Group members

Prof. A. Ch. Mitropoulos

Prof. Mitropoulos received his Master degree in Surface Chemistry and Colloids in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1989 from the Chemistry Department of the University of Bristol. Between 1991 and 1993 he served at the Department of Energy and then as a Research Associate at the National Centre of Research in Greece. Since 1998 he has been full professor at the Department of Petroleum Technology at the Kavala Institute of Technology and since 2002 Vice-President at the same Institution. Main research field is the study of adsorption in-situ with Small Angle X-ray or Neutron Scattering.

Prof. Demitrios Bandekas

Prof. Bandekas obtained his Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1990 and his Ph.D. in 1994, from the Democritus University of Thrace. He joined the Kavala Institute of Technology in 1995 as an assistant professor, and became permanent professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering in 2002. Since 1998 he is Head of Faculty of Electrotechnics and Electric Measurements, Department of Electrical Engineering and is also a member of the Technical Committee of KIT. Prof. Bandekas is also vice-president of Academic Affairs.

Prof. A. Christoforidis

Prof. Christoforidis obtained a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria). In the early eighties, he worked for MERCK Pharmaceuticals in Darmstadt, Germany and then for the same company in Athens. From '84 - '86, he was a project coordinator and manager in the Greek Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works (Y.PE.CHO.D.E.) in the Directorate of Chemical Industries in Athens. In 1986, he became professor of "Advanced Chemical Mechanics" in the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology of KIT. He has formerly been Operational Manager of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology, Head of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology and Vice President of KIT. He currently also holds the directorship of the Center of Technical Research in East Macedonia & Thrace. His main scientific interest lie in the area of environmental monitoring and utilisation of porous bio-materials for environmental applications.

Prof. Konstantinos Tarchanidis

Prof. Tarchanidis earned his electrical engineering diploma from Democritus University of Thrace and then his Ph.D. in Robotics from the department of Electrical Eng. & Electronics, University of Liverpool in 1995. He has lectured at the University of Thessaly and Democritus University of Thrace. He joined the department of Petroleum & Natural Gas Technology at the Kavala Institute of Technology in 1998 and became Dean of Engineering School in 2003. He is co-founder of Lamda Electronics Inc. High technology Applications, a company that specialises in the industrial sector to robotics, automation, process control-modeling, software, telemetry and instrumentation. This company has been subsidised by the Greek government as a high technology company. Prof. Tarchanidis has considerable experience developing infrastructure for remote acquisition of data and control of experiments.

Prof. Dimitrios Emmanouloudis

Prof. Dimitrios Emmanouloudis graduated in 1982 from the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He obtained his Ph.D., also from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 1990. He joined the Kavala Institute of Technology in 1991 as an associate professor. He is now a permanent full professor and Director of the Laboratory of Mountainous Water Management and Control and the Laboratory of Geology and Petrography, Department of Forestry, Kavala Institute of Technology, annex Drama, Greece. He is also Vice-President of the Kavala Institute of Technology. He is author of more than 60 publications in various journals, congresses and conferences.

Prof. M. Papadopoulou

Prof. Papadopoulou was born in Thessaloniki in 1958. In 1983 she received her Diploma of Engineer in drilling and exploitation of oil and gas and in 1994 her Ph.D. in Technical Sciences specialized in Drilling and exploitation of Oil and Gas from the Ploiesti University of Petroleum and Gas in Romania. She has been a member of staff at the Kavala Institute of Technology since 1989, and has been a Professor of Applied Sciences in the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Natural Gas since 2004. She lectures in Reservoir Engineering and exploitation of Oil and Gas and Transportation, distribution and Storing of Oil products, Material Quality and Standards in Industrial Installation projects.

Dr. John W. Nolan

John Nolan was born in Carlow, Ireland in 1977. John received his degree in Optoelectronics from the University of Essex in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Nottingham, with thesis title: "Contacting and Imaging Nanostructures on Si Surfaces". He has previously been a Research Associate at the National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos, Athens, Greece, where was actively involved in the administration and the scientific activities of the 6th Framework INSIDE-PORES Network of Excellence, where he collaborated with the participants to developed techniques for in situ experimentation utilising a wide variety of techniques. He is a specialist in the characterisation of materials using advanced techniques such as Scanning Tunneling Miscroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy and Electron Microscopy, and has been responsible for the training of Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers at Demokritos in use of both characterisation techniques. He also has many years of experience in instrument and software development; one of his hobbies includes developing applications and games for Apple's mobile devices. John's research interests include application of nanotechnology in electronic devices, and porous materials in clean technologies. John began collaborating with the Kavala Technical Institute of Technology in 2007, in order to expand their research activities and foster collaborations with excellent groups throughout Europe. He has 10 publications, one patent, and three academic awards from excellence in projects.

Nikolaos Vordos M.Sc.

Nikolaos was born in Thessaloniki in Greece. He obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Kavala Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering in 2003, and his M.Sc. in System Engineering Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering from the Democritus Univeristy of Thrace, Department of Business Management & Administration of the University of Macedonia in 2008. He has indistrial experience, including time with Prisma Electronics, where he was responsible for research in wind and photovoltaic systems & power electronics and new product development. He is currently teaching Renewable Energy I & II at the Kavala Institute of Technology. His research interests include the application of fuzzy logic to energy-saving control systems, and the utilisation of in-situ Small Angle X-Ray Scattering for the characterisation of biological materials.

Kokkoni Karacosta M.Sc.

Kokkoni was born in Serres in Greece. She obtained her degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Kavala Institute of Technology, Technology of Petroleum and Natural Gas Department in 1988, and her M.Sc. in Quality Assurance, from the Hellenic Open University of Patra, in 2010. She has industrial experience at the department of quality control. For the past thirteen years she has been teaching Physics and Chemistry I & II, Chemical Industry Project, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry as well as other laboratory lessons at the Kavala Institute of Technology. She is currently a research associate in the research project "Water quality control by chemometrical analysis". Her research interests also include the utilisation of Small Angle X-Ray Scattering and Scanning Electron Microscope.

Despina Gkika

Despina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from University of Portsmouth as well as a certificate of postgraduate studies in Business Economics - Finance and Banking from the same University. She has worked as a project manager in a private organization for almost 3 years, as well as a Bank employee in the National Bank of Greece. She is an active member of the Greek Economic Chamber. She is a licensed Economist and Tax Agent, Class C and she has very good knowledge of computer applications. Despina began collaborating with the Kavala Institute of Technology in 2010. She is an RPA (Research Project Administrator) responsible for NANOCAPILLARY “Thales” and NANOSKAI “Archimedes” Programs.

Jacob Fantidis Ph.D.

Jacob was born in Edessa in Greece. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2003. He obtained his M. Sc. and Ph. D. in 2005 and 2010, respectively, from the same department. He is currently teaching Modeling of the Systems and Electric circuits as visiting Assistant Professor in the Kavala Institute of Technology. His research interests were focused on Prompt-gamma ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA), on Neutron Radiography and in the modelling of portable systems for the detection of explosives, hazardous and radioactive materials.

External Collaborators

Dr. Evangelos Favvas

Evangelos P. Favvas was born in 1978 in Neapoli Lakonias, Greece. He graduated from the Cavala Institute of Technology, obtaining the Degree of Petroleum Technology Engineer in 2002. In 2002, he entered the Postgraduate Programme of the University of Athens and obtained his M.Phil Degree in 2004 in the field of “Polymer Science and Applications” under supervising of Prof. Nikos Hadjichristidis. In 2010, he obtained his PhD, entitled "Study of polymeric and carbon hollow fiber membranes on gas separation applications". Since 2007 he is a permanent scientist staff at Institute of Physical Chemistry in NCSR “Demokritos”, specifically as a member of Dr. Nick Kanellopoulos team in Materials and Membranes for Environmental Separations Laboratory (MESL). His research interests embrace the experimental study of gas separation using membranes and sorbents as well the insitu studies of condensation process using combination of X-Ray scattering and adsorption techniques. He is author of 9 papers in peer review international journals and 16 in national and international conferences.

Dr. Konstantinos Stefanopoulos

Dr Stefanopoulos graduated from the University of Athens, obtaining the Degree of Physics in 1990. He carried out his PhD work at the Department of Pure and Applied Physics, University of Salford, UK (1990-1995). He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (1997-2001). During 2001, he has been a visiting research scientist at Berlin Neutron Scattering Center (BENSC), Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany. During the years 2001-2006 he was working as a permanent scientist in Demokritos. He is a researcher in Demokritos since 2006. His research interests are focused on characterisation of nanostructured materials with gas adsorption and neutron scattering methods (mainly small-angle scattering and diffraction) or combination of them. He is collaborating with many European Neutron Scattering Centres.

Dr. Th. Steriotis

Dr. Theodore Steriotis (Research Director, Institute of Physical Chemistry) is leading the Nanoporous Media Group (NMG) of the National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos, Athens, Greece. NMG is based on an informal collaboration between the Institutes of Physical Chemistry, Materials Science and Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection. The team holds a long-standing and well-established position in the field of synthesis and characterisation of a wide range of nanostructured materials for environmental, energy and industrial applications with emphasis on inorganic and hybrid porous media. The group, comprising of 10 highly specialised scientists, has been at the forefront of experimental techniques in the field of sorption, diffusion and (X-ray and Neutron) scattering. In addition, it has extended activities in numerical simulation for the modelling of materials and processes (including H2 adsorption in nanoporous media) by either molecular or mesoscopic techniques.