Postdoctoral fellows

Vasiliki Tsikourkitoudi


Dr. Vasiliki Tsikourkitoudi is a Chemical Engineer graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (2010). She performed her MSc studies in Materials Science and Technology in the Research Unit of Advanced, Composite, Nano Materials & Nanotechnology (Prof. Costas Charitidis) in the same university (2010-2012). In 2012, she moved to northern Spain where she was employed in Technological Centre L’UREDERRA as a Process Engineer elaborating an industrial PhD under Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN MANANO project (EC under grant agreement No. 264710) working on Flame Spray Pyrolysis (FSP) process optimization for synthesis of nanoparticles with desired properties. Shereceived her PhD in 2016 from Kingston University of London supervised by Prof. Tao Zhang(Department of Mechanical Engineering). She then carried out postdoctoral research stay in Physics Department of University of Ioannina, Greece. She joined Prof. Georgios Sotiriou’s group in 2019 and she is currently working on nanoparticle-drug conjugates for drug delivery. She has published 11 scientific publications and haspresented her scientific results in various scientific international conferences.

Distinctions and Awards

  • Best poster award in Symposium N of E-MRS Spring Meeting (May 11-15, Lille, 2015).
  • “Marie Curie fellowship” for PhD studies, “Manufacturing and applications of nanostructured materials (MANANO)” FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN project (grant agreement No. 264710).
  • “Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefits Foundation” Fellowship for MSc studies.
  • “Thomaidio Award” from National Technical University of Athens for scientific publication.
  • “Chris Papakyriakopoulos” award for excellent performance in Mathematics.


Eleni Bletsa


Dr. Eleni Bletsa, Environmental Engineer, received her Master degree (MSc) in “Chemistry and Technology of Materials” of Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Department of Chemistry from University of Ioannina (UOI), Greece. She performed her master thesis in Layered and Nanoporous Materials Laboratory of Prof. Gournis. During 2013-2017, she performed her PhD thesis in Physical/chemistry of materials for catalytic and environmental applications at Prof. Deligiannakis Lab in collaboration with Prof. Louloudi, Lab of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, UOI. In June, 2017 she received her PhD for Department of Materials Science and Engineering with grade excellent (10/10). For 1,5 year, Eleni was post-doctoral researcher at Flame Spray Pyrolysis Laboratory, at Department of Physics, UOI (Prof. Deligiannakis group) on nanoparticles production by FSP for photocatalytic and antioxidant applications. Eleni has teaching experience in Lab courses on Physical Chemistry, Instrumental Environmental Analysis, Materials and Environment (Physicochemical aspects of environmental remediation), of Dep. Materials Science & Engineering. In 2015, Eleni received a personal scholarship from IHSS for visiting the Environmental Nanotechnology Laboratory of Prof. Baoshan Xing at University of Massachusetts, USA. In 2016, she was awarded again from IHSS for her participation in 18th IHSS Meeting 2016, Kanazawa, Japan. In 2018, Eleni was selected from Greek national catalysis society to represent Greece at the first young generation catalysis contest organized by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands where she was awarded with the 1rst prize at Young Scientist Contest at catalysis by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). In 2019, she joined at Prof. Sotiriou’s group as fellow focused on functional nanoparticles for bio-imaging and bio-sensing applications. Moreover, she received a personal fellowship from Greek foundation for education and European culture to study photo activated nano materials for biomedical applications at the same lab. In 2020 she received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to continue her research at Prof. Sotiriou’s lab with the project PHOTO-IASIS.


Haipeng Li

Haipeng Li graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree in Materials Science and in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. He performed his PhD study from 2014 to 2020 at Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering IWT and University of Bremen, Germany. During his PhD study, Haipeng has worked on functional nanoparticle synthesis via single and double flame spray pyrolysis (FSP), as well as studying droplet combustion and explosion using optical diagnostic techniques, including shadowgraphy (high-speed camera recording and backlight), rainbow refractometry, interferometric particle imaging, and digital in-line holography. Haipeng joined the group of Prof. Georgios Sotiriou in 2020 and his current research interest is to fabricate plasmonic nanostructured substrates for biosensing applications. He has published 7 first-author papers and 7 co-author papers in the international journals including Combustion and Flame, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, ACS Applied Nano Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, as well as Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science.

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