Dr. Eleni Apostolidou possesses a Diplôme d’Etude Approfondies de Chimie Appliquée – Chimie Industrielle (DEA) from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and a PhD in Production of photovoltaic grade silicon from metallurgical grade silicon by a plasma purification process in Laboratoire de génie des procédés plasmas et traitement de surface from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She has been a faculty member of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), holding the position of the Vice President. She is also Director of the Alternative Energy Resources and Green Chemistry Laboratory of the Department of Chemistry of DUTH- Kavala Campus. Her research work concerns the fields of production of photovoltaic grade silicon from metallurgical grade silicon by a plasma purification process, physical and chemical characterization of photovoltaic material.

Dr. Souhir Boujday completed a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis (2002), followed by 2 post-doctorates on oxide and metallic nanoparticles, applied to catalysis and photocatalysis field. She was recruited as Ass. Prof. at the University Pierre & Marie Curie in 2004 to develop research at the bioInterfaces especially the field of biosensors and drug delivery. She defended her habilitation to research supervision in 2012, then was awarded a visiting professorship at NTU in Singapore (2 years, 2014-16). She was promoted full professor in 2018, and since 2022 She is the Chair of the Chemistry Department at Sorbonne University. Her research effort focuses on mastering, via a molecular-level approach, the reactivity of materials and nanomaterials surfaces, as well as the design of novel plasmonic nanohybrids for biological applications, notably biosensors and nanomedicine.

Dr. George Z. Kyzas is a Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH). He was born in Drama (Greece) and studied Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). He obtained his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees from the same Department expertised in Chemical Technology. He is now working at the Department of Chemistry (Democritus University of Thrace, Kavala, Greece), being the Head of the Department (since 2019). He is also Director/Chair of the MSc in Cosmetic Chemistry (since 2021). His research interests include the synthesis and characterization of various (majorly polymers) materials (biomaterials, inorganic, aluminates, polymers, graphene, activated carbons, agro-food residues, nanomaterials, CNTs, etc.) for environmental applications and engineering (wastewater treatment). His scientific work has been published in more than 270 Papers in international journals with high impact factor (Q1, IF,ave 6.5), while he published 10 Books, 40 Chapters in scientific Books and holds 3 Patents. He was also 11 times Guest Editor at Special issues of journals and has more than 150 Invited talks in International Conferences. His work is widely recognized with 14,000 Citations (h-index 67). He is the Editor of the journal “Environmental Science and Pollution Research” (Springer, IF 5.9). His name is included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2022 (Thomson Reuters – Clarivate Web of Science) [0.1% most impactful Scientists in the World]. His name is included in the list of World Top 2% Scientists for 2019, 2020 and 2021 which is compiled by the Stanford University (USA) based on standardized citation indicators. He has also participated in about 25 research projects. He is a Reviewer in more than 200 scientific journals (ACS, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, etc) and participates as Chair of Expert Panelists and Assessor/Evaluator/Reviewer in National, European and International research proposals/calls/projects.

Dr. Nicolas Illy received a M. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Montpellier (France) and from Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena (Germany). After completing his PhD in Polymer Science from Paris-Est University under the supervision of Prof. J. Penelle, he obtained a postdoctoral position in Prof. M. Winnik’s group at the University of Toronto (Canada). Subsequently, he joined Prof. David’s group at the Charles Gerhardt Institut (Montpellier, France). In 2013, he joined the Polymer Chemistry Team at Sorbonne University in Paris where he is actually associate professor. His research focuses on macromolecular engineering, anionic ring-opening polymerization, design and development of functional materials for biomedical applications and development of new bio-based materials.

Dr. Fanny Coumes is an associate professor at Sorbonne University in the Polymer Chemistry team (ECP) belonging to the Parisian Institute of Molecular Chemistry (IPCM). She obtained her BSc from Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse) and her MSc from Sheffield University (UK) and Montpellier University. After completing her PhD on the synthesis of amphiphilic architectures for drug delivery applications, she obtained a postdoctoral position in Prof. P. Woisel group (UMET-ISP) on the engineering of complex stimuli-responsive macromolecular architectures. She then joined Allonas’s group where she worked as a post-doctorate for Ophtalmic company for the design of biocompatible medical (implantable) devices. Since she joined the ECP team in 2018, her research focuses on macromolecular engineering, radical polymerization in homogeneous and heterogeneous conditions and development of new bio-based materials.

Dr. Candice BOTUHA did her PhD work concerning the synthesis of aminophenols and C2-symmetric amines as chiral auxiliaries at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Pr. E. P. Kündig. Then she did 18 months of postdoctoral work as a Marie Curie Fellow with Pr. T. Gallagher at the University of Bristol working on total synthesis. In 2004, she worked on farnesyltransferase inhibitors in the team of Dr J. Dubois at the Natural Product Chemistry Institute at Gif-surYvette. She was appointed in 2004 as associate professor at Parisian Institute for Molecular Chemistry at the Sorbonne University. She is teaching organic chemistry and heteroaromatic ring chemistry. As part of the Chembio team her research focuses on the design of bioactive molecules and fluorescent molecules for imaging. As an organic chemist specializing in heterocyclic chemistry, she is particularly interested in the synthesis of molecules with novel heteroaromatic skeletons, both for synthetic challenges and to study their properties.

Dr. Michèle Salmain was recruited as a first class associate researcher by the CNRS in 1992. Between 1992 and 2013, she pursued her academic career as a researcher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP). In 2008, she was promoted to the position of director of research. In 2014, she moved to the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC now Sorbonne Université) in Paris where she is currently a member of the Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (IPCM) headed by Pr Anna Proust. Since September 2021, she is the head of the ChemBio team (7 faculty members). Her first field of interest is bioorganometallic chemistry. In this area, she develops researches focused on the design of artificial metalloenzymes for asymmetric catalysis in aqueous medium. This area benefits from her long-term expertise in protein chemical engineering and her extended knowledge in biomolecule conjugation. She also exerts side activities in organometallic medicinal chemistry. Her second field of interest is biosensors design. She contributes to this area by bringing her expertise in protein conjugation and immunochemistry.

Dr. Benoît Bertrand completed a double PhD degree in 2015 in bioorganometallic chemistry shared between the University of Burgundy (France) with of Prof. Le Gendre, and the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) with Prof. Casini, on the synthesis and anti-tumour activity of gold compounds. He then moved to the University of East Anglia (UK) as a senior postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Bochmann, where he worked on cyclometalated Au(III) complexes as anti-cancer agents. In 2017 he joined the group of Prof. Thorimbert at Sorbonne Université (France) as a post-doctoral researcher and in 2018 he got appointed at Sorbonne Université as a CNRS junior researcher. His research interests deal with the synthesis, reactivity studies and biological investigations of organogold(III) complexes.

Dr. Nébéwia Griffete is an associate professor at Sorbonne Université in PHENIX laboratory. She firstly obtained her master in Sorbonne Université in Polymer Chemistry and then her PhD thesis in Paris Cité University where she worked for the first time on the development of molecularly imprinted polymer for environmental applications.  Her research concerns now the development of hybrid molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles for cancer therapy.

Dr. Sebastien Abramson is an associate professor at Sorbonne Université in PHENIX laboratory. He firstly obtained his master of chemistry at the University of Montpellier, and then worked during his PhD thesis in the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM) on the development of chiral hybrid mesoporous materials for enantioselective heterogeneous catalysis. His research now focuses on the preparation and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles and nanocomposites, mainly applied in water treatment processes.

Dr. Kalliopi Ladomenou is an Assistant Professor, at the Chemistry Department of the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH). She was born in Heraklion Crete and she holds a BSc and a MSc in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Crete (UOC). She obtained her PhD in synthesis and study of porphyrin-based complexes for carbohydrate recognition, from the University of Liverpool, UK. She worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Edinburgh synthesizing molecules for catalytic applications. Then she joined the University of Crete as a Researcher. She has teaching and supervising experience for over 15 years in various Universities. During her research activity she has been involved in numerous national and European projects and obtained several grands. Her research interests include the synthesis of chromophores and catalysts for applications in solar cells, ‘-E production, C02 reduction, artificial photosynthesis and biomimetic catalysis. Her scientific work has been published in international journals with a high impact factor, while she has published one chapter in an International Book and she holds one patent. She is a Reviewer in scientific journals and an Evaluator in National research proposals.

Dr. Christina Nannou is an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Democritus University of Thrace (Kavala). She obtained her BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees from the University of Ioannina. She was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2019-2022), granted for her research from the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY). She currently teaches undergraduate/postgraduate courses related to Analytical Chemistry, Quality Management, and Environmental Chemistry. Her research focuses on advanced mass spectrometry techniques (>10 years of experience in highresolution mass spectrometry). Christina’s research interests also include the combination of cutting-edge HRMS technology with novel, green sorbent materials for the target and non-target analysis of emerging contaminants in environmental and biological samples, as well as in food. She is an expert on the implementation of analytical tools for the assessment of the environmental and human impact of emerging contaminants (wastewater-based epidemiology, biomonitoring, omics), as well as for the elucidation of TPs. She is also skilled in chemometrics, quality management systems as well as Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) for water and wastewater purification. Her current publication record includes 33 publications in high-impacted international scientific journals (IFave=8.94), 2 chapters in international scientific books, as well as >80 poster/oral presentations at scientific conferences. She has an h-index=15, i-10 index=17, and counts >820 citations (Google Scholar) and has participated in >10 national and European research projects.

Dr. Alexandros Tsoupras is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Dept. of Chemistry, of the Democritus University of Thrace, in Greece. He studied Chemistry (Bachelor) and Biochemistry (Master and PhD) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in Greece, where he also worked as Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research-Teaching Associate. After a Postdoctoral Sabbatical training at the Albany Medical College, NY, US, Alexandros received further Postdoctoral training at the University of Limerick, in Ireland, where he has also worked as a Lecturer. His research lies on unraveling the molecular pathways and cell responses of inflammation and thrombosis, as well as on utilizing sustainable bioactives for the production of novel anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic medicinal products for the prevention and therapy of inflammation related chronic disorders.

Technical Staff

George Vythoulkas studied Mechanical Engineering in Kavala. He worked for 12 years in a marmor company as supervisor of production department and since 2002 has joined the School of Science of the Democritus University of Thrace – Kavala Campus (formerly School of Technological Engineering of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology) as laboratory assistant in courses as for example heat transfer and renewable energy recourses, doing experiments, such as heat flow, solar radiation, wind turbine generators, using weather data observations from the laboratory’s “Vaisala” weather station. Lately, we have expanded our capabilities by adding new devices in our laboratory, such as a thermographic camera “Fluir E300” and a “Hydrogenius” Fuel Cell unit from Hyliocentris.