Dr. Polycarpos Falaras

Institute of Physical Chemistry
NCSR “Demokritos”
15310 Aghia Paraskevi, Attiki, Greece
Tel: +30 210 6503644
Fax: +30 210 6511766

Short CV of Polycarpos Falaras
Research Activities
Recent Publications
Professional Society Memberships






Polycarpos Falaras was born in Karditsa-Greece (1960), and studied Physics at the University of Thessaloniki (1978-1982), where he obtained his degree in Physic. He received his DEA in Electrochemistry (1982-1983) and Ph.D. in Chemistry (1983-1986) from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris-France). In 1989 he joined the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the National Center for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’ in Athens, where we worked as postdoctoral researcher until 1995. In 1995, he was elected as researcher (grade C), in 1998 he became senior researcher (grade B) and in 2003 he was promoted to the post of research director (grade A). From 1993 to 1999 he taught electrochemistry at the General Department of Physics, Chemistry and Materials Technology-Technological Education Establishment of Piraeus-Greece and since 2006 he is teaching Physical Chemistry at the Hellenic Open University-Department of Physical Sciences and Technology. His main research activities are in the area of Photochemistry-Electrochemistry and are centered on light induced processes and their applications in solar energy conversion to electricity, environmental cleaning and health protection. Special interest exists on functional nanostructured materials (mainly the preparation of fractal high surface area nanostructured TiO2 thin films by sol-gel, anodicoxidation, spin coating, screen-printing and sintering techniques), the synthesis of new sensitizers-transition metal complexes bearing functional groups and presenting broad and intense MLCT absorption bands in the visible as well as the development of redox polymer electrolytes as well as the optimization of dye-sensitized solar cells. In parallel, photocatalytic processes based are investigated focusing on the development of self-cleaning and self-sterilizing surfaces



Book Chapters

1. “Optical Techniques for the Study of Electrochromic Phenomena: Application of Raman Spectroscopy and OMA to the Coloration of Oxides and Polymer Films”. P. Falaras, A. hugot-Le Goff, S. Joiret, Large - Area Chromogenics: Materials and Devices for Transmittance Control, Lampert C.M.; Granquist, C.G., eds., invited chapter, p. 447-470, SPIE, Optical Engineering Press, Bellingham, Washington, 1988.

2. Arabatzis, I.M; Falaras, P. “Noble Metal Nanoclusters Function on Titania Photocatalytic Surfaces” In: Frontiers in Catalysis Research, Book edited by Lawrence P. Bevy, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. NY, 2006, Chapter 5, pp 135-147(invited).  ISBN: 1-59454-902-8



Other scientific activities

Reviewer in 50 International Refereed Journals including: Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Applied Clay Science, Applied Surface Science, Catalysis Today, Chemical Engineering Communications, Chemistry of Materials, Χημικά Χρονικά, Clays and Clay Minerals, Comptes Rendus Chimie, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, Electrochemical and Solid state Letters, Electrochimica Acta, Environmental Chemistry Letters, Environmental Science & Technology, Inorganic Chemistry Communications, International Journal of Electronics, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Journal de Physique IV, Journal of Catalysis, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, Journal of Nanomaterials, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology: A Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Langmuir, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Materials Research Bulletin, Polymer International, Powder Technology, Proceedings of Europacat 7, Solar Energy Engineering, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, Surface and Coatings Technology, Surface Science, The Open Inorganic Chemistry Journal, Thin Solid Films, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Water Research, 15 IPS Conference.

    • Member of the Editorial Board of “The Open Inorganic Chemistry Journal”
    • Member of the Administration Board of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (ELECTED):2004-2006
    • Member of the Scientific Board of the Hellenic National Documentation Center
    • Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Journal “The Open Inorganic Chemistry Journal”
    • Expert Evaluator (Raporteur and Member of the Chemistry Panel) in Marie -Curie Research   Training Networks  (MC-RTN) of FP6/FP7
    • Member of the Management Committee of COST CHEMISTRY Action D14 “Functional Molecular Materials” and Action D39 “From Molecules to Devices”
    • National representative to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) 2005-2006
    • Member of the Fellowships Attribution Committee in the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation




1979-82 Fellowship from IKY (Greek Scholarship Foundation);

1982-85 Fellowship from the French Government;

1985-86 Fellowship from Alexander S. Onassis Foundation;

1999 Award from the Empeirikeion Foundation