Group Leader – Prof. Philomela Komninou

Director of Electron Microscopy Laboratory – Department of Physics AUTh
President of the Hellenic Microcopy Society

Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece,
Tel: +30 2310998195
Fax: +30 2310994314
Short CV can be found here
ResearcherID: G-7448-2015

Personal Data: Born in Thessaloniki, Greek Citizenship, Married with two children
Degrees: Ph.D in Physics (1987), MSc in Radioelectronics (1982), BSc in Physics (1979)

Research Fields: Materials Science –Solid State Physics – Electron Microscopy

Research Expertise:
Structural, electronic and mechanical properties of materials and correlation with the physical properties, using advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and  Scanning/Transmission (STEM) techniques including quantitative high resolution TEM (qHRTEM), high-angle annular dark field (HAADF or else Z-contrast)) imaging, atomic scale chemical analysis (EDXS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) combined with simulations and theoretical modeling.

Research Activities:
Microstructure,  interfacial properties, structural defects, local strain fields and chemical composition at the nanoscale in a variety of advanced materials systems in the form of thin films, low-dimensional multilayered heterostructures (1D, 2D, 3D), quantum structures, nanoparticles, vitreous and glass ceramics, composite materials

Materials investigated:

  • III-V compound semiconductors
  • Polycrystalline Silicon for solar cells
  • Si under stress/Si/SiGe multilayer structures
  • Metals of cubic and hexagonal symmetry
  • Metallic alloys
  • Magnetic multilayers
  • Biomaterials
  • Hybrid materials
  • Amorphous metallic glasses
  • Glassy and glass-ceramics as products of vitrification and stabilization of toxic industrial waste

Academic Activities:

  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Supervisor of PhD and MSc theses.
  • Author of educational material.
  • Member of the organizing committees of international and national scientific conferences, symposia and events.
  • Invited speaker in international and national scientific conferences and events
  • Referee in international scientific peer-reviewed journals.
  • Evaluator of research and development proposals.
  • Member of numerous Scientific Societies.
  • Member of the National Committee for the configuration of the Greek positions in FP7 and for the “Development of the National Action Plan for the Mobility of Researchers”.
  • FP7: National expert in the “PEOPLE” program committee.
  • FP6: National delegate in the “RESEARCH AND INNOVATION” program committee
  • Participation in National – European and Development Programs
  • Coordinator and Scientist in charge of more than 20 National, bilateral and EC funded research projects.


  • 2020-2022: KYDA 2020, IKY, Programme for the promotion of the exchange and scientific cooperation between Greece and Germany
    Strain Tuning of III-V Semiconductor Nanowires (TUNE)
  • 2018-2020: FEG TEM/STEM, of Axis: Ax01 – Strengthening research, technological development and innovation – EYDEP. REGION OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA
  • 2018-2020: “ΕΙΝSΤΕΙΝ”, of the Nationwide Action “Bilateral R&T Cooperation between Greece and Russia” under the Operational Program “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EPANEK)
    Experimental and theoretical studies of physical properties of low dimensional quantum nanoelectronic systems
  • 2018-2020:“INNOVATION-EL” project implemented under the Action “Reinforcement of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure”, funded by the Operational Programme “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” (NSRF 2014-2020) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
  • 2014-2015: ARISTEIA II Program, “Education and Lifelong Learning”, National Strategic Reference Framework
    Nanowire Innovative Light Emitting Devices and Solar Cells “NILES”.
  • 2012 – 2015: Thales Program, “Education and Lifelong Learning”, National Strategic Reference Framework
    Development of an integrated methodology for the management, treatment and valorisation of hazardous waste “WasteVal”
  • 2012 – 2015: Thales Program, “Education and Lifelong Learning”, National Strategic Reference Framework
    Spontaneous growth, properties and devices of III-V semiconductor nanowires “NanoWIRE”
  • 2011 – 2013: GSRΤ, Joint Research and Technology programs Greece – Czech Republic
    III-V semiconductor heterostructures/nanostructures towards innovative electronic and photonic applications
  • 2008 – 2011: Scientist in charge as a participating contractor. ISΤ- Collaborative Project-EU “DOTSENSE”
    Group III nitride quantum dots as optical transducers for chemical sensors
  • 2007 – 2009: Coordinator. IDEAS/European Space Agency
    Multi-functional thin film coatings based on Nano-structured metallic glasses and COmposites for SpAce applications
  • 2005 – 2009: Coordinator. Marie Curie Research Training Network (MCRTN), Contract MRTN-CT-2004-005583 of the EU, “PARSEM”
    Interfacial Phenomena at Atomic Resolution and multiscale properties of novel III-V SEMiconductors
  • 2005 – 2008: Scientist in charge as a participating contractor IST Contract No 006903, “ULTRAGAN”
    InAlN/(In)GaN Heterostructure Technology for Ultra-high Power Microwave Transistor
  • 2005 – 2007: Scientist in charge. Scientific and technological cooperation between RTD organizations in Greece and RTD organizations in USA (GGΕΤ)
    Process-induced strain modification in strained silicon layers and influence on device performance
  • 2005 – 2007: Scientist in charge. “Pithagoras ΙΙ” EPΕΑΕΚ (IPEPTH)
    Nanostructured metallic glasses for thermomechanical applications in hostile evnironments
  • 2005 – 2007: Scientist in charge. “Pithagoras ΙΙ” ΕPΕΑΕΚ (IPΕPTH)
    Growth and study of silicon films for the manufacturing of microelectronic devices of high performance in large surfaces


  • More than 230 peer-reviewed papers in International scientific Journals
  • More than 150 proceedings papers of international conferences and workshops
  • 35 invited talks in International Conferences and Workshops
  • 127 proceedings papers of national conferences and Workshops
  • 5 book chapters and review papers
  • 1 Internet invited review paper
  • Guest editor of 7 international scientific volumes

Selected Invited Talks:

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanomaterials, NANOTEXNOLOGY 2021, 18th  Int. Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies,  Thessaloniki, Greece 2021
  • Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanostructured Materials, Shechtman –Suresh Convocation & Honorary Symposium, AUTh, Thessaloniki, Greece 2018
  • Nanostructures and Intefaces in Epitaxial III-Nitride Semiconductors, III-Nitride Semiconductor Materials and Devices Symposium, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 2016
  • Fundamental Differences between Traditional III-V Compounds and Nitride Semiconductors, ICNS-11 -2015 Beijing, China
  • Heterostructured nanostructures in compound semiconductors, Microscopy of Semiconducting Materials (MSM-XIX) 2015, Cambridge, UK
  • Standardization, Metrology & Characterization of Nanomaterials, 5th International Conference NANOCON 2013”, 2013, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Extended Defects in Nitrides, Gordon Research Conferences – Defects in Semiconductors, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA 2012
  • Bridging atomic structure with properties in III-Nitride heterostructures, International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films, San Diego, CA, USA 2012

Selected Latest Publications: