Diploma in Chemistry, Chemical Department, University of Athens (1976)
RESEARCH & TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
Senior Researcher, TPCI, NHRF, Athens, Greece.
Associate Researcher, TPCI, NHRF, Athens, Greece.
Assistant Researcher, TPCI, NHRF, Athens, Greece.
Maitre de Conferences Associéé, Université Bordeaux I and CRPP / CNRS, Bordeaux, France.
Postdoctoral Researcher, College de France, Laboratoire de Chimie des Interactions
Moleculaires, Paris, France (Professor J.M. Lehn, Chemistry Nobel Prize 1987).
Associate Researcher, Laboratoire Central Recherches (L.C.R.) THOMSON-CSF, Orsay, France.
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Materials characterization using non-destructives spectroscopic techniques: Structure and properties of phyllosilicates and other industrial clays. Secondary structure of biomacromolecules. Chemometrics methodologies.Photopolymerized coatings. Cultural heritage's materials.
Modification of surfactant materials and spectroscopic characterization of intermolecular interactions in surfaces and interfaces: Polymers. Hybrides materials of clays and organic molecules and macromolecules.
Development of process monitoring and product control methodologies based on NIR spectroscopy: Polymerization of aminoplastic resin in aqueous phase. Adhesives ageing. Industrial applications.
Design, synthesis and characterization of organic materials for Molecular Electronics and Optoelectronics:Synthesis and characterization of amphiphilic electroactive molecules. Conducting Langmuir-Βlodgett films. Langmuir-Blodgett films with non-centrosymmetric structure.
Synthesis and characterization of electroactive molecular materials: Synthesis of π-donor and π-acceptor and Charge Transfer Complexes (CTC) and Radical-Ion Salts (RIS) with transport properties.
Development of structure/properties relationship.
Synthesis and characterization of molecular materials with liquid crystalline properties: Disk-like molecules, collumnar mesophases.
Transport phenomena (conductivity) in "soft" phases (Liquid Crystals και Langmuir-Blodgett Films).
VG has been involved as scientific coordinator for TPCI-NHRF for EU and other international organizations projects (Human Capital & Mobility, Greece-France bilateral scientific program, Programme d'echanges Scientifiques NHRF-CNRS, NATO Collaborative Research Grant), and for regional development Science & Technology projects such as PENED'95, PAVE'99, PENED'99, EPAN/DSVEPRO, EPAN/AKMON. Finally, he is scientific coordinator of 3 active collaborations with industrial partners, in the frame of activities of the "Applied Spectroscopy Laboratory" (ASL) of the TPCI.
CONFERENCES AND INVITED TALKS
VG has an active participation in 20 International Conferences and 20 scientific meetings (NATO ARW and ASI, Workshop of European Research Council, CNRS meetings) in his scientific field with 7 invited talks.
VG has been supervisor of 5 post-graduated students for Masters Diploma, 2 post-doc fellows, and for the training of 3 post-graduated students. Last years, VG has an involvement in post-graduate courses of the Biological Department and of the Pharmaceutical Department of the Univ. of Athens.
HONORS & AWARDS
Jul. 85 - Dec. 85 NHRF-C.N.R.S exchange program fellowship, College de France, Paris, France.
Oct. 80 - Oct. 83 French government fellowship, Paris (France).
Member of examination committee and reporter for PhD Thesis at University Paris XI / Orsay University,
Bordeaux I / Bordeaux), University Rennes I / Rennes (France) and Banaras Hindu University (India).
VG is the author of 43 publications in international refereed scientific journals and investigator of 3 international patents and he shows an active participation in international congresses and conferences of his field, while he presents more than 520 citations.