About Us

Professor Sofoklis Makridis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Patras in Greece & Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford, UK.

He was till 2013, a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, Sports and Sciences at Bolton University and associated member in IMRI & IREET Institutes. He is a physicist while he received the MEng in 2002 and the PhD in 2004 in fields of Materials Science and Engineering (NanoMagnetic Materials).

His Postdoc research has been accomplished on Materials for Hydrogen Storage by having a fellowship from the State Scholarships Foundation while he holds an MBA in spin-offs. The last decade gives lectures more than ten hours per week by covering physics, materials science and technology, hydrogen technologies, energy and innovation.

He serves as Editor-in-Chief at Challenges (MDPI) and at Verizona Publishing Ltd, London. He is involved in the Editorial Board of Materials and SCi (MDPI), Open Chemistry (DeGruyterOpen), of the Scientific Reports of the Nature Publishing Group, and Heliyon, Materials Science and Engineering B of Elsevier.

He is a Member of the IEEE Magnetics Society and Materials Research Society. Sofoklis had collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California regarding Hydrogen storage and CO2 capture.

He has more than 70 publications in international journals, international conference proceedings and book chapters. He has been involved in at least 12 EU/USA funded research programs, in many of which as a principal investigator or a leader.

He has more than 10 invited lectures in Research Centers and Universities and 5 invited lectures in conferences overseas in the last 5 years. He chaired more than 5 international Conferences.

His curriculum vitae has been cited in Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2010) and selected as one of the leading achievers from around the globe. Since 2011 he is in the Management Committee of three EU Cost actions.

He is an expert collaborative partner in Materials-Energy-Environment with long consultancy in Uk, EU, USA, China companies.

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Angeliki Fotiadi Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Pollution & Climate Change at the Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Patras in Greece.

Research Interests

Computation and study of the radiation energy budget at global and
regional scale, Aerosols (natural and anthropogenic) impact on the
energy and hydrological budget, Climate changes, Biosphere – Atmosphere
exchanges in terms of energy (latent and sensible heat) and chemical
compounds using Micrometeorological techniques, Boundary layer.

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Dr. Antonis Banos

Dr. Antonios Banos, Post Doc Research Associate at the University of Bristol

Head of the section: Nuclear for Hydrogen Production and Storage based on Actinides Research

University of Bristol, Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics
HH Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL, England
Telephone (office): + 44(0)117 9288757
Mobile: +44(0)7851963125
E-mail (work): antonis.banos@bristol.ac.uk
E-mail (personal): antonisbanos@gmail.com

Nikos Katsougrakis

Dr. Nikos Katsougrakis, Mechanical Engineer, PhD

Nikos Katsougrakis works as a mechanical engineer at the Bank of Greece 

He holds two Master Degrees:

1. School Psychology from the University ‘TOR VERGATA’ Italy (2015)

2. “Medical Physics” from the University of Patras (2007)

Nikos Katsougrakis holds a PhD from the Department of Medicine of the University of Patras (2015) and is engaged in the Study and Design of Nanoparticles and Nanostructures Based on Silicon Suitable for Biological and Medical Applications and has published dozens of papers in various journals.


Dr. Stefanos Nitodas, Glonatech Ltd, Athens / Lecturer on Nanomaterials and Energy – SUNY/USA

Dr. Stephanos Nitodas, Research Programs Manager at Glonatech S.A. and Lecturer at Stonybrook Campus of SUNY (The State University of New York), graduated with the Diploma of Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and with a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science from the University of Rochester, New York. He has been awarded the Morris Cohen Distinguished Award of the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society for the innovation work of his Ph.D. thesis (2001). Dr. Nitodas possesses extensive experience in chemical vapor deposition systems and technologies for the production of nanostructured carbon of various forms (carbon nanotubes and graphene). He has developed several nanotechnology-based polymer materials for high-tech industrial fields (3D printing, electronics, coatings, transportation) and established important research collaborations with major industrial partners, such as British Airways and Thales.

Dr. Nitodas has served as Scientific Consultant to the Deputy Minister of Education, Greece (2010-2012) in terms of preparation of research calls descriptions and implementation of guides for new research programs. He has given lectures and presentations with relation to nanotechnology applications and their engineering design, chemical engineering (thermodynamics, reaction engineering, process control) and nanomaterials synthesis and characterization.

Dr. Nitodas has participated as leading scientist/coordinator in 6 national and European research projects, and as principal scientist in 10 other research projects. He is the author of 24 publications and the co-inventor of 1 international (PCT) patent, whereas he has presented technical papers in over 40 international conferences. He is also editor in the Journal of Nanoscience with Advanced Technology. Since 2013 he is in the Management Committee of 2 EU COST actions. https://www.suny.edu/www.suny.edu/

Dr. Alexandra Ioannidou, External Collaborator from the Institute of Materials Science in NCSR ‘Demokritos’ 

Alexandra received her PhD thesis in 2011 in the field of hydrogen storage in intermetallics. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and she has participated in three European Research Programs (HYSTORY, DIAMANTE, DECADE) and in a bilateral program Greece-Slovenia by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Greece.

She has 4 publications and 5 participations in international conferences with 2 oral presentations. She has co-supervised many students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia. Now she is in the Institute of Materials Science in NCSR ‘Demokritos’, Athens, Greece. She is now in AMEN-Technologies in Lefkippos Science Park in Demokritos area (http://www.amen-technologies.com/). Research Staff in the laboratories of the PPC (Public Power Corporation SA). www.kdep.gr

Dr. Stavros Lazarou

I am currently a statistical officer working on energy at Eurostat (ESTAT.E.5).
Previously, I was lecturing at the ex-Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece, now University of Western Macedonia and at the laboratories of Power Systems at the School of Pedagogical & Technological Education (ASPETE) in Athens, Greece. I also worked as a researcher with Joint Research Centre and I participated to a plethora of European research projects.
My research has received relatively high impact. My h-index is 10 and my research interest index is 590 according to researchgate.com.
I am an outstanding reviewer at IEEE, Elsevier, MDPI, IJRER and a Special Issue editor at MDPI. I am member of IEEE, the Technical Chamber of Greece and JRC Alumni network.


Eleni Ztoupi, Environmental Engineer, MEng,

Mitilynaios Group

Diploma Thesis on Hydrogen Technologies in Industrial Applications

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/eleni-ztoupi-8371bb173

Alexandra Pournara, Env. Eng. MEng, PhDc

PhDc started on 24/11/2020 (Biomagnetic materials for cancer treatment) with co-supervision with Prof. Poulopoulos and Prof. Simeonidis, Environmental Engineer of the Department of Envinronmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Patras. I have an Integrated Master of Engineering and my diploma thesis with title: “Pharmaceutical impact on the Environment”. More than 7 years of experience in the Pharma industry, Therapeutic Protocols and Clinical Investigations. External scholar in NCSR “Demokritos”. 


Charicleia-Maria Lourida, Environmental Engineer, MEng, PhDc
Advisor Committee: Professors  Apostolos Polyzakis, S. Makridis, E. Tzirtzilakis


Meletios Saltas, Electrical Engineer, ASPETE, GREECE

PhDc on Smart Homes @ University of Peloponnesse (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Advisor Committee: Professors  Apostolos Polyzakis, S. Makridis, E. Tzirtzilakis


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Mr. Evangelos Tsirogiannis, Mechanical Engineer, MEng

Design and Modelling Methodologies of an Efficient and Lightweight Carbon-fiber Reinforced Epoxy Monocoque Chassis, Suitable for an Electric Car
Welding Greek Institute, Technical Chamber of Greece, Hellenic Association of Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, Hellenic Association of Production & Management Engineers, BEST – Board of European Students of Technology, AIESEC – Global organization for leadership and management issues.

Advisor Committee: Professors  Apostolos Polyzakis, S. Makridis, E. Tzirtzilakis


Theodoros Tzoganis, Mechanical Engineering, MSc

Expertise: Energy Building analysis.
PhD Student: Phase change materials and hydrogen technologies for Green building.

Vasilis Stratopoulos, MEng, Mechanical Engineer

Founder at HydroZen – Boosting the transition towards sustainable energy, by providing green power spots

Diploma Students​

Nikos Athanasiadis

Diploma thesis: Comsol multiphysics on hydrogen tanks, 2016 – CV

Physicist, Thermoelectric Materials (with AMEN-technologies LtD)
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University of Patras (2016-now) supervisor​

  • Aggelis Christoforos, 1445, Energy storage in hydrogen (ΑΓΓΕΛΗΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΦΟΡΟΣ Αποθήκευση ενέργειας σε υδρογόνο)
  • Alexandra Alexandropoulou, 968, Red Mud in Cycling Economy (ΑΝΔΡΕΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΑΧΡΗΣΗ ΣΚΩΡΙΑΣ ΕΝΑΝΤΙ ΤΣΙΜΕΝΤΟΥ-ΚΥΚΛΙΚΗ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΑ) 2019
  • Stavros Karatsolis, 1251, Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting (ΚΑΡΑΤΣΩΛΗΣ ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΘΕΡΜΟΗΛΕΚΤΡΙΚΑ ΥΛΙΚΑ ΓΙΑ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΚΗ ΕΞΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΗΣΗ) 2019
  • Vassilios Memmos, 1500, Special Ecological Evaluation (ΜΕΜΜΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΟΣ ΕΙΔΙΚΗ ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΚΗ ΑΞΙΟΛΟΓΗΣΗ) 2019
  • Konstantinos Papoutsis, 1543, Red Mud and smart building materials (ΠΑΠΟΥΤΣΗΣ ΚΩΝ/ΝΟΣ ΣΚΩΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΕΞΥΠΝΑ ΥΛΙΚΑ ΔΟΜΗΣΗΣ) 2019
  • Electra Pascho, 1637, Technoeconomic analysis of a stand alone energy system on renewable energy sources for a green environment: Bruery Zythos (ΠΑΣΧΟΥ ΗΛΕΚΤΡΑ ΤΕΧΝΟΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΗ ΜΕΛΕΤΗ ΕΝΟΣ ΑΥΤΟΔΥΝΑΜΟΥ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΚΟΥ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΟΣ ΠΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΖΕΤΑΙ ΣΕ ΑΝΑΝΕΩΣΙΜΕΣ ΜΟΡΦΕΣ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΣ ΓΙΑ ΕΝΑ «ΠΡΑΣΙΝΟ ΕΡΓΟΣΤΑΣΙΟ». ΜΕΛΕΤΗ ΠΕΡΙΠΤΩΣΗΣ ΣΕ ΒΙΟΜΗΧΑΝΙΑ ΖΥΘΟΥ) 2019
  • Alexandra Pournara, 1502, Effect of medicine on the environment (ΠΟΥΡΝΑΡΑ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΑ ΕΠΙΔΡΑΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΦΑΡΜΑΚΩΝ ΣΤΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝ) 2019
  • Diotima Karanikolou-Karra (env1556@upnet.gr) – Hydrogen Policy
  • Andreas Komninos (komninoc@gmail.com) – Thermoelectic Materials
  • Eleni Mitropoulou (el_mi_93@hotmail.com) – Permanent Magnets Nd-Fe-B
  • Christos Felekis (christosfelekis22@gmail.com) – Metal Hydrides AB2
  • Platonas Falagis (pfalag19@gmail.com) – Metal Hydrides Mg-based
  • Eva Panagopoulou (steva_panag@hotmail.com) – Comsol Multiphysics in hydrogen compression by using AB materials
  • Christos Aggelis (xaggelis@in.gr) – Metal hydride hydrogen compression
  • Bassilis Memmos (basilis.aek1@yahoo.gr) – hydrogen production Li-based
  • George Lianos (glianos13@hotmail.com) – Batteries of LaNi5
  • Kostas Papoutsis (k.papoutsis1543@yahoo.com) – Recycling magnets
  • Yannis Kalogiannis (gianniskalogiannis200@gmail.com), Batteries in Electric Vehicles
  • Maraya Bouloukaki (marayabouloukaki@gmail.com) – Stand Alone Hydrogen Systems for Hotels
  • Dimitris Giannitsas (env1559@upnet.gr) – Thermoelectric materials, 2016 in collaboration with Amen Technologies LtD
  • Theofilos Papadopoulos (theofilospap1991@gmail.com), Investigation of the separation of scandium and rare earth elements from red mud – 2017
  • Maria Diamantaki (diamantakimara@yahoo.gr) – Hydrogen Policy
  • George Rigas (georgios.rigas.92@gmail.com) – Oil capture in porous materials
  • Evangelos Chasandras (baggelis92@hotmail.com) – Green Glamping
  • George Moutsioulis (gmoutsioulis@hotmail.com) “Recycling Technologies in Materials of Photovoltaics and Wind Turbines”-2018
  • Stratoula Tsoukari, diploma thesis: Biomass technology, 2016
  • Ioannis Koufopoulos, diploma thesis: Nanoparticles production: technology and safety issues, 2016
  • Christos-Panagiotis Tzortzinis, diploma thesis: Hydrogen as an alternative fuel in combussion engines, 2016
  • Evri Matthaiou

Former Members

Petros Papanaoum has graduated the University of Western Macedonia holding the Dipl.-Eng. of Department of Mechanical Engineering. He’s chosen to specialize into the Structural Division of the Department. His Diploma Thesis: “Magnetic Brakes Analysis Using COMSOL Multiphysics” was under the supervision of Dr. Sofoklis S. Makridis. He has been afforded a unique opportunity to hold experience in research, modeling and design magnetic devices such as magnetic brakes, magnetic clutches, magnetic suspension etc. His scientific interests are directed in consideration and development of new materials for industrial use for performance optimization in electromechanical devices and structures and development of innovator micro- and nano-devices using appropriate materials.

Dr. Vaggelis Koultoukis (Now at Pyramis)
Vaggelis holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Bolton, UK. He has  gained a lot of experience on the production and characterization of nanostructured/composite materials for energy applications, working as a pre-diploma and diploma student at the Environmental Technology Laboratory of the same university, under supervision and guidance of Dr. Sofoklis S. Makridis. Moreover, he has been involved at the “NESSHY” Project, for researching on solid-state hydrogen storage materials. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Environmental Research Laboratory, NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece, under supervision of Dr. Athanasios K. Stubos & Dr. Sofoklis S. Makridis on the field of Metal Hydride for Hydrogen Compressors. Being a member of this latter laboratory, he is being involved at the ATLAS-H2 Project, employed as an Early Stage Researcher on Hydrogen Storage in Solids by McPhy Energy S.A., France. His main activities are synthesis and characterization of intermetallic compounds for hydrogen storage, PCT measurements and CAD designing of multiple laboratory devices. 

Dr. Athina Skemperi
PhD from the University of Loughborough, is holding a Dipl.-Eng. from University of Western Macedonia, Department of Mechanical Engineering. She has chosen to specialize inOptimization on Polymeric Membrane Fuel Cells (Simulink in Matlab).  Her Diploma Thesis “Simulink of Case Studies on the Efficiency of PEMFC Fuel CellsThrough Modeling with MATLAB” was under the supervision of Dr. Sofoklis S. Makridis. She has participated in International Elsevier Conference on Fuel Cells 2012, Science & Technology, Berlin, Germany and will be participating in International Congress on Materials and Renewable Energy, Athens, Greece, 2013.She has been afforded the unique opportunity to hold experience in research, as an undergraduate student inEnvironmental Technology Laboratory of the same university and as a research assistant to Fuel Cells’ optimization with MATLAB & Materials to Renewable Energy Applications at Environmental Research Laboratory NCSR Demokritos. Currently she works inOptimization Studies on PEMFC Fuel Cells by using MATLAB Modules.
Dr. Evangelos Gkanas, Lecturer at Coventry University

Former Student Members