Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas (FORTH) (Coordinator, widening partner)

The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) was founded in 1983. It is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research institution worldwide.

FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation of the Ministry of Development and Investments.

FORTH conducts specialized scientific research in strategic high-added value sectors, focusing on interdisciplinary research and development (R&D) activities in areas of major scientific, societal and economic interest, such as: Lasers and Photonics, Microelectronics, Advanced Materials / Nanotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Precision Medicine, Systems Biology, Robotics, Telecommunications, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Chemical Engineering Sciences, Energy, Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities, Astrophysics and Astronomy.

FORTH comprises ten Research Institutes. Its headquarters and central administration are based in Heraklion, Crete.

Ultrafast Laser Micro and Nano Processing group (ULMNP) leaded by Dr Emmanuel Stratakis is a large and active young researcher community mainly focused on laser-based processes and laser-matter interactions studies. Last years, a Nanomaterials research activity was established to fulfil the needs of the group on new nanomaterials, including a new chemistry laboratory with essential equipment for the fabrication of inorganic nanocrystals. Recently is focused on the synthesis of perovskite-based materials for gas sensing and other applications.

Dr Emmanuel Stratakis


A physicist and his research interests are in the fields of ultrafast laser interactions with materials for (a) biomimetic micro- and nano- structuring, (b) organic and perovskite photovoltaics and (c) biomaterials processing for tissue engineering. He has over 345 SCI publications, 11200 citations, h-index=58 and he has coordinated many National and EU grants. Since 2015, he directs the European Nanoscience Facility of FORTH, part of the NFFA-Europe EU Infrastructure, where he is a member of the General Assembly. Recently he has been invited to be the Greece Ambassador for the European Innovation Council (EIC).

Dr Athanasia Kostopoulou


She is physicist and has a PhD in Chemistry. She is working on the chemical synthesis and elucidation of the microscopic physical mechanisms involving nanocrystal systems of different chemical phases and morphologies (magnetic and semiconducting). She is researcher at FORTH from 2007 when she started her PhD and she continued as postdoctoral researcher till now. She has 36 publications, 1522 citations and h-index=18 (according to the google scholar). She is PI in the three-years research project for young researchers funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) (2019-2022) and co-PI in FLAG-ERA JTC2019 (PeroGaS, 2020-2023) which is in collaboration with IIT, both of them related to perovskite nanocrystals.

Dr Konstantinos Brintakis


He is physicist and his PhD thesis was a collaboration of the physics department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with FORTH. On his thesis, he studied the growth and organization of hybrid nanocrystals and specifically their structural, electronic, and magnetic properties. From 2018 he is postdoctoral researcher at FORTH in ULMNP laboratory. His currently interest is focused on the characterization of structural and morphological properties of nanomaterials with HRTEM and SEM microscopy. He has 17 publications, 491 citations and his h-index=11.

Dr Eleni Petala

Innovation manager

Dr Petala Eleni is a materials science engineer. In 2011 she received her M.Sc. degree in Materials Chemistry and Technology from the Department of Chemistry and Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Ioannina while in 2017 she received her Ph.D. from Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, in collaboration with the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her MSc and PhD studies were driven in the field of environmental applications and more specifically in advanced water treatment nanotechnologies. She has various publications and patents while she has participated in several conferences and through internships, she has the chance to interact with many collaborators around world. Among her interests is also the application of methodological approaches to link research to its eventual industrial and societal deployment. During her work as a scientific researcher, she has been involved in numerous European projects and has been intensively trained on Innovation Management Tools, EU proposal development, corporate engagement, protecting and licensing inventions and economic development. Currently, she is working as an innovation manager at the Stratakis Lab, Ultrafast Laser Micro and Nano Processing Laboratory of Institute of Electronic Structure and Lasers, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, FORTH.