Dr Dimitrios Kontziampasis, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer & University Programme Leader in Engineering
  • Institute of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies
Dr Dimitrios Kontziampasis, PhD


I was awarded my PhD from Materials Science and Engineering Department (University of Ioannina, Greece) with a thesis on “Mico-nanomodification of polymers with plasma etching for bioanalytical applications”. My PhD research was carried out at the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" in Athens, and was an inter/cross-disciplinary project that used plasma as a tool for nanofabrication, employed a lot of characterisation in terms of microscopy, surface chemistry, metrological characterisation, cell culturing experiments and analysis, and optics.

After my PhD, I was awarded a visit grant for 3 months from MP1101 Cost Action “Biomedical Applications of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Technology” and visited Plasma Processes, Materials and Surfaces laboratory in National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics in Bucharest, Romania. There, I was introduced to the use of atmospheric pressure plasma systems. The aim was to modify surfaces for the creation of biological arrays.

In 2014, I worked in University of Southampton for the fabrication of dual scale scaffolds to direct the attachment and elongation of induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes in order to direct their maturation when cultured.

In 2015 I started working in University of Leeds on the characterisation, use and engineering of foam systems for coating of particles in mixers and surfaces for pharmaceutical, industrial and food applications.

In September 2017 I joined the School of Biomedical Sciences in University of Leeds for a project that introduces new approaches on time-resolved methodologies. The goal is to provide both spatial and temporal resolution in Electron Microscopy.

In January 2019 I moved to Sheffield and the Department of Physics and Astronomy to work as an University Teaching Associate in Physics.

In June 2019 I accepted a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Cumbria and was appointed as the new lead of Engineering programmes.

Qualifications and memberships


  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering |University of Ioannina (2013)
  • MSc in Microelectronic Engineering |National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2007)
  • MEng in Materials Science and Engineering |University of Ioannina (2004)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of Materials Research Society

Academic and research interests

My main research interests revolve around inter/crossdisciplinary and applied research with a focus on surface modification of materials for biological, energy and other applications, as well as their characterisation.


International Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Kontziampasis, D., Manga, M.S., York, D.W., “Coating particles using liquids and foams based on viscous formulations with industrial mixers: Batch operation”. –manuscript in press in Particuology Journal.*
  • Kontziampasis, D., Klebl, D.P., Iadanza, M.G., Scarff, C.A., Kopf, F., Sobott, F., Monteiro, D.C.F., Trebbin, M., Muench, S.P., White, H.D., “A Cryo-EM Grid Preparation Device for Time-Resolved Structural Studies”, IUCrJ, 6 (6), 2019.
  • Kitsara, M., Kontziampasis, D., Agbulut, O., Chen, Y., “Heart on a chip: Micro-nanofabrication and Microfluidics Steering the Future of Cardiac Tissue Engineering”, Microelectronic Engineering, 203-204, pp 44-62, 2019.
  • Kitsara, M., Agbulut, O., Kontziampasis, D., Chen, Y., Menasche, P. “Fibers for hearts: A critical review on electrospinning for cardiac tissue engineering”, Acta Biomaterialia, 48, 20 – 40, 2017.
  • Bourkoula, A., Constantoudis, V., Kontziampasis, D., Petrou, P.S., Kakabakos, S.E., Tserepi, A., Gogolides, E., “Roughness threshold for cell attachment and proliferation on plasma micro-nanotextured polymeric surfaces: the case of primary human skin fibroblasts and mouse immortalized 3T3 fibroblasts”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 49, 304002, 2016 (3 first authors acknowledged to have equal contribution in the paper) – Invited Submission in Special Issue “Plasma-inspired Biomaterials”.
  • Kontziampasis, D., Trantidou, T., Regoutz, A., Humphrey, E.J., Carta, D., Terracciano, C.M., Prodromakis, T., Effects of Ar and O2 Plasma Etching on Parylene C: Topography versus Surface Chemistry and the Impact on Cell Viability, Plasma Processes and Polymers, 13, 324-333, 2016.
  • Trantidou, T., Terracciano, C.M., Kontziampasis, D., Humphrey, E., Prodromakis, T., “Biorealistic cardiac cell culture platforms with integrated monitoring of extracellular action potentials”, Scientific Reports 5, 11067, 2015.
  • Kontziampasis, D., Boulousis, G., Smyrnakis A., Ellinas K., Tserepi A., Gogolides, E., “Biomimetic, antireflective, superhydrophobic and oleophobic PMMA and PMMA-coated glass surfaces fabricated by plasma processing”, Microelectronic Engineering, 121, 33-38, 2014.
  • Kontziampasis, D., Constantoudis, V., Gogolides, E., “Plasma Directed Organization of Nanodots on Polymers: Effects of Polymer Type and Etching Time on Morphology and Order”, Plasma Processes and Polymers, 9 (9), pp. 866-872, 2012.
  • Gogolides, E., Constantoudis, V., Kokkoris, G., Kontziampasis, D., Tsougeni, K., Boulousis, G., Vlachopoulou, M., Tserepi, A., “Controlling roughness: From etching to nanotexturing and plasma-directed organization on organic and inorganic materials”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 44 (17), no. 174021, 13p, 2011.
  • Kitsara, M., Petrou, P., Kontziampasis, D., Misiakos, K., Makarona, E., Raptis, I., Beltsios, K., “Biomolecular Layer Thickness Evaluation using White Light Reflectance Spectroscopy”, Microelectronic Engineering, 87, 802–805, 2010.
  • Vourdas, N., Kontziampasis, D., Kokkoris, G., Constantoudis, V., Goodyear, A., Tserepi, A., Cooke, M., Gogolides, E., “Plasma directed assembly and organization: Bottom-up nanopatterning using top-down technology”, Nanotechnology, 21, no. 085302, 8p, 2010.
  • Kontziampasis, D., Beltsios, K., Tegou, E., Argitis, P., Gogolides, E., “Optimized surface silylation of chemically amplified epoxidized photoresists for micromachining applications”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 117 (4), 2189-2195, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed International Conference Papers

  • D. Kontziampasis, A. Bourkoula, P.S. Petrou, A. Tserepi, S.E. Kakabakos, E. Gogolides, “Cell Array Fabrication by Plasma Nanotexturing of PMMA”, Proc. SPIE Microtechnologies, Bio-Mems and Medical Microdevices, 2013 .
  • D. Kontziampasis, A. Smyrnakis, V. Constantoudis, E. Gogolides, “Plasma Directed Assembly: Process Issues, Materials and Applications”, Proc. 13th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE), 2012.
  • E. Gogolides, A. Tserepi, N. Vourdas, M-E Vlachopoulou, K. Tsougeni, and D. Kontziampasis, “Polymer Nano-Texturing and Stochastic Nano-Patterning Using Plasma Processing”, Proc. AIChE, 100th Anniversary Meeting, 2008.

 Book Chapters

  • D. Kontziampasis, A. Tserepi, E. Gogolides, “Polymers: Plasma Micro-Nanotexturing and Plasma-Directed Organization”, Encyclopedia of Plasma Technology 2017, Ed: J. Leon Shohet, Taylor & Francis, pp 1125-1197.
  • D. Kontziampasis, M. Kitsara, “Polymer Surface Modification: Plasma for Applications”, Encyclopedia of Plasma Technology 2017, Ed: J. Leon Shohet, Taylor & Francis, pp 1097-1107.

  Patents                                                                                                                             _­­­­­­­­_

  • US Patent; a) inventors; E. Gogolides, A.Tserepi, V. Constantoudis, N. Vourdas, G. Boulousis, M.-E. Vlachopoulou, K. Tsougeni, D.  Kontziampasis, b) title; “Method for the fabrication of periodic structures on polymers using plasma processes”, Patent No: 8,951,428, Publication Date: 10/02/2015.
  • EU Patent; a) inventors; E. Gogolides, A.Tserepi, V. Constantoudis, N. Vourdas, G. Boulousis, M.-E. Vlachopoulou, K. Tsougeni, D.  Kontziampasis, b) title; “Method for the fabrication of periodic structures on polymers using plasma processes”, Patent No: EP2300214 (A1), Publication Date: 03/2011.
  • GR Patent; a) inventors; N. Vourdas, E. Gogolides, A. Tserepi, V. Constantoudis, G. Boulousis, M.-E. Vlachopoulou, K. Tsougeni, D.  Kontziampasis, b) title; “Method for the fabrication of periodic structures on polymers using plasma processes”, Patent No: GR1006618 (B), Publication Date: 03/12/2009.