Dr. Athanasios Godelitsas
School of Science National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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Glad to be invited speaker at ZEOLITE 2018 in Krakow

NEW Project (DAAD), about Nanogeoscience of the marine environment, in collaboration with University of Bremen

NEW Erasmus+ Agreement at University of Oulu (Finland), concerning teaching & research

Our NEW paper, on the role of nano-perovskite in the negligible thorium release in seawater from Greek bauxite residue (red mud), just accepted in Scientific Reports

Our NEW paper, on amorphous As-sulfide precipitates from the shallow-water hydrothermal vents off Milos Island (Greece), accepted in Marine Chemistry

Our paper, on hydrothermal vent processes in the unique shallow-submarine arc-volcano Kolumbo (Santorini, Greece), accepted in Scientific Reports

European Science Foundation (ESF) project, about Fe-bearing minerals in desert dust, accepted in the frame of FIMIN Research Networking Programme in collaboration with Hebrew University

Our paper, on the chemical and isotopic composition of human-body biominerals (cholesterol gallstones) accepted in JTEMB

Proposal ENV-218 at ANKA Synchrotron (Germany), concerning Al-ore -Bauxite- from Hungary and Balkans, related to red mud from Ajka alumina plant (Hungary), received grade-A

On a ship - Info on my last trip on the E/V "NAUTILUS" can be found here


Selected Discoveries [link]

Important works on the Geology & the Environment of Greece [link]

Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Past, Present and Future [link]


Athanasios Godelitsas (born 9 August 1967) 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.

Dr. Godelitsas is President of the International Natural Zeolite Association (INZA), National Representative and Member of the CNMNC of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), President of the Scientific Society of the Mineral Wealth Technologists of Greece, member of the European Association of Geochemistry and of the Geochemical Society (USA).

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)

  • Mineralogy-Mineral Chemistry and Crystallography (undergrad)
  • Mineralogy and petrology for geological mapping (undergrad)
  • Environmental Mineralogy and Medical Geology (undergrad & postgrad)
  • Minerals and Materials Science (postgrad)
  • Instrumental analytical techniques (postgrad)

Student Projects
Students who are interested in working with me may contact me directly

* NEW * Opportunity for student mobility (from UoA, Greece) to University of Oulu, Finland, within the frame of recent ERASMUS bilateral agreement (2014-2020) - EXTENDED 2021

Opportunity for postgraduate student mobility (from UoA, Greece) to University of Muenster, Germany, within the frame of recent ERASMUS bilateral agreement (2012-2015)

There are always possibilities for BSc, MSc and PhD projects in collaboration with mining companies exploiting metals and industrial minerals in Greece

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