The Photonic Materials and Devices–Laboratory (PMDL) is an Applied Physics research group, oriented in the field of Photonics. PMDL started its activities in March 2004. The PMDL focuses on the research of materials, light propagation effects, designs and fabrication methods for the development of Photonic Devices mainly in guided wave geometry, with significant effort currently being invested in grating based and Photonic Crystal Fibre (PCF) devices. The knowledge generated on materials related problems and processes, as well as, light propagation effects is directly transferred into the research for developing photonic devices of increased technological and scientific added value, targeting high socio-economical impact applications. The strategic vision of the group refers to the development of hybrid photonic devices and related processes by engaging existing and emerging technologies in a ‘disruptive’ way, covering scientific and technology readiness levels from the basic research and the proof-of-principle study, up to the laboratory prototyping.

The objectives of PMDL can be summarized into the following:

  • Fusion of diverse optical design and material technologies for the demonstration of “disruptive” photonic devices, well beyond the state-of-the-art
  • Photonic research for meeting Societal and Market needs, spanning from “proof-of-principle-studies” up to “laboratory-prototype-systems”
  • Investigation of fundamental light propagation effects and implementation of those into realistic photonic device designs
  • New laser processing methods for accelerating development of photonic devices


Research Topics

ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SME’s: a one STop-shop-incubator
Optical Memristors, based on Chalcogenide Whispering Gallery Mode Cavities
PhotonHub Europe
ACceleraTing Photonics Deployment viA one STop shop Advanced Technology Access for Researchers
Micro-Ring Resonator Devices Prototyped on Optical Fiber Tapers by Multi-Photon Lithography
Vasileia Melissinaki, Odysseas Tsilipakos, Maria Kafesaki, Maria Farsari, Stavros Pissadakis
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Volume:27, Issue:6, Page:5900107, Year:2021, DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2021.3062716
Monitoring of Torque Induced Strain in Composite Shafts with Embedded and Surface-mounted Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings
M. Konstantaki, G. Violakis, G. Pappas, Th. Geernaert, N. Korakas, N. Tiriakidis, Th. Tiriakidi, K. Tiriakidis, H. Thienpont, F. Berghmans, J. Botsis, S. Pissadakis
Sensors, Volume:21, Page:2403, Year:2021,
MNA-microstructured optical fibers for second harmonic generation
G. Violakis, V. Tsafas, G. Filippidis, S. Pissadakis
Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Volume:26, Page:5100408, Year:2020, DOI:10.1109/JSTQE.2019.2958995
Silk fibroin enabled optical fiber methanol vapor sensor
M. Konstantaki, D. Skiani, D. Vurro, A. Cucinotta, S. Selleri, A. Secchi, S. Iannotta and S. Pissadakis
IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett., Volume:32, Page:514, Year:2020, DOI:10.1109/LPT.2020.2982451
Lab-in-a-Fiber sensors: a review
S. Pissadakis
Microelectronic Engineering, Volume:217C, Page:111105, Year:2019, DOI:
A double guidance mechanism, nitroaniline based microstructured optical fiber
G. Violakis, S. Pissadakis
Sci. Rep. , Volume:8, Page:15586, Year:2018,
Bioresorbable optical fiber Bragg gratings
D. Pugliese, M. Konstantaki, I. Konidakis, E. Ceci-Ginistrelli, N. G. Boetti, D. Milanese, S. Pissadakis
Opt Lett, Volume:43, Issue:4, Page:671, Year:2018,
Differential loss magnetic field sensor using a ferrofluid encapsulated D-shaped optical fiber
G. Violakis, N. Korakas, S. Pissadakis
Opt. Lett., Volume:43, Issue:1, Page:142, Year:2018,
An “in fiber” Whispering Gallery Mode bi sphere resonator, sensitive to nanometric displacements
K. Kosma, K. Schuster, J. Kobelke, S. Pissadakis
Appl. Phys. B, Volume:124, Page:1, Year:2018,
Multiple Light Coupling and Routing via a Microspherical Resonator Integrated in a T-Shaped Optical Fiber Configuration System
M.G. Konstantinou, K. Milenko, W. Margulis, S. Pissadakis
MDPI Micromachines, Volume:9, Issue:10, Page:521, Year:2018,
Probing Stress-Induced Optical Birefringence of Glassy Polymers by Whispering Gallery Modes Light Localization
K Milenko, S Pissadakis, G Gkantzounis, A Aluculesei, G Fytas
ACS Omega, Volume:2, Issue:12, Page:9127, Year:2017,
A Shear Sensing Pad, Based on Ferrofluidic Actuation in a Microstructured Optical Fiber
A. Candiani, M. Konstantaki, A. Pamvouxoglou, S. Pissadakis
IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron., Volume:23, Issue:2, Page: 5600307, Year:2017,
A fiber optic Fabry-Perot cavity sensor for the probing of oily samples
V. Melissinaki, M. Farsari, S. Pissadakis,
MDPI Fibers, Volume:5, Page:1, Year:2017,
A Fiber Optic Probe for Tumor Laser Ablation With Integrated Temperature Measurement Capability
R. Gassino, Y. Liu, M. Konstantaki, A. Vallan, S. Pissadakis and G. Perrone
IEEE J. Lightw. Technol., Volume:35, Issue:16, Page:3447 , Year:2017,
Optical Fiber Sensors for Label-free DNA Detection
M. Barozzi, A. Manicardi, A. Vannucci, A. Candiani, M. Sozzi, M. Konstantaki, S. Pissadakis, R. Corradini, S. Selleri, A. Cucinotta
IEEE J. Lightw. Technol, Volume:35, Issue:16, Page:3461, Year:2017,


Dr. Pissadakis Stavros
Research Director

Scientific Staff

Dr. Konstantaki Mary
Principal application Scientist

Technical Staff

Mr. Sarakatsianos Vasilis
Technical Scientist
Ms. Grantzioti Eleni
Technical Scientist

Research Associates

Dr. Chapalo Ivan
PostDoctoral Fellow


Ms. Giouni Polyxeni
M.Sc. student
Mr. Kleitsiotis Panagiotis
Undergraduate trainee
Ms. Vantaraki Anastasia
Undergraduate trainee


Dr. Violakis Georgios
PostDoctoral Fellow
Mr. Korakas Nikos
Ph.D. student
Mr. Dolapsakis Dimitrios
M.Sc. student
Ms. Skiani Dimitra
Undergraduate trainee
Dr. López-Torres Diego
PostDoctoral Fellow
Mr. Kokkinidis Nikos
Undergraduate trainee
Mr. Poumpouridis Nikos
Undergraduate trainee