Athanasios Salifoglou
Professor, Inorganic Chemistry with Emphasis on Science of Advanced Materials 

– Ph.D. Bioinorg. Chem. (University of Michigan, USA, 1987)
– Dipl. Chem. (AUTh, GR, 1982)

Curriculum vitae





Office: Ground floor of Building C
Telephone: 2310.996179 Fax: 2310.996196

Student Reception: Daily 8:30 – 19:00


  1. Biotoxic metal ions in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, etc.) and neoplasias (carcinogenesis). Linkage of soluble inorganic complex species (environmental metallotoxins) with processes involving interactions of biotoxic metal ions with defined cellular targets, structural speciation, bioavailability and etiopathogenetic biochemical reactivity. Development of (nano)molecular sensors and diagnostic tools for the immediate detection of early neurodegenerative events. Correlation of toxicity-neurodegeneration at the molecular level.
  2. Bioinorganic and inorganic-organic vanadium and zinc compounds with physiological and biomimetic substrates, as potential pharmaceuticals of anticarcinogenic and insulin mimetic activity. Synthetic, spectroscopic, magnetic, structural and biological studies of vanadium and zinc species bearing physiological and biomimetic hydroxycarboxylic acids. Controlled release of synthetic or naturally encountered molecules from (macro)molecular cages relevant to metallodrug absorption and bio-activity processes.
  3. Surface-modified dendrimers in the selective separation and recovery of toxic and heavy metal ions from water resources in the environment. Fundamental structure-function correlations in dendrimer physicochemical nature and reactivity supporting the development of technology management of metallotoxins in the environment.
  4. Carcinogenic metal ions in the transcriptional activation of signal transducing Hα-Ras/K-ras genes through DNA minisatellites in the human genome. Interactions of biotoxic metal ions with DNA minisatellites and consequences in the metallobiological pathways leading to carcinogenesis. Development of biomarker technologies in the diagnosis (or even prognosis) of aberrant processes in signal transduction pathways.
  5. Development of inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials at low temperatures with specific physical optical, chemical catalytic, structural and magnetic properties. Emphasis is given to the synthesis of single molecule magnets and chains as advanced materials at the nanotechnological level. (Multi)functional materials in diagnostic medicine (personalized medicine) and environmental technology of detection-quantification of metallotoxin pollutants and bioremediation.
  1. Mechanisms and Αpplications of Ιnterleukins in Cancer Immunotherapy D. Anestakis, S. Petanidis, S. Kalyvas, C. M. Nday, O. Tsave, E. Kioseoglou, A. Salifoglou Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 1691-1710.
  2. Quercetin Encapsulation in Modified Silica Nanoparticles. Potential Use Against Cu(II)-Induced Oxidative Stress in Neurodegeneration. C. M. Nday, E. Halevas, G. E. Jackson, A. Salifoglou J. Inorganic Biochemistry, 2014, 145, 51–64.
  3. Cationic Spin Probe Reporting on Thermal Denaturation and Complexation-Decomplexaiton on BSA and SDS. Potential Application in Protein Purification Processes. I. Matei, A.M. Ariciu, M. V. Neascu, A. Collauto, A. Salifoglou, G. Ionita J. Phys. Chem. B, 2014, 118, 11238-112352.
  4. Cadmium Modulates H-ras Expression and Caspase-3 Apoptotic Cell Death in Breast Cancer Epithelial MCF-7 cells. S. Petanidis, M. Hadzopoulou-Cladaras, A. Salifoglou Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2013, 121, 100–107.
  5. Binary and Ternary Metal–Organic Hybrid Polymers in Aqueous Lead(II)–Dicarboxylic Acid–(Phen) Systems. The Influence of O- and S-Ligand Heteroatoms on the Assembly of Distinct Lattice Architecture, Dimensionality, and Spectroscopic Properties C. Gabriel, C. P. Raptopoulou, A. Terzis, V. Psycharis, F. Gul-E-Noor, M. Bertmer, C. Mateescu, and A. Salifoglou Crystal Growth & Design, 2013, 13, 2573–2589.
  1. Inorganic Chemistry (TH) (1′ Semester – Compulsory Course)
  2. Inorganic Chemistry (L) (1′ Semester – Compulsory Course)
  3. Industrial Inorganic Chemistry (S ≥4 ‘ Semester – Elective Course)
  4. Environmental Chemistry (S ≥4′ Semester – Elective Course)
  5. Genetic Engineering (S ≥6′ Semester – Elective Course)
  6. Practical Training – Materials/Nanotechnology (WS ≥8′ Semester – Elective Course)
  7. Biomaterials (W ≥5′ Semester – Elective Course)
  1. Iordanidou Aikaterini (Starting Year: 2012)
  2. Gavriilidis Christos (Starting Year: 2013)
  3. Perikli Maria-Vaia (Starting Year: 2015)
  4. Maroulis Marios (Starting Year: 2015)
  5. Malakopoulos Athanasios (Starting Year: 2016)
  6. Rogkotis Konstantinos (Starting Year: 2017)