1982 Ptihio Physikis (Equivalent BSc -Honours in Physics), University of Ioannina, Greece,
1985 Master of Science in Lasers and their Applications, Univ. of Essex,
1988 Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Univ. of Essex, UK,
RESEARCH AND TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
1988-1991 Res. Associate; SERC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab, U.K.;
1991-2000 Research Scientist; Foundation for Res. and Tech. Hellas-IESL, Head; Head Appl. Nonlinear Optics & Opt. Proc. Lab.
1995-1998 Researcher C, Foundation for Res. and Tech. Hellas-IESL,
1998-2000 Researcher B, Foundation for Res. and Tech. Hellas-IESL,
1991-2000 Visiting Prof.; Univ. of Crete;
1992-2000 Member and Consultant; Association for Res. Tech. & Training;
1999-2002 Visiting Prof.; Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki;
2000-2003 Visiting Prof.; Univ. of Ioannina
2000-2005 Researcher B, National Hellenic Res. Foundation, Head, Eng, Photonic Media Lab.
2005- Associate Professor, University of Patras, Dept. of Materials Science,
2005- Collaborating Faculty Member, NHRF, Coordinator, Eng, Photonic Media Lab.
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Advanced Optical Systems, Lasers, Information Optics, Diffractive Optics, Holography, Interferometry, Nonlinear Optics, Dynamic Holography, Guided Wave Optics
Optical Properties and Functionalities of Micro- and Nano-Phase media, Photonic Nanocomposites and Hybrid media, Pulsed Laser Growth of Photonic Materials, Multilayered and Nanostructured Media,
Photonic Micro & Nanostructures, Refractive and Plasmonic effects, Photo-induced Effects, Photorefractivity, Optical manipulation of materials, Laser Micro & Nanofabrication, Surface and interface processing, Laser Lithography & Processing, Free Space and Integrated Optical devices, Resonator Optics
Holographic and Diffractive systems, Photonic Sensors, Optical Metrology & Interferometry, Optical Data Storage & Information Processing, Computer Generated Holography, Imaging & Colorimetry, Infrared Technology, System Testing & Radiometry, Optical Design, Optomechanical and Optoelectronic Integration, Biomedical and Industrial Photonics Instrumentation
EXTERNAL FUNDING & PROJECTS
Management of more than 30 national, international and privately funded RTD projects more recently including:
EU-IST 2001 ''Nanostructured photonic sensors (NANOPHOS)'' (Coordinator)
EU-INTAS (2006-2009) ''High-Sensitive Optical Sensors for Non-destructive Material Testing and Vibration Monitoring'' (Prime Investigator)
EU/ESF COST MP0604 ACTION ''Optical micro-manipulation by nonlinear nanophotonics'' (National Representative and Scientific Contact)
European Space Agency ESA/ ESTEC TEC-MMO/2007/214 ''Aerogel optics for special terrestrial and space applications'' (Coordinator)
GSRT-PAVET 2000 ''Optical dimensional monitoring of high precision mechanical engineering products'' (Scientific contact)
GSRT-PENED 2001 ''Thin films for Photonic and Optics applications (EPOPTIC)'' (Scientific contact)
GSRT-PRAXE 2002 ''Photonic metrology and intelligent sensing'' (Coordinator)
GSRT-PENED2003 ''Nanostructured hybrid photonic materials for sensors (NYVRIPHOS)'' (Coordinator)
GSRT-ENTER 2004 ''Photonic Tranceivers in optical turbulent media'' (Coordinator)
Organisation and lecturing of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Optics, Photonics and Materials Science at the Universities of Crete, Ioannina, Thessaloniki and Patras. Science and technology tutoring both in Greece and abroad. Supervisor of more than 25 undergraduate and graduate students.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Chairman of the Provisional Governing Committee of the Hellenic Optical Society, (Assoc. Member of ICO) Member of professional societies. Consultant to EU research directorates. Member of various international conference committees. Organizer of numerous scientific meetings, special events, international workshops and conferences. Participant and coordinator of scientific networks. Patentee in the field of optics and materials.
Author of over 60 scientific articles in archival journals, over 100 papers in refereed conferences, patent specifocations and compiled volumes, over 20 invited and plenary talks, over 25 articles of the national and international press, wide circulation technical magazines and the media featuring aspects of the work.
D. Papazoglou, M Loukakis, G Siganakis, and N. A. Vainos ''Holographic read-write projector of video images'' Optics Express, 10, 280 (2002)
R Sigel, G Fytas, N Vainos, S Pispas and G Hadjichristides, ''Pattern formation in homogeneous polymer solutions induced by a continuous wave visible laser'' SCIENCE 297, 67 (2002)
N. A. Vainos, A. Tsigara , J. Manasis, A. Giannoudakos, G. Mousdis, N. Vakakis, M. Kompitsas, A. Klini, and F. Roubani-Kalantzopoulou ''Metal/metal-oxide/metal etalon structures grown by pulsed laser deposition'' Appl. Phys A 79, 1395-7 (2004)
N.C. Deliolanis, E.D.Vanidis, and N.A.Vainos, ''Dispersion of electrogyration in sillenite crystals'', Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics 85 (4), pp. 591-596 (2006)
A. Tsigara, G. Mountrichas, K. Gatsouli, A. Nichelatti, S. Pispas, N. Madamopoulos, N. A. Vainos, H. Du and F. Roubani-Kalantzopoulou, ''Hybrid polymer/cobalt chloride humidity sensors based on optical diffraction'', Sensors and Actuators B, 120, 481 (2007)
A. Meristoudi, L. Athanasekos , M. Vasileiadis , S. Pispas, G. Mousdis , E. Karoutsos, D. Álexandropoulos, H. Du, A. Tsigara, K. Kibasi, A. Perrone and N. A. Vainos ''Nanocomposite hybrid photonic media for remote point sensors'', J. Opt. A: Pure & Appl. 11, 034005 (2009)