The National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos founded in July 1961, is today the largest multidisciplinary Research Centre of Greece with approximately 180 Researchers in tenured and tenure-track positions and over 500 Research Personnel working in projects funded mainly by grants from State Funds, the European Union and Private Industries. The Centre consists of five Institutes: Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications, Institute of Biosciences & Applications, Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences and Technology, Energy & Safety.

The Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is one of the leading research institutes in Greece with cutting edge activities such as Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology, Micro & Nanoelectronics, Nanobiotechnology, and Photonics.  Strong ties with the industry and numerous SMEs assist the institute’s effort to transform the knowledge generated into innovations and to transfer them to the market. INN is by far the largest institute in the country, even larger than some entire Greek research centers and it is the most multidisciplinary research institute in the country and takes great pride in including  cross-fertilization activities and horizontal synergies across its wide spectrum of disciplines in its day-to-day scientific activity.

The R&D&I activities of INN are structured in five Programs aligned with the research priorities of the institute:

  1. Chemical Sciences for Nanostructures and Biological Applications
  2. Cultural Heritage (Study and conservation of cultural heritage materials)
  3. Magnetism and Superconductivity: Advanced Materials and Applications
  4. Nanochemistry and Nanomaterials (Advanced nanomaterials and smart processes)
  5. Nanoelectronics, Photonics and Microsystems

The expertise of the INN scientific personnel covers a wide range of disciplines involved in the development of materials, devices and systems as well as in the study of related physicochemical processes. More specifically it includes synthesis and growth of molecules and materials, device design, fabrication and evaluation, structural, physicochemical and analytical characterization as well as theory and simulation on multiscale modeling, non-linear systems and molecular thermodynamics.

Dr Konstantinos P. Giannakopoulos CPhys is a Researcher of INN; he is a Physicist (1995, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), PhD (1998, University of Liverpool). 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 applications such as advanced non-volatile memories, magnetic recording media, sensors, catalysts etc. He has taught in the University of Liverpool, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Novi Sad, Serbia (Honorary Professor) etc. He has also worked at Mantis Deposition Ltd (UK), the University of Cyprus and he has been an Expert Evaluator of funding proposals for the EU, etc. He has co-organized 8 National and International Conferences, and he is the co-author of 95 peer-reviewed scientific publications in scientific Journals (71) and Conference Proceedings; he has received about 1220 references for his work (h-index 20).