Dr. Evangelia Moschopoulou serves as research director at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”.
Dr. Moschopoulou received her BSc in Physics from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, and her MSc (in Science and Structure of Materials) and her PhD (in Crystallography and Condensed Matter Physics) from the University Grenoble Alpes (formerly University Joseph Fourier) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Research Scientifique, CNRS) in Grenoble, France (with fellowships from the French Ministry of Education and Research). She worked as postdoctoral research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory (at Condensed Matter and Thermal Physics Group, known today as Condensed Matter and Magnet Science Group of the Materials Physics and Applications Division) and as staff scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (National Synchrotron Light Source) at USA from 1995 to 2000. Since then Dr. Moschopoulou moved back to Greece and she serves as staff scientist at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”. She is the author of 47 publications, a book chapter and a review paper, and cited more than 2100 times. She participates at various national, bi-lateral, European and international projects. She also serves on numerous national, European and international boards and committees.
Her research focuses on the discovery and advanced structural characterization of novel materials, with a particular interest in uncovering the accurate crystal structure (in local, nano, medium and long range, including disorder and interfaces) of quantum materials, and multifunctional nanoparticles. Dr. Moschopoulou aims to understand how details of the structure and composition determine the ground state of a system, as well as the marked variation in its structural, electronic and magnetic properties at the boundary between non-magnetic, magnetic, and superconducting ground states. The materials she is interested in are characterized by structural complexity at short, nano- meso- and average length scales (which are relevant for their properties), often exhibit various types of disorder (which dictate their properties), and undergo subtle structural phase transitions under a control parameter such as temperature, pressure, magnetic field, substitution(s), strain, reduced dimensionality. Her key goal is to establish the structure-property-function relationship in quantum materials and multifunctional nanoparticles via the correlation of their structure with their electronic and magnetic properties, in order to understand the organizing principles that lead to complex collective behavior in these systems. This knowledge is the foundation on which future progress will be built towards tailoring materials (via materials design or exploratory synthesis) having the desired set of properties and functionalities for applications in energy, biomedicine, information and sensing technologies.
The main structural tools Dr. Moschopoulou uses for her experiments is an appropriate combination of scattering techniques and radiations (synchrotron Χ-rays, neutrons, electrons) on single crystals, powders and nanoparticles, often under complex sample environments (with variable temperature, pressure, magnetic field) at Large Scale Synchrotron X-ray and Neutron Facilities worldwide. These experiments are always coupled with advanced data analysis.
Dr. Moschopoulou brings a strong commitment to research, teaching and learning. She is passionate about mentoring and improving the success of students and postdoctoral fellows, and has a deep commitment to international collaboration. She was recently (1/2022) elected Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society Forum on International Physics.