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Athens, 28 January 2013
 

The «dust» that revolutionized nanotechnology
Researcher at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the NCSR “Demokritos”
wins praise
from the Academy of Athens for his innovative research in azafullerene

 

Dr. Georgios C. Vougioukalakis, Research Associate at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the NCSR “Demokritos” and Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Athens (awaiting official appointment), won praise from the Academy of Athens for his research work: “Radical reactivity of azafullerene: Preparation of monoadducts and limitations”.


During the celebratory ceremony of the Academy of Athens, that took place on December 28th 2012, Dr. Vougioukalakis, researcher at the Photo-redox Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy Laboratory of the Institute of Advanced Materials, Physicochemical Processes, Nanotechnology and Microsystems of the NCSR “Demokritos” in collaboration with Dr. Polycarpos Falaras and Dr. Kyriakos Papadopoulos, was awarded for his innovative research that describes the synthesis and characterization of a series of novel azafullerene adducts. Azafullerene, which is a fullerene derivative, is the only hetero-fullerene that canb e chemically synthesized thus far.


Fullerenes are molecules composed entirely of carbon atoms, arranged in a soccer ball shape, and appear as black dust. They are generated during the combustion of aromatic compounds, but also when we burn wood, oil or coal. Among others, they can be produced by directing high energy laser light onto graphite. Although fullerenes do not have any direct applications, their study revolutionized nanotechnology, leading to the discovery of carbon nanotubes and graphene. This work was published in 2010 in the scientific journal The Journal of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society by Dr. Vougioukalakis, along with his collaborators from the Department of Chemistry of the University of Crete, Dr. Manolis Roubelakis and Prof. Michael Orfanopoulos.


Another important finding of this work was the participation of azafullerenes in photoinduced electron transfer reactions. Dr. Vougioukalakis, in collaboration with Prof. Orfanopoulos, applied an innovative approach to functionalize azafullerene and discovered a chemical reaction that has never been reported before in literature. These findings were published in 2004 in the international scientific journal Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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Dr. Georgios C. Vougioukalakis receives his praise during the Academy of Athens ceremony
Dr. Georgios C. Vougioukalakis at the Photo-redox Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy Laboratory of the Institute of Advanced Materials, Physicochemical Processes, Nanotechnology and Microsystems of the NCSR “Demokritos”
 
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