Staff Catalogue


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Green Park, GP305
91, Aglantzias Ave.
Panos Papanastasiou is Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and founding member of Phaethon Research CoE on Intelligent, Efficient and Sustainable Energy Solutions of the University of Cyprus. Ηe served as the founding Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2002-2008 and the founding director of the Program of Architecture from 2004-2006. He served also as Dean of the Engineering School from 2009-2014. He is also the founding director of the Program Master in Natural Gas Engineering. He is member of the academic council and research partner of the Interantional Water Reserch Center (Nireas). He received his first degree in Civil Engineering from the NTU of Athens in 1984 and his M.Sc in 1986 and Ph.D in 1990 in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He worked more than 15 years in the Oil & Gas industry in the Research Center of Schlumberger in Cambridge, England from 1991 to 2002 and as consultant to Schlumberger in U.K. and Russia from 2002-2007. From 2011-2017 was Advisor to the Government of Cyprus on Hydrocarbon exploration and development and gas monetization options. From 2019 is a member of the board of directors of Cyprus Hydrocarbon Company (CHC). He has published 83 articles in scientific journals, more than 110 articles in conference proceedings and book chapters, he organized 5 international conferences and edited 6 conference proceedings and books. He invented 3 patents and wrote more than 50 industrial reports in the field of Petroleum Engineering. He is Editor-in Chief of journal Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (Elsevier), and Associate Editor for the journal Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (Springer). He is in the Stanford University list that identified the top 2% of scientists worldwide in the areas of Geosciences, Energy, Engineering.



a) Applied and Computational Mechanics: mechanics of cohesive-frictional materials, plasticity theories, micromechanics, fracture mechanics, flow in porous media, finite element analysis
b) Petroleum Geomechanics which includes problems on wellbore stability, hydraulic fracturing, sanding prediction and control, reservoir Geomechanics 
c) Energy transition: CO2 geological storage, Geothermal ssystems, Underground Hydrogen Storage and Cracking of Photovoltaics
c) Energy project management: Oil and Gas management in upstream exploration and production and monetization of natural gas
Desroches J., Detournay E., Lenoach B., Papanastasiou P., J.R.A. Pearson, Thiercelin M. and Cheng A. The crack tip region in hydraulic fracturing. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A., 447, pp.39-48, (1994).
Stavropoulou M., Papanastasiou P. and Vardoulakis I. Coupled wellbore erosion and stability analysis. Int. J. Numer. Anal. Meth. Geomech., 22, pp.749-769, (1998).
Papanastasiou P. The effective fracture toughness in hydraulic fracturing. Int. J. Fracture, 96, pp.127-147 (1999).
Zervos A., Papanastasiou P. and Vardoulakis I. A finite element displacement formulation for gradient elastoplasticity. Int. J. Num. Methods Engng, 50, pp.1369-1388, (2001).
Papanastasiou P. and Zervos A. Wellbore Stability: from linear elasticity to post-bifurcation modeling, ASCE Int. J. Geomech, 4(1), pp.2-12, (2004).
Papanastasiou P. (Editor). Petroleum Geomechanics, Special Issue of ASCE Int. J. Geomech, 4(1), (2004).
Papanastasiou P. and Thiercelin M. Modelling borehole collapse with capability of predicting the scale effect. ASCE Int. J. Geomech, 11(4), 286-293 (2011)
Sarris E., Papanastasiou P. The influence of the cohesive process zone in hydraulic fracturing,   Int. J Fracture, 167, 33-45 (2011)
Sarris E., Gravanis, E.,Papanastasiou P., Investigation of self-similar interface evolution in carbon dioxide sequestration in saline aquifers, Transport in Porous Media, Transp. Porous Med 103:341–359 (2014).
Papanastasiou P, Papamichos E and Atkinson C. On the Risk of Hydraulic Fracturing in CO2 Geological Storage, Int. J. Num. Anal. Meth. Geomech. 40, 1472-1484 (2016).
Papanastasiou P, Papamichos E and Atkinson C. On the Risk of Hydraulic Fracturing in CO2 Geological Storage, Int. J. Num. Anal. Meth. Geomech. 40, 1472-1484 (2016).
Papanastasiou P. Durban D. Singular crack-tip plastic fields in Tresca and Mohr-Coulomb solids. Int. J. Solids Struct., 136-137, 250-258, (2018).
Markou N., Papanastasiou P. Petroleum Geomechanics in the Eastern Mediterranean basin: Analysis and application of fault stress mechanics, Oil Gas Sci. Technol. – Rev. IFP Energies nouvelles, 73 (2018) 57, DOI:
Garolera D, Carol I, Papanastasiou P. Micromechanical analysis of sand production. Int J Numer Anal Methods Geomech. 43:1207–1229 (2019).
Patsalides K., Papanastasiou P. The influence of hardening and softening on the limit pressure of cylindrical cavity expansion, ASCE Int. J. Geomech, 2019, 19 (4), 0401911
Papargyri L., Theristis M., Kubicek B., Krametz Th, Mayr Chr. Papanastasiou P., Georghiou G.E. Modelling and experimental investigations of microcracks incrystalline silicon photovoltaics: A review. Renewable Energy, 145, 2387-2408, 2020.
Triantafyllaki Ai, Papanastasiou P., Loukidis D. Numerical analysis of structural response of unburied offshore pipelines crossing active normal and reverse faults,Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 137, (2020) 106296,
Wrobel M, Mishuris G, Papanastasiou P. (2021) On the influence of fluid rheology on hydraulic fracture, International Journal of Engineering Science 158, 103426,