Materials Synthesis and Physical Chemistry
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Materials Synthesis and Physical Chemistry

Applied Spectroscopy Laboratory

Since 1997, the Applied Spectroscopy Lab (ASL) is the dynamic interface between fundamental research activities in Materials Physical Chemistry at TPCI and a broad range of industrial R&D or QC needs.

ASL is developing non-routine vibrational spectroscopic and chemometric methodologies for the identification of materials, the quantification of their properties, as well as for process monitoring and control. In addition, ASL provides to industry specialized personnel training, as well as consulting services related to the optimization of products or processes and the evaluation of new know-how.

Collaboration with the industry in Greece or abroad is on a (medium- or long term) contract basis, while short term tasks and ad hoc studies are provided as services. ASL applies its know- how to a broad range of materials, such as industrial minerals, polymers and adhesives, coatings (incl. marine), textiles, wood and paper, food, pharmaceuticals etc.

ASL benefits from and contributes to the state-of-the-art facilities of the Materials Synthesis and Physical Chemistry Group at TPCI. Income from the non-subsidized industrial research projects of ASL exceeds 900 k€ (2000-2008), while a 392 k€ AKMON grant from GSRT (2005-2008) served to upgrade infrastructures and expand capacities.


G. D. Chryssikos, Tel. +30-210-7273819, e-mail:
V. Gionis, Tel. +30-210-7273820, e-mail:


Recent ASL Projects

  • Shipyard applications of NIR spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopic & chemometric evaluation of specialty clays
  • NIR spectroscopic evaluation of industrial minerals
  • Characterization and classification algorithms for agricultural polymer wastes
  • Resin and polymer characterization by gel permeation chromatography, light scattering and thermal analysis
  • Identification and quantification of aramid (Kevlar, Nomex) and elastic (Latex, Lycra, Dorlastan etc) fibers in cloth
  • QC and quantitative analysis of cement-based adhesives
  • NIR characterization of aminoplastic materials
  • Surface degradation of pharmaceutical pills
  • Evaluation of interactions between pharmaceuticals & packaging materials
  • TLC and IR studies of cellulosic extracts
  • Spectroscopic evaluation of antifouling coatings
  • Synthesis and characterization of clay-starch compatibilizers
  • Determination of molecular orientation of PE films
  • NIR spectroscopic evaluation of cellulose
  • Preliminary evaluation of minerals by NIR spectroscopy
  • Kinetics of resin photocuring by infrared spectroscopy
  • Evaluation of industrial cellulose by Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) in the mid-infrared
  • QC of PET bottles by NIR spectroscopy
  • Ageing of cutting fluids
  • Characterization of resins and latexes by FT-Raman and NIR
  • Polymorphism of pharmaceuticals by vibrational spectroscopy
  • Infrared and Raman study of BaO and TiO2 containing Li-Borate Glasses
  • Development of chemometric algorithms for the QC of pharmaceuticals and excipients
  • Applications of NIR spectroscopy for the paper and printing industry





National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), 48 Vassileos Constantinou Ave., 11635 Athens, Greece, Tel. +302107273700, Fax. +302107246618