Historic mortars technology, Self-healing of cementitious materials, Smart building materials, Building materials characterization, Conservation nano-composites


Ioannis Karatasios is Researcher, member of Ceramics and Composite Materials Group, at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of NCSR “Demokritos”. He owns a BSc in Archaeological and Architectural Conservation from the University of West Attica (former Technological Educational Institute of Athens), Greece (1998) and a PhD in Conservation Science from De Montfort University, UK (2005), on the development of lime-based mortars for the conservation of architectural monuments with enhanced durability against sulphates (SOx).

He joined “Demokritos” in 2001, where he has been employed in several competitive National and EU research projects as research scientist, with an initial employment background in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Since 2007 he was working as Research Officer and in 2017 he was elected in the position of Researcher.

His research work focuses on the development of innovative conservation materials for built heritage (repair mortars, consolidation and surface protection), the technological study of archaeological materials (mortars and ceramics) and the pathology of architectural monuments. His research activities also include the effects of climate change on cultural heritage monuments and sites, as well as mitigation and resilience actions.

He is a Chartered Surveyor for archaeological and historical monuments and voting member of the Hellenic Committee for Standardisation ELOT/ TC 96. Until 2017, he was the national representative to the European Committee for Standardisation CEN/TC 346/ WG2: Materials constituting cultural property.

He has (co)authored more than 70 publications in scientific journals and reviewed conference proceedings, 1 patent and 6 book chapters.





Amenta, M., Papaioannou, S., Kilikoglou, V. and Karatasios, I., Morphological and Chemical Characterization of Self-Healing Products in MgO Concrete RILEM Bookseries, Volume 34, Pages: 335-348, 2022 [doi]

Papaioannou, S., Amenta, M., Kilikoglou, V., Gournis, D. and Karatasios, I., Synthesis and integration of cement-based capsules modified with sodium silicate for developing self-healing cements Construction and Building Materials, Volume 316, Article Number: 125803, 2022 [doi]

Dimou, A.E., Metaxa, Z.S., Kourkoulis, S.K., Karatasios, I. and Alexopoulos, N.D., Tailoring the binder matrix of lime-based binders for restoration interventions with regard to mechanical compatibility Construction and Building Materials, Volume 315, Article Number: 125717, 2022 [doi]

Koumpouri, D., Karatasios, I, Psycharis, V, Giannakopoulos, I. G., Katsiotis, M. S. and Kilikoglou, V, Effect of clinkering conditions on phase evolution and microstructure of Belite Calcium-Sulpho-Aluminate cement clinker CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, Volume 147, 2021 [doi]

Giannakopoulou, T., Pilatos, G., Todorova, N., Boukos, N., Vaimakis, T., Karatasios, I. and Trapalis, C., Effect of processing temperature on growing bamboo-like carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition Materials Today Chemistry, Volume 19, Article Number: 100388, 2021 [doi]

Amenta, M., Metaxa, Z.S., Papaioannou, S., Katsiotis, M.S., Kilikoglou, V., Kourkoulis, S.K. and Karatasios, I., Quantitative evaluation of self-healing capacity in cementitious materials Material Design and Processing Communications, Volume 3, Article Number: e152, 2021 [doi]

Litina, C., Bumanis, G., Anglani, G., Dudek, M., Maddalena, R., Amenta, M., Papaioannou, S., Pérez, G., Calvo, J.L.G., Asensio, E., Cobos, R.B., Pinto, F.T., Augonis, A., Davies, R., Guerrero, A., Moreno, M.S., Stryszewska, T., Karatasios, I., Tulliani, J.-M., Antonaci, P., Bajare, D. and Al‐tabbaa, A., Evaluation of methodologies for assessing self‐healing performance of concrete with mineral expansive agents: An interlaboratory study Materials, Volume 14, Article Number: 2024, 2021 [doi]

Papaioannou, S., Amenta, M., Kilikoglou, V., Gournis, D. and Karatasios, I., Critical aspects in the development and integration of encapsulated healing agents in cement and concrete Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, Volume 19, Pages: 301-320, 2021 [doi]

Amenta, M., Karatasios, I., Psycharis, V., Maravelaki, P. and Kilikoglou, V., The leaching mechanism of hydraulic mortars as part of autogenic self-healing process Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 46, Pages: 1-10, 2020 [doi]

Dimou, A.-E., Charalampidou, C.-M., Metaxa, Z.S., Kourkoulis, S.K., Karatasios, I., Asimakopoulos, G. and Alexopoulos, N.D., Mechanical and electrical properties of hydraulic lime pastes reinforced with carbon nanomaterials Volume 28, Pages: 1694-1701, 2020 [doi]

Michalopoulou, A., Maravelaki, N.-P., Stefanis, N.-A., Theoulakis, P., Andreou, S., Kilikoglou, V. and Karatasios, I., Evaluation of nanolime dispersions for the protection of archaeological clay-based building materials Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Volume 20, Pages: 221-242, 2020 [doi]

Diamantopoulos, G., Katsiotis, M., Fardis, M., Karatasios, I., Alhassan, S., Karagianni, M., Papavassiliou, G. and Hassan, J., The Role of Titanium Dioxide on the Hydration of Portland Cement: A Combined NMR and Ultrasonic Study Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), Volume 25, 2020 [doi]

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