Prof Vasileios Koutsos

Professor and Head of Research Institute

Email: 

Telephone: 

+44(0)131 6508704

Location: 

Sanderson Building

Personal Page: 

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation
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Prof. Vasileios Koutsos

Biography: 

Vasileios Koutsos holds a Chair in Soft Materials and Surfaces at the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP), School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh. Formerly a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics in Collège de France (Paris, France, 1998-2000), he completed a BSc in Physics (Physics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) in 1992 and a PhD in Polymer Science (Chemistry Department & Materials Science Centre, University of Groningen) in 1997.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Polymer Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1997
  • B.Sc. in Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1992

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Institute of Physics (UK), MInstP

Teaching: 

  • Polymers and Composite Materials 4
  • Polymer Science and Engineering 5
  • 4th/5th year Project Supervision
  • 4th Year BEng Group Project Supervision
  • Materials Science and Engineering 2 Lab

Research Interests: 

Soft Materials and Surfaces

My main research interests include the following themes: Self-assembly of polymers and nanoparticles on surfaces and interfaces, mechanics of materials with emphasis on soft materials (polymers, rubbers, colloids), nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanocomposites, adhesion, tribology and contact mechanics.

Particular emphasis is laid on using the atomic force microscope (AFM) as an advanced multipurpose tool to probe not only the nanometre-scale morphology but also the nanomechanical, physicochemical, adhesive and frictional properties of surfaces, thin films, coatings, nanostructures and nanomaterials for both fundamental studies and applications (chemical industry, manufacturing, biotechnology & biomedicine, micro/nanoelectronics).

See also my personal Webpage, for more details on my Research and Publications

Specialities: 

  • Polymers, Complex Fluids and Soft Condensed Matter
  • Self Assembly of Polymers and Nanoparticles on Surfaces
  • Adhesion and Tribology
  • Elastomers
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Nanocomposites
  • Wettability of Surfaces, Wetting, Dewetting
  • Surface Metrology and Characterisation
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Further Information: 

  • Head of the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP)
  • Course Organiser of 4th Year BEng Projects
  • Personal Tutor