Sorption and diffusion in polymers; characterization of polymers and their blends; polymer-based controlled release systems; mechanisms of drug release


Dr Kyriaki Papadokostaki was born in Heraklion, Crete and graduated from the Chemistry Department of the National University of Athens in 1979. At the same year, she earned a scholarship from NCSR “Demokritos”, where she worked as a post-graduate student under the supervision of Dr J. H. Petropoulos in the area of diffusion in polymers. She received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Athens in 1986. From 1986 to 1995 she continued working at “Demokritos” as a collaborating researcher at the Institute of Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection (in the framework of a European Research Project for the management and storage of radioactive waste) and at the Laboratory of Transport of Matter Phenomena in Polymers of the Institute of Physical Chemistry. In 1995 she was appointed as a staff Researcher at the Institute of Physical Chemistry. Since 2012 she is a research director at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the NCSR “Demokritos”, currently being head of the group of Transport of Matter Phenomena in Polymers. She has authored or co-authored more than 55 publications in international refereed journals and 4 book chapters. She has also successfully supervised 4 PhD and 4 Master theses and participated in various funded research projects. Her research interests include: sorption and diffusion of micromolecules in polymeric materials; controlled release of drugs and other bioactive solutes from matrix-type systems; elucidation of drug release mechanisms; multicomponent transport in polymers; sorption and diffusion of ions in polymers and porous media; thermal analysis; characterization of polymers and their blends or composites.


Oikonomou, P., Sanopoulou, M. and Papadokostaki, K.G., Blends of Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone): Interrelation between the Degree of Hydration and Thermal and Mechanical Properties Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Volume 60, Pages: 14203-14212, 2021 [doi]

Tsoka, M., Oikonomou, P., Papadokostaki, K.G. and Sanopoulou, M., Properties of Polydimethylsiloxane Modified by Blending with Polyvinylpyrrolidone and a Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(propylene oxide) Triblock Copolymer Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Volume 59, Pages: 5797-5807, 2020 [doi]

Karousos, D.S., Labropoulos, A.I., Tzialla, O., Papadokostaki, K., Gjoka, M., Stefanopoulos, K.L., Beltsios, K.G., Iliev, B., Schubert, T.J.S. and Romanos, G.E., Effect of a cyclic heating process on the CO2/N2 separation performance and structure of a ceramic nanoporous membrane supporting the ionic liquid 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium tricyanomethanide Separation and Purification Technology, Volume 200, Pages: 11-22, 2018 [doi]

Belessiotis, G.V., Papadokostaki, K.G., Favvas, E.P., Efthimiadou, E.K. and Karellas, S., Preparation and investigation of distinct and shape stable paraffin/SiO2 composite PCM nanospheres Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 168, Pages: 382-394, 2018 [doi]

Sanopoulou, M. and Papadokostaki, K.G., Controlled drug release systems: Mechanisms and kinetics Pages: 1-33, 2017 [doi]

Panou, A.I., Mantes, N., Papadokostaki, K.G. and Sanopoulou, M., Solute permeability of elastomeric films containing dispersed swellable hydrophilic particles: A composite material approach European Polymer Journal, Volume 93, Pages: 471-479, 2017 [doi]

Kaltzoglou, A., Stoumpos, C.C., Kontos, A.G., Manolis, G.K., Papadopoulos, K., Papadokostaki, K.G., Psycharis, V., Tang, C.C., Jung, Y.-K., Walsh, A., Kanatzidis, M.G. and Falaras, P., Trimethylsulfonium Lead Triiodide: An Air-Stable Hybrid Halide Perovskite Inorganic Chemistry, Volume 56, Pages: 6302-6309, 2017 [doi]

Papadokostaki, K.G., Minelli, M., Doghieri, F. and Petropoulos, J.H., A fundamental study of the extent of meaningful application of Maxwell's and Wiener's equations to the permeability of binary composite materials. Part II: A useful explicit analytical approach Chemical Engineering Science, Volume 131, Pages: 353-359, 2015 [doi]

Petropoulos, J.H., Papadokostaki, K.G., Minelli, M. and Doghieri, F., On the role of diffusivity ratio and partition coefficient in diffusional molecular transport in binary composite materials, with special reference to the Maxwell equation Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 456, Pages: 162-166, 2014 [doi]

Panou, A.I., Papadokostaki, K.G. and Sanopoulou, M., Release mechanisms of semipolar solutes from poly(dimethylsiloxane) elastomers: Effect of a hydrophilic additive Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume 131, Pages: 9381-9388, Article Number: 40782, 2014 [doi]

Hasimi, A., Papadokostaki, K.G. and Sanopoulou, M., Mechanisms of diphylline release from dual-solute loaded poly(vinyl alcohol) matrices Materials Science and Engineering C, Volume 34, Pages: 369-376, 2014 [doi]

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