Staff Catalogue


Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Green Park, GP511
91, Aglantzias Ave.


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA; Dissertation Title: Magnetic properties and microstructure of electron-irradiated YBa2Cu3O7-x single crystals; 1992
  • M.Sc. in Applied Physics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA; Thesis Title: A Mössbauer study of phonon and electron anomalies in the perovskite superconductor (La1.85Sr0.15)(Cu0.95Sn0.05)O4; 1987
  • B.Sc. in Physics and Minor in Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA; 1985



  • Professor, MME Department, University of Cyprus, 06/2011–Present
  • Associate Professor, MME Department, University of Cyprus,08/2005–05/2011
  • Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science & Technology, University of Crete, Greece, 07/2002–07/2005
  • Affiliated Researcher, Materials Science Division (MSD), Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Crete, Greece, 07/2002–09/2006
  • Senior Researcher (Tenured), MSD, IESL, FORTH, Crete, Greece, 08/2000–06/2002
  • Researcher (Tenure-track), MSD, IESL, FORTH, Crete, Greece, 08/1997–07/2000
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Crete, 09/1997– 02/2001
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, 08/1994–10/1996
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA; 08/1992-07/1994



  • Vice Rector for International Affairs, Finance and Administration, University of Cyprus, 10/2018 - 10/2022 and 11/2022 - present
  • Dean of Faculty of Engineering, University of Cyprus, 12/2017 - 10/2018
  • Chair of MME Department, University of Cyprus, 06/2006 – 10/2011 and 10/2015 – 10/2017
  • Acting Chair of MME Department, University of Cyprus,12/2005 – 06/2006
  • Director of Nanotechnology Research Center, University of Cyprus, 11/2011 – 10/2015
  • Senate Member, University of Cyprus, 01/2006 – 12/2009 and 01/2016 – Present
  • Member of Senate Committee of Undergraduate Studies, University of Cyprus, 01/2016 – 09/2018
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, MME Department, University of Cyprus,07/2013 – 10/2015
  • Director of Postgraduate Studies, MME Department, University of Cyprus,10/2011 – 06/2013
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Materials Science & Technology Department,University of Crete, 09/2002 – 08/2005



  • Introduction to Electromagnetism, freshman year compulsory core course
  • Materials Science & Engineering II, sophomore year compulsory core course
  • Materials for Energy and Environment, senior year elective course
  • Materials Physics, graduate course
  • Materials for Production, Storage and Conversion of Energy, graduate course



  • Journal of Materials Chemistry, Scientific Reports, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Materials Science & Engineering B, Applied Surface Science, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Thin Solid Films, etc.



  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • European-Materials Research Society (E-MRS)
  • Hellenic Society of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science



  • Recipient of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas FORTH Basic Research’ Prize in recognition of distinguished international research achievements (June 2005)
  • University Fellow in recognition of distinguished academic performance in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1990-1991)
  • University Fellow in recognition of distinguished academic performance in the Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1988-1989)
  • Member of the academic honor societies Phi Kappa Phi (ΦΚΦ) and Sigma Xi (ΣΞ)
  • Dean’s List (1981-1985), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA
  • The work on “Unconventional Magnetic Properties of Carbon Nanofoam”, was presented at the News Conference of the APS March Meeting 2004 and was the subject of news articles in broad audience scientific magazines and newspapers.
  • The work on “Unconventional Magnetic Properties of Carbon Nanofoam” was listed as a Top Physics Story for 2004 by the American Institute of Physics.
  • Personal interview hosted by New York Times on the “Unconventional Magnetic Properties of Carbon Nanofoam” (2004).




  • Thin-film solar cells based on chalcopyrites (CIGS) for applications in photovoltaics
  • Resistive switching phenomenain epitaxial thin films of lithiated transition metal oxides for applications in non-volatile memories and neuromorphic systems
  • Thermoelectricityin complex transition metal oxides, chalcogenides and (nano)composites for applications in solid-state cooling and power generation devices



  • Thermal transport in epitaxial thin films of quasi-1D quantum magnets for applications in thermal management (heat channeling along spin ladders)
  • Interface effects in metal transition oxide multilayers for fast switching applications
  • Growth of epitaxial thin films and nanostructures using ns- and ps-pulsed lasers
  • Superconductivity – high-temperature cuprate superconductors
  • Magnetism – single molecule magnets; diluted semiconductors; half-metallic ferromagnets
  • Irradiation effects – electrons; neutrons; heavy ions



(Total funding over 3 million€ during the period 2001-present)

  • EOARD* - US Air Force Project “LCCO: Growth of Epitaxial La5Ca9Cu24041 Thin Films by Pulsed Laser Deposition”; Duration: 2014-2015; Budget: 50.000$
  • EU* Project FP7 (Marie Curie-Initial Training Network) “LOTHERM: Low-dimensional quantum magnets for thermal management”; Duration: 2009-2013; Budget: 411.000 €
  • EU Project FP6 (IST-STReP) “NOVMAG: Novel magnetic-mode heat transport for thermal management in microelectronics”; Duration: 2007-2010; Budget: 283.000 €
  • EU Project FP5 (GROWTH-STReP) “FENIKS: Ferromagnetic semiconductors and novel magnetic-semiconductor heterostructures for improved knowledge on spintronics”; Duration: 2001-2005; Budget: 374.000€
  • CRPF* (Excellence) “SoLaCe: CIGS- and CZTSSe-based Thin Film Solar Cells Fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Terrestrial and Space Applications”; Duration: 2018-2022; Budget: 249.300 €
  • CRPF (Young Researchers of Cyprus) Study of new phenomena in atomically engineered oxide hetero-interfaces”; Duration: 2011-2012; Budget: 62.060 €
  • CRPF (Upgrade of Existing Infrastructure) “THERMOFILM: Thin-film composite materials with enhanced thermoelectric properties”; Duration: 2010-2013; Budget: 386.810 €
  • CRPF (Strategic Infrastructure Project) “NANOMATERIALS: Research Unit for nanostructured materials systems”; Duration: 2010-2014; Budget: 121.800 €
  • CRPF (Upgrade of Existing Infrastructure) “NANOFOAM: Carbon nanofoam”; Duration: 2006-2010; Budget: 171.000 €
  • CRPF (Research Infrastructure Development) “KAPPAMAG: Novel magnetic-mode of thermal transport”; Duration: 2007-2011; Budget: 427.500 €
  • CRPF (Cyprus-Romania Bilateral Research Cooperation) “MAPLE: Investigation of Single Molecule Magnet Thin Films Fabricated by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation”; Duration: 2010-2011; Budget: 25.000 €
  • CRPF (Cyprus-Romania Bilateral Research Cooperation) “NANOFLATEC: Nanostructured Thin Films Fabricated by Advanced Laser Techniques with Applications in Nanoelectronics, Spintronics and Biomedicine”; Duration: 2008-2009; Budget: 15.000 €
  • University of Cyprus (Medium size research project) "CIGS: An alternative method of fabricating CIGS-based thin-film solar cells using pulsed laser deposition"; Duration:2017-2019; Budget: 45.000
  • University of Cyprus (Medium size research project) “HETEROXIDES: Atomic Engineering of Non-Polar Oxide Heterostructures: The case of semi-Dirac-point in multilayer TiO2/VO2 nanostructures”; Duration: 2010-2012; Budget: 80.000 €
  • University of Cyprus (Medium size research project) “LowDim: Growth and characterization of epitaxial thin films of low-dimensional magnetic oxides for thermal management in nanotechnological devices”; Duration: 2008-2009; Budget: 82.000 €
  • University of Cyprus (Large size research project) “ThermoNanoNets: Nano-engineered multilayers as a route to high figure-of-merit thermoelectric oxides”; Duration: 2006-2010; Budget: 205.000 €

 * EOARD=European Office of Aerospace Research and Development; EU = European Union; CRPF = Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation


  • 149 papers published in major peer-reviewed journals
  • Sum of the times cited: 5.866; h-index: 33 (Web of Science)



  • An Ultralow Power LixTiO2-Based Synaptic Transistor for Scalable Neuromorphic Computing”, N. Nguyen, O. Schneegans, R. Salot, Y. Lamy, J. Giapintzakis, V. H. Mai, & S. Oukassi, Adv. Electron. Mater. Vol, 2200607 (10 pages) (2022)
  • Evidence of Biorealistic Synaptic Behavior in Diffusive Li-based Two-terminal Resistive Switching Devices”, P. S. Ioannou, E. Kyriakides, O. Schneegans, and J. Giapintzakis, Scientific Reports 10 (1), 8711 (10 pages) (2021)
  • Single-step growth of high quality CIGS/CdS heterojunctions using Pulsed Laser Deposition”, C. Nicolaou, A. Zacharia, A. Delimitis, G. Itskos, and J. Giapintzakis, Applied Surface Science 511, 145547 (1-11) (2020)

  • High thermoelectric performance of Bi2-xSbxTe3 bulk alloys prepared from non-nanostructured starting powders”, E. Symeou, C. Nicolaou, A. Delimitis, J. Androulakis, T. Kyratsi, & J. Giapintzakis, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 270, 388–397(2019)
  • Influence of process parameters on the properties of pulsed laser deposited CuIn0. 7Ga0.3Se2 thin films”, C. Nicolaou, A. Zacharia, G. Itskos, and J. Giapintzakis, Solar Energy 174, 793-802 (2018)
  • Ambiguous Role of Growth-Induced Defects on the Semiconductor-to-Metal Characteristics in Epitaxial VO2/TiO2 Thin Films”, C. N. Mihailescu, E. Symeou, E. Svoukis,.R. F. Negrea, C. Ghica, V. Teodorescu, L. C. Tanase, C. Negrila, and J. Giapintzakis, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10, 14132−14144 (2018)
  • Direct Evidence of Lithium Ion Migration in Resistive Switching of Lithium Cobalt Oxide Nanobatteries”, V. S. Nguyen, V. H. Mai, P. A. Senzier, C. Pasquier, K. Wang, M. J. Rozenberg, N. Brun, K. March, F. Jomard, J.Giapintzakis, C. N. Mihailescu, E. Kyriakides, P. Nukala, T. Maroutian, G. A., P. Lecoeur, S. Matzen, P. Aubert, S. Franger, R. Salot, P‐A. Albouy, D. Alamarguy, B. Dkhil, P. Chrétien, O. Schneegans, Small 14, 1801038 (1-7) (2018)
  • Data storage applications based on LiCoO2 thin films grown on Al2O3 and Si substrates”, E. Svoukis, C.N. Mihailescu, V.H. Mai, O. Schneegans, K. Breza, C. Lioutas, and J. Giapintzakis, Applied Surface Science 381, 22–27 (2016)
  • Memristive and neuromorphic behavior in a LixCoO2 nanobattery”, V. H. Mai, A. Moradpour, P. Senzier, C. Auban Pasquier, K. Wang, M. J. Rozenberg, J. Giapintzakis, C. N. Mihailescu, C. M. Orfanidou, E. Svoukis, A. Breza, Ch. B. Lioutas, S. Franger, A. Revcolevschi, T. Maroutian, P. Lecoeur, P. Aubert, G. Agnus, R. Salot, P. A. Albouy, R. Weil, D. Alamarguy, K. March, F. Jomard, P. Chrétien and O. Schneegans, Scientific Reports (Nature) 5, 7761 (6 pages) (2015)
  • Si nanostructures grown by picosecond high repetition rate pulsed laser deposition”, M. Pervolaraki, Ph. Komninou, J. Kioseoglou, G.I. Athanasopoulos, and J. Giapintzakis, Applied Surface Science 278, 67–70 (2013)
  • Effect of gold and silver nanoislands on the electrochemical properties of carbon nanofoam”, E. Spanakis, M. Pervolaraki, J. Giapintzakis, N. Katsarakis, E. Koudoumas, D. Vernardou, Electrochimica Acta 111, 305–313 (2013)
  • "Heat Channeling in Extremely Thin Silicon-on-Insulator Devices: A Simulation Study”, C. M. Orfanidou and J. Giapintzakis, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 60, 3330-3334 (2013)
  • The use of pulsed laser deposited seed layers for the aqueous solution growth of highly oriented ZnO nanowires on sapphire substrates at 95 ◦C: Study of their photocatalytic activity in terms of octadecanoic (stearic) acid degradation”, G. Kenanakis, M. Pervolaraki, J. Giapintzakis, N. Katsarakis, Applied Catalysis A: General 467, 559–567 (2013)
  • Ultrafast pulsed laser deposition of carbon nanostructures: Structural and Optical characterization”, M. Pervolaraki, Ph. Komninou, J. Kioseoglou, A. Othonos, and J. Giapintzakis, Applied Surface Science 278, 101-105 (2013)
  • Very high thermoelectric power factor in a Fe3O4/SiO2/p-type Si (100) heterostructure”, Z. Viskadourakis, M.L. Paramés, O. Conde, M. Zervos, and J. Giapintzakis, Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 033505 (2012)
  • Optical probing of anisotropic heat transport in the quantum spin ladder Ca9La5Cu24O41”, M. Otter, G. Athanasopoulos, N. Hlubek, M. Montagnese, M. Labois, D. A. Fishman, Haan, S. Singh, D. Lakehal, J. Giapintzakis, C. Hess, A. Revcolevschi, and P. H. M. van Loosdrecht, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer 55, 2531-2538 (2012)
  • Resistive Switching Phenomena in LixCoO2 thin films” A. Moradpour, O. Schneegans, S. Franger, A. Revcolevschi, R. Salot, P. Auban-Senzier, C. Pasquier, E. Svoukis, J. Giapintzakis, O. Dragos, V. Ciomaga, L. Pinsard-Gaudart, and P. Chretien, Advanced Materials 23, 4141-4145 (2011)
  • Thermal conductivity of Ni, Co, and Fe-doped La5Ca9Cu24O41 thin films measured by the 3ω method” G. I. Athanasopoulos, E. Svoukis, M. Pervolaraki, R. Saint-Martin, A. Revcolevschi, and J. Giapintzakis, Thin Solid Films 518, 4684-4687 (2010)
  • Mn12 benzoate thin films on Si substrates fabricated by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation” M. Pervolaraki, G. I. Athanasopoulos, J. Giapintzakis, C. Kizas, A. J. Tasiopoulos, F. Sima, G. Socol, and I. N. Mihailescu, Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 12, 557-560 (2010)
  • Unconventional magnetism in all-carbon nanofoam” A. V. Rode, E. G. Gamaly, A. G. Christy, J. G. Fitz Gerald, S. T. Hyde, R. G. Elliman, B. Luther-Davies, A. I. Veinger, J. Androulakis, and J. Giapintzakis, Phys. Rev. B 70, 054407 (2004)
  • La0.95Sr0.05CoO3: An efficient room-temperature thermoelectric oxide” J. Androulakis, P. Migiakis, and J. Giapintzakis, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 1099 (2004)
  • Low-temperature growth of NiMnSb thin films by pulsed-laser deposition” J. Giapintzakis, C. Grigorescu, A. Klini, A. Manousaki, V. Zorba, J. Androulakis, Z. Viskadourakis, and C. Fotakis, Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 2716 (2002)
  • Normal state energy gap in underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x: Momentum, temperature, and doping dependence” H. Ding, T. Yokoya, J. C. Campuzano, T. Takahashi, M. Randeria, M. R. Norman, T. Mochiku, K. Kadowaki, and J. Giapintzakis, Nature 382, 51 (1996)