Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis

Quantum Condensed Matter Photonics @ NKUA

Principal Investigator (Assistant Professor)

Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis

Kosmas L. Tsakmakidis obtained his Diploma degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2002), his Master of Research (MRes) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK (2003), and his Doctorate degree (PhD) in Applied Physics and Engineering from the University of Surrey (2009).

From 2008-2013 he was a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC research fellow, first at the University of Surrey (2008-2010), and then at Imperial College London (2011-2013). He subsequently worked as a senior postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (2014-2015), a Eugen Lommel postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck – University of Ottawa Center for Extreme and Quantum Photonics & the Department of Physics, University of Ottawa (Canada, 2015-2016), and as an EPFL Fellow at the Bioengineering Department, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland, 2017-2018). Since March 2018 he is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

He specializes in quantum condensed matter photonics, computational physics, nanophotonics, metamaterials, Si photonics, and slow and fast light, where he has made a number of seminal contributions and introduced key concepts and results in the fields [e.g., K. L. Tsakmakidis, et al., Nature 450, 397 (2007); K. L. Tsakmakidis, et al., Science 356, 1260 (2017); K. L. Tsakmakidis, et al., Science 358, eaan5196 (2017)]. For this work, he has received top-tier young-scientist awards by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Institute of Physics, the UK Parliament, and the University of Surrey, with his work being frequently covered by physics-dedicated and general-media outlets (e.g., APS Physics, Physics World, Physics Today, BBC, The Economist).

Postdoctoral Fellows

Evangelos Almpanis

Dr. Evangelos Almpanis was born on 3 Mar. 1984 at Athens, Greece. He received his Diploma on "Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences" from National Technical University of Athens on Sep. 2007 and his M.Sc. degree on "Physics and Technological applications" on Jun. 2009. He obtained a 4-year PhD scholarship from National Centre of Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS" (former Institute of Microelectronics) and attained his PhD, entitled "Photonic structures for the efficient control of electromagnetic waves in the nanoscale", from School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens. During 2015-16 he worked as a post-doc researcher funded from the States Scholarships Foundation (IKY Fellowships of Excellence – Siemens Program) in collaboration with National Technical University of Athens on magnetoplasmonic metasurfaces. During 2017 he received another scholarship from IKY to work in INN NCSR "DEMOKRITOS" on photomagnonic nanostructures. From Feb. 2018 to Feb. 2019 he worked as a Research Associate in INN NCSR "DEMOKRITOS". At the present time he works as a post-doc researcher in the Physics Department - University of Athens, in the ELIDEK project "Quantum self-organized criticality and nonequilibrium light localization".

Grigorios P. Zouros

Grigorios P. Zouros was born in Lefkada, Ionian Islands, Greece, in 1982. He received the El. & Comp. Eng. and Dr. Eng. degrees from NTUA, Athens, Greece, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He was the recipient of the Young Scientist Award of the International Conference MMET 2010, the IEEE Student Paper Contest Award of the IEEE AEMC and the IEEE IAW 2011, and a candidate for the 2016 R. W. P. King Award of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION. He was a Session Chair of the IEEE MTT-S NEMO 2017. He was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship of Excellence (Siemens program) from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation in 2017. He was a TPC member of the IEEE MMET 2018, of the IEEE COMCAS 2019, and the organizer of a special session on nano-scale modeling in IEEE COMCAS 2019. His current research interests include the propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves in anisotropic and nano-scale configurations. He is an IEEE Senior member.