Professor Vasileios Koutsos

Professor and Deputy 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
Prof Vasileios Koutsos
Prof Vasileios Koutsos


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


  • Surface Engineering and Coatings 5
  • 5th Year Individual Project Supervision
  • Composite Materials (SOFI CDT Module)

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 Projects and Publications


  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials for Energy
  • Materials for Biomedical Applications
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surface Metrology and Characterisation
  • Adhesion and Tribology
  • Micro/nanomechanics
  • Polymers, Complex Fluids, and Soft Condensed Matter
  • Self Assembly of Polymers and Nanoparticles on Surfaces
  • Thin Films and Coatings
  • Elastomers and gels
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Composites and Nanocomposites
  • Wettability of Surfaces, Wetting, Dewetting
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Additive manufacturing 
  • Electrospinning

Further Information: 

  • Deputy Head of the Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP)
  • Personal Tutor