Speaker Bio

Konstantinos P. Giannakopoulos

Konstantinos P. Giannakopoulos is an expert in nanostructural materials characterisation; he is a Physicist (1995, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) with a PhD (1998, University of Liverpool) on the study of heteroepitaxial growth of III-V semiconductors on vicinal substrates. He has worked in ST Microelectronics (Advanced R&D, Crolles, France) on the characterization of selectively grown heteroeptiaxial thin films. Since 2002 he works in NCSR Demokritos on the growth and structural characterization (esp. with Electron Microscopy) of a large variety of nanomaterials and nanostructures. He has worked on a variety of materials: oxides, semiconductors, metallic nanoparticles for applications in nanoelectronics (for advanced non-volatile memories and magnetic recording media). He has taught in the University of Liverpool, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Novi Sad, Serbia (Honorary Professor) and he has also worked at mantis Deposition and the University of Cyprus. He has co-organized 8 National and International Conferences, and he is the co-author of 84 peer-reviewed scientific publications in scientific Journals and Conference Proceedings; he has received 645 references for his work. Currently he has taken role to promote the field of Advanced Materials to the European public (see www.materialsfuture.eu).

Title: Stimulating the public attitude towards Advanced Materials


Advanced Materials are responsible for more than 70% of the technological innovations. But how many of our fellow citizens are aware of this? The role of advanced materials is often hidden behind other technologies, as for example in microelectronics, prosthetics etc; therefore it is difficult for the pupils and the non-specialists to appreciate their importance. In our project we are aiming to stimulate the general public’s interest (esp. the younger people) in this direction with the creation of an innovative set of media products that are free to use and can be found in www.materialsfuture.eu. We have created them (film, serious game, web site) in all EU languages in our effort to spread the word throughout Europe, keeping in mind that the best people that can talk about materials are the materials scientists themselves. The educational game has been created for 14-17 year olds, it can be played on their phones and tablets; the player is creating the materials technologies that are necessary for the development of the civilisation in a small. Accompanying texts and videos aims to assist educators and pupils into uncovering the world of innovation and sustainability that is comes with advanced materials.


Laboratory for Electron Microscopy and Nanomaterials
Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos"
Tel: +30 210650 3247