provenance and technology of archaeological materials, mechanical and thermal properties of ceramics, weathering of archaeological materials, conservation science, development of restoration nanocomposites


Vassilis Kilikoglou holds a degree on Chemistry, University of Athens and a PhD from the Chemistry Department, University of Ioannina. His research activities include:

  • Study provenance and technology of archaeological materials, aiming to the reconstruction of the exchange networks and the trade routes in antiquity as well as transfer of ideas and knowledge. 
  • Study mechanical and thermal properties of ceramics and more specifically the effect of nonplastics and microstructure on the mechanical and thermal performance of ceramics. Explanation of materials performance with the development of appropriate models. 
  • Weathering of archaeological materials: The effect of burial conditions (acids, pH of soil) on different ceramic types is under investigation, by laboratory simulations. Alterations on microstructure, chemical composition and mechanical properties are studied. The effect of alterations and contaminations during burial, on provenance and dating of pottery is investigated in detail. 
  • Conservation: Study of mechanisms of deterioration and methods of preservation of mortars and stone materials of archaeological and historic buildings. 
  • Development of restoration materials compatible to the original ones and nanocomposites for the enhancement of the performance of existing building materials. 

He has established the research group “Ceramics and Composite Materials” within the Cultural Heritage Program of NCSR Demokritos, has being receiving regular funding from the EU, Greek State and Private Sector for the last 25 years, and has supervised 11 PhD theses.


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]

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]

Panagopoulou, A., Vroom, J., Hein, A. and Kilikoglou, V., Production technology of glazed pottery in chalcis, euboea, during the middle byzantine period Heritage, Volume 4, Pages: 4473-4494, 2021 [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]

Hein, A., Jung, R., Kardamaki, E. and Kilikoglou, V., Pottery production in Mycenaean Laconia: NAA results from the palace of ayios vasileios Prahistorische Zeitschrift, 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]

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]

Hein, A., Dobosz, A., Day, P.M. and Kilikoglou, V., Portable ED-XRF as a tool for optimizing sampling strategy: The case study of a Hellenistic amphora assemblage from Paphos (Cyprus) Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 133, Article Number: 105436, 2021 [doi]

Gardner, C., Müller, N.S., Vekinis, G., Freestone, I.C. and Kilikoglou, V., High-temperature performance of two-layered ceramics and the implications for Roman crucibles Archaeometry, Volume 62, Pages: 935-951, 2020 [doi]

Michalopoulou, A., Maravelaki, P.-N., Kilikoglou, V. and Karatasios, I., Morphological characterization of water-based nanolime dispersions Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 46, Pages: 11-20, 2020 [doi]

Michalopoulou, A., Michailidi, E., Favvas, E., Maravelaki, N.-P., Kilikoglou, V. and Karatasios, I., Comparative Evaluation of the Morphological Characteristics of Nanolime Dispersions for the Consolidation of Architectural Monuments International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Volume 14, Pages: 994-1007, 2020 [doi]

Hein, A. and Kilikoglou, V., Ceramic raw materials: how to recognize them and locate the supply basins: chemistry Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Volume 12, Article Number: 180, 2020 [doi]

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