Current research activities include:
- Synthesis and characterization of novel polymers of various architectures;
- Stimuli-responsive, "smart" and functional polymers;
- self-assembly and structure formation of polymeric materials in solution and at a surface;
- biomedical applications of polymers.
Short Curriculum Vitae
Maria Vamvakaki has received the B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Crete. She holds a doctoral degree in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Sussex, U.K. where she did her graduate work with Profs. S. P. Armes and N. C. Billingham, on the synthesis of water-soluble polymers and their evaluation as ceramic dispersants. From 1997 to 1998 she was a post-doctoral associate at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science at the University of Sussex, working on the synthesis and characterization of double-hydrophilic block copolymers and their self-assembly in water. In 1999 she became a Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the Department of Physical Sciences of the University of Cyprus while in 2000 she joined the group of Prof. C. S. Patrickios at the Chemistry Department of the University of Cyprus as a research associate where she worked on the synthesis, characterization, modeling and applications of model polymer networks. From 2001 to 2004 she was a visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete and a visiting scientist at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science at the University of Sussex. She is affiliated researcher at FO.R.T.H.-Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (I.E.S.L.) since 2003. In 2004 she was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Crete, where she became an Associate Professor in 2011 and a Full Professor in 2018.
Selected Recent Publications
- Kenanakis George, Xomalis Aggelos, Selimis Alexandros, Vamvakaki M, Farsari Maria, Kafesaki M, Soukoulis CM, Economou Eleftherios N.. Three-Dimensional Infrared Metamaterial with Asymmetric Transmission. ACS PHOTONICS 2: 287-294, 2015.
- Achilleos Demetra S., Hatton T. Alan, Vamvakaki M. Photoreponsive Hybrid Nanoparticles with Inherent FRET Activity. LANGMUIR 32: 5981-5989, 2016.
- Papadimitriou Lina, Kaliva Maria, Vamvakaki M, Chatzinikolaidou M. Immunomodulatory Potential of Chitosan-graf t-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) Copolymers toward the Polarization of Bone-Marrow-Derived Macrophages. ACS BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 3: 1341-1349, 2017.
- Th. Manouras, E. Koufakis, S. H. Anastasiadis and M. Vamvakaki A facile route towards PDMAEMA homopolymer amphiphiles Soft Matter 13, 3777-3782, 2017.
- Falireas Panagiotis G. and Vamvakaki M. pH-responsive polyampholytic hybrid Janus nanoparticles. POLYMER 130: 50-60, 2017.
- Falireas Panagiotis G. and Vamvakaki M. Triple-Responsive Block Copolymer Micelles with Synergistic pH and Temperature Response. MACROMOLECULES 51: 6848-6858, 2018.
- Parkatzidis Kostas, Kabouraki Elmina, Selimis Alexandros, Kaliva Maria, Ranella Anthi, Farsari Maria, Vamvakaki M. Initiator-Free, Multiphoton Polymerization of Gelatin Methacrylamide. MACROMOLECULAR MATERIALS AND ENGINEERING 303: 1800458, 2018.
- Sakellari Ioanna, Kabouraki Elmina, Karanikolopoulos Dimitris, Droulias Sotiris, Farsari Maria, Loukakos Panagiotis, Vamvakaki M, Gray David. Quantum dot based 3D printed woodpile photonic crystals tuned for the visible. NANOSCALE ADVANCES 1: 3413-3423, 2019.
- Parkatzidis, K, Chatzinikolaidou, M, Kaliva, M, Bakopoulou, A, Farsari, M, Vamvakaki, M. "Multiphoton 3D Printing of Biopolymer-Based Hydrogels", ACS BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING -, – (2019).