Scientific Responsible

Dr Denia Kolokotsa has the Scientific Responsibility of EMBER Lab. She has a Physics background from the National Kapodestrian University of Athens, as well as a MSc. degree in Environmental Physics from UOA, a MSc. degree in Architecture-Environmental Design and Engineering from the University College London and her PhD from the Department of Electronics and Computer engineering of the Technical University of Crete. Her research interests include monitoring and measurement for energy management, indoor environment, energy efficiency in buildings, solar energy and cool materials, distributed energy management systems, artificial intelligence, building automation, etc. She has participated in more than 30 national and EU projects with main subject the energy management and operational efficiency of buildings. She has coordinated two EU projects (EEBD targeting to vocational training structures concerning EPBD in EU level) and national projects and she is member of the leading team for the FP7 project PEBBLE. She has organized two sessions in previous REHVA conferences concerning EPBD vocational training issues. She has also participated in numerous research projects (FP5, FP7, etc) and she is the author of more than 70 papers in scientific journals and conferences.  Full CV

Laboratory Teaching Staff

Dr Spyridaki Athina is employed as Laboratory Teaching Staff. She has a Degree in Physics and an MSc Degree in Environmental Pollution from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as a PhD on Atmospheric Pollution and Mesoscale Modelling from the Department of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete. She has conducted laboratory and tutorial courses of the EMBER Lab, the Atmospheric Aerosols Lab. and the Toxic and Hazardous Waste Management Lab. She has worked as a Post Doc Researcher at the Atmospheric Aerosols Lab. Her research interests include dynamics of the atmosphere and atmospheric pollutants, physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, mesoscale modeling (UAM-AERO model), atmospheric pollution (gaseous and particulate matter), pollution transport, atmospheric quality. During the attendance of her PhD, she worked for 2 years at the NILU Intistute (Kjeller, Norway). Papers of her work have been published in scientific journals and conference proceedings.   

Post DOC Researchers

Dr Cherubina Modaffar (Reggio Calabria, 1970), graduated in 1995 from the Faculty of Architecture of Reggio Calabria. Architect. Ph.D. in Architectural Technology, (XV-cycle 1999/2002), Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. Currently is Research Fellow Post-Doc abroad with scholarship, in cooperation between the 'Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. Department of Architecture and Territory (DARTE) and The Technical University of Crete, Environmental Engineering Department, Chania / Greece. She has been Adjunt Professor from 2005 to 2011 of the Course on "Traditional materials and energy saving architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Reggio Calabria. Manager Environmental expert in sustainable construction, the qualification was achieved after attending the highly qualified post-graduate Master's Degree, Edilman at the Faculty of Architecture of Reggio Calabria, Dept. DASTEC During the Masters, investigate, during Stage, the issues related to performance and energy efficiency of existing buildings (at the ENEA Casaccia-Roma, Unit Agency for sustainable development and energy efficiency sustainable city, Tutor Arch G. Fasano). Since 1997 he has been teaching and research at the Faculty of Architecture of Reggio Calabria, Department DASTEC (Art of Building Science and Technology) within the Unit STOA coord. Prof. A. Nesi. Collaborates in research on the subjects of the recovery of existing buildings and construction quality control. Deepens, the scope of scheduled maintenance for energy efficiency of existing buildings. It deals, in particular, the methodological tools of intervention to maintain the quality performance of buildings.

Research Associates

Kostas Gobakis received his PhD at the school of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete with main research focus on cool materials. He received his degree in Physics from the University of Crete (UOC) and Master degree, titled “Prediction using Artificial Neural Networks and geographic representation using Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon” from the Technical University of Crete, Department of Electronics & Computer Engineering . He participated in the EC project LIFE + “Forest Cites” for the preservation of forest using Geographic Information System. He participated in two other European Union projects “EU – COOL ROOFS” for the evaluation and sustainability of cold materials , “FP7 BRIDGE” for the prediction of Urban Heat Island phenomenon in Athens, Greece and “FP7 Green@ Hospital” for developing an innovative energy management and control system to improve the energy performance of hospitals. He conducted internship entitled “Analyse RHEED images for studding the relaxation of grid deformation in hetero epitaxial growth of InN”, Laboratory of Microelectronics, Physics Departments University of Crete. His has one publication on international magazine and four announcements in international conferences. He is supporting the ECRC Secretariat since December 2012.

Nikos Kampelis (1981) has received a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Brighton followed by a MSc in Technology and Innovation Management at the University of Sussex and a MSc in Operational Research at the Technical University of Crete. He has worked for Lambeth Council in London, the private sector in Greece and as a research assistant at the University of Crete. He has one scientific publication in an international journal, 2 announcements at international conferences and 1 at a national level. Professionally Nikos has been involved in a number of technical energy related projects concerning the development of sustainable action plans, photovoltaic systems design and construction, energy audits, investments evaluation, green roofs etc. He is an accredited evaluator of investment plans in the context of SME Programme of NSRF 2007-13 and the Investment Law 3908/2011 of the Hellenic Republic.

PhD Researchers

Angeliki Mavrigiannaki holds a Diploma in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings from Cardiff University. She is currently pursuing a PhD within the School of Environmental Engineering at Technical University of Crete and is also working as research assistant at the EMBER Lab. In the past she has worked for architecture firms in Greece. She has one publication in an international scientific journal. She is also a LEED Green Associate.

Katerina Lilli is a Civil Engineer (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, 2014) and she holds an MSc in Environmental Management, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change (Technical University of Crete, Greece, 2016). In addition, she is a PhD candidate (School Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete) mainly focusing on nature-based solutions research for facing a wide range of challenges, such as unsustainable urbanization and related human health issues. Since December 2016, she is a Research Fellow in EMBER Lab. Her research interests include building & built environment energy, green buildings, indoor environmental quality, energy management systems, performance indicators and integration of smart systems in buildings and urban environment. Furthermore, she has experience in building energy modelling and techno economic analysis for energy upgrade alternatives.

Stelios Diakrousis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1987. He received his diploma degree from the School of Mineral Resources Engineering Department at the Technical University of Crete in 2011 and his MSc from the Environmental Engineering Department at the Technical University of Crete in 2015. His diploma thesis focused in the study of mortars from synthetic larniti and portlanditi with graded quartz sand. His master thesis focused in influence by diversified sand in mortal with respect to their optical properties. Afterwards he joined the certified educational program about energy inspection of buildings at the Technical University of Crete. 


Elisavet Tsekeri (Kalamata, 1992) is a graduate Environmental Engineer, graduated from Technical University of Crete in 2016. She is currently attending the postgraduate Master studies at Environmental Engineering of Technical University of Crete on Environmental Management, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change. She currently participates at SAVES campaign, as TUC dorm coordinator, whose main issue is to reduce energy consumption in Student Hall of Residence.

Postgraduate Students

Dimitrios Xylas is a graduate in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Crete, specialising in sustainable energy and thermochromics. His dissertation, pending publication, researched the performance of thermochromics through a range of methods, including temperature counts and use of thermochromic cameras. Dimitrios has also interned with Technical Office “Samiotakis Antonios” as an Environmental Engineer and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at the Technical University of Crete. He has worked as a lifeguard and a basketball referee for the Greek Basketball Federation and the Hellenic Wheelchair Basketball Federation since 2011.