University of Crete
Maria Vamvakaki is a Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete and an affiliated Faculty Member at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas. Prof. Vamvakaki holds a doctoral degree in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Sussex, UK. Next, she became a post-doctoral associate at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science at the University of Sussex, and then a Visiting Assistant Professor and post-doctoral fellow in Chemistry at the Department of Physical Sciences of the University of Cyprus. She was also a visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology, of the University of Crete and a visiting scientist at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science at the University of Sussex. Prof. Vamvakaki is leading the Materials Synthesis Group at the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete and her expertise focus on the synthesis and characterization of polymeric and organic/inorganic hybrid materials, polyelectrolytes/polyampholytes and microgels/hydrogels. Her current research interests include the synthesis of functional and stimuli-responsive polymeric materials and the self-assembly of macromolecules in solution and at a surface.
Anastasios J. Tasiopoulos
University of Cyprus
Anastasios J. Tasiopoulos is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cyprus. He completed both his BSc (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees at the University of Ioannina (Greece), the latter under the supervision of Professor Themistoklis A. Kabanos. After postdoctoral work with Professor George Christou at the University of Florida, he was appointed Lecturer at the University of Cyprus in 2004. His research is focused on the synthesis and study of metal clusters and multidimensional coordination polymers with interesting properties and potential applications in various areas such as magnetism, sensing, removal of toxic organic and inorganic pollutants from aqueous media and gas storage and separation.