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Galiotis Costas

Costas Galiotis Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras
Adjunct (Visiting) Professor, Dept. of Materials Sci, Queen Mary - University of London

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Last updated: January 2015


1982: PhD in Materials Science, Dept. of Materials, QMW-Univ. of London, UK
1977: Diploma in Chemistry, Univ. of Athens, Greece


Previous Employment/Occupation:

2014 - current : Professor, Chemical Engineering Dept., Univ. of Patras
2002 - 2014 : Professor, Materials Dept., Univ. of Patras
2007 - 2013: Director of FORTH/ICE-HT
1996-2002: Research Director, FORTH/ICE-HT
1993-1996: Reader, Dept. of Materials Sci., Queen Mary College University of London, UK
1987-1993: Lecturer, Dept. of Materials Sci.,Queen Mary College University of London, UK
1986 : Lecturer, Dept. of Materials Sci., Brunel Univ., UK
1981-1986: Research Fellow, Queen Mary College University of London, UK


Research Activities:

Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Mechanical properties in tension and compression. Surface modification and structural characterisation. Production of nanocomposites. Composites: Stress/ strain sensing. Interfacial measurements. Micromechanics of reinforcement. Strain mapping. Modes of Failure. Mechanical characterisation. Smart Structures. Polymers: Modelling structure/ property behaviour in semi-crystalline polymers. Morphological and structural characterisation of moulded polymers. Spectroscopic characterisation of polymers. Non-Destructive Testing of Materials: World leader in the application of Laser Raman spectroscopy for stress or strain measurements in fibres and composites. Application to both polymeric and ceramic based composites.


Participation in Research Projects:

Extensive experience with the management of research projects and main co-ordinator/ partner of over 50 research programmes (funded by CEC, national bodies and industry). Recently he coordinates large research programmes funded by FP7, ERC (GSRT) and other sourves. From 2004-2008 he participated as a core partner in the European Network of Excellence (NoE) in Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites. He coordinated (2006-10) a Marie Curie - Transfer of knowledge (TOK) grant for research in high volume fraction in carbon nanotube polymer composites. Funding agencies include CEC (FP5, FP6, FP7), EPSRC (UK), DRA (UK), ROYAL SOCIETY (UK), ONR (USA), GSRT (GR) etc.



281 publications in total: 7 chapters in books, 3 refereed reviews, 2 patents, 150 refereed journal papers, 21 refereed books of proceedings, 102 in non-refereed conference proceedings.


Conference Participation/Attendance:

Presentation in 111 international and national conferences. Invited speaker at 30 international conferences.


Teaching Activities (current):

Graduate: Programme on Polymers- Univ. of Patras: Physics of Polymers.
Master Programme-Materials Dept. -Univ of Patras : Design, synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials.
Undergratuate: Chemical Engineering Dept. - Univ. of Patras: a) (Materials Science b) Composite Materials


Conference Seminar Organisation:

2014, Chairman and Organiser of the Graphene Summer School 2014 (Patras, Greece)- 100 participants
2014, Chairman and Organiser of a Workshop on Graphene-based Composites in ECCM16, Seville, Spain (June 22-26)
2014, Chairman and Co-organiser (with Prof. Chryssolouris) of the Intenational Industrial Technologies 2014 Conference (Athens, Greece)- 1300 participants
2013, Co-organiser (with Prof. Anastasiadis) of the Onassis Lectures Series in Physics and Chemistry(theme: Nanosciences and Nanotechnology), July 15-19 2013, Heraklion
2012, Chairman and Organiser of the International GrapHEL conference (Mykonos, Greece)- 150 participants
2007, Chairman and Organiser of the International NANOCONF'07 conference (Corfu, Greece)- 150 participants
2004, Chairman and Organiser of ECCM11 (Rhodes, Greece)- 650 Participants
1997, Chairman of workshop on Composite Materials at JRC, ISPRA, Italy- 30 participants
1993, Chairman Composite Interfaces workshop (funded by ONR, USA) and held in London- 30 participants


Professional Affiliations:

National Representative in the NMP+B Committee of Horizon 2020 (current). National Representative in the NMP Committee of FP7 (2011-2013). National Representative of the FET Flagship on Graphene (2012-current). Served as Expert, Reviewer, Vice-Chair and Independent Observer for evaluation of European FP5, FP6 and FP7 research proposals. Official External Reviewer of internal project of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) at ISPRA, Italy (2000-2003). Reviewer for the Fulbright Foundation, USA, (1992-current). Reviewing applications for promotion to tenured faculty positions for US universities (Cornell, GIT, RPI). UK representative and coordinator of the university-industrial liaison for the European Concerted Action on Composite Interfaces (1992-97). External Examiner/ Reviewer for the MSc course on Advanced Materials in the Department of Materials of University of Surrey, UK (1995-97). External Examiner of PhD programmes for 4 UK universities (London, Manchester, Sheffield, Surrey), 1 German (Kaiserlautern) and 2 Greek universities (Athens-Technical and Patras) (1990-current). Member of the Academic Board of Queen Mary Univ. of London (1993-95).


Editorship of Journals:

Editor-in-chief of Advanced Composites Letters since 1993.
Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites since November 2005.



  • Appointment as a National Representative for Greece in the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee of Nanotechnology, Materials, Processes and Biotechnology (2013-current)
  • Appointment in the FP7 Programme Committee as a National Representative of Nanotechnology, Materials and Processes (FP7-NMP) for Greece (2011-2013)
  • National Representative in the Graphene FET Flagship (since 2012)
  • Award of The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation for the project "Mechanical behavior of two-dimensional crystals: The case of graphene" (2010)
  • Elected Member of the Executive Council of the European Association of Composite Materials (1999-2012)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Nanofun-Poly Network of Excellence (2004-2008)
  • Elected President of the European Association of Composite Materials (2004-2006)
  • Institute of Materials top prizes for research papers (1990,'91,'93)
  • British Government Scholarship (1978-91)
  • Du Pont Young Faculty Award (1989-90)
  • Second Prize of Greek Mathematical Society (1972)


Selected Publications:

  • "Failure Processes in Embedded Monolayer Graphene under Axial Compression" by Ch. Androulidakis, E.N. Koukaras, O. Frank, G. Tsoukleri, D. Sfyris, J. Parthenios, N. Pugno, K. Papagelis, K.S. Novoselov, C. Galiotis, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS (Nature), 4, 5271 (2014).
  • "Development of a universal stress sensor for graphene and carbon fibres" by O. Frank, G. Tsoukleri, I. Riaz, K.Papagelis, J. Parthenios, A.C. Ferrari, A.K. Geim, K. S. Novoselov, C. Galiotis, Nature Comms, 2/255, 2011.
  • "Subjecting a Graphene Monolayer to Tension and Compression" by G. Tsoukleri, J. Parthenios, K. Papagelis, R. Jalil, A.C. Ferrari, A.K. Geim, K.S. Novoselov, and C. Galiotis, Small, 2397-240: 25/21, 2009.
  • "Chemical Oxidation of Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes" by V. Datsyuk, M. Kalyva, K. Papagelis, J. Parthenios, D. Tasis, A. Siokou, I. Kallitsis and C. Galiotis, Carbon, 833-840: 46/6, 2008.
  • "Stress generation by shape memory alloy wires embedded in polymer composites" by D. Bollas, P. Pappas, J. Parthenios and C. Galiotis, Acta materialia, 5489-5499: 55/16, 2007.
  • "Effect of Stress and Temperature on the Optical Phonons of Aramid Fibers" by D. Bollas, J. Parthenios and C. Galiotis, Physical Review B, 73, 094103, 2006
  • "An experimental and theoretical study of the stress transfer problem in fibrous composites", by G. Anagnostopoulos, J. Parthenios, A.G. Andreopoulos and C. Galiotis, Acta Materialia, 4173-4183: 53/15, 2005.


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