Professor Panayiotis Yianoulis is Director of the Renewable Energy Laboratory of the University of Patras and Head of the Postgraduate Committee of the Physics Department at the University of Patras, Greece. Professor Yianoulis was also elected and served as Chairman of the Section of Applied Physics for many years. He was responsible for the development of courses, both at a Postgraduate and Undergraduate level for Renewable Energy Sources, Environmental Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics. He has supervised many doctorates and Master degrees. He served in many faculty committees for research and teaching as well as for the government and the European Union. He studied Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received a Fulbright scholarship for studies in USA.
He obtained his PhD in Physics from Ohio State University in 1973 and started his academic career at the University of Patras. He led research projects in many areas of non-conventional energy technologies including solar thermal, photovoltaics, energy saving in buildings, water plant relationships, energy storage, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology, and thin film technologies for smart windows. He has published over 70 papers in refereed international learned journals and more than 120 in international conference Proceedings. He has given many invited talks and lectures in various countries. He has written 7 books in English and Greek and is co inventor in 5 patents. He was invited as a visiting Professor at UMIST, UK and Ohio State University. He has many international links and collaborations. European and Greek funding bodies as well as industry have supported his research. He has received several international awards for his work.
CV for PANAYIOTIS YIANOULIS, Professor, PhD
Institution Address: Physics Department, Section of Applied Physics,
Education: Dipl. Physics, University of Thessaloniki Greece (1969, 9.0 Excellent).
Ph.D. Physics, Ohio State University, USA (1973)
Scholarships: 1) From National Scholarship Foundation of Greece IKY (undergraduate studies 1964-1968).
2) Fulbright Scholarship for Graduate Studies in USA (1969-1973).
3) University Fellowship from OSU (1972-1973).
Present Position: Professor, University of Patras, Department of Physics, Section of Applied Physics, Patras, Greece.
1975 - 1976:Post Doctoral Researcher in Physics Dept., Univ of Patras.
1976 - 1982:Teaching and Research Associate (Epimelitis) Physics Dept., Univ of Patras.
1982: Senior Researcher (Yphigitis) in Physics Dept., Univ of Patras.
1983 - 1986:Assistant Professor in Physics Dept., Univ of Patras.
1986 - 1997:Associate Professor in Physics Dept., Univ of Patras.
1997 - Today:Professor in Physics Dept., Univ of Patras.
Teaching: Renewable energy sources, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Environmental Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Solar Energy Materials, Photovoltaics.
Research: Energy conversion, Renewable energy, Molecular Physics, Applied Solid State Physics (Photovoltaics, Electrochromic materials and Energy Savings, Low emittance coatings for energy saving). Device development (Photovoltaics,Electrochromic and Photoelectrochromic devices, Fuel cells). Design and development of components for solar thermal collecting devices.
Author of more than 70 journal publications on Photovoltaics and spectral sensitization, Energy Conversion, Renewable energy, Electrochromic materials and Energy Savings (h-index: 16). He has also more than 120 contributions in International conference proceedings. In addition he has written 7 books in Greek and English, of which two (New Energy Sources and Molecular Physics) have been used as textbooks in Greek Universities and has been a collaborator in five patents. He has given invited lectures in many Institutions and conferences. He was invited and collaborated for one year as visiting Professor at Ohio State University, USA (1983) and UMIST, UK (1997). He has served as member in the advisory committee of many PhDs.
He is the director of the Solar Energy Laboratory since 1984. He was elected and served repeatedly as Director of the Section of Applied Physics of Physics Dept. He is serving during the last 10 years as Director of the Post Graduate Committee in Physics Department. He was also elected, during the last 10 years, to serve as the representative of Physics Dept. to the University of Patras Research Committee. He has served in many other committees of the University of Patras and the Government.
Professor Yianoulis has been responsible for many energy related projects with funding from sources outside the University, including several major European projects. For all of these he was the scientific coordinator. In this capacity he collaborated with known companies as: BP Solar for the development of photovoltaic facades (PRIDE), Pilkington for the development of Advanced Glazing and Toughglass for Electrochromics.He has served in a number of Government committees regarding solar energy applications and acted as an assessor of research proposals both at an international and national level. He has been called as an expert by the European Commission in the committee for preparation of: “Strategy for Energy Technology Plan” to enable the Union to develop the technologies needed to reach its energy objectives. Part of this strategy was to link basic science and energy technology research.
Some Details on his Research activities
Thin film deposition and characterization and photovoltaics
Deposition of thin films in high vacuum conditions with several techniques as: electron beam gun, thermal evaporation, Also work on sol gel, spin coating, doctor blade etc. A large variety of films (metals, dielectrics, oxides, sulfides) can be deposited on any type of substrate (glass, silicon, quartz) with thickness ranging from the sub-nm scale to several μm. Quartz thickness monitor is used to control the deposition procedure in situ, in order to ensure repeatability and stable deposition rates. Substrate heating and reactive evaporation in a suitable gas atmosphere are also possible.
Characterization of the films includes:
Measurement of electrical properties (I-V curves and spectral responce).
Electrochemical and Electro-optical measurements.
Investigation of the film structure by electron microscopy, XPS, UPS, and other methods.
Over the last thirty years we have carried out research and gained experience in the preparation of thin film photovoltaics, optical coatings, such as anti-reflection films and optical filters, low emittance coatings and films exhibiting electro luminescent properties. We prepare and characterize electrochromic devices (for smart windows), which exhibit high coloration efficiency, high reversibility and endurance.
Research on fuel Cells and efficient Hydrogen production with new electrodes.