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Dept. of Chemistry

University of Crete, Greece

Research Fields

Energy / Environment

Tel: +30 2810545033



Research Project, Scientists etc



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


Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics with focus on tropospheric composition and climate changes due to human activities, feedback mechanisms and biogeochemical cycles.


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


  • Excellent Chair Professor at the Institute of Environmental Physics of the University of Bremen (2020-2023)
  • Von Humboldt Research Award 2019
  • Vilhelm Bjierknes EGU Medal 2016
  • 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)


Participation in 42 competitive research projects (12 Greek projects). Coordinator in 15 among them.


138 publications in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and 18 in reviewed books.


48 invited/ keynote talks at international conferences and workshops and more than 200 additional presentations at international conferences.


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
  • Member of SOLAS (Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study) Scientific Steering Committee (2021-2023)
  • Member of Steering Committee of the Measurement-Model Fusion for Global Total Atmospheric Deposition (MMF-GTAD), coordinated by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme (since 2020)


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


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


  • 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
  • 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
  • Kanakidou M., S. Myriokefalitakis, N. Daskalakis, G. Fanourgakis, A. Nenes, A. Baker, K. Tsigaridis, N. Mihalopoulos, Past, Present and Future Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (JAS-D-15-0278) Vol 73, 2039-2047, 2016.
  • Myriokefalitakis S., N. Daskalakis, G. S. Fanourgakis, A. Voulgarakis, M. C. Krol, J. M. J. Aan de Brugh and M. Kanakidou, Pollution over the Mediterranean Basin: The Importance of Long-Range Transport on ozone and carbon monoxide, Science of The Total Environment,563-564, Pages 40-521, 2016.
  • Bougiatioti, A., Nikolaou,P., Stavroulas, I., Kouvarakis, G., Nenes, A., Weber, R., Kanakidou, M., and Mihalopoulos, N.: Particle water and pH in the Eastern Mediterranean: sources variability and implications for nutrients availability, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4579-4591, 2016
  • Daskalakis, N., Tsigaridis, K., Myriokefalitakis, S., Fanourgakis, G. S., and Kanakidou, M.: Large gain in air quality compared to an alternative anthropogenic emissions scenario, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9771-9784
  • Myriokefalitakis S., Nenes A., Baker A.R., Mihalopoulos N., Kanakidou M.: Bioavailable atmospheric phosphorous supply to the global ocean: a 3-D global modelling study, Biogeosciences, 13, 6519-6543, 2016
  • Tsigaridis K., Kanakidou M.: The Present and Future of Secondary Organic Aerosol Direct Forcing on Climate, Current Climate Change Reports
  • Kanakidou M., Myriokefalitakis S., Tsigaridis K.: Aerosols in atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemical cycles of nutrients, Environ. Res. Lett. 13 063004, 2018.
  • Fanourgakis, G. S., Kanakidou, M., Nenes, A., Bauer, S. E., Bergman, T., Carslaw, K. S., Grini, A., Hamilton, D. S., Johnson, J. S., Karydis, V. A., Kirkevag, A., Kodros, J. K., Lohmann, U., Luo, G., Makkonen, R., Matsui, H., Neubauer, D., Pierce, J. R., Schmale, J., Stier, P., Tsigaridis, K., van Noije, T., Wang, H., Watson-Parris, D., Westervelt, D. M., Yang, Y., Yoshioka, M., Daskalakis, N., Decesari, S., Gysel Beer, M., Kalivitis, N., Liu, X., Mahowald, N. M., Myriokefalitakis, S., Schrodner, R., Sfakianaki, M., Tsimpidi, A. P., Wu, M., and Yu, F.: Evaluation of global simulations of aerosol particle and cloud condensation nuclei number, with implications for cloud droplet formation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8591-8617, 2019
  • Kanakidou M., China’s Nitrogen management, Nature Geoscience, 2019.
  • Pye, H. O. T., Nenes, A., Alexander, B., Ault, A. P., Barth, M. C., Clegg, S. L., Collett Jr., J. L., Fahey, K. M., Hennigan, C. J., Herrmann, H., Kanakidou, M., Kelly, J. T., Ku, I.-T., McNeill, V. F., Riemer, N., Schaefer, T., Shi, G., Tilgner, A., Walker, J. T., Wang, T., Weber, R., Xing, J., Zaveri, R. A., and Zuend, A.: The Acidity of Atmospheric Particles and Clouds, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 4809-4888,
  • Kanakidou M., Myriokefalitakis, S., Tsagkaraki, M., Atmospheric inputs of nutrients to the Mediterranean Sea, Deep Sea Research II, 171 104606,
  • Baker, A.R., Kanakidou, M., Nenes, A., Myriokefalitakis, S., Croot, P. L., Duce, R.A., Yuan Gao, Y., Guieu, C, Ito, A., Jickells, T.D., Mahowald, M.A, Middag, R., Perron, M.M.G., Sarin, MM., Shelley, R., Turner D.R: Changing atmospheric acidity as a modulator of nutrient deposition and ocean biogeochemistry, Science Advances, 2021 (7 ) eabd8800.