Dendritic polymers, xerogels, water purification, liquid crystals, metal nanoparticle catalysts, antimicrobial coatings


Dr. Michael Arkas was born in 1970, in Athens, Greece. He studied Chemistry at the University of Ioannina (1988-92) and obtained his PhD (University of Athens) working in the area of quaternary ammonium liquid crystals under the supervision of Dr. C. M. Paleos in NCSR “Demokritos”. During these years (1992-1997) he has been for two periods a visiting postgraduate student at the “Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg”, CNRS, France. He continued his work as project scientist in the frameworks of research programs funded by European Union and rejoined the Institute of Physical Chemistry of NCSR “Demokritos” in 2007 as special scientific personnel in the Laboratory of “Nanomaterials of organized supramolecular structure”. Dr Arkas has long experience in liquid crystals crystallography and dendritic polymers’ functionalization and applications. More specifically his applied research interests include water purification involving dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers and catalytic pollutant disintegration by metal nanoparticles nucleated into the dendritic cavities. Furthermore, he is involved into composite ceramic nanospheres, hydrogels and xerogels synthesis by biomimetic methods. These hybrid materials with optional incorporation of active ingredients were successfully tested as adsorbents, antimicrobial coatings for orthopedical implants and leathers for examination beds and other medical equipment. He is the co-author of 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals 6 chapters in books and co-inventor of 10 patents. (990 citations, h-index: 16). He is serving as the guest editor of special issues in peer-review journals and reviewer in more than 50 international journals of AIP, ACS, Springer, Elsevier, IOP and IEEE. Besides his other activities he is the deputy responsible of the research centre for the educational activities. In this framework he has developed many scientific games and programs for the school visits to the NCSR “Demokritos” and participated in many science fairs, expositions and summer schools.




Michail Vardavoulias, Paraskevi Gkomoza, Michael Arkas, Dimitrios K. Niakolas and Stylianos G. Neophytides, Thermal Spray Multilayer Ceramic Structures with Potential for Solid Oxide Cell Applications Coatings, MDPI AG, Volume 11, Pages: 682, 2021 [doi]

Marilina Douloudi, Eleni Nikoli, Theodora Katsika, Michalis Vardavoulias and Michael Arkas, Dendritic Polymers as Promising Additives for the Manufacturing of Hybrid Organoceramic Nanocomposites with Ameliorated Properties Suitable for an Extensive Diversity of Applications Nanomaterials, MDPI AG, Volume 11, Pages: 19, 2020 [doi]

Michael Arkas, I. Kitsou, A. Gkouma and M. Papageorgiou, The role of hydrogen bonds in the mesomorphic behaviour of supramolecular assemblies organized in dendritic architectures Liquid Crystals Reviews, Informa UK Limited, Volume 7, Pages: 60–105, 2019 [doi]

Petrakli, F., Arkas, M. and Tsetsekou, A., ?-Alumina nanospheres from nano-dispersed boehmite synthesized by a wet chemical route Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Volume 101, Pages: 3508-3519, 2018 [doi]

Papavasiliou, A. and Arkas, M., Effects of Hydrogen-Bonding on the Liquid Crystalline Properties of Dendritic Polymers Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Volume 1-Structure and Chemistry, Pages: 173-194, 2015 [doi]

Michael Arkas, Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Materials Based on Functionalized Dendritic Polymers: Methods of Preparation, Applications and Future Prospects Journal of Material Science & Engineering, OMICS Publishing Group, Volume 01, 2012 [doi]

Tsiourvas, D., Tsetsekou, A., Arkas, M., Diplas, S. and Mastrogianni, E., Covalent attachment of a bioactive hyperbranched polymeric layer to titanium surface for the biomimetic growth of calcium phosphates Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Volume 22, Pages: 85-96, 2011 [doi]

Arkas, M., Tsiourvas, D. and Paleos, C.M., Functional dendritic polymers for the development of hybrid materials for water purification Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Volume 295, Pages: 883-898, 2010 [doi]

Tsetsekou, A., Arkas, M., Kritikaki, A., Simonetis, S. and Tsiourvas, D., Optimization of hybrid hyperbranched polymer/ceramic filters for the efficient absorption of polyaromatic hydrocarbons from water Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 311, Pages: 128-135, 2008 [doi]

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