Study of optoelectronic and mechanical properties of semiconductors and their metastable light-induced changes for solar applications. Development of near-field scanning probe microscopy/spectroscopy tools for materials surface characterization/modification at the nanoscale. Structuring of surfaces through optical and chemical routes for vacuum electronics and environmental applications (wettability, electrochromicity, thermochromicity).
Manolis Spanakis received his BsC in Physics in 1995, his MsC in Physics of Condensed Matter in 1997 and his PhD in Physics in 2001, all from the Physics Department of the University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece. After completing military service in 2002, he joined the Laser and Applications Division of IESL-FORTH as a visiting researcher and the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete, Greece as a visiting professor. From 2005 he works also as a visiting lecturer in the Technical Educational Institute of Crete, Greece. He served as an invited researcher for one month at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He has received three scholarships from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation for ranking first during undergraduate studies and an award from the Municipality of Heraklion, Crete Greece for ranking first at the preliminary examinations for entering the MsC courses. His written work involves 35 publications in refereed journals (2015) and several chapters in 4 undergraduate textbooks for experiments in applied physics and materials science.Extended CV