. Parts of his research work have been presented in national and international conferences and several publications have been emerged as well. His work experience is mainly related with extrusion processes; he has attended seminars in German companies Dr Collin and Coperion; carbon fiber production processes and design of experimental procedures.

Selected Publications
      • Influence of lignin modification on the mechanical properties of lignin/PEO blends’ published in International Journal of Structural Integrity, Stavros C. Anagnou, Eleni G. Milioni, Costas S. Mpalias, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, Elias P. Koumoulos, Costas A. Charitidis, International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 7 (6), (762-772)
    • Strategies towards Novel Carbon Fiber Precursors: the Research Results on the Synthesis of PAN Copolymers via AGET ATRP and on Lignin as a Precursor. Spyridon Soulis, Stavros Anagnou, Eleni Milioni, Costas Mpalias, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, Irene Kanellopoulou, Vassilis Markakis, Elias P. Koumoulos, Evangelia Kontou and Costas A. Charitidis, NanoWorld Journal Volume 1 (3), (2015)
    • Thermal treatment of melt spun fibers based on High Density PolyEthylene and Lignin Panagiotis Goulis, Giorgos Konstantopoulos, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, Konstantinos Mpalias, Stavros Anagnou, Dimitrios Dragatogiannis, Costas Charitidis, C-Journal of Carbon Research, (2017) 3, 35; doi:10.3390/c3040035
Anna Frengkou

Anna Frengkou holds a BSc in Materials Science Engineering from University of Ioannina, followed by MSc in Materials Science and Technology from National Technical University of Athens. During her MSc studies she dealt with blending and extrusion processes of biodegradable polymer materials for 3D printing applications. Her goal was the determination of mechanical, thermal and morphological properties as well as the printabillity assessment of the materials based on selected process parameters of 3D printing applications. Her current research work focuses on the development of advanced engineering materials and their quality control on 3D printing applications.

PhD Candidates
Kate Trompeta
PhD Candidate

Kate Trompeta is a Chemical Engineer, graduated from the National Technical University of Athens. She has accomplished her Master studies on Material Science and Technology, funded by the ΙΚΥ Fellowship of Excellence for Postgraduate Studies in Greece – Siemens Program and she was awarded for her excellence by the Limmat Stiftung Institute. Her research interest focuses on organic coatings, especially in industrial and marine paints, reinforced with nanoparticles (carbon nanotubes, metal oxide nanocontainers, etc). Currently, she is dealing with the synthesis and functionalization of carbon nanotubes for advanced applications, as well as with the Life Cycle Assessment of nanomaterials production processes. Her work experience is related with European Research Projects, which are dealing with advanced composited reinforced with carbon fibres, as well as their recycling aspects. Part of her research work has been presented in national and international conferences and several related publications in peer reviewed journals have been published the last years; some of them have been also awarded.

Selected Publications
  • AFA Trompeta, et al., Assessing the Critical Multifunctionality Threshold for Optimal Electrical, Thermal, and Nanomechanical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes/Epoxy Nanocomposites for Aerospace Applications, Aerospace 6 (1), 2019
  • AFA Trompeta, et al., Advanced characterization of by-product carbon film obtained by thermal chemical vapor deposition during CNT manufacturing, Manufacturing Review 4, 7, 2017
  • AF Trompeta, et al., Towards a holistic environmental impact assessment of carbon nanotube growth through chemical vapour deposition, Journal of cleaner production 129, 384-394, 2016
  • EP Koumoulos, T Parousis, AFA Trompeta, IA Kartsonakis, CA Charitidis, Investigation of mwcnt addition into poly-dimethylsiloxane-based coatings, Plastics, Rubber and Composites 45 (3), 106-117, 2016
Eleni Gkartzou
PhD Candidate

Eleni Gkartzou holds a BSc in physics and MSc in Materials Science and Technology. Her research interests include the development of new polymeric materials and nanocomposites for Additive Manufacturing as well as dedicated methodologies for inspection and evaluation of 3D printed structures (thermal/rheological analysis, mechanical testing, non destructive evaluation via micro computed tomography).

Selected Publications
  • E. Gkartzou, E.P. Koumoulos, C.A. Charitidis, Production and 3D Printing Processing of Bio-based Thermoplastic Filament, Manufacturing Rev. 2017;4:1 -14. 4, 1 (2017)
  • E.P. Koumoulos, E. Gkartzou, C.A. Charitidis, Additive (nano)manufacturing perspectives: the use of nanofillers and tailored materials, Manufacturing Rev. 4, 12 (2017)
  • D. Brasinika, E. Gkartzou, E. Koumoulos, C.A. Charitidis. Pressure-assisted Direct Ink Writing: A promising approach for the fabrication of Personalised Biofunctional Scaffolds, Int J Nanomed Nanosurg 3, 1 (2017)
Panagiotis Goulis
PhD candidate

Panagiotis Goulis is an distinguished Chemist of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a Postgraduate Diploma (Master’s) in Polymer Science and its Applications. In order to complete his postgraduate studies, he received a scholarship from the Bodossaki Foundation. He is also a Ph.D. candidate of the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, while for the completion of his Ph.D. thesis he also received a Scholarship from the Bodossaki Foundation. His research interests focus on the organic and inorganic synthesis of materials and polymers, as well as their characterization. In addition, he has dealt with the development of precursors for the production of carbon fibers, with the oxidation and electropolymerization of monomers in commercial carbon fibers as well as the characterization of their mechanical properties. He is also involved in the synthesis of silicate and magnetic nanoparticles as well as in the synthesis of thermoresponsive core-shell copolymers. From his research activity, various research papers have been published in reputable journals, while part of this research has been presented at international and national conferences. His work experience has to do with quality control of polymeric containers in contact with food and beverages.

Selected Publications
  • Goulis P, Kartsonakis IA, Mpalias K, Charitidis C: Combined effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and lignin on polymer fiber-reinforced epoxy composites. Materials Chemistry and Physics 2018, 218:18-27.
  • Panagiotis Goulis,Giorgos Konstantopoulos,Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, Konstantinos Mpalias,Stavros Anagnou,Dimitrios Dragatogiannis andCostas Charitidis:Thermal Treatment of Melt-Spun Fibers Based on High Density PolyEthylene and Lignin. C 2017, 3(4):35.
  • Goulis P, Kartsonakis IA, Konstantopoulos G, Charitidis CA: Synthesis and Processing of Melt Spun Materials from Esterified Lignin with Lactic Acid. Applied Sciences 2019, 9(24):5361.
  • Semitekolos D, Goulis P, Batsouli D, Koumoulos EP, Zoumpoulakis L, Charitidis CA: Enhancement of mechanical integrity of advanced composites using PMAA-electropolymerised CF fabrics. International Journal of Structural Integrity 2019.
  • Goulis P, Kartsonakis IA, Mpalias K, Charitidis CA: Effect of Lignin and CNTs on the properties of melt-spun polymeric fibers. MATEC Web of Conferences 2018, 188:01026.
Stavros Anagnou
PhD candidate

Stavros Anagnou is currently a PhD candidate to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of NTUA. Prior to that Stavros has obtained a BSc in Applied Physics (5-year course) from the School of applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences of NTUA. Stavros also holds an MSc in Material Science and Technology from the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA. Stavros research is focused towards Material Science and more specifically in composition, modification and characterization of bio-based and biodegradable polymers, as well as other materials with high mechanical properties. His main activity is the production technology, modification and study of carbon fibers.

Selected Publications
    • Stavros C. Anagnou, Eleni G. Milioni, Costas S. Mpalias, Ioannis A. Kartsonakis, Elias P. Koumoulos, Costas A. Charitidis, (2016) “Influence of lignin modification on the mechanical properties of lignin/PEO blends”, International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 7 Issue: 6, pp.762-772
    • Goulis, P.; Konstantopoulos, G.; Kartsonakis, I.A.; Mpalias, K.; Anagnou, S.; Dragatogiannis, D.; Charitidis, C. Thermal Treatment of Melt-Spun Fibers Based on High Density PolyEthylene and Lignin. C 2017, 3, 35.
Irene Kanellopoulou
PhD Candidate

Irene Kanellopoulou is a Chemist of Aristotele University of Thessaloniki and has acquired a Master Degree in Materials Science and Technology of National Technical University of Athens. During her pregraduate studies she has worked on photocatalytic process of wastes in liquid form, while during her postgraduate studies she has worked on the synthesis and characterization of polymers and the production of carbon fibers based on pyropolymers. In the years from 2005 to 2007 she has been occupied as a Research and Development Chemist in an Industry producing Masterbatches and Dry Color Blends for the mass coloration of plastics as well as printing inks for flexography and gravure and more specifically in the development and production of new products as well as their conformation to EU Legislation (REACH). Since then she is a member of the Section III of the School of Chemical Enginnering, NTUA supporting laboratory exercises, courses and theses (diploma and master) as well as the administration of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme “Materials Science and Technology” which is coordinated by the School of Chemical Engineering, NTUA. Her recent research interest focuses on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid nanoparticles and on their incorporation in different matrices. More specifically, she works on the synthesis of organic core-inorganic shell nanoparticles, their characterization and their use as admixtures in cementitious matrices aiming at the enhacement of the self-sealing/healing behavior of the latter. Parts of her research work have been presented in national and international conferences, while related papers in peer reviewed journals have been published.

Georgios Konstantopoulos
PhD Candidate

Georgios Konstantopoulos is a Chemical Engineer, graduated from the National Technical University of Athens. His research interest focuses on synthesis of carbon nanostructures and carbon fibers, and their modification to support application of multi-scale reinforced nanocomposites. He is well-trained within materials characterization via Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermal Analysis (TGA/DSC), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Nanoindentation. Parts of his research work have been published in peer reviewed journals, related to working experience in Materials Science in synthesis and characterization.

Selected Publications
  • Application of PAN fiber length change as the oxidative stabilization process control parameter
  • Thermal Treatment of Melt-Spun Fibers Based on High Density PolyEthylene and Lignin
Anna Karatza
PhD Candidate

Anna Karatza, graduated from the Department of Engineering and Materials Science of the Polytechnic School of Ioannina University, have obtained the direction of functional materials specialized in the synthesis of standard polymeric materials, candidate materials for the construction of separation membranes. During her postgraduate studies at the National Technical University of Athens ( Materials Science and Technology) , her study focused on the synthesis of amphiphilic block-co-polymers which are responding to environmental stimuli such as temperature and pH change, for drug delivery applications. She has also dealt with the synthesis of superabsorbent polymers for construction materials applications and three-dimensional printing through FDM technology. Her recent research interest focuses on the synthesis of hybrid hydrogels with specialized functionalities for three-dimensional printing and medical applications.

Dionisis Semitekolos
PhD Candidate

DionIsis Semitekolos is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens since 2016. In his diploma thesis he studied the manufacturing and mechanical properties of composite materials of phenolic matrix reinforced with carbon fibers and carbon nanotubes as precursors for the manufacture of carbon-carbon composites. In 2018 he completed his postgraduate program “Material Science and Technology”, while in his master thesis he developed the vacuum infusion technique for the manufacture of composite materials with modified carbon fiber fabrics. His research interest focuses on reinforced polymer matrix composites. He is also working on the surface modification of carbon fiber fabrics and fibers (sizing). A part of his research work has been published in scientific journals and presentations at international and domestic conferences.

Selected Publications
    • Advanced carbon fibre composites via poly methacrylic acid surface treatment; surface analysis and mechanical properties investigation, Dionisis Semitekolos, Panagiotis Kainourgios, Craig Jones, Amit Rana, Elias P Koumoulos, Costas A Charitidis, Composites Part B: Engineering, 155 (2018), 237-243,(DOI 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.08.027)
    • Introduction to the concept of particleboard production from mixtures of sawdust and dried food waste, S Vakalis, K Moustakas, D Semitekolos, J Novakovic, D Malamis, L Zoumpoulakis, M Loizidou, Waste and biomass valorization 9 (12), 2373-2379, 2018, (DOI 10.1007/s12649-018-0214-0)
    • Recycling and Exploitation of Construction and Demolition Wastes as Additives in Unsaturated Polyester Composite Building and Insulation Materials; Mechanical and Thermal Properties Investigation, C. Bogiatzidis, D. Semitekolos, L. Zoumpoulakis, Research Sudies 11, 16, 2018, (DOI: 10.9734/JMSRR/2018/43628)
    • Enhancement of Mechanical Integrity of Advanced Composites using PMAA-Electropolymerised CF Fabrics, D. Semitekolos, P. Goulis, D. Batsouli, E. Koumoulos, L. Zoumpoulakis, C. Charitidis, International Journal of Structural Integrity
    • Enhanced properties of PAN‐derived carbon fibres and resulting composites by active screen plasma surface functionalisation, Y. Liang, X. Li, D. Semitekolos, C.A. Charitidis, H. Dong, Plasma Processes and Polymers
MSc Students
Τechnical Associates
Vasileios Markakis
Technical Associate

Vassilis Markakis is Physicist (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AUTΗ) that has acquired a master’s degree in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology (AUTΗ). His scientific work is in the fields of ethics in nanotechnology research and in dual use research, while in the past he has dealt with the dispersion of minerals into polymeric matrixes, as well with the study of AKT protein expression in healthy and cancer cells. As a member of the Laboratory of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology of NTUA, dealing with the financial and administrative management of EU funded projects.