molecular magnetism, bioinorganic, EPR, Mossbauer


Yiannis Sanakis was born in Artemonas, Siphnos, Cyclades in 1967. He graduated from the Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Athens in 1990. For his doctoral thesis, carried out at the Institute of Materials Science of NCSR - Demokritos (IMS - D), he studied paramagnetic centers of Photosystem II from higher plants by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Mössbauer spectroscopic techniques. He obtained his doctorate from the Dept of Physics University of Ioannina in 1995. He worked as post-doctoral fellow at IMS- D (1996 - 1997) and at the Dept. of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, U.S.A. (10/1997- 12/1999). From 2000 until 2005, he was a visiting professor at the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies, Univ. of Ioannina and research associate at IMS - D. In 2005 he joined IMS- D as a researcher and since 2014 he is Director of Research at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) of NCSR Demokritos. Since 2013, he is in charge of the Helium Liquefaction Unit of INN. 

His research interests include Molecular Magnetism, Low Dimensional Magnetism and Magnetism at the Nanoscale, Bioinorganic and Biomedical systems, Spin based Quantum Computing, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Mössbauer Spectroscopy, Cryogenics.

He has 160 publications in peer-reviewed international journals with more than 4500 citations (without self citations) (h-index 42, December 2021; Scopus). 

Representative publications:

"Arrested substrate binding resolves catalytic intermediates in higher-plant water oxidation" G. Zahariou, N. Ioannidis, Y. Sanakis, D. A. Pantazis, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 3156-3162.

"Magnetic Properties and Electronic Structure of the S = 2 Complex [MnIII{(OPPh2)2N}3] Showing Field-Induced Slow Magnetization Relaxation" Y. Sanakis, J. Krzystek, D. Maganas, A. Grigoropoulos, E. Ferentinos, M. G. Kostakis, V. Petroulea, M. Pissas, K. Thirunavukkuarasu, W. Wernsdorfer, F. Neese, P. Kyritsis. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 13281-13294

"A microporous Co(II) - based 3-D metal organic framework built from magnetic infinite rod-shaped secondary building units" A. Kourtellaris, E. E.Moushi, I. Spanopoulos, P. N. Trikalitis, M. Pissas, G. S. Papaefstathiou, Y. Sanakis, A. J. Tasiopoulos, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 4056-4062 (cover)

"Interactions between H-bonded [CuII33-OH)] triangles; A combined magnetic susceptibility and EPR study" L. Mathivathanan, A. K. Boudalis, P. Turek, M. Pissas, Y. Sanakis, R. G. Raptis Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2018, 20, 17234-17344

"Site preferences in hetero-metallic [Fe9-xNix] clusters: a combined crystallographic, spectroscopic and theoretical analysis" A. N. Georgopoulou,  K. Al-Ameed,  A. Boudalis,  D. F. AnagnostopoulosV. Psycharis,  J. E McGrady,  Y. Sanakis  and  C. P. Raptopoulou, Dalton Trans, 2017, 46, 12835–12844"A Redox-Induced Spin-State Cascade in a Mixed-Valent Fe3(μ3-O) Triangle" E. V. Govor, K. A. Ameed, I. Chakraborty, C. S. Coste, O. Govor, Y. Sanakis, J. E. McGrady, and R. G. Raptis, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 582-586


Dermitzaki, Despina, Panagiotopoulou, Angeliki, Pissas, Michael, Sanakis, Yiannis, Psycharis, Vassilis and Raptopoulou, Catherine P., Synthesis, Crystal Structures and Magnetic Properties of Trinuclear Ni(2)Ln (Ln(III) = Dy, Ho) and Ni2Y Complexes with Schiff Base Ligands CRYSTALS, Volume 12, 2022 [doi]

Stoumpos, C.C., Danelli, P., Zahariou, G., Pissas, M., Psycharis, V., Raptopoulou, C.P., Sanakis, Y. and Perlepes, S.P., Di-2-pyridyl ketone-based ligands as evergreen “trees” in the “forest” of manganese chemistry: Mononuclear Mn(III) complexes from the use of MnF3 Polyhedron, Volume 207, Article Number: 115350, 2021 [doi]

Nano, K., Zahariou, G., Ioannou, P.-C., Alam, M.M., Pantazis, D.A., Raptopoulou, C.P., Psycharis, V., Sanakis, Y. and Kyritsis, P., Electronic properties of the S = 5/2 Mn(II) complexes [MnPhC(O)NP(O)PPh2(N,N)(NO3)], (N,N) = phenanthroline, neocuproine, 2,2′-bipyridine Polyhedron, Volume 207, Article Number: 115374, 2021 [doi]

Georgopoulou, A., Pissas, M., Psycharis, V., Sanakis, Y. and Raptopoulou, C.P., A single-chain magnet based on bis(end-on azido/alkoxo)-bridged linear [MnIII2MnII] repeating units Polyhedron, Volume 206, Article Number: 115334, 2021 [doi]

Zahariou, G., Ioannidis, N., Sanakis, Y. and Pantazis, D.A., Arrested Substrate Binding Resolves Catalytic Intermediates in Higher-Plant Water Oxidation Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Volume 60, Pages: 3156-3162, 2021 [doi]

Dermitzaki, D., Pissas, M., Psycharis, V., Sanakis, Y. and Raptopoulou, C.P., Synthesis, crystal structures, magnetic and magnetocaloric studies of heterometallic enneanuclear Cu7Gd2 complexes Polyhedron, Volume 195, Article Number: 114960, 2021 [doi]

Mathivathanan, L., Sanakis, Y., Raptis, R.G., Turek, P. and Boudalis, A.K., Observation and deconvolution of a unique EPR signal from two cocrystallized spin triangles Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Volume 23, Pages: 14415-14421, 2021 [doi]

Chrysina, M., Zahariou, G., Ioannidis, N., Sanakis, Y. and Mitrikas, G., Electronic structure of tyrosyl D radical of photosystem II, as revealed by 2D-hyperfine sublevel correlation spectroscopy Magnetochemistry, Volume 7, Article Number: 131, 2021 [doi]

Kalra, A., Bagchi, V., Paraskevopoulou, P., Das, P., Ai, L., Sanakis, Y., Raptopoulos, G., Mohapatra, S., Choudhury, A., Sun, Z., Cundari, T.R. and Stavropoulos, P., Is the Electrophilicity of the Metal Nitrene the Sole Predictor of Metal-Mediated Nitrene Transfer to Olefins? Secondary Contributing Factors as Revealed by a Library of High-Spin Co(II) Reagents Organometallics, Volume 40, Pages: 1974-1996, 2021 [doi]

Dimiza, F., Hatzidimitriou, A.G., Sanakis, Y., Papadopoulos, A.N. and Psomas, G., Trinuclear and tetranuclear iron(III) complexes with fenamates: Structure and biological profile Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Volume 218, Article Number: 111410, 2021 [doi]

Sanakis, Y., Pissas, M., Krzystek, J., Ozarowski, A., Telser, J. and Raptis, R.G., Ferromagnetically-coupled, triangular, [Bu4N]2[CuII3(μ3-Br)2(μ-4-O2N-pz)3Br3] complex revisited: The effect of coordinated halides on spin relaxation properties Polyhedron, Volume 177, Article Number: 114258, 2020 [doi]

Georgopoulou, A.N., Pissas, M., Psycharis, V., Sanakis, Y. and Raptopoulou, C.P., Trinuclear NiII-LnIII-NIII complexes with Schiff base ligands: Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties Molecules, Volume 25, Article Number: 2280, 2020 [doi]

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