Research Interests : Building materials characterization, Self-healing of cementitious materials, Smart building materials, Historic mortars technology, Conservation nano-composites
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Ioannis Karatasios is Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”. He owns a BSc in Archaeological and Architectural Conservation from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece (1998) and a PhD in Conservation Science from De Montfort University, UK (2005), on the development of lime-based mortars for the conservation of architectural monuments with enhanced durability against sulphates (SOx).
He joined “Demokritos” in 2001, where he has been employed in several competitive National and EU research projects as research scientist, with an initial employment background in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Since 2007 he was working as Research Officer and in 2017 he was elected in the position of Researcher.
His research work focuses on the technological study of archaeological materials (mortars and ceramics), the pathology of stone in architectural monuments and the development of innovative conservation materials (repair mortars, consolidation and surface protection). His research activities also include the weathering of archaeological glass and wall paintings.
He is the national representative of the Hellenic Committee for Standardisation ELOT/ TC 96 and voting member to the European Committee for Standardisation CEN/TC 346/ WG2: Materials constituting cultural property, task leader for the WI “Characterisation of Stone” and a Chartered Surveyor for archaeological and historical monuments.
He has (co)authored more than 60 publications in scientific journals and reviewed conference proceedings, 1 patent and 6 book chapters.
Mortars and grouts for the conservation of architectural monuments
13th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics - EMAC2015