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MSc in Archaeological Science


Professor of Mineralogy and Mineral Chemistry


Athanasios Godelitsas received his PhD in chemistry from Aristotle University (Greece) and then he did a postdoc in mineral surface science and nanogeoscience at the group of Prof. A. Putnis at University of Muenster (Germany). He is Professor of Mineralogy-Mineral Chemistry at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA, Greece), Visiting Professor of Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Erasmus+ Visiting Professor at University of Oulu (Finland).

He is actively involved in a wide range of research areas in modern mineralogy, mineral-chemistry and geochemistry. For this purpose he mainly uses electron and atomic force microscopies, surface analytical techniques and accelerator/Synchrotron-based spectroscopies.

Research Interests

  • Mineral Surface Science and Nanogeoscience
  • Microporous/Nanoporous Minerals and Rocks
  • Environmental Mineralogy and Geochemistry
  • Biomineralogy and Medical Geology
  • Mineral Atmospheric Particles
  • Marine Mineralogy and Geochemistry

Coordination of Research Projects (funded by European Commission, KIT, ESF, IKY and DAAD)

  • Nanogeoscience of the marine environment: Mineral nanoparticles, nanominerals, and nanoporous oxides in the Hellenic Volcanic Arc (2018)
  • The nature of thorium in REE-bearing coastal deposits of northern Greece (2015)
  • Biogenic sulfur minerals in the environment of eastern Mediterranean volcanoes: the case of shallow-sea hydrothermal vents off Milos island, Greece (2014-2015)
  • Investigation of Fe-bearing minerals in desert dust (and "red rain") and their role to the atmospheric inputs of Fe in eastern Mediterranean and Aegean Sea (2013)
  • The nature of uranium in sedimentary rocks of Epirus, NW Greece (2012)
  • Investigation of environmental/geological materials using Synchrotron radiation techniques (2012)
  • The nature of silver and gold in mining products of Chalkidiki, northern Greece (2012)
  • Distribution and speciation of contaminants in bauxite and red mud from Ajka alumina plant, Hungary (2012)
  • Elemental distribution and speciation in Saharan dust and urban particulate matter from Athens, Greece, using combined micro-XRF/-XANES/-XRD techniques (2011)
  • Distribution and speciation of mercury and other heavy metals in framboidal pyrites from lagoon sediments in NW Greece (2010)
  • Thorium chemistry in Greek bauxites and bauxite-tailings (red mud) using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (2009)
  • Elemental distribution in Saharan dust from red rain precipitated over Athens, Greece (2008)
  • Uranium distribution and speciation in carbonate rocks from the greater Attica region, Greece (2008)

Participation in Research Projects

  • Fabrication of Nanomaterials for CO2 Storage based on Geological Materials from Cyprus; University of Cyprus (2012-2014)
  • A multi-scale study of dissolution-crystallization processes relevant to biomineralization and environment; Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2010-2012)
  • Center of Excellence in Low-energy Ion-Beam Research and Applications / LIBRA; NCSR "Demokritos", Greece (2009-2011)
  • Interaction processes between sulphate minerals and aqueous solutions: mineralogical and environmental implications; Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2007-2009)
  • Transmission electron microscopic and spectroscopic study of diamondiferous UHP rocks from northern Greece; UoA, Greece, & Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany (2007)