Irene Papagiannouli

Irene Papagiannouli
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Irene Papagiannouli
Department of Physics, University of Patras & Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas(FORTH)



2009: B.Sc. degree in Physics, University of Patras, Greece

    • Title of Senior Undergraduate Thesis: ‘Nonlinear optical response of fullerene derivatives studied by the Z-scan and optical Kerr effect techniques.

2011: M.Sc. degree in Photonics and Lasers, University of Patras and Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Greece

    • Title of Master Thesis: ‘Surface plasmons and nonlinear optical response of nanoparticles’,

2011-present: Ph.D candidateInstitute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Greece

    • Tentative title of the Ph.D thesis: ‘The influence of surface plasmons on the nonlinear optical response of metallic nanoparticles’


Research interests


  • Characterization of nonlinear optical materials, Nonlinear optics, 2nd and 3rd order optical nonlinearities
  • Surface plasmons, excitons
  • Metallic, alloyed, semiconducting, organic and hybrid nanoparticles, Lead halides, Carbon-based materials (C-dots, nanodiamonds), Fullerene derivatives


Research Experience


  • Z-scan technique, Optical Kerr Effect technique (OKE), Second Harmonic Generation (SHG), Maker fringes technique, Third-Harmonic Generation (THG)
  • Operation and alignment and maintenance of: mode-locked ps Nd:YAGs lasers, Q-switched ns Nd:YAGs lasers, Optical Parametric oscillator (OPO) laser system, Ti-sapphire lasers
  • UV-Vis-NIR optical absorption spectroscopy, Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Profilometry

April 2013-June 2013: Practical training at University of Angers, Institute of Sciences and Molecular Technologies of Angers, France


Teaching Experience


2009-2013: Teaching assistant at Department of Physics , University of Patras, in the following courses:

  • Optics Laboratory (3rd semester)
  • Electromagnetism Laboratory (4th semester)
  • Atomic & Nuclear physics laboratory (5th semester)
  • Principles of Lasers (7th semester)




  • (2009 - 2011) Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) of Cyprus (Program TECHNOLOGY/ THEPIS/0308(DT)/06)
  • (2011 - Present) Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) - Research Funding Program: Heracleitus II




  • Cambridge Proficiency in English
  • Diplôme d'études en langue française (A1, A2 DELF)


Other Activities


Painting, Reading Fiction books and Mythology, Zumba and Kick-boxing, Cinema


List of Publications


  1. “Transient Nonlinear Optical Response of some Symmetrical Nickel Dithiolene Complexes”, P. Aloukos, G. Chatzikyriakos, I. Papagiannouli, N. Liaros, S. Couris, Chem. Phys. Lett. 495 (4-6), 245-250, (2010).
  2. “Nonlinear optical response of a symmetrical Au dithiolene complex under ps and ns laser excitation in the infrared and in the visible”, G. Chatzikyriakos, I. Papagiannouli, S. Couris, G.C. Anyfantis, G.C. Papavassiliou, Chem. Phys. Lett. 513 (4-6), 229-235, (2011).
  3. “Third-order Nonlinear Optical Response of Push-Pull Azobenzene Polymers”, I. Papagiannouli, K. Iliopoulos, D. Gindre, B. Sahraoui, O. Krupka, V. Smokal, A. Kolendo, S. Couris, Chem. Phys. Lett. 554, 107-112, (2012).
  4. “Palladium micellar nanohybrids with tunable nonlinear optical response”, I. Papagiannouli, M. Demetriou, G. Chatzikyriakos, K. Iliopoulos, T. Krasia-Christoforou, S. Couris, Opt. Materials, 36, 123-129, (2013).
  5. “Synthesis, characterization and non-linear optical response of organophilic carbon dots”, A. B. Bourlinos, M. A. Karakassides, A. Kouloumpis, D. Gournis, A. Bakandritsos, I. Papagiannouli, P. Aloukos, S. Couris, K. Hola, R. Zboril, M. Krysmann, E. P. Giannelis, Carbon, 61, 640-643, (2013).
  6. “Effect of the composition of AuxAg(1-x) nanoalloys on their nonlinear optical response”, I. Papagiannouli, D. Rioux, M. Meunier, S. Couris, 15th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON, art. no. 6602747, (2013).
  7. “Synthesis and characterization of the nonlinear optical properties of novel hybrid organic inorganic semiconductor lead iodide quantum wells and dots”, I. Papagiannouli, E. Maratou, I. Koutselas, S. Couris, J. Phys. Chem. C, 118, 2766-2775, (2014).
  8. “Palladium-based micellar nanohybrids: Preparation and nonlinear optical response”, I. Papagiannouli, M. Demetriou, T. Krasia-Christoforou, S. Couris, RSC Adv, 4, 8779-8788, (2014).
  9. “Third-order nonlinear optical response and optical limiting of colloidal carbon dots”, P. Aloukos, I. Papagiannouli, A.B. Bourlinos, R. Zboril, S. Couris, Opt. Express (under review)
  10. “Third-order NLO responses of [60]fullerene-Porphyrin [n]Pseudorotaxanes”, L. Dordevic, T. Marangoni, I. Papagiannouli, P. Aloukos, S. Couris, F. Diederich, D. Bonifazi, Chemistry-A European Journal, (under review)
  11. “Photoluminescent boron-doped carbon dots”, A.B. Bourlinos, M.A. Karakassides, M. Baikousi, A. Kouloumpis, D. Gournis, I. Papagiannouli, P. Aloukos, S. Couris, A. Bakandtritsos, K. Hola, R. Zboril, E.P. Giannelis
  12. “Tunable nonlinear optical properties of gold-silver alloy nanoparticles”, I. Papagiannouli, P. Aloukos, D. Rioux, M. Meunier, S. Couris
  13. “Nonlinear optical response of colloidal carbon nanoparticles: Nanodiamonds and Carbon dots”, I. Papagiannouli, A. Bakandritsos, R. Zboril, A.B. Bourlinos, S. Couris


Conferences and Presentations


  • “Nonlinear optical  properties of carbon nanostructures”, I. Papagiannouli, M. Akriotou, D. Potamianos, S. Couris, XXVIII Panhellenic Conference on solid state physics and materials sciences, 23-26 September, Patras, Greece, 2012 (oral presentation).
  • “Optical Nonlinearities of AuAgnanoalloys”, I. Papagiannouli, S. Couris, Workshop on Nanostructured Materials for Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications, 17th November 2011, University of Cyprus, Nicosia (oral presentation) 
  • “Nonlinear optical response of Pd nanoparticles in block Copolymers”, I. Papagiannouli, G. Chatzikyriakos, S. Couris, M. Demetriou, T. Krasia-Christoforou,6th International Summer School, New Frontiers in Optical Technologies, 8-12 August 2011, Tampere, Finland (poster session)
  • “Nonlinear optical response of nanoparticles and nanocomposites”, I.Papagiannouli, N.Liaros, M.Akriotou, G.Chatzikyriakos, S.Couris, Inter-university network meeting: Nanophotonics-Advanced materials, December 2010,  Patras (poster session)
  • “Nonlinear optical response of Pd nanoparticles in block copolymers”, I. Papagiannouli, G.Chatzikyriakos, S.Couris, Maria Demetriou, Theodora Krasia-Christoforou, Optical micro-manipulation by nonlinear nanophotonics, COST action MP0604, October 5-8 2010, Visegrad, Hungary (poster session)
  • “Nonlinear optical properties of PbxIyquantum confined nanostructures”, I. Papagiannouli, N. Liaros, G. Chatzikyriakos, E. Maratou, I. Koutselas, S. Couris, Emerging trends and novel materials in photonics, ICO-photonics, 7-9 October 2009, Delphi, Greece (poster session)
  • “Nonlinear optical properties of quantum dots and quantum wells”, I. Papagiannouli, M. Akriotou, N. Liaros, G. Chatzikyriakos, E. Maratou, I. Koutselas, S. Couris, Summer School on Plasmonics, COST action MP0604, 13-17 September 2009, Porquerolles Island, France (poster session)

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