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Filippos Farmakis

Filippos Farmakis

Professor, Lab Director

Dr Filippos Farmakis received his B.S. degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1996, the MSc degree in Optics, Optoelectronics and Microwaves from National Polytechnic School of Grenoble, France, in 1997 and his PhD from the same School in 2000. His dissertation was on the electrical and noise characterization as well as reliability aspects in polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors. After earning the PhD degree, he joined UNAXIS SA, Palaiseau, France as Process Engineer and later as R&D Team Leader where he worked on thin film deposition on PECVD production systems for the display industry.

In 2006 he pursued his research on chemical sensing field-effects devices and thin film transistors with IMEL, NCSR Demokritos, Athens, Greece, after receiving a grant from a project co-financed with the European Union. In 2008, he was employed as the Head of Technology at Heliosphera SA, a Greek company producing thin film photovoltaic modules in a 60MW manufacturing line. From January 2012, he is Lecturer, in July 2015 became an Assistant Professor and from 2024 he is Professor at Democritus University of Thrace, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in Xanthi.

He is the author and co-author of more than 60 scientific papers in refereed international journals and conferences. He is member of Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) and Non-govermental expert in CapTechs Energy & Environment and Materials & Structures (European Defence Agency).

He specializes in:

  • Solar cell technology
  • Thin films
  • Lithium- ion battery cells
+30 25410 79936

Loukas Michalas

Assistant Professor

Dr. Loukas Michalas received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece, in 2002, the M.Sc. degree in Material Physics from NKUA in 2004, and his PhD in Natural Sciences from NKUA in 2009. His dissertation focused on nanoelectronics.

After earning his PhD, he began postdoctoral research at NKUA and later continued at IMM, National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, Italy. He was a senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southampton, UK, from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, he joined the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) at FORTH in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, as a postdoctoral fellow. During this time, he also worked as a visiting researcher at RF Microtech, Perugia, Italy, and Imperial College London, UK. He briefly served as a laboratory associate at the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences.

In early 2024, he assumed the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Democritus University of Thrace.
He is the author and co-author of 42 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 32 articles in reviewed conference proceedings, and has made over 50 presentations at conferences.

He is proficient in high-frequency simulation software (HFSS, AWR) and speaks English, German, and Italian.
He specializes in nanoelectronics and high-frequency phenomena.
+30 25410 79556
George Zardalidis

George Zardalidis

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. George Zardalidis received his B.S. degree in Physics from University of Ioannina, Greece, in 2000 and MSc in Microelectronics, in the research field Design and Simulation of Nanoelectronic Circuits in 2002 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

He acquired his first PhD from the same department in 2007 with a thesis titled Design and Simulation methodology for Nanoelectronic Circuits. In 2011 he received a second MSc in the field of Physics teaching and Education from the University of Ioannina, Greece.

In 2012 he joined the Soft Matter Physics Lab, Department of Physics, University of Ioannina where he pursued and acquired a second PhD in 2015, in the research field of polymer physics with a focus on the Effect of Structure in Ionic Conductivity of Polymers and Co-polymers. In 2019 he joined the Micro and Nano Technology Lab, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece as a research associate.

He is the author or Co-author in 20 peer reviewed scientific journals. His research interests are focused on structural characteristics and material properties on sensing and energy storage devices and applications.

Theano Karatsori

Visiting Researcher

Dr. Theano Karatsori received her B. degree in Physics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2011 and MSc in Electronic Physics (Radioelectrical Engineering) in the research field Electronic Circuit Technology in 2013 from the same department.

She acquired her PhD in 2017 in the University Grenoble Alpes (Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes), France and the Department of Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under “co-supervision” convention. Her PhD thesis is titled “Electrical characterization and modeling of advanced nano-scale ultra-thin body and burried oxide (UTBB) MOSFETs and applications in circuit simulations”. She received the thesis prize in Electronics for the year 2019 by the Club EEA (Club of teachers and researchers in electronics, electrical engineering and automation) in France.

From 2017 to 2019 she worked as post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory IMEP-LaHC in Grenoble, France on the Electrical Characterization of MOS InAs structures.

In January 2019 she received the qualification from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche) for teaching in academic institutions in the field of Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Photonics and Systems Engineering.

From 2019 to 2020 she worked as post-doctoral researcher in Leti, CEA in Grenoble, France on the “Feasibility study and development of means for the SPICE simulation of silicon qubit-based circuits”.

She is the author or co-author in 24 peer reviewed scientific journals and has 16 participations in international conferences with proceedings through peer review process.
Mixalis Georgas

Michael Georgas

PhD Candidate

Michael Georgas received his B.Sc. and M.Eng. from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece in 2017. In 2019 he received his M.Sc. in Micro and Nanoelectronics from the same department.

During his diploma as well as his master thesis he worked daily in the micro and nanotechnology laboratory and clean room of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where he specialized in graphene based chemical sensors (design, fabrication, characterization), simulation of TFT, HBT and Thyristors in Silvaco Deckbuild and various processes such as photolithography, silicon dry oxidation, thin film depositions with DC sputtering, evaporation techniques, spin coating and more.

Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, DUTH, working on graphene based sensors. At the same time he is an independent Android developer with experience since 2014 with multiple successful Android applications.

He has also gained experience in photovoltaic installation design and planning using specialized software (PVSyst). As a part of his PhD. he frequently presents the laboratory exercises in undergraduate students.
Petros Selinis

Petros Selinis

PhD Candidate

Petros G. Selinis received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece in 2014.

From 2014 until 2015 he worked as an associate researcher in the Laboratory of Electrotechnical and Electronic Materials Technology at DUTH (which is now called Micro- and Nano-Technology Lab – MNTLab), where he pursued research on lithium-ion battery cells. He received his M.Sc. degree in Microelectronics and Information Systems from the same School in 2016, which was financially supported by Onassis Foundation Program of Scholarships for Hellenes.

From 2017 until 2019, he was part of a startup team developing wearable personal safety electronic devices, gaining both technical skills and entrepreneurial experience.

Since 2020, he is the Lead Engineer in INEM Technologies, conducting R&D on high energy density lithium-ion batteries for low temperature applications. Since February 2021, he is a PhD candidate in MNTLab, investigating innovative materials, such as silicon, for low temperature lithium-ion batteries that are able to operate at -40 oC.
Ioanna Lefa

Ioanna Lefa

PhD Candidate

Ioanna Lefa received her integrated MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece in 2021.

Her diploma thesis was on fabrication and study of solid-state supercapacitors with active material carbon nanotubes and graphene. In June 2019, she participated in a summer school in DUTH, Greece about Advances on Building Energy Management Systems.

She initiated her PhD Degree at Micro- and Nano- Technology Lab (MNTLab) in February 2022, working on research and development of nanostructured materials as anode electrodes for advanced Li-ion battery technology aiming at ultra-fast charging cells.

Alongside her PhD studies, she works as a researcher for INEM Technologies in Xanthi, Greece from February 2022 conducting research for Li-ion batteries. She has worked as a teaching assistant in the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, DUTH on the subjects of “Photovoltaic Components and Applications”, “Sensors” and “Microelectronics”.
George Mitrousis

George Mitrousis

PhD Candidate

George Mitrousis received his integrated MSc in Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece 2022.

During his diploma thesis, he studied the fabrication and the electrical characterization of high-k dielectric materials, such as Zirconium Oxide and Aluminum Oxide, which acted as a gate for FET devices. These dielectric films where prepared via the sol-gel method.

Right after graduation, he initiated his PhD Degree at Micro- and Nano- Technology Lab (MNTL) in December 2022, working on the development of Tribotronic Transistors, aiming at modulating the traditional FET devices with a Triboelectric Nanogenerator, instead of the gate terminal.

Alongside his PhD studies, he also participates in projects (FORTH/ICE-HT and MNTL) like, depositing the necessary catalyst platinum films/nanoparticles on Ti substrates for developing fuel cells. He is currently a lab assistant in the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, DUTH, on the subject of “Microelectronics: Technology and Devices”.
panagiotis kanellidis

Panagiotis Kanellidis

PhD Candidate

PhD student Kanellidis Panagiotis received his B.S. degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2020 and his MSc degree in Materials Physics and Technology from the same School in 2022.

In his Master’s program he engaged with projects associated with optical alignment characterization in photonic devices such as, Quantum Dot-Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers, Plasmonic-photonic bimodal sensors and Optical Phased Array Photonic Integrated Circuits which constituted his Master’s thesis.

His research now is based on the health evaluation of lithium-ion batteries via microsensors and non-destructive sensing methods for the integration of high reliability batteries.

  • Microtechnology sensors
  • Non-destructive evaluation (Li-batteries)
Anastasis Konstantaras

Anastasios Konstantaras

PhD Candidate

Anastasios Konstantaras received his integrated MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh), Greece, in July 2023.

His diploma thesis focused on the fabrication and study of a biosensor based on metal-organic frameworks. During the summer of 2022, he interned at Nanometrisis p.c., a spin-off company of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos,” where he worked on the analysis of images of nanostructures in electronic devices. In May 2023, he participated in the DUTh Idea Accelerator and DUTh Innovation Challenge. His team, with the startup company idea “GreenWave,” won second place.

Anastasios began his PhD at the Micro- and Nano-Technology Lab (MNTLab) in December 2023, focusing on the research and study of Li-ion batteries by monitoring the various states of Li-ion cells with sensors.

Since November 2022, he has also been working as a researcher for INEM Technologies in Xanthi, Greece, conducting research on Li-ion batteries and as a software engineer automating the design of photovoltaic systems. Additionally, he has served as a teaching assistant in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at DUTh, teaching courses on “Photovoltaic Components and Applications,” “Sensors,” and “Microelectronics.
Konstantinos Markopoulos

Konstantinos Markopoulos

PhD Candidate

Konstantinos Markopoulos received his integrated MSc in Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece, in May 2024.

During his diploma thesis, he focused on the development and characterization of micro-grain silicon/silicon nitride anodes for lithium-ion technology, active materials demonstrating higher capacity compared to traditional graphite anodes. Silicon nitride anodes, in particular, were found to offer high charging rates and prolonged cycle life. Both silicon and silicon nitride anodes were synthesized using a solvent-free approach, enhancing production efficiency in terms of time and cost while also reducing environmental impact.

Following graduation, he began his PhD degree at the Micro- and Nano-Technology Lab (MNTL) in June 2024. His research focuses on developing solvent-free electrodes for lithium-ion anodes and exploring advanced materials beyond current lithium-ion technology.
Stavros Matziris

Stavros Matziris

Physicist / Staff
+30 25410 79937
Maria Moutsiou

Maria Moutsiou

INEM’s cofounder and Managing partner / Chemical Engineer, Project Management & Fundraising Consultant

Maria Moutsiou holds an IMSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is the co-founder and managing partner at INEM Technologies, the spin-off company from Democritus University of Thrace founded in 2020, which aims to develop and commercialize Li-ion battery technologies for specialized applications.

Since 2013, she has been collaborating -through her company- with the Micro- and Nano-technology Laboratory (MNTL@DUTh), managing projects, procurements, and funding for innovation, particularly in the development of lithium-ion battery technology with a total budget of approximately €2 million.

From 2002 to 2012, she was directing the Environment Department at “Energy-Environment-Development”, a technical company of Local Government in Xanthi, overseeing regional energy and environmental projects. She also held research roles focused on waste management and economics prior to 2002.
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