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Nikos Papanikolaou, is director of research at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece. He received his B.Sc. in Physics in 1991 and his Ph.D. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1996. He worked as post-doctoral scientist in the Institut für Festkörperphysik, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany during 1997, and 1999-2000, and the University of Halle, Germany, during 2001-2002. He continued as a research fellow in the Institute of Materials Science in NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece (2002-2003) and became staff member in 2003. His field of research is photonics and theoretical nanotechnology, with broad background in modeling material properties using ab-initio electronic structure methods for solids, semiconductors and metals, including electronic transport and magnetic properties. Currently his work is focused on nanophotonics, metamaterials and plasmonics, acoustooptics, and magnetooptics extending from the development of theoretical multiple scattering methods for electrodynamics and elastodynamics, to modeling, fabrication and characterization of photonic structures, and the study of the interaction of light with elastic and spin waves.