Our People

Director
  • Prof. Jean Sciare

    Prof. Jean Sciare

    Prof. J. Sciare is the director of the Energy Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI). His main expertise covers the experimental characterization of atmospheric aerosols; addressing issues related their impacts on air quality, health and climate. He has received a Ph-D in atmospheric chemistry and physics from Paris VII University in 2000 with a dissertation on the “Biogeochemical cycle of dimethylsulfide in the Austral Ocean”.

    Following a post-doctoral position at the Max Planck of Chemistry in Mainz (Germany) in 2000-2001 on the measurement of Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) in various environments, J. Sciare has obtained a full permanent position in CNRS end of 2001 at LSCE and became CNRS Research Director in 2013, leading an atmospheric chemistry group of 20 persons from mid-2012 to mid-2014. Since mid-2014, J. Sciare is a full-time professor at the Cyprus Institute.

    J. Sciare is currently leading the development of several major CyI research infrastructure such as : 1) the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO) for long term observations of key atmospheric pollutants in Cyprus at, 2) the Unmanned System Research Laboratory (USRL) for the development of an unparalleled fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles dedicated to atmospheric research studies, and 3) the Facility for Chemical Analyses (FCA) for the speciation of trace species in ambient gases and aerosols.

    J. Sciare is (co-)author of more than 110 international refereed publications (H-index 34) and more than 150 presentations at international conferences devoted to atmospheric chemistry and physics.

    +357 22 208675 j.sciare@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
Research Associates
  • Prof. Efstratios Bourtsoukidis

    Prof. Efstratios Bourtsoukidis

    Dr Bourtsoukidis is a faculty member at The Cyprus Institute since January 2021. Previously, he was a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz (DE). He holds a PhD in Geosciences from Goethe University of Frankfurt (DE), a MSc in Environmental Physics and a BSc in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR). His research focus on the role of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in Earth System Sciences. He has lead research articles on Biogenic Volatile Organic Compound (BVOC) emissions from terrestrial vegetation and soils, on instrument development for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) quantification in the free troposphere and on non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC) sources and sinks, applying interdisciplinary approaches in order to evaluate the atmospheric impacts of anthropogenic and biogenic emissions in the era of Anthropocene.

    He has participated in numerous international projects and has authored/co-authored more than 30 publications, several of which in high-impact journals such as Science, Nature Communications and Global Change Biology.

    +357 22 208 700 e.bourtsoukidis@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
  • Dr. Michael Pikridas

    Dr. Michael Pikridas

    Dr Michael Pikridas is a postdoctoral fellow at the Cyprus Instritute since April 2013. His main expertise covers the experimental characterization of atmospheric aerosols with respect to new particle formation, aerosol optical properties, and source apportionment. He has received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Patras, Greece in 2012 and a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2004.

    He is currently managing the first long term observations station of key atmospheric pollutants in Cyprus, while participating in vertical profiling of ambient aerosol properties using unmanned aerial vehicles dedicated to atmospheric research studies.

    Before joining the Cyprus Institute, he worked as research assistant in Brookhaven National Laboratory, U.S.A. where he characterized a novel aerosol size distribution instrument and as a laboratory manager at ICEHT-FORTH.

    +357 22 208682 m.pikridas@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
  • Mr. Roland Sarda

    Mr. Roland Sarda

  • Dr. Florin Unga

    Dr. Florin Unga

    Dr Florin Unga is a postdoctoral fellow in experimental atmospheric science at the Cyprus Institute since August 2018. He received his PhD in atmospheric physics and chemistry from the University of Lille, France, focusing on the investigation of atmospheric aerosol mixing state effect on measured and retrieved optical characteristics: an approach integrating individual particle analysis (analytical electron microscopy: SEM/EDX and TEM/EDX), remote sensing (LIDAR and sun-photometers) and numerical simulations (Mie and T-matrix codes).

    Prior to joining the institute, Florin finished a post-doc at the Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique (LOA), University of Lille, studying the climatology and seasonal trends on short/long time periods of retrieved atmospheric aerosols microphysical and optical properties, and of the boundary layer height derived from passive and active remote sensing measurements.

    His current work involves active participation in national and international field measurements campaigns (on site, mobile and airborne) involving aerosol remote sensing and in-situ instrumentation, for interdisciplinary studies on the physicochemical properties of atmospheric aerosols and their effects on optical and radiative properties.

    +357 22 208 780 f.unga@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
  • Prof. Mihalis Vrekoussis

    Prof. Mihalis Vrekoussis

    Mihalis received his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Crete, Greece, in 1999. In 2002 and 2005, he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental and analytical chemistry from the same university, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute (Mainz) in Germany. His Ph.D thesis was entitled “Nitrate radicals (NO3.): Their role in controlling the Nitrogen cycle and the Oxidizing Capacity of the atmosphere”.

    He has been employed as a post-doc researcher by the ECPL laboratory in Crete (2005-2006), the IUP institute in Bremen (2006-2009, A.v.Humboldt and Marie Curie consecutive fellowships) and the Academy of Athens (2010-2012). In 2012, he joined the Environmental Energy, Environment and Water Research Center of the Cyprus Institute as a Research Scientist.

    Since July 2015, Mihalis is a tenured professor at the University of Bremen in Germany and an adjunct professor at the Cyprus Institute. Mihalis has more than 18 years of experience in atmospheric chemistry and physics and he is an author of more than 50 peer reviewed publications and 160 presentation in international conferences. Since 2000, Mihalis worked full time as a principle investigator/scientific partner in 20 national and international projects.

    Mihalis’ research interests lie in atmospheric chemistry and physics fields focusing on air quality observations and numerical simulations. The first area of interest involves in situ, ground based and space-based remote sensing observations of major anthropogenic pollutants including short and long-lived trace gases, radicals and particulate matter. For the latter, the focus is to use various levels of information based on the optical-physical and chemical properties of aerosols (e.g. size distribution, concentrations, extinction, chemical composition) in order to draw conclusions on the origin and emission strengths of air masses impacting on regional air quality.

    The second field of interest is related to numerical simulations based on the box (0D) and chemical transport (3D) models. The main research goal here is to understand the complex mechanisms and processes controlling the emission, transport, transformation and removal of natural and manmade trace species having an impact on air quality, climate and human health.

    +357 22 208698 m.vrekoussis@cyi.ac.cy View My RG Profile View My CV
  • Dr. Maria Kezoudi

    Dr. Maria Kezoudi

    Maria is a post-doctoral research fellow in Atmospheric Aerosol Sciences of EMME-CARE. Her main expertise covers the experimental characterization of atmospheric aerosols. She has a strong background in Physics (BSc, University of Cyprus, Cyprus, 2015) and later specialized in Applied Meteorology and Climate with Management (MSc, University of Reading, UK, 2016).

    The focus of her PhD work (Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Physics at the University of Hertfordshire, UK) was on atmospheric in-situ and remote sensing measurements of aerosols, with a particular focus on mineral dust particles. During her PhD project, she assembled, calibrated and operated a novel open-path OPC called the Universal Cloud and Aerosol Sounding System (UCASS). She has deployed the instrument for measurements of vertical profiles of aerosol size distributions during dust outbreaks over Cyprus, Greece, and Spain. The purpose was to assess the quality of the UCASS measurements with independent data from state-of-the-art remote-sensing retrievals such as GARRLiC, LiRIC, the AERONET and SKYNET inversions, and POLIPHON. So far, these activities have led to a couple of scientific publications.

    +35722397547 m.kezoudi@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
Research & Technical Support
  • Dr. Maximilien Desservettaz

    Dr. Maximilien Desservettaz

    Dr Maximilien Desservettaz is a technical research specialist in atmospheric science at the Cyprus Institute since October 2019. He received his PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Wollongong, Australia, his BSc and MChem in chemistry from the University of Leeds, UK, and his DUT in chemistry from the University of Rouen, France. His PhD thesis focused on improving emission estimates of Australian forest and savanna fires.

    Prior to joining the institute, Max finished a short-term postdoc at the University of Wollongong, studying the relative impacts from hazard reduction burns and indoor wood heating on Sydney’s air quality. At the same time, he also worked as a research assistant at Australia’s Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation for two years. His work has spanned from southern ocean and Antarctic atmospheric composition, to mitigation strategies to reduce agriculture emissions, to impact from the use of hydraulic fracturing coal seam gas extraction on air quality and to collaboration with the Australian defense on better characterizing optical properties over the ocean for the development of new periscope technologies.

    His current work involves contributions in maintaining and developing a network of long term observations stations of key atmospheric pollutants in Cyprus, while participating in field domestic and international field campaigns.

    +357 22 397542 m.desservettaz@cyi.ac.cy
  • Dr. Danielle El Hajj

    Dr. Danielle El Hajj

    Dr. Danielle EL HAJJ currently works as a research assistant, joined the CyI on October 2020. She obtained her PhD in atmospheric physics from Lille University, France. Her PhD thesis subject was Aerosol Hygroscopic Properties: A Laboratory Approach for Single and Multi-Component Inorganic Particles of Atmospheric Relevance.

    +357 22 208700 d.el-hajj@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
  • Mrs. Ayche Orgun

    Mrs. Ayche Orgun

    Ayche ORGUN has been working as a technical research specialist in atmospheric science at the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO), since October 2019.

    She obtained a Masters in chemical pollution and environmental sciences from the University of Orsay, France.

    Before joining CyI, she worked for five years as a technical engineer in the ICOS-RAMCES research team at LSCE, France. She was in charge of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6) analysis on Gas Chromatography (GC), and of CO2 isotopic ratio measurements using mass spectrometry.

    She was also co-responsible for GC and CRDS instruments operating at the network stations.

    Within CAO, she has taken on the responsibility for bioaerosol and is involved in aerosol research activities in collaboration with CEA/LSCE and LISA, France. Furthermore, in collaboration with CEA/LSCE, she leads the development of a network of bioaerosols and aerosol sampling in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region in the frame of EMME-CARE project.

    +357 22 397544 a.orgun@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mr. Iasonas Stavroulas

    Mr. Iasonas Stavroulas

    Iasonas has received his degree in Physics at the University of Crete (UoC). He holds a MSc degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Department of Chemistry at UoC. He Joined the Cyprus institute as a research assistant in 2016 directly involved with in situ, long-term and campaign-based, monitoring of key gas phase and particulate pollutants and their chemical and physical properties. He has participated in the establishement of the Cyprus Atmsopheric Observatory stations in both rural and urban sites in Cyprus. Before joining CyI he worked at the UoC atmospheric monitoring station at Finokalia, Crete.

    His research focuses on real time fine aerosol chemical composition using online mass spectrometry, source apportionment of the organic fraction implementing receptor modeling techniques, studying aerosol size distributions and New Particle Formation, monitoring the absorption and scattering properties of ambient particulate matter and recently, the design and development of atmospheric monitoring networks based on low-cost technology.

    +357 22 208682 i.stavroulas@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mr. Pierre-Yves Quehe

    Mr. Pierre-Yves Quehe

    Pierre-Yves Quéhé joined CARE-C of the Cyprus Institute in October 2019 as Technical Research Specialist in Atmospheric sciences.

    He received his DUT in physical measurements from Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Lannion (2012), and an Engineer diploma in Systems and Processes for the Measurement and the Instrumentation at Le Mans University (2015).

    Pierre-Yves has three years of experience in atmospheric measurement within the ICOS-LSCE team in France, working mainly on long-term monitoring of greenhouse gases. At The Cyprus Insitute, he is in charge of developing the greenhouse gas measurements part through the EMME-CARE project.

    +357 22 397546 p.quehe@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mr. Panagiotis Stagianos

    Mr. Panagiotis Stagianos

    Panagiotis Stagianos is working as a Technical Research Specialist in Atmospheric Sciences for CARE-C of The Cyprus Institute since September 2019.

    He received his Diploma and Integrated Master as a Chemical Engineer at The University of Patras in Procceses and Environment.

    Panagiotis has worked for 2 years at ICEHT/FORTH (Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences/Foundation For Research and Technology - Hellas ) in Patras at the Laboratory of Air Quality Studies (LAQS).

    He was responsible for organising, running and analysing mobile measurements around the district of Patras.

    At The Cyprus Institute he is responsible for organising and maintaining the two CAO stations at The Cyprus Institute and Agia Marina Xyliatou.

    He is also responsible for the installation of a new station at Troodos mountain.

    +357 22 397508 p.stagianos@cyi.ac.cy
Research Students
  • Mr. Elie Bimenyimana

    Mr. Elie Bimenyimana

    Elie Bimenyimana received a bachelor degree in Physics (2016), a MSc in Mathematics (2018) and a MPhil in Environmental Sciences (2020) from the University of Burundi, the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and The Cyprus Institute respectively.

    During his Masters at the Cyprus Institute, he studied the sources of fine particle (PM2.5) affecting Nicosia.

    Currently, he is exploring the spatial and temporal variability of atmospheric PM pollution sources in Cyprus, for his PhD.

    +357 22 208 700 e.bimenyimana@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
  • Mrs. Aliki Christodoulou

    Mrs. Aliki Christodoulou

    Aliki has received a Physics Diploma from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a MSc in Environmental Physics from the University of Bremen, Germany. During her masters, Aliki was involved in two experimental campaigns investigating the exchange of greenhouse gases from tropical rivers in Malaysia.

    She is currently a PhD student in a dual degree between the Cyprus Institute and IMT Lille Douai, France. Her research project is focused on investigating sources of submicron aerosols and gases in the East Mediterranean region. In this context she has participated in field campaigns taking place in Cairo, Egypt and Nicosia, Cyprus.

    +357 22 208700 a.christodoulou@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mr. Emeric Germain-Piaulenne

    Mr. Emeric Germain-Piaulenne

    Emeric started his scientific career at high school in Rambouillet (France) where he aimed for a baccalaureate S which he obtained with honors. This brought him to the university in Versailles (France) where he validated his SVT licence (Science of Life and Earth), there also with honors. Since climate and environmental sciences are his research interests, he is naturally progressing towards a dedicated Master’s degree which he validated once again with mention. During this time, Emeric was able to complete two laboratory-based internships which motivated him to continue in research and therefore in thesis.

    Emeric is now in Cyprus to do the first half of his thesis on the contribution of light alkanes to estimates of anthropogenic methane sources in the Middle East.

    +357 22 208 700 e.piaulenne@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
  • Mrs. Yunsong Liu

    Mrs. Yunsong Liu

    Yunsong has joined the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Cyprus Institute as a PhD student in January 2019. She received a BSc (2015) in Marine Life Resources and Environment at Shandong University in China. Her MSc degree (2018) was on Environmental Science at Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences and the thesis was titled “Measurements of the trace gases over China seas and characterizing the emission sources”. Her PhD project is about assessing GHGs sources from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

    +357 22 208700 y.liu@cyi.ac.cy@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mrs. Constantina Rousogenous

    Mrs. Constantina Rousogenous

    Constantina Rousogenous received a Physics Degree from the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens and a MSc in Physics from the University of Cyprus (2014). During her Master, Constantina was involved in the Laboratory of Ultrafast Science of University of Cyprus, performing time-resolved Terahertz Transmission Spectroscopy on nanostructured semiconductors. At the CARE-C she is involved in the technical support and scientific exploitation of the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) instrument within the Atmospheric Observations Division (CAO), that involves Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) on greenhouse gases.

    +357 22 397529 c.rousogenous@cyi.ac.cy View My CV
Interns
  • Mr. Ergun Bey

    Mr. Ergun Bey

    Ergun completed his undergradute ‘Environmental science with a year in industry degree’ at the University of York. Following his undergradute degree, he also completed a master of research at the University of York. Both undergraduate and master of research projects were related to atmosphere and ocean science topics. While doing the master of research, Ergun became a graduate teaching assistant at the Environment department of the University of York. Ergun gave lectures in modules such as atmosphere and ocean science, Energy and Environment, Pollution Monitoring, Assessment & Control and Ecosystem Processes modules. At the University of York Environment department, he was also culturing marine phytoplankton and delivered laboratory teaching for second and third year undergraduate students.

    Ergun recently started an internship at the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory of the Cyprus institute. After the internship, he plans to start a PhD at the Cyprus institute.

    +357 22 208700 e.bey@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mr. Rafail Konatzii

    Mr. Rafail Konatzii

    Rafail Konatzii is an intern at Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO) at The Cyprus Institute. He holds an integrated master bachelor of Chemical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens. He is a postgraduate student at Open University of Cyprus (UCy) in the field of Environmental Conservation and Protection. He is a member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK).

    +357 22 208700 r.konatzii@cyi.ac.cy
  • Mr. Andreas Michael

    Mr. Andreas Michael

    Andreas Michael is an intern at the Cyprus Institute since December 2020. He received his integrated MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol. His master and bachelor theses involved the numerical simulation of fluid dynamics problems.

    He is currently working on the characterisation of filter-based absorption photometers used to quantify black carbon mass concentrations.

    +357 22 208700 a.michael@cyi.ac.cy
Project Officer
  • Mrs. Andri Charalambous

    Mrs. Andri Charalambous

    Andri Charalambous, joined the Cyprus Institute in December 2019 as a Project Officer at EMME-CARE. As of 1st January 2020 Andri works as a Project Officer of Research & Innovation Support (RISO) at CARE-C, where she is responsible for:

    • Support to research project oversight of RIF related projects;
    • Support to project administration/coordination (timesheets, progress & financial reporting, deliverables, communication with funding organizations);
    • Support logistics for events and meetings;
    • Communicate with project partners and stakeholders;
    • Participate in communication with funding agencies, the European Commission and the National Contact Points for receiving clarification on various aspects of proposal writing and the relevant regulations;
    • Support identification of funding opportunities;
    • Aid in the development and creation of proposals for research Grants and Services-Tenders.

    She was the Vice-Chair and Grant Holder of the COST Action TN1302 BESTPRAC “The Voice of Research Administrators: Building a network of administrative excellence” (2018-2019).

    She worked as a Research Programmes Officer at The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (2012 – 2019) where she provided administrative and management support in several research programs carried out at the institute (National, EU, International).

    Andri holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from PA College (2000), with specialization in Accounting & Finance and an MBA from The Open University Cyprus (2015).

    Andri is also a Member of the EARMA Thematic group ERION (Ethics and Research Integrity Officer Network).

    +357 22 397537 a.charalambous@cyi.ac.cy View My CV

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