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Dr. Theodora Kyratsi is Associate Professor in the MME Department at UCY. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Physics of Materials and Ph.D. in Physics and Materials Science from Department of Physics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Before she joined UCY, she was researcher at the Department of Chemistry in Michigan State University, USA. She has been responsible for the development of the Powder Technology Laboratory at the UCY since 2004. Today, her research activities include synthesis of energy-related materials, thermoelectric materials, nanomaterials and nanocomposites, powder technology – ball milling, consolidation techniques, material optimization, doping, thermal treatments, solid solutions, characterization and properties.

Dr. Ioannis Rigopoulos holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geology from the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, Greece, where he continued as an Adjunct Lecturer until 2013. He then joined the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of the University of Cyprus, where he was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF 2014) for the project “Carbon dioxide storage in nanomaterials based on ophiolitic rocks and utilization of the end-product carbonates in the building industry”. In 2017, he moved to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the same university, where he is working on the development of environmentally friendly building materials. His research interests include carbon capture and storage via mineral carbonation, use of waste materials for the development of environmentally friendly lime-based composites, enhanced weathering of ultramafic and mafic rocks, investigation of the influence of petrographic characteristics on the mechanical behaviour of rocks, evaluation of a variety of rock types for their use as aggregate materials in construction-industrial applications, microcrack analysis in naturally and experimentally deformed rocks, and petrogenesis of ophiolites.

Dr. Elli Symeou holds B.Sc. degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and a Ph.D. in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cyprus. She has experience on preparation and characterization of bulk thermoelectric materials and thermoelectric thin films. From 2011 until 2017, she worked as a Research Assistant on the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of University of Cyprus in Bi2Te3 thermoelectric materials. From 2017 until today, she works as a Research Special Scientist on material fabrication and characterization of thermoelectric magnesium silicides, under the THERMOSS Project, funded by EU.

Dr. Nikolaos Vlachos holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (Technical University of Pireaus, Greece), M.Sc. in Engineering Project Management (University of Birmingham) and Ph.D. in Powder Technology/Metallurgy (University of Birmingham). He has experience in bulk solids handling technologies; cold/warm compaction and sintering; synthesis/characterization of micro and nanopowders. He is currently working on the fabrication of magnesium silicide based materials with high thermoelectric performance in the framework of the Thermomag Project funded by EU.

Marcos Papas holds a BSc degree in Mineral Resource Engineering, Technical University of CRETE (TUC 2015). Since, September 2016 he is a Ph.D. student in University of Cyprus, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Technology. His research involves materials and processing for CO2 storage.

George Mesaritis holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering from Cyprus University of Technology (CUT 2015). Since, September 2015 he is an MSc student in “MSc Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology” Program at the University of Cyprus. His research activities involve fabrication of thermoelectric materials and devices.

Gianna Ioannou holds a BSc in Physics from the Department of Physics (University of Cyprus) and an MSc in Energy Technologies and Sustainable Design from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (University of Cyprus). Since, January 2017 she is a PhD student in “PhD Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology” program (University of Cyprus). Her research activities involve preparation and characterization of bulk thermoelectric materials. She is currently working on the fabrication and characterization of Half-Heusler bulk alloys.

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