Prof Vasileios Koutsos

Professor and Head of Research Institute



+44(0)131 6508704


1.132 Sanderson Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation


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


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

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, thin films, coatings, 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


  • Polymers, Complex Fluids and Soft Condensed Matter
  • Self Assembly of Polymers and Nanoparticles on Surfaces
  • Adhesion and Tribology
  • Thin Films and Coatings
  • 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)
  • Personal Tutor