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Dr Antonios Kelarakis

Reader in Polymers ad Nanomaterials
School of Natural Sciences

Antonios has established a long track record in ground-breaking research and product development and his publications cover a broad area of topics related to nanomaterials, nanocomposites, nanosensors, colloids, polymers, smart coatings, aerogels, biomaterials, energy materials and forensic nanotools. Antonios’ research is interdisciplinary in nature (it combines elements from material science, nanotechnology, chemistry, biology, pharmacy and medicine) and emphasizes on the development of a new generation of energy-efficient materials and the establishment of green chemical approaches for a sustainable future.

Currently Antonios is leading a high-profile research group that has hosted more than 20 postgraduate students within the last 5 years and numerous undergraduate students, Erasmus exchange students and international visitors. Over the years Antonios’ research resulted in the development of self-assembled nanostructures with unique characteristics, the preparation of smart coatings, the emergence of ultrabright nanoemitters and the synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials with advanced performance.
Antonios has established long-term collaborations with several institutions such as University of Manchester (U.K.), Ilmenau Technical University (Germany), Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), Ondokuz Mayis University (Turkey), East China University of Science and Technology (China), Songkla University (Thailand).

Within the last 5 years he has presented 15 invited talks in international conferences and institutions and he delivered seminars in 3 universities abroad.

Antonios is highly active in academic peer reviewing, grant proposal assessment and he is a member of the editorial board in four journals.

Antonios is serving as research degree tutor for the School and he is supporting research-focused initiatives of the University. Antonios is an elected member of the Committee for Ethics and Integrity, a member of the UCLan REF 2021 Environment working group and a member of Science ethics review panel.

Prior to joining the University of Central Lancashire Antonios has gained extensive experience in both academic research and commercial development with appointments in world-leading institutions in Europe (Universities of Manchester and Sheffield in U.K., University of Athens in Greece, University of Karlsruhe in Germany) and U.S.A. (Cornell University and SUNY at Stony Brook). For more than two decades Antonios is working closely with major industries in USA, Europe, Middle East and India. To that end, Antonios has participated in projects funded by Intel Corporation, Dow Company, Kimberly Clark, Coca Cola, Astra Zeneca, Aramco, while his research has also been sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation of U.S.A., New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Hellenic National Scholarship Institution, Research England, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Training Network, the European Commission (5th and 6th Framework Programs and Horizon 2020) and the Newton fund.