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Bioinspired Soft Robotics




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  • BSc. in Chemistry - University of Surrey
  • MSc. in Chemical Research - King's College London
  • PhD in Physical Sciences & Engineering - University of Manchester


Professional experience

  • European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute of Health & Consumer Protection
  • Procter & Gamble - Research & Development
  • Academy of Athens - Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics & Climatology
  • Italian Institute of Technology
  • National Technical University of Athens - Department of Chemical Engineering
  • University of Athens - Department of Chemistry


Research interests

  • Materials & Biomaterials science
  • Surface Science
  • Colloids
  • Self-motors - Biomimetics
  • Bio-robotics
  • Sensors
  • Encapsulation tecnologies
  • Drug delivery techniques
  • Nanobiotechnology & Nanotechnology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Pollution & Health Effects
  • Nanotechnology & Health Effects


  • Innovative antimicrobial wound dressings
  • Antimicrobial nanocapsules
  • Sensors 
  • Collaboration with Mazzucchelli Spa in the area of cellulose acetate polymers.

Selected Publications

  • Liakos, I.L., A. Mondini, C. Filippeschi, V. Mattoli, F. Tramacere, and B. Mazzolai, Towards ultra-responsive biodegradable polysaccharide humidity sensors. Materials Today Chemistry, 2017, 6: p. 1-12.

  • Liakos, I., A. Holban, R. Carzino, S. Lauciello, and A. Grumezescu, Electrospun Fiber Pads of Cellulose Acetate and Essential Oils with Antimicrobial Activity. Nanomaterials, 2017, 7(4): p. 84.

  • Bonferoni, M. C.; Sandri, G.; Rossi, S.; Usai, D.; Liakos, I.; Garzoni, A.; Fiamma, M.; Zanetti, S.; Athanassiou, A.; Caramella, C.; Ferrari, F., A novel ionic amphiphilic chitosan derivative as a stabilizer of nanoemulsions: Improvement of antimicrobial activity of Cymbopogon citratus essential oil. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 2017, 152, 385-392.

  • Ioannis L Liakos, Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu, Alina Maria Holban, Iordache Florin, Francesca D’Autilia, Riccardo Carzino, Paolo Bianchini, Athanassia Athanassiou, Polylactic Acid—Lemongrass Essential Oil Nanocapsules with Antimicrobial Properties,Pharmaceuticals 9 (3), 42, 2016

  • MH Abdellatif, C Innocenti, I Liakos, A Scarpellini, S Marras, M Salerno, Effect of Jahn-Teller distortion on the short range magnetic order in copper ferrite, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 424, 402-409, 2017.

  • Alexander Davis, Ioannis Liakos, Maria E Genovese, Lara Marini, Marco Salerno, Ilker S Bayer, Athanassia Athanassiou, Water Collection by Sticky Microislands on Superomniphobic Electrospun Surfaces, Advanced Materials Interfaces 3 (23), 2016.

  • Asmita A Chavan, Javier Pinto, Ioannis Liakos, Ilker S Bayer, Simone Lauciello, Athanassia Athanassiou, Despina Fragouli, Spent Coffee Bioelastomeric Composite Foams for the Removal of Pb2+ and Hg2+ from Water, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 4 (10), 5495-5502, 2016.

  • Ioannis L Liakos, Mohamed H Abdelattif, Claudia Innocenti, Alice Scarpellini, Riccardo Carzino, Virgilio Brunetti, Sergio Marras, Rosaria Brescia, Filippo Drago, Pier Paolo Pompa, Antimicrobial Lemongrass Essential Oil—Copper Ferrite Cellulose Acetate Nanocapsules, Molecules 21 (4), 520, 2016.

  • Ioannis L. Liakos, Pietro Salvagnini, Alice Scarpellini, Riccardo Carzino, Carlos Beltran, Elisa Mele,Vittorio Murino, Athanassia Athanassiou, Bio-mimetic locomotion on water of a porous natural polymeric composite, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 3 (11), 2016.

  • Liakos, I.L.; D’autilia, F.; Garzoni, A.; Bonferoni, C.; Scarpellini, A.; Brunetti, V.; Carzino, R.; Bianchini, P.; Pompa, P.P.; Athanassiou, A. All natural cellulose acetate—lemongrass essential oil antimicrobial nanocapsules. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 510 (2), pages 508-515, 2016.

  • Abdellatif, Mohamed H., Marco Salerno, Gaser N. Abdelrasoul, Ioannis Liakos, Alice Scarpellini, Sergio Marras & Alberto Diaspro. Effect of Anderson localization on light emission from gold nanoparticle aggregates. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 7, 2013-2022, 2016.

  • Abdellatif, M.H.; Abdelrasoul, G.N.; Salerno, M.; Liakos, I.; Scarpellini, A.; Marras, S.; Diaspro, A. Fractal analysis of inter-particle interaction forces in gold nanoparticle aggregates. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 497, 225-232, 2016.

  • Genchi, G.G.; Nuhn, H.; Liakos, I.; Marino, A.; Marras, S.; Athanassiou, A.; Mattoli, V.; Desai, T.A. Titanium dioxide nanotube arrays coated with laminin enhance c2c12 skeletal myoblast adhesion and differentiation. RSC Advances 2016, 6, 18502-18514.

  • Ioannis Liakos,  Loris Rizzello,   Hadi Hajiali,   Virgilio Brunetti,   Riccardo Carzino,   Pier Paolo Pompa,   Athanassia Athanassiou and Elisa Mele , Fibrous wound dressings encapsulating essential oils as natural antimicrobial agents, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3:1583-1589, 2015.

  • T. N. Tran, U. Paul, J. A. Heredia-Guerrero, I. Liakos, S. Marras, A. Scarpellini, F. Ayadi, A. Athanassiou, I. S. Bayer, Transparent and flexible amorphous cellulose-acrylic hybrids, Chemical Engineering Journal 2016, 287.

  • Abdellatif, M.H., S. Ghosh, I. Liakos, A. Scarpellini, S. Marras, A. Diaspro, and M. Salerno, Effect of nanoscale size and medium on metal work function in oleylamine-capped gold nanocrystals. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 2016, 89: p. 7-14.

  • Hadi Hajiali, Jose Alejandro Heredia-Guerrero, Ioannis Liakos, Athanassia Athanassiou, Elisa Mele, Alginate Nanofibrous Mats with Adjustable Degradation Rate for Regenerative Medicine, Biomacromolecules, 16(3):936-943, 2015.

  • Athanasios Milionis, Despina Fragouli, Fernando Brandi, Ioannis Liakos, Suset Barroso, Roberta Rufilli, Athanassia Athanassiou, Superhydrophobic/superoleophilic magnetic elastomers by laser ablation, Applied Surface Science, 352:74-82, 2015.

  • Maryam Ghazi Zahedi, Despina Fragouli, Daniela Lorenzo, Rosaria Brescia, Ioannis Liakos, Teresa Pellegrino, Athanassia Athanassiou, Magnetic-Field-induced formation of freestanding superparamagnetic microwires in suspension, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118(48):28220–28226, 2014.

  • T.H. Ferreira, A. Marino, A. Rocca, I. Liakos, S. Nitti, A. Athanassiou, V. Mattoli, B. Mazzolai, E.M.B. Sousa, G. Ciofani, Folate-grafted boron nitride nanotubes: possible exploitation in cancer therapy, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 481(1-2):56-63, 2015.

  • Giuseppina Sandri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Silvia Rossi, Franca Ferrari, Michela Mori, Marila Cervio, Federica Riva, Ioannis Liakos, Athanassia Athanassiou, Claudia Del Fante, Francesca Saporito, Carla Caramella, Platelet lysate embedded scaffolds for skin regeneration, Expert Opinion in Drug Delivery, 12(4):525-545, 2015.

  • Summa, M., Bayer, I., Liakos, I., Bandiera, T., Athanassiou, A., & Bertorelli, R. (2015, July). In vivo characterization of the alginate-povidone iodine film in the wound healing model in mice. In Wound Repair and Regeneration (Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. A29-A29). 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, Nj Usa: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Ioannis Liakos, Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu, Alina Maria Holban, Magnetite nanostructures as novel strategies for anti-infectious therapy. Molecules, 19(8):12710-12726, 2014.

  • Ioannis Liakos, Loris Rizzello, David J. Scurr, Ilker S. Bayer, Pier Paolo Pompa, Athanassia Athanassiou. All-natural composite wound dressings films of essential oils encapsulated in sodium alginate with antimicrobial properties. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 25;463(2):137-45 2014.

  • Hajiali, H., E. Mele, I. Liakos, I. Bayer, and A. Athanassiou. Bioactive nanofibrous materials for wound healing. in Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Vol. 8, pp. 504-505), 2014. Wiley-Blackwell 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, Nj Usa.

  • Gianni Ciofani, Giada G. Genchi, Ioannis Liakos, Valentina Cappello, Mauro Gemmi, Athanassia Athanassiou, Barbara Mazzolai, Virgilio Mattoli.  Effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles on PC12 neuronal-like cells: Proliferation, differentiation and dopamine secretion. Pharmaceutical Research, 30(8):2133-2145, 2013.

  • Farouk Ayadi, Ilker Bayer, Despina Fragouli, Ioannis Liakos, Roberto Cingolani, Athanassia Athanassiou. Mechanical Reinforcement and water repellency induced to cellulose sheets by polymer treatment. Cellulose, 20(3):1501-1509, 2013.

  • Ioannis Liakos, Loris Rizzello, Ilker S. Bayer, Pier Paolo Pompa, Roberto Cingolani, Athanassia Athanassiou.  Controlled antiseptic release by alginate polymer films and beads. Carbohydrate Polymers. 92(1):176-183, 2013.

  • Giada Graziana Genchi, Gianni Ciofani, Ioannis Liakos, Leonardo Ricotti, Luca Ceseracciu, Athanassia Athanassiou, Barbara Mazzolai, Arianna Menciassi, Virgilio Mattoli, Bio/non-bio interfaces: A straightforward method for obtaining long term PDMS/muscle cell biohybrid constructs. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 105:144-151, 2013.

  • Ciofani G, Genchi GG, Liakos I, Athanassiou A, Mattoli V, Bandiera A., Human recombinant elastin-like protein coatings for muscle cell proliferation and differentiation. Acta Biomaterialia, 9(2):5111-5121, 2013.

  • Giada Graziana Genchi, Gianni Ciofani, Alessandro Polini, Ioannis Liakos, Donata Iandolo, Athanassia Athanassiou, Dario Pisignano, Virgilio Mattoli, Arianna Menciassi. PC12 neuron-like cell response to electrospun poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) substrates. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 9(2):151-161, 2015.

  • Ciofani G., Genchi G.G., Liakos I., Athanassiou A., Dinucci D., Chiellini F., Mattoli V., A Simple Approach to Covalent Functionalization of Boron Nitride Nanotubes. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 374 (1):308-314, 2012.

  • Sarigiannis, D.A., Karakitsios, S.P., Liakos, I.L., Katsoyiannis, A.,  Exposure to major volatile organic compounds and carbonyls in European indoor environments and associated health risk. Environment International, 37:743-765, 2011.

  • Ioannis L. Liakos, Alberto Gotti, Dimosthenis A. Sarigiannis,  PBDEs & PCBs in European occupational environments and their health effectsAir pollution XVII. WIT press (Editor: C. A. Brebbia), UK, 2009.

  • Sarigiannis, D; Liakos, I; Katsogiannis, A; Gotti, A; Barrero-Moreno, J; Kotzias, D, Exposure Characterization and Health Risk of Volatile Organic Chemicals in the Indoor Air in Europe. Epidemiology, 19(6):S355-S356, 2008.

  • Liakos, I. L., McAlpine, E., Chen, X., Newman, R., and Alexander, M. R., Assembly of octadecyl phosphonic acid on the α-Al2O3 (0001) surface of air annealed alumina; evidence for termination dependent adsorptionApplied Surface Science 255:3276-3282, 2008.

  • Nagel, Marie-Danielle; Verhoef, René; Schols, Henk; Morra, Marco; Knox, John; Ceccone, Giacomo; Della Volpe, Claudio; Vigneron, Pascale; Bussy, Cyrill; Gallet, Marlène; Velzenberger, Elodie; Vayssade, Muriel; Cascardo, Giovanna; Cassinelli, Clara; Haeger, Ash; Gilliland, Douglas; Liakos, Ioannis; Rodriguez-Valverde, Miguel; Siboni, Stefano, Enzymatically-engineered pectins differentially influence the morphology, adhesion, cell cycle progression and survival of fibroblasts in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1780:995-1003, 2008.

  • C. Cassinelli, M. Morra, G. Cascardo, C. Della Volpe, S. Siboni, M.A. Rodriguez, R. Verhoef, H. Schols, B. Jorgensen, P. Ulvskov, C. Bussy, M.D. Nagel, I. Liakos, D. Gilliland, G. Ceccone (consortium of the European FP6-STREP-517036, PectiCoat), Surface characterization and effects on SaOS-2 cell behavior of enzymatically-tailored, surface-linked pectic polysaccharides. European Commission 2006.

  • Liakos, I.L., Newman, R.C., McAlpine, E., Alexander, M.R., Study of the resistance of SAMs on aluminium to acidic and basic solutions using dynamic contact angle measurement. Langmuir, 23(3):995-999, 2007.

  • Liakos, I.L., Newman, R.C., McAlpine, E., Alexander, M.R., Comparative study of self-assembly of a range of monofunctional aliphatic molecules on magnetron-sputtered aluminiumSurface and Interface Analysis ,36(4):347-354, 2004.

  • IL Liakos, RC Newman, E McAlpine, MR Alexander, Self-assembly of mono-functional aliphatic molecules on magnetron sputtered aluminium, ATB Métallurgie, 43(1-2):436-442, 2003.


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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.