Category Archives: Post Doctoral Fellows

Dr Vassilios Binas is a Stavros Niarchos Research Fellow at FORTH/IESL. He received the Ph.D. degree from University of Crete in 2010, with the dissertation “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nanoporous materials for Adsorption and Catalytic applications”. He has served as Visiting Researcher at Imperial College-UK (2015), International Institute of New Energy, Shenzhen, China (2014), International Research Center for Renewable Energy (IRCRE) School of Energy & Power Engineering, Xi’an, China (2014) and at Electronic Ceramics-K5, Institut ‘Josef Stefan’, Slovenia (2013).

His research interests focus on physicochemical properties of advanced materials and devices for environmental and energy applications. Particular emphasis is given on photocatalytic materials and devices for improved air, water and health quality, on gas sensors, on heterogeneous catalysis for solar driven water splitting / CO2 conversion and on printable electrochemical devices (SOFCs, gas sensors, supercapacitors etc).

He is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and inventor on 2 patents. He won important scientific prizes and awards in Competitions of Innovation and Applied Research (>20) and gave more than 30 invited lectures including 1 Key-note in international scientific conferences and workshops. He has been selected as a next generation Young Researcher in Strasbourg on 2013 and 2017 at the 4th and 6th World Summit on Materials organized by the Int. Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and he is one of the two European Representatives in the Global Materials Network on Advanced Materials.

Despoina Pavlidi received the diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2009 from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in 2012 and 2018 respectively from the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete, Greece. Since 2010 she is affiliated with the Institute of Computer Science at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH-ICS) as a research assistant. From March 2019 until June 2020 she was also affiliated with the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics at FORTH (FORTH-IACM) as a postdoctoral Stavros Niarchos Foundation fellow. She is currently a stay-at-home mom of a 2-year old boy and a new born girl. Her research interests include signal processing, deep neural networks, underwater acoustics, hydrophone arrays, microphone arrays, 2D and 3D sound source localization.

Dr Ksakousti Skyllakou is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the FORTH/ICE-HT in Patras since 2017. She is also a member of the research group ‘Center for the Study of Air Quality & Climate Change’ (C-STACC). She graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Patras (2010) and she received her M.Sc in 2013. She also received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Patras, entitled “Simulating the Sources of Organic Aerosol in the  Atmosphere”, under the supervision of Prof., Spyros Pandis. Her research interests are in areas of atmospheric pollution. More specifically in the development of modeling source apportionment techiques for the atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM), connected with health impacts and in the simulation of optical properties of PM, connected with the earth climate.

Aggelopoulos ChristosDr. Christos Aggelopoulos is an Assistant Researcher at FORTH/ICE-HT (2018-today). He is a physicist by training with an MSc Diploma in Physics (Environmental Sciences) from the University of Patras (2004) while he received his PhD Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the same University (2007). Following postdoctoral research at Institut Francais du Petrole-IFP, France (2009-2010), he was subsequently continued as Research Associate at FORTH/ICE-HT (2010-2012, 2014-2018) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France (2012-2014). He was also participating as Adjunct Academic Staff of Hellenic Open University; from 2017 to 2020, he was tutor in the postgraduate program (M.Sc.), Environmental Design of Infrastructure Works. His research activities involve the in-depth study of environmental systems and the exploration of effective remediation methods for polluted environmental sites. More specifically his research activities focus on (i) Polluted soil/wastewater/waste treatment by cold atmospheric plasma, (ii) Investigation of multiphase flow and transport phenomena in soils with application to subsurface contamination and remediation, (iii) Biomass valorization for the development of low cost adsorbents capable to remove multi-species pollutants from wastewater, (iv) Wastewater treatment by photo-catalysis and (v) Carbon dioxide storage in geological formations and environmental impacts.

Dr. Konstantinos Tzirakis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, FORTH. He received B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics (2005), in Mathematics (2009), and M.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (2007) from University of Crete. He received his PhD for his work entitled “Improving sharp interpolated Hardy-trace Hardy inequalities and Hardy inequalities for fractional Laplacians on bounded domains”, under the supervision of Prof. Achilles Tertikas, University of Crete. Dr. Konstantinos Tzirakis has postdoctoral/academic experience as a Research Fellow of Center for Mathematical Modeling and Data Science, at Osaka University (Japan), and as Adjunct Lecturer at Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of University of Crete as well as Department of Mathematics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include Applied Mathematical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations and Calculus of Variations. His current research focuses on dynamics, analysis and simulation for phase transitions.

Dr. Christos G. Panagiotopoulos gratuated from the School of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2009 he received his Ph.D. for his work entitled, “A novel Boundary Element Method formulation based on reciprocal theorem in terms of velocities: Theory and Implementation”.

He continued research work at Seville of Spain (2010-2013) on variational approaches for fracture mechanics at the Group of Elasticity and Strength of Materials of the Department of Continuum Mechanics at the School of Engineering of University of Seville and partially at Prague of Czech Republic at the Mathematical Institute of Charles University and the Institute of Thermodynamics of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic.

Since 2014 he is a research collaborator of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) at Heraklion of Greece. He has being a Lecturer (through the program “Απόκτηση Ακαδημαϊκής Διδακτικής Εμπειρίας σε νέους επιστήμονες κατόχους διδακτορικού”) of the Technical University of Crete taught at the Department of Production Engineering and Management (2016-2018) and of Hellenic Mediterranean University taught at the Department of Music Technology & Acoustics (since 2017-2019).

He is co-author of 2 textbooks and of 4 chapters, he has 20 published research papers in international scientific journals and more than 50 announcements in abstracts of international and national conferences with editors and international scientific meetings. He has participated in more than 10 competitive research projects as an associate researcher and he is reviewer in 10 relevant international scientific journals and member of scientific organisations.

Eleftherios Kontopodis is currently works as a Technical Staff member at Computational Bio-Medicine Laboratory (CBML) of Institute of Computer Science at Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), in the medical image analysis field. He is also a PhD student in the school of Medicine, University of Heraklion. He received his diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, school of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the specialization in Electronics and Systems. He also graduated from Technological Educational Institute of Athens, department of Biomedical Engineering. Previous working experience is an internship in European Patent Office (EPO) in the area of Medical Diagnosis and an internship in General Electric Medical Systems- Hellas in the department of medical devices. His research interests are in the areas of mathematical modeling – control of biological systems and medical signal processing.

Vassilis Kehayas is a post-doctoral researcher in Computational Neuroscience. Vassilis got his B.Sc. in Biology and his M.Sc. in Brain and Mind Sciences from the University of Crete, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Geneva, under the supervision of Professor Anthony Holtmaat. He currently works in the team of Professor Maria Papadopouli at the Institute of Computer Science at FORTH. His research focuses on how cortical networks are structured  and how they change over time.

Dr. Ioanna Peraki is currently a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (I.M.B.B./FO.R.T.H.). Her research regards to the epigenetic regulation of intestinal progenitor cells by specific methylotransferases. She is a PhD graduate from the Department of Medicine of the University of Crete (2017) and she gained both her Bachelors (2008) and M.Sc. degrees (2011) from the Department of Biology of the University of Crete, where she trained mainly in Developmental and Molecular Biology.


Dr., Fotios Paloukis, Chemical Engineer, Postdoctoral researcher at FORTH/ICEHT. Master and PhD in the “Energy and Environment ”in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras. He has gained research experience in international and national scientific institutions (CNRS Strasbourg, University of Patras, FORTH/ICEHT). His research interests focus on the fields of Physicochemical characterization of catalysts by means of XRD , XPS/UPS and   SEM/TEM, In situ electrochemical and physicochemical characterization of catalysts by means of NAP-XPS at several Synchrotrons (ALBA-Barcelona, BESSY-Berlin, SOLEIL-Paris), Synthesis and characterization of catalytic systems for Fuel Cells applications, Electrochemical study of Fuel Cells (PEMFC and SOFC) and PEM Electrolyser, Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for Batteries (Li-ion batteries). He has participated in International and Greek conferences. He has 30 refereed journal papers (with total citations >450) ; 1 patent applications.