School on

Materials Characterization Techniques



Dr Nikolaos Boukos

Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,                                                            NCSR “Demokritos” (GREECE)

Nikos Boukos is Director of Research in the Electron Microscopy and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”. He obtained his Physics degree (1985) and PhD (1992) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include application of Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy (TEM, S/TEM, SEM) and relevant analytical techniques such as Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) for the study and optimization of a wide range of materials and nanostructures. He is also involved in the growth, characterization and properties of ZnO nanostructures. He has published more than 220 scientific articles, acquiring more than 5500 citations (h factor 38).


Assoc. Prof. Athanassios Kontos

 School of Applied Mathematical and Physics Science,                                      National Technical University of Athens (GREECE)

KONTOS Athanassios, G.  Assoc. Prof., Phys. Dep. School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, NTUA, and Collaborative Researcher in the INN, NCSR ‘Demokritos’. Diploma in Physics (1989, Un. of Athens) and Ph.D. in Physics (1994, University of Warwick, UK)

His Research Interests include Dye sensitized and perovskite solar cells, materials properties as well as optimization of device efficiency and stability – photocatalysis and superhydrophilicity of TiO2 materials – CO2 capture and conversion. Synthesis of TiO2 (nanoparticles, nanotubes, dyes sensitized, quantum dots) and related modification (anion doping, functionalization with metals and carbonaceous materials). Structural (Raman spectroscopy), electronic (photoluminescence), optical (UV-vis.) and morphological (SEM, AFM) characterization of semiconducting nanomaterials and films, including perovskite halides.

Email: Website:  Phone:   +30-210-772-3014


Prof. Stella Kennou

Department of Chemical Engineering,                                                                        University of Patras (GREECE)

Stella Kennou is a professor at the Chemical Engineering Department, Surface Science Laboratory, of the University of Patras , Greece. Her Research interests are in Solid State Surface Physics and Chemistry using surface science experimental techniques ( XPS, UPS, AES. ELS, LEED, TDS, SEXAFS, Work Function measurements), Spectroscopic characterization of solid surfaces and interfaces of materials,  thin metallic film / semiconductor interfaces, organic/ inorganic and organic/organic electronic structure interfaces for organic electronic applications, Interaction of metals and gases on metallic and semiconducting surfaces. Also in Surface characterization of the atomic and electronic structure of carbon based materials, high –k oxides thin films  and rare earth metal oxide thin films prepared with various methods for microelectronic device applications by surface science experimental techniques. She has co-authored over 180 peer reviewed publications in qualified international journals.


Prof. Ioannis Raptis

School of Applied Mathematical and Physics Science,                                National Technical University of Athens (GREECE)

RAPTIS Yannis S., Professor, Phys. Dep., School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, NTUA

Diploma in Physics (1981, Un. of Athens), Ph.D. in Physics (1988, NTUA) Research Area: Optical Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter

His Research Interests include Spectroscopic study (Raman, Luminescence) mainly of semiconducting materials of the groups IV (Si, Ge, SiC), III-V (GaAs, InP, InSb, AlSb, GaP) and II-VI (CdTe, CdZnTe), in bulk and in low-dimensional forms, in variable Temperature and Pressure conditions, a-Si and nc-Si under laser-annealing conditions.

E-mail:, Website:   Phone: +30-210-772-3044


Dr Elias Sakellis

Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,                              NCSR “Demokritos” (GREECE)

Dr. Elias Sakellis received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Physics, University of Athens. Since then he works as associate researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the National Center for Scientific Research DEMOKRITOS, Athens, Greece and at the Condensed Matter Physics Section of the department of Physics of the University of Athens. His current research interests include electron microscopy, synthesis of nano-structured materials with E-beam PVD, chemical and electrochemical methods as well as the study of their structural, electrical and optical properties. He is the author of more than 60 research papers with more than 600 citations. He has extended experience in electrical measurements of various materials, as well as, an expertise in structural, crystallographical and electronic configuration characterization of nanostructures -including nanoparticles- with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).


School on

Theoretical/Computational Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science



Prof. Sophia Economou

Department of Physics,

Virginia Tech (USA)

Sophia Economou is a Professor of Physics and the Hassinger Senior Fellow of Physics at Virginia Tech. She focuses on theoretical research in quantum information science, including quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum simulation algorithms.


Prof. Efstratios Manousakis

Department of Physics,

Florida State University (USA) and

Department of Physics,

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GREECE)

Dr. Manousakis received his Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics, in July 1985, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (First Ross J. Martin Award for his thesis). After a Post-Doctoral Research position at the Center for Theoretical Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1985-1987) and at the Supercomputer Computational Research Institute (1987-88), he joined the Physics Department of the Florida State University (FSU) (1988). He received the PAI Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research (1998) and the Developing Scholar Award (1990) from FSU. Presently, he is Professor of Physics at the University of Athens and he is the Donald Robson Professor of Physics and holds the title of Distinguished Research Professor at FSU. He was named Fellow of The American Physical Society in 2002, Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2008, and Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science in 2018. Dr Manousakis’ group develops and applies computational and theoretical methods to study novel collective behavior in certain quantum many-body systems which arises because of strong correlations among the fundamental microscopic degrees of freedom. Examples of such systems are: (a) Superconductors and Strongly Correlated Electrons, (b) Superfluids, (c) Electrons in Solids and The Two-Dimensional Electron Gas, (d) Quantum Phase Transitions in Atomically-Thin Films and (e) Phase Transitions in Restricted Geometries and Finite Size Scaling (f) Role of correlations in topological materials


Christoph Schran

Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry,

University of Cambridge (UK)

Christoph Schran received his PhD in chemistry from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany in 2019 where he worked with Dominik Marx on hydrogen bonded systems solvated by superfluid helium. During this time he visited the École normale supérieure, Paris and was a visiting graduate student in the Markland group at Stanford University.  For his postdoctoral work, he moved to the University of Cambridge working with Angelos Michaelides as a fellow of the ’Alexander von Humboldt’ foundation. His research interests include the understanding of hydrogen bonded systems and their modelling by machine learning techniques.