Engineering Photonic Structures and Functional Optical Materials: From Structural Health Monitoring to Biomedical Applications

When: July 02, 10:30

Where: Skoltech, MR-408 (TROC-3, Blue building)


Engineering Photonic Structures and Functional Optical Materials: From Structural Health Monitoring to Biomedical Applications

Dr. Christos RIZIOTIS

National Hellenic Research Foundation- NHRF,

Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute -TPCI

Applied Photonics – Materials & Devices Group#

48 Vassileos Constantinou Avenue, Athens 11635, Greece


Photonics engineering has been recognised as a Key Enabling Technology-KET with applications in many technological areas. Advances in materials research have enabled the development of new exotic photonic material platforms such as multicomponent glasses and metamaterials with customizable properties that could enable in turn the further development of tailored photonic devices and components. However, further to the fundamental research on those platforms the applicability in real applications is still rather limited as is required considerable amount of research for the development of reliable components required to follow strict operational specifications and standards. In parallel the need for low cost customizable photonic devices, structures and sensors for specific applications requires the efficient exploitation of well-established photonic platforms. Employment of efficient processing techniques and use of specially designed functional materials provides a route that allows the rapid prototyping of customized devices.

               Within this frame the talk will present recent and characteristic activities of photonics engineering at NHRF towards the development of customized structures and devices for a wide range of demanding and emerging applications. Theoretical design & modeling issues together with experimental implementations of devices by direct laser writing, micromachining, and thermal processing will be covered. Photonic platforms such as polymer optical fibers, silica or specialty hybrid fibers, silica-based integrated optics, plasmonic and resonating structures, functionalized by nanostructured materials will be presented as examples for a broad range of customized solutions covering application areas from  Structural Health Monitoring-SHM, industrial monitoring & predictive maintenance, to defence systems and biomedical applications.


Dr. Christos Riziotis is a faculty Researcher at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute of the National Hellenic Research Foundation -NHRF, Athens, Greece where he is leading the activity “Applied Photonics-Materials and Devices”. He holds a Ph.D. in Photonics from Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton (2001), as well an M.Sc. in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Degree in Physics both from National University of Athens. His research interests and work cover the areas of photonic materials, integrated optics, direct laser writing & micromachining, fibre sensors, optical communications, nanophotonics, plasmonics, with successfully demonstrated applications from defence industry, SHM & industrial process monitoring to chemical sensors and biomedical / healthcare applications. He has participated or developed a number of collaborations and R&D projects with industry (Pirelli Cavi, Southampton Photonics, Stratophase, MBDA Missile Systems, Kleemann Lifts S.A., Prisma Electronics S.A., Bayern Chemie Propellants GmbH etc) and has authored a wide thematic range of research publications, holding also three (3) patents. He is reviewer in over 30 technical Journals, an Editorial Board Member in several Journals in sensors, materials and instrumentation, and Lead Guest Editor of four (4) Journals’ special issues (Journal of Sensors, Sensors, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, Instruments) in optical materials, devices and sensing. He was the Chair of the 6th IC-MAST “International Conference on Materials and Applications for Sensors and Transducers” and serves as committee member in a number of international conferences. He serves also as Management Committee Member for a number of research academic networks in the areas of sensing, novel materials, manufacturing, and healthcare such as COST Action TD1001- “Novel and Reliable Optical Fibre Sensor Systems”, COST Action MP1401 “Advanced Fibre Laser and Coherent Source as Tools for Society, Manufacturing and Lifescience, and served also as an expert in the IEC Standardization Committee for Fibre Optic Sensors.