Prof. Fotakis Costas

University Faculty Member
Office Telephone: (+30) 2810 391316
Lab Telephone:
Fax: (+30) 2810 391318
Email: fotakis(AT)

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Costas Fotakis has been elected President of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas), since 2011. He has also served as Director of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) at FORTH (1997-2013) and he is Professor of Physics at the University of Crete. He has also served as Chairman of the Association of the Presidents of the Research Centers in Greece. Fotakis is the founder of the Laser and Applications Division of FORTH, and since 1990 has been leading the European Laser Facility at FORTH, which is currently part of the EU “LASERLAB-Europe” project, linking 26 major European laser infrastructures.
His research interests are in the fields of laser spectroscopy and photonics; in particular, laser interactions with materials and biomaterials and related biomedical diagnostic and processing applications. He has been chair and co-chair of major international scientific conferences and member of influential EU and national scientific policy panels and expert groups, including the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the European Advisory Group for Research Potential, the Experts Committee for the Interim Evaluation of the EC 7th Framework Programme (Research Infrastructures), and the National Advisory Board for Research and Technology.  Currently, he is Chairman of the EU Advisory Group on Research Infrastructures and he has chaired the Expert Group on the role of Universities and Research Organizations in Smart Specialization Strategies for regional development. He has over 300 publications in refereed scientific journals, and more than 5000 citations, primarily in the field of photonics and its applications. He has been plenary, key note or invited speaker in numerous international scientific conferences and events and has also served on the editorial boards of several international scientific journals.
Distinctions awarded include the 2004 ‘Leadership Award’ of the Optical Society of America (OSA) “..for decade-long leadership of, and personal research contribution to, the field of laser applications to art conservation and leadership in establishing and guiding the scientific excellence of laser science programs..”. He has been Springer Professor at the University of California, Berkeley for 2005-6. He has been elected as a Life Member and Fellow of OSA and has been a Member of the Fellows Committee of the European Optical Society (EOS). Currently, he serves as a member on the Board of Stakeholders of the European Technology Platform “Photonics 21”. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Mediterranean University of Marseille.


Research Activities

Non-linear Microscopy
Tissue Engineering
Non-linear Lithography
Ultrafast Laser Micro- and Nano- processing
Near-Field Probing Techniques
Ultrafast Condensed Phase Dynamics
Imaging, Analytical and Structural Diagnostics Applications
Laser Cleaning
Non-linear Spectroscopic Studies
Products and Services

Research Projects

Material processing by temporally shaped ultrashort pulses
Ultrafast dynamics on nanostructured materials
Non-linear imaging microscopy techniques as diagnostic tools for Cultural Heritage studies
The development of a novel laser cleaning methodology for the removal of pollution encrustation from the Parthenon Sculptures
Laser assisted removal of polymeric over-layers from paintings
Biomedical Applications of Nonlinear Lithography
Photonics Applications of Nonlinear Lithography
3D Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering
Direct Laser Fabrication of Biomimetic Scaffolds
Laser based photopolymerized 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering
Scanning Probe Imaging of Electronic Properties of Materials at the Nanoscale
Ultrafast Laser Processing in Liquid Media
Ultrafast Laser Based Fabrication of Biomimetic Micro/Nano Structured Surfaces
Multifunctional Responsive Hierarchically Structured Surfaces
Fabrication of Electron Emission Arrays
Adaptive feedback spectroscopies
Lasers, the innovative approach to the analysis and conservation of monochromatic Reinhardt’s Black Painting
Laser cleaning services on the Acropolis Monuments Sculptures
3D Scaffolds Hosting Neural Stem Cells
Modelling of Ultrafast Laser Surface Interaction
Laser Engineering of Graphene and Related Materials
Applications of Lasers in Organic Photovoltaics
Non linear imaging microscopy for biological applications