Alumni NuSTRAPistas


Pavlos Tsavalas, BSc, MSc (now PhD candidate in NCSR "D"/Nuclear Fusion)
Pavlos Tsavalas Pavlos joined the NuSTRAP group in 2013 as a senior Physics student. For his BSc thesis he has performed a series of RBS and NRA measurements on specially designed materials and thin films, working at the Tandem Lab of NCSR "Demokritos". As a graduate student at the Department of Nuclear & Particle Physics, Pavlos is collaborating with the Institute of Nuclear Technology of NCSR "Demokritos" to apply ion-beam techniques in studying next-generation materials for the plasma-confinemnt chamber of next-gen ITER fusion reactor.

Electra Kotopoulou, BSc, MSc (now a PhD candidate at CSIC/U.Granada)
Electra Kotopoulou Electra has completed her MSc thesis in Applied Environmental Geology in July 2015. Her thesis is entitled: Biogenic Sulfur Minerals and Geochemistry in the Shallow–Submarine Environment of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc: the case off Milos Island Hydrothermal System. This project involved a series of applications of laboratory techniques, such as SEM-EDS, p-XRD, IRS, ICP-MS/OES, Gamma-ray Spectroscopy, as well as Synchrotron Radiation (SR) Spectroscopy (μ-XRF, μ-XANES, μ-EXAFS, μ-XRD) in order to: a) study the biomineralogy and geochemistry of Milos hydrothermal system, b) investigate the S, Fe and As mineral chemistry, distribution and speciation in the marine chemical phases, c) evaluate the levels of natural radioactivity in the marine sediments and d) assess the environmental impact of the possible elements leaching (e.g., As) in the seawater and the coastal zone. Electra is now a PhD candidate in the University of Granada (ES) with her research being funded by an ERC grant. [twitter]

Marialena Christopoulou, BSc, MSc (now a PhD candidate in Oceanography)
Marialena Christopoulou Marialena has recently completed her MSc thesis in Oceanography at the Dept. of Geology of the University of Athens. Her MSc dissertation dealt with the CTD data analysis at the hydrothermal field of Kolumbo volcano and the investigation of its connection to the morphology. She is now pursuing a PhD, focusing on the analysis of CTD data from active locations in the Aegean Volcanic Arc in an attempt to explain the role of hydrothermal venting in CO2 overcharging in closed volcanic systems. She is now a PhD candidate in Oceanography. [fb]

Fani Papageorgiou, BSc, MSc (now PhD Candidate at UC Dublin/Hydrogeology)
Fani Papageorgiou Fani has received her MSc in Geology from the NuSTRAP group, working on "Estimation of the Environmental Impact of the phosphogypsum stockpile in the Schistos waste site (Piraeus, Greece) using a combination of laboratory techniques and GIS". Her project involved a well-balanced combination of several laboratory techniques to estimate the concentration of radioactivity in a very sensitive area where radium-226 was deposited as an industrial by-product in phosphogypsum. She has presented her work in major international conferences, has a peer-reviewed proceedings article published and a research paper in the works. She is now a PhD candidate at University College Dublin to work on a hydrogeology project involving uranium tracers. [twitter]

Ioannis Tzifas, BSc, MSc (now a PhD candidate at AUTh/Radiochemistry)
Ioannis Tzifas Ioannis received his BSc in Geology from the University of Patras, working on "Asbestos Minerals occurring in aggregates of Ophiolitic rock" for his senior thesis. Ioannis finished his MSc thesis on "Actinide Mineral-Chemistry in Sedimentary Rocks of Western Greece" in 2013. He is involved in investigations of applied mineralogy, geochemistry, actinide science and nuclear wastes. He is also interested in Synchrotron Radiation Applications for Environmental Studies, receiving training at ANKA Facility, KIT. Ioannis is now a PhD candidate in the Radiochemistry Lab at AUTh, recently receiving a prestigious grant to investigate uranium waste in Germany in collaboration with the Heidelberg Group.

Sofia Kolovi, BSc (now a MSc candidate at KTH/EMINE)
Sofia Kolovi Sofia Kolovi has been a long-standing collaborator of NuSTRAP group before she officially became one of its active members. Sofia has experience in radiation physics and applications. She has collaborated with Ion Stamatelatos' group at NCSR "Demokritos" on a project involving XRF studies of cultural heritage preservation, while she has recently completed an Imaging Plate characterization with neutrons as part of an internship. She is an english speaker and a genuine coffee lover. [twitter]

Kallia Tsampa, BSc Candidate
Kallia Tsampa Kallia Tsampa was born in Athens in 1989 and is a senior Physics student. She is interested in nuclear target making and characterization using accelerated proton beams. She speaks english and italian, plays the piano since 7 yrs old and is also a member of a music band. [twitter]

Vassilis Bitzios, BSc (now MSc candidate in Medical Physics/UoA)
Vassilis Bitzios Vassilis Bitzios was born in 1994 in Athens and he has been a student in the Physics Department of University of Athens. For his BSc thesis, Vassilis intends to simulate a prototype gamma spectrometer for marine applications. Options for materials, geometries and crystals have been investigated thoroughly. He is now pursuing a MSc in medical physics. He also likes astronomy and reading.

Marilena Lykiardopoulou, BSc (now a PhD candidate at U. British Columbia/TRIUMF)
Marilena Lykiardopoulou Marilena (Eleni-Marina) Lykiardopoulou was born in 1994 in Kefalonia, where she lived during her childhood. Marilena has recently graduated from the University of Athens, exploring her options to continue her studies to an undergraduate level. Her academic interests focus on nuclear structure, as a cornerstone for understanding the world we live in, and also as an asset for new technological applications that may improve our lives. She speaks greek, english (proficiency) and french (Delf B2). In her spare time, she enjoys literature and texts of philosophy.

Angelos Babounis, BSc (now a MSc candidate in Uni. Köln)
Angelos Babounis Angelos Babounis has been a member of our group till very recently. He has graduated from the Physics Department working on a BSc thesis that focused on the analysis of nuclear astrophysics experimental data. He has measured the radiative proton capture in silver nuclei and is now looking forward to continuing his studies to a MSc degree. Besides his physics interests he is a semi-pro soccer player.

Gilho Ahn, BSc (now MSc Candidate at UoA/Physics)
Gilho Ahn Gilho Ahn has graduated from the Department of Physics. He speaks Korean, Greek and English fluently. Gilho originally joined our group with the desire to study theoretical nuclear physics. He undertook the task to study critical symmetries in nuclei under our collborator Dr. Panos Georgoudis' guidance, who is an expert in the field. Available experimental data were also compiled in a database to facilitate comparison with the theoretical predictions. He is now enrolled as a MSc student in Physics. [twitter]

Efthimios Kouvaris, BSc
Efthimios Kouvaris Efthimis Kouvaris (b.1990) has graduated from the Physics Department. He worked with our group on chracterizing gamma-radiation detectors. For his thesis, he tested and calibrated a new spectroscopic station for radiation measurements in environmental samples. He speaks english (First Certificate) and german (Grundstufe). In his spare time he likes painting and playing the guitar.

Vaso Angelopoulou, BSc (now MSc candidate at Uni. Heidelberg/Physics)
Vaso Angelopoulou Vaso Angelopoulou was born in Kalamata in 1990. She graduated from the Physics Department in 2015. She has worked on her BSc thesis focusing on studying detailed characteristics of a HPGe detector, both efficiency and crystal-geometry related. She has been an ERASMUS exchange student at Uni. Bonn, Germany. She is interested in Medical Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics at both experimental and theoretical level. She is a volunteer tutor at the Ilissia Community Recitation School, studies dancing and singing. She likes traveling and meeting new people.

Christina Katsiva, BSc (now MSc candidate in UoA/Medical Physics)
Christina Katsiva, Christina Katsiva (b. 1992, Athens) has joined the group as a senior Physics student in 2014. She was especially interested in radiation effects on humans, therefore she had taken over the task to estimate the risk to the population of Athens, a megacity of 5 million, by NORM levels measured in its grounds and surrounding areas. She is now pursuing a MSc degree in Medical Physics.

Chara Chroni, BSc
Chara Chroni Chara Chroni worked on environmental applications of synchrotron radiation, as a member of the NUSTRAP collaboration. She has graduated from the Department of Nuclear & Particle Physics. She has extensive tutoring experience at a professional level (over 15 years). She is a mother of two girls (plus one on the way!), speaks good english and has basic knowledge of french and italian.

Eleni Mitsi, BSc (now MSc candidate at NTUA/Physics)
Eleni Mitsi Eleni Mitsi was born in 1988. She has graduated from "Protypo Lykeio Athinon" with a grade of 19.2/20. Her curiosity about how the world runs led her to the Department of Physics in 2006. Since 2007 she's been working part time as a physics tutor. Throughout her occupation with physics she came to realize that the experimental application of science fascinates her, therefore her bachelor thesis is about experimental data and processes at the microscale, studied by synchrotron radiation.
Apart from science, She is enchanted by art, especially by theatre, therefore she participates in a theatrical group and she dances tango. She also loves rowing and learning new languages; She speaks English, German and a few French and wishes to learn Chinese.

Alexis Karailias, BSc
Alexis Karailias Alexis Karailias was born in Amfissa in 1984. He has recently completed his studies at the Physics Department of the University of Athens (09.2014). Alexis worked on setting up and calibrating portable radioactivity monitors, based on NaI scintillators. At a second stage, he conducted detailed investigations of NORM levels near Athens with in-situ measurements.

Eirini Pappa, BSc Candidate
Eirini Pappa is in her last year of studies at the Physics Department. For her BSc thesis, Eirini studied several physical parameters of the active Kolumbo volcano close to Santorini, based on recent data collected by deep-sea ROV. Her experience working with the NuSTRAP people, motivated her further to explore additional research opportunities, collaborating with Dr. Ion Stamatelatos (INRASTES, NCSR Demokritos) on a radiation protection project. She has been a volunteer in NGOs, she plays the harmonica and is a pro tennis player.

Athanasios Psaltis, BSc (now a PhD candidate at McMaster U.)
Athanasios Psaltis Thanasis Psaltis was born in 1992 in Athens, Greece. In 2010 he graduated "Mikis Theodorakis" High School at Skala Oropou with a grade of 19.5/20 and started his undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Athens. His first project with the group was to assist in upgrading the Electromagnetic Moment online database. For this BSc thesis, he conducted measurements of (p,γ) cross sections in astrophysically interesting isotopes. He speaks and writes English and French fluently, has strong skills on Windows environment and is familiar with programming in C, FORTRAN, HTML and Mathematica.
Thanassis has many interests, including track & field, in which he won the National Student Championship in 2006 in 80m dash, is involved in political and social activism, and in the production of an independent web radio station. He graduated in 2014 and is now a graduate student at McMaster University, Canada. [WWW] [twitter]

Eleftheria Malami, BSc (now MSc candidate at U. Amsterdam/Astroparticle)
Eleftheria Malami Eleftheria Malami is now a Physics graduate from the University of Athens. She has recently completed working on her bachelor thesis that dealt with measurements in nuclear astrophysics systems. For her work, she conducted experimental work at the Tandem Accelerator Lab at Demokritos in Athens. She is now a graduate student in Netherlands aiming at research on astroparticle physics.

Constantinos Vassalos, BSc (now MSc candidate at UoA/Oceanography)
Constantinos Vassalos Constantinos Vassalos was born in Athens. He has recently completed his studies at the Physics Department. For his senior year thesis Konstantinos has investigated microscale geochemical formations from the Kolumbo volcano at Santorini using advanced spectroscopic techniques based on synchrotron radiation. He is now a graduate student at the Oceanograpy and Marine Environment program at UoA. [twitter]

Myrto-Eleni Assimakopoulou, BSc, MSc (now a PhD candidate at Uppsala Univ./Physics)
Myrto-Eleni Assimakopoulou Myrto-Eleni Assimakopoulou was born in 1990 in Athens. She is a graduate of the American College of Greece (Pierce College, class of 2008) and has been an undergraduate student at the Physics Department of the University of Athens since October of 2008. She has been an Erasmus Program scholar, visiting the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark during 2011. Her bachelor thesis dealt with nuclear astrophysics systems, carrying out measurements at the Tandem Accelerator of the Institute of Nuclear Physics at Demokritos, in Athens. She has recently graduated from KTH, Stockholm with a MSc in nuclear physics, continuing her studies to PhD level in Uppsala.

Nikos Moraitis, BSc, MSc
Nikos Moraitis As a senior Physics student at the University of Athens, Nikos worked on studying the Hg toxicity in lagoon ecosystems of western Greece using data taken from X-ray microbeam spectroscopic techiques (XRF/XANES/XAFS) at the ANKA synchrotron in Germany. He works part-time as a physics tutor and in his free time, he plays the drums in a band and has basic skills in sound recording and digital mixing. Nikos has graduated from the Medical Physics and Radiation Protection MSc program and is pursuing a professional career in the field.

Ioannis Ioannidis, BSc, MSc
Ioannis Ioannidis Ioannis Ioannidis was born in Larisa in 1990 and lives in Athens since 2008. He has recently graduated from the Physics Department. His senior thesis dealt with the "Depth distribution of radiocesium and natural radioisotopes in soils of Northern Greece". For his project he has performed gamma spectroscopy measurements. He has recently graduated from the Medical Physics and Radiation Protection MSc program.

Nikoletta Chatzikonstantinou, BSc (MSc in Finance)
Nikoletta Chatzikonstantinou Nikoleta Hatzikonstantinou graduated from the Physics Department and is now a graduate student ("Mathematics in Business Management"). She was actively involved in the analysis of iron particulates deposited on southeast Mediterranean Sea and mainland of Greece by the waves of Saharan dust. She focused on data collected with advanced X-ray spectroscopy techniques combined to ultrabright synchrotron microbeams provided by the SUL-X line at ANKA/KIT.

Anastasios Kanellakopoulos, BSc (MSc from NTUA, now a PhD candidate at KU Leuven)
Anastasios Kanellakopoulos Anastasios Kanellakopoulos was born in Patra in 1990 and lives in Athens. He graduated from the University of Athens in 2013 and moved for graduate studies to NTUA. He has been a collaborator since 2012 and conducted his graduation thesis entitled "Application of RBS and NRA spectroscopy for the study of nuclear targets and thin films" by carrying measurements at the Tandem Accelerator of INPP, NCSR "Demokritos". He has recently joined Prof. Gerda Neyens's group at KU Leuven to work on laser spectroscopy studies and nuclear moments. [twitter]

Varvara Lagaki, BSc (MSc from NTUA, now a PhD candidate at ISOLDE/CERN)
Varvara Lagaki Varvara was born in Athens in 1990. She graduated from the Department of Nuclear Physics of the University of Athens, in 2014. She has been a nustrapista since 2012, doing her senior thesis project on "Nuclear targets characterization using Ion Beam Analysis (IBA)", carrying out measurement at the Tandem Accelerator of INPP, NCSR "Demokritos". She has earned a MSc degree from NTUA working at NCSR "Demokritos" and is now a PhD candidate at ISOLDE/CERN supported by an ERC grant. [twitter]

Konstantinos Stamou, MSc (now a PhD candidate in Medical Physics)
Konstantinos Stamou Kostas Stamou was born in Athens, Greece in 1987. He is a senior Physics student at the University of Athens. He has completed his graduation project in Medical Physics, which involved the periodic study and quality control of the photon beam linear accelerator in radiotherapy at the anticancer hospital "Agios Savvas" in Athens. He is currently involved in the expansion, automation and upgrade of the electromagnetic moments database. He has also professional experience as an Administrator in Linux and Windows Servers. He has recently graduated from Aberdeen, now pursuing a PhD in Medical Physics at the Academy of Athens.