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PHOTO Nektaria-Marianthi Barkoula
Durability of Composite Materials Under Thermo-mechanical and Environmental Loadings

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Academic Titles
Educational & Professional Experience
Teaching Activities in the Department
Research Interests
Representative Publications

Academic Titles
  • Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Eng., University of Patras, Greece (1999)
  • Ph.D.Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Process Eng., University of Kaiserslautern, Germany(2002)
Educational & Professional Experience
  • Professor (2020 – today), AssociateProfessor (2016 – 2020), Assistant Professor (2012 -2016), Lecturer (2007 – 2012), Department of Materials Science, University of Ioannina, Greece
  • Project Manager and Process Engineer(2005–2007), Procter & Gamble, Brussels Innovation Centre, Belgium
  • Lecturer (Fixed Term)(2004–2005), Materials Department, University of Patras, Greece
  • Research Associate(2002–2004), Materials Department, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Research Associate, Institute for Composite Materials (IVW GmbH), Kaiserslautern, Germany (1999–2002)
Teaching Activities in the Department
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Materials Science and Engineering (Introduction) (Required, 1stSemester, 4h/week, co-lecturer L. Gergidis)
  • Composite Materials (Required, 7thSemester, 4h/week, co-lecturer A. Paipetis)
  • Laboratory of Materials VII (Composite Materials) (Required, 8thSemester, 12h/week, co-lecturer A. Paipetis)
  • Packaging Materials / Recycling (Elective, 9thSemester, 3h/week)
  • Concrete Technology Lab (Elective, 10thSemester, 6h/week, co-lecturer T.E. Matikas)
  • Laboratory of Materials VI Mechanical Behavior and Quality Control (Required, 7th Semester, 12h/week till 2012 –co-lecturers T.E. Matikas, A. Paipetis, K. Dassios, D. Aggelis)
  • Durability and the Environment (Elective, 9thSemester, 3h/week, till 2016)
  • Postgraduate Program – Advanced Materials (2014–2018), Technologies of Advanced Materials (2018–today)–Chemistry and Technology of Materials (2018–today)
  • Subjects:
  • Wear, Tribology(3 h)
  • Durability–Environmental degradation – Polymer Matrix Composites(3 h)
  • Durability – Environmental degradation – Cementitious Materials(3 h)
  • Durability Assessment Techniques (Destructive)(3 h)
  • Durability and Advanced NDE Techniques – case studies(3 h)
  • Manufacturing Technology – Composite Laminates – Theory and Lab(6h)
  • Mechanical Behavior Lab: Static Loadings (5 h)
  • Mechanical Behavior Lab: Dynamic Loadings (5 h)
  • Thermal Analysis – Theory and Lab (6 h)
Research Interests
  • Structure-property relationships in materials
  • Durability of polymers/ polymer composites and cement-based composites and their relation to physical, structural and mechanical properties
  • Experimental research in the area of tribological behavior of polymers, metals and composites with focus on solid particle erosion
  • Biodegradable/Biobased polymers, Recyclability, Eco-Composites
  • Manufacturing, processing and characterization of:
  • biodegradable/biobased composites using matrices such as Chitosan and Starch reinforced with clays.
  • thermoset matrix composites with dynamic reversible bonds and healing, reforming and recycling capabilities
  • Integration / Encapsulation of bio-active compounds in polymers/ polymer matrix composites:
  • Special interest in food packaging and bio-medical application properties, such as mechanical, thermomechanical properties, permeability, antimicrobial properties and water sorption
  • Nano-composites / Multi-functional materials / Hierarchical composites
  • Nanomodified polymer- and cement-based materials for enhanced mechanical behaviour, fracture toughness, structural integrity monitoring, damage detection possibilities, thermoelectric energy management etc
Representative Publications
  • Fast curing versus conventional resins–degradation due to hygrothermal and UV exposureNM Barkoula, M Karabela, NE Zafeiropoulos, P Tsotra,Express Polymer Letters 14 (5), 401-415, 2020
  • Performance of ZnO/chitosan nanocomposite films for antimicrobial packaging applications as a function of NaOH treatment and glycerol/PVOH blending, O Boura-Theodoridou, A Giannakas, P Katapodis, H Stamatis, A Ladavos, N.-M. Barkoula, Food Packaging and Shelf Life 23, 100456, 2020
  • Effect of Environmental Exposure on the Pore Structure and Transport Properties of Carbon Nanotube-Modified Mortars, P Alafogianni, K Dassios, CD Tsakiroglou, TE Matikas, NM Barkoula, Materials 13 (20), 4543, 2020
  • Effect of CNT addition and dispersive agents on the transport properties and microstructure of cement mortars, P Alafogianni, K Dassios, CD Tsakiroglou, TE Matikas, NM Barkoula, Construction and Building Materials 197, 251-261, 2019
  • On the efficiency of oleic acid as plasticizer of chitosan/clay nanocomposites and its role on thermo-mechanical, barrier and antimicrobial properties–Comparison with glycerol, M Vlacha, A Giannakas, P Katapodis, H Stamatis, A Ladavos, N.-M. Barkoula, Food Hydrocolloids 57, 10-19, 2016
  • On the efficiency of UV–vis spectroscopy in assessing the dispersion quality in sonicated aqueous suspensions of carbon nanotubes, P Alafogianni, K Dassios, S Farmaki, SK Antiohos, TE Matikas, Ν.-M. Barkoula, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 495, 118-124, 2016
  • Nano-enhanced composite materials under thermal shock and environmental degradation: a durability study, G Gkikas, DD Douka, NM Barkoula, AS Paipetis, Composites Part B: Engineering 70, 206-214, 2015