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M. Kanakidou


Professor - Department of Chemistry

University of Crete

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Last updated: February 2013


1993: Habilitation in Chemistry, University of Paris 7, France.
1988: PhD in Chemistry, University of Paris 7, France.
1985: MSc (DEA) in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Chemistry of Pollution, University of Paris 7, France.
1984: BSc. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry University of Athens, Greece.


Previous Employment/Occupation:

2008 - : Professor of Computational Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete.
2002 - 2007: Associate Professor of Computational Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete.
1998 - 2002: Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete.
1991 - 1997: Research scientist (CR1) at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
1989 - 1991: Research fellow (post doctorate) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Mainz, Germany


Research Activities:

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics with focus on tropospheric composition and climate changes due to human activities and on gas/particle interactions.


Participation in Research Projects:

Coordinator in 2 European Competitive Projects and Principal Investigator in 10 European Competitive Projects and co- Principal Investigator in 3 European Competitive Projects. Principal Investigator in 19 National and bilateral Competitive projects in Greece and France.


Services to the International Scientific Community:

  • Member of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP) of the IAMAS since 1998 (served as President 2006-2010).
  • Member of the Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) WG 38 on 'The Atmospheric Input of Chemicals to the Ocean' since 2008.



85 publications in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and 13 in reviewed books.


Conference Participation/Attendance:

34 invited/ keynote talks at international conferences and workshops and more than 160 additional presentations at international conferences.



Environmental Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere, Introduction to Computing Sciences, Computing Environmental Chemistry.


Editorship of Journals:

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: since Nov. 2009 and as guest editor in 2002-2003.
Atmosphere: Editorial Board since 2010. Served on the editorial boards of Tellus B and Atmospheric Environment.


Prizes / Honours :

  • H. Julian Allen Award 1998 - NASA Ames Research Center on the 20th of July 1998.
  • Reviewer's award of editor assistance - Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere 1998.
  • Ph.D. grant from the National Greek State organization (IKY) (1985-1988).
  • Post doctoral mobility grants from the Max Planck Society (1989 & 1991) and the European Union (1989-1990).



Selected Publications:

  • Kanakidou M.*, F.J. Dentener, P.J. Crutzen (1995) A Global three-dimensional study of the fate of HCFCs and HFC-134a in the troposphere, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 18781-18802.
  • Singh H.B., M. Kanakidou, P.J. Crutzen and D. Jacob (1995) High concentrations and photochemical fate of carbonyls and alcohols in the global troposphere, Nature, 378, 50-54.
  • M. Kanakidou*, F.J. Dentener, G.P. Brasseur, T.K. Berntsen, W.J. Collins, D.A. Hauglustaine, S. Houweling, I.S.A. Isaksen, M. Krol, M.G. Lawrence, J.F. Muller, N. Poisson, G.J. Roelofs, Y. Wang, W.M.F. Wauben, (1999) 3-D global simulations of tropospheric CO distributions - results of the GIM/IGAC intercomparison 1997 exercise, Chemosphere: Global Change Science, 1, 263-282.
  • Baboukas E. D., Kanakidou M., and Mihalopoulos N. (2000). Carboxylic acids in gas and particulate phase above the Atlantic Ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 14459-14472.
  • Poisson N., Kanakidou M.* and P. J. Crutzen (2000) Impact of Non Methane Hydrocarbons on tropospheric chemistry and particular the oxidizing power of the global troposphere: 3-Dimensional Modelling results, J. Atmos. Chem., 36, 157-230.
  • Kanakidou M.*, K. Tsigaridis, F. J. Dentener and P.J. Crutzen (2000) Human activity enhances the formation of organic aerosols by biogenic hydrocarbon oxidation, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 9243-9254.
  • Tsigaridis K., Kanakidou M.* (2003) Global modelling of secondary organic aerosol in the troposphere: A sensitivity analysis, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1849-1869.
  • Kanakidou, M.*, J. H. Seinfeld, S. N. Pandis, I. Barnes, F. J. Dentener, M. C. Facchini, R. van Dingenen, B. Ervens, A. Nenes, C. J. Nielsen, E. Swietlicki, J.P. Putaud, Y. Balkanski, S. Fuzzi, J. Horth, G. K. Moortgat, R. Winterhalter, C. E. L. Myhre, K. Tsigaridis, E. Vignati, E. G. Stephanou, J. Wilson (2005) Organic aerosol and global climate modelling: A review, Atmos. Chem. Phys. , 5, 1053-1123.
  • Vrekoussis, M., N. Mihalopoulos, E. Gerasopoulos, M. Kanakidou*, P. J. Crutzen and J. Lelieveld (2007) Two-years of NO3 radical observations in the boundary layer over the Eastern Mediterranean, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 315-327.
  • Kanakidou M.*, Mihalopoulos N., Kindap T., Im U., Vrekoussis M., Gerasopoulos E., Dermitzaki E., Unal A., Kocak M., Markakis K., Melas D., Kouvarakis G., Youssef A.F., Richter A., Hatzianastassiou N., Hilboll A., Ebojie F., Wittrock F, von Savigny C., Burrows J.P. (2011) Megacities as hot spots of air pollution in the East Mediterranean, Atmospheric Environment, 45, 1223-1235.
  • Myriokefalitakis, S., Tsigaridis, K., Mihalopoulos, N., Sciare, J., Nenes, A., Kawamura, K., Segers, A., and Kanakidou, M.* (2011) In-cloud oxalate formation in the global troposphere: a 3-D modeling study, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 5761-5782.
  • Im, U. and Kanakidou, M.* (2012) Impacts of East Mediterranean megacity emissions on air quality, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 6335-6355, doi:10.5194/acp-12-6335-2012.
  • Kanakidou, M.*, Duce, R.A., Prospero, J., Baker, A.R., Benitez-Nelson, C., Dentener, F.J., Hunter, K.A., Liss, P.S., Mahowald, N., Okin, G., Sarin, M., Tsigaridis, K., Uematsu, M., Zamora, L.M., Zhu, T. (2012) Atmospheric fluxes of organic N and P to the global ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 10.10.1029/2011GB004277.
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