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Dr. Eleni Makarona received her BS degree in Physics from the University of Athens in 1998. In 2000 and 2004, she received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees respectively from Brown University (RI, USA) after working on the design, fabrication, development and characterization of III-Nitride based optoelectronic devices.
During her PhD research, she also employed optical spectroscopy techniques for the electrooptical characterization of the heteroepitaxial III-Nitride structures and UV-LEDs in an effort to elucidate the physics of the related device operation.

At the end of 2005, she joined the staff of the Institute of Microelectronics (now part of INN), NCSR “Demokritos” as a Research Associate. Since 2014, she has been holding the position of Researcher at INN. After joining IMEL/INN, her research interests have focused on the development of NEMS/MEMS-based energy harvesting applications, and of integrated optical bio/chemical sensors for health and food safety applications. In the past few years, she has also been exploring alternative functionalities of ZnO nanostructures, such as templates for cellular networks, smart textiles and wood protective coatings. Dr Makarona collaborates closely with both the Energy Harvesting and Autonomous Sensors Group and the Optical Biosensors Group.

She is the author/co-author of more than twenty five scientific papers in refereed international journals, and more than sixty communications at international conferences, as well as the holder of 3 national and 2 international patents on biosensors and molecular electronics. She acts as a reviewer for several international scientific journals in the field of micro/nanoelectronics and materials, and is a member of the program committee of international conferences in the area of sensors and microsystems. She has served as a project evaluator for the EU and the Romanian Government. She has coordinated two national projects in nanotechnology and optical sensors, and has served as work package leader/scientific responsible in European and national projects. Dr Makarona is the recipient of the 2010 Greek L’Oreal-Unesco Award for Young Women in Science.

Selected Publications
- E. Makarona, M.C. Skoulikidou, Th. Kyrasta, A. Smyrnakis, A. Zeniou, E. Gogolides and C. Tsamis “Controllable fabrication of bioinspired three-dimensional ZnO/Si nanoarchitectures”
Materials Letters, 142, pp. 211-216

- K. Misiakos, I. Raptis, E. Makarona, A. Botsialas, A. Salapatas, P. Oikonomou and G. Jobst
“All-silicon monolithic Mach-Zehnder interferometer as a refractive index and biochemical sensor”
Optics Express, 22 (22), pp. 26803-26813

- K. Misiakos, I. Raptis, A. Salapatas, E. Makarona, A. Botsialas, M. Hoekman, R. Stoffer, and G. Jobst
“Broad-band Mach-Zehnder interferometers as high performance refractive index sensors: Theory and monolithic implementation”
Optics Express, 22 (8), pp. 8856-8870 (2014)

- A. Kritharidou, Z. Georgoussi, C. Tsamis and E. Makarona,
“Zinc Oxide Nanostructures as Low-cost Templates for Neuronal Circuits”
Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging -Proceedings of SPIE 6589 , art. no. 658906

- G. Niarchos, E. Makarona, C. Tsamis
“Growth of ZnO nanorods on patterned templates for efficient, large-area energy scavengers”
Microsystem Technologies 16, pp.669-675 (2010)

-H. Peng, E. Makarona, Y.He, Y.-K.Song, A.V. Nurmikko, J. Su, Z. Ren, J. Han
“Ultraviolet light-emitting diodes operating in the 340 nm wavelength range and application to time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy”
Applied Physics Letters, 85 (8),1436-1438 (2004)

-I. Ozden, E. Makarona, A.V. Nurmikko, T. Takeuchi, M. Krames
“A dual-wavelength indium gallium nitride quantum well light emitting diode”
Applied Physics Letters, 79 (16), 2532-2534 (2001)