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Research Highlights

Some of the recent achievements by FORTH/ICE-HT are summarised below:


Members of FORTH / ICE-HT published their research on the fabrication of graphene-reinforced fibrous veils as a featured article in the journal Nanoscale and the artwork has been chosen to appear on the inside back cover of the issue

Collaborating Faculty Members and researchers of FORTH / ICE-HT published their research results as a featured article in the Nanoscale. The title of the article is:

"3-Arm star pyrene-functional PMMAs for efficient exfoliation of graphite in chloroform: fabrication of graphene-reinforced fibrous veils"
Nanoscale, 11, 915-931 (2019)
by Gkermpoura, S.S., Papadimitriou, K.D., Skountzos, E.N., Polyzos, I., Pastore Carbone, M.G., Kotrotsos, A., Mavrantzas, V.G., Galiotis, C., Tsitsilianis, C.

The artwork has been chosen to appear on the inside back cover of issue 3 of the journal.

Short revision of the article:
Tailor-made, well-defined, 3-arm, star-shaped pyrene-functional PMMAs were designed as dispersing agents for the liquid phase exfoliation of graphite. Stable few-layered graphene sheets were achieved in chloroform, with very low polymer/graphite mass ratio. Additionally, detailed all-atom Molecular Dynamic simulations were performed to provide insights into the exfoliation mechanism. Finally, the G@(PMMA-Py)3 hybrids were successfully incorporated into a PMMA matrix by electrospinning to fabricate graphene-based nanocomposite fibrous veils. The PMMA/G@(PMMA-Pyn)3 elecrospun fiber mats exhibit a modulus enhanced by a factor of 4.4 for the 1.5 wt.% G@(PMMA-Pyn)3 nanocomposite.

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Researchers of FORTH / ICE-HT published in a high-impact scientific journal a study demonstrating the creation of mosaic patterns in graphene flakes by mechanical deformation at room temperature

Researchers of FORTH / ICE-HT published in the high-impact scientific journal Nature Communications a study demonstrating that in-situ uniaxial tensile testing combined with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) at room temperature can be employed to highlight the formation of complex morphologies in graphene flakes, such as the creation of mosaic patterns, entitled:

"Mosaic pattern formation in exfoliated graphene by mechanical deformation",
Nature Comms, 10: Article number: 1572 (2019)
by Pastore Carbone M.G., Manikas A.C., Souli I., Pavlou C., and Galiotis C.

This study opens a whole dearth of new applications in the area of nano-fluidics but also in photo-electronics and sensor technologies.

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A study by researchers of FORTH / ICE-HT was published as a featured article in the Nanotechnology journal and showcased by the journal issue cover page

Work related to the laser-assisted transformation of graphitic materials to graphene-like structures, by Dr. S. N. Yannopoulos and collaborators, was published as a featured article in the Nanotechnology journal, entitled:

"Laser-induced transformation of graphitic materials to two-dimensional graphene-like structures at ambient conditions",
Nanotechnology, 29(38): art. no. 384001 (2018)
by Antonelou A., Benekou V., Dracopoulos V., Kollia M., & Yannopoulos S.N.

This work was also showcased by the journal issue cover page.

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Prof. Athanasios Nenes receives an ERC Consolidator Grant on Atmospheric Pollution

Dr. Athanasios Nenes, Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (now, EPFL, Switzerland) and Affiliated Scientist at FORTH/ICE-HT earns an ERC Consolidator Grant entitled "Pyrogenic TRansformations Affecting Climate and Health" (PyroTRACH) with FORTH/ICE-HT to be the host institution.

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The scientific journal "Materials" used as cover the artwork of a publication by Dr. N. Bouropoulos, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT

The scientific journal "Materials" used as cover for the issue of August 2017 (Volume 10, Issue 8) artwork from the following publication by N. Bouropoulos, Assoc. Professor, Department of Materials Science, University of Patras & Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT:

Sagasti A., Bouropoulos N., Kouzoudis D., Panagiotopoulos A., Topoglidis E., Gutiérrez J., "Nanostructured ZnO in a Metglas/ZnO/Hemoglobin Modified Electrode to Detect the Oxidation of the Hemoglobin Simultaneously by Cyclic Voltammetry and Magnetoelastic Resonance", Materials, 10(8), 849 (2017); doi:10.3390/ma10080849

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Dr. T. Ioannides, Research Director of FORTH/ICEHT, is co-author of an article included in the collection: "2017 Catalysis, Science and Technology Hot Articles"

Dr. T. Ioannides, Research Director of FORTH/ICEHT, is co-author of the following article:

González-Castaño M., Ivanova S., Ioannides T., Centeno M.A., Odriozola J.A., "Deep insight into Zr/Fe combination for successful Pt/CeO2/Al2O3 WGS catalyst doping", Catalysis Science and Technology, 7(7), 1556-1564 (2017)
(Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry)

which was higlighted as HOT and was included in the themed collection: 2017 Catalysis, Science and Technology Hot Articles

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The artwork of a publication by researchers of FORTH/ICE-HT was selected to appear on the cover of a high impact journal

The artwork of the following scientific article by researchers of FORTH/ICEHT

Papadimitriou, K. D., Skountzos, E. N., Gkermpoura, S. S., Polyzos, I., Mavrantzas, V. G., Galiotis, C., and Tsitsilianis, C., "Molecular Modeling Combined with Advanced Chemistry for the Rational Design of Efficient Graphene Dispersing Agents", ACS Macro Letters, 5(1), 24-29 (2016)

was selected to appear on the cover of the high impact factor journal ACS Macro Letters (IF: 5.764)

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Prof. C. Kordulis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, is co-author of an article published in a scientific journal of high impact

In the journal Chemical Reviews (Impact Factor: 46.568), which ranks third in the list of journals that appear in Web of Science based on the IF, the following article was published

Bourikas K., Kordulis C., Lycourghiotis A., "Titanium Dioxide (Anatase and Rutile): Surface Chemistry, Liquid-Solid Interface Chemistry, and Scientific Synthesis of Supported Catalysts", Chemical Reviews, 114(19):9754-9823 (2014).

Professor Christos Kordulis is a Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT.

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Prof. C. Galiotis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, earns an ERC Advanced Grant for "Tailor Graphene"

Tailor Graphene is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary programme of research funded by the European Research Council (Advanced Grant), aiming to determine the full response of graphene to extreme axial deformations up to failure and to measure directly its strength, stiffness, strain-to-failure and the effect of orthogonal buckling to its overall tensile properties. Another objective of the project is the exploitation of the potential of graphene as an efficient reinforcement in composites.

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FORTH/ICE-HT participates in "GRAPHENE", an EU Future Emerging Technology flagship

The European Commission has chosen "Graphene" as one of Europe's first 10-year, 1,000 million euro FET flagships. The mission of "Graphene" is to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society, revolutionize multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe. The coordinator of the Hellenic participation and national representative of "Graphene", is Costas Galiotis, Professor of University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT.

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FORTH/ICE-HT: Leader in measurements of atmospheric pollutants at European level

The longest deployment of the Zeppelin NT for climate research so far was officially launched recently in a campaign coordinated by scientists from Julich. The airship will fly across Europe to measure the composition of the air as a part of the pan-European "PEGASOS" large-scale project co-ordinated by Prof. Spyros Pandis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT.

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Systems Biology Studies of Dr. Klapa's group featured in BMC Systems Biology and evaluated in Faculty of 1000

The research work of Dr. Klapa's group on Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology at FORTH/ICE-HT was recently honored by two significant distinctions

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Professor Spyros Pandis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, earns an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant for "Atmospheric Organic Particulate Matter, Air Quality and Climate Change Studies"

Dr. Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, and Collaborating Faculty Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) has recently been awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant for his research proposal entitled "Atmospheric Organic Particulate Matter, Air Quality and Climate Change Studies (ATMOPACS)".

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Contribution of FORTH/ICE-HT to the groundbreaking discovery of Graphene - the perfect atomic lattice

The close collaboration of FORTH/ICE-HT with the 2010 Nobel Prize Laureates in Physics is another example of the forefront scientific research conducted at the Institute in the field of nanomaterials and their applications.

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Funding of IP "PEGASOS" on atmospheric chemistry and climate change

The large scale Integrating Project PEGASOS on atmospheric chemistry and climate change interactions has recently been selected for funding by the European Commission. PEGASOS is coordinated by FORTH/ICE-HT.

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Funding of four RTD projects in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen production

The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) has recently received a new distinction at European level, as the European Commission selected for funding four (4) proposals in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen production. This is a field in which a large group of FORTH/ICE-HT researchers focuses its efforts.

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Innovative solutions for fuel cells

  • New electrocatalysts (bimetallic and tri-metallic) which are used as anodes for low temperature PEM fuel cells. The new anodes are durable and offer high tolerance to CO. Thus, they are valuable for clean energy production from (reformation) hydrogen in a reliable and controlled manner.
  • Innovative polymeric materials which are used for the production of high temperature PEM fuel cells (150-200oC). The advantages of the operation of a fuel cell at these temperatures are: (a) use of common purity H2, (b) obviation of the need for humidification of the gaseous reactants, (c) higher catalyst activity and easier heat manipulation.


Microtechnology and Bioanalysis


New bioluminescent proteins in Bioanalysis

Use of Gaussia photopherase as a label for high sensitivity DNA hybridization analysis.


Nanotechnology in Molecular Diagnosis

Innovative biosensor for DNA hybridization analysis based on the coupling of gold nano-particles with oligo-nucleotides.


High-sensitivity methods for antigen identification

Use of RNA polymerase as label for antigen identification.


Innovative Materials

  • New photonic polymers with controlled color of emitted light. In particular, there have been synthesized copolymers of oligo-fluorene which emit steady blue light.
  • Development of new catalysts for the production of high quality carbon nanotubes (mono-layer and multi-layer) through catalyzed vapor deposition. High yields are achieved and the production cost is very competitive.
  • Transparent thermo-insulating plates based on SiO2 aero-gels having the highest known optical transparency and the lowest thermal conductivity of all known materials. They can be used in the construction of double windows and heavy duty refrigerators. Their use can reduce energy consumption in the heating or cooling of buildings up to 20%, and up to 60% for refrigeration.


Chemical Engineering and Biomedicine

  • Innovative non-invasive spectroscopic method for identification of drugs in the aqueous humor of the anterior chamber in the eye between the lens and the cornea.
  • Innovative method for non-invasive early diagnosis of the onset of cerebral-edema, caused by cranocerebral injuries.
  • Particle size analyzer for non-spherical particles with axial symmetry such as bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
  • Innovative method for the encapsulation of substances with anti-microbial action in polymeric matrices for improved drug release control.


Simulation tools for specific applications

  • Computer simulator for the production of thin films of electronic materials on suitably patterned substrates, with physicochemical driving forces (instead of using conventional lithography) as a critical step in the emerging technology of integrated circuits based on ink-jet printing techniques. Contract work for a major Japanese company.
  • Computer simulator of the displacement of oil by water in oil reservoirs, during secondary and tertiary oil recovery. The first simulator worldwide which incorporates the true mechanisms of two-phase flow in porous rock formations.
  • Computer simulator for the prediction of the spreading and natural attenuation of mixtures of hazardous organic substances (insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, other liquid organic pollutants, etc.) in the soil and risk assessment concerning the pollution of aquifers and bodies surface water.
  • Package of innovative computer codes for the analysis of the interaction between waves (electromagnetic, acoustic, thermoelastic, etc.) with scatterers (solid bodies) of any type, using the Boundary Elements Method (BEM). Very fast and user-friendly, the only one based on BEM.
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