School of Science

Department of Chemistry

Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry

Patrina Paraskevopoulou

Assistant Professor




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Ph.D. in Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry), University of Athens


M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, University of Athens


B.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Athens


Professional Experience


Assist. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece


Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry - Catalysis, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece


Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece


Lecturer (under contract according to P.D. 407/80), Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece


Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Missouri University of Science&Technology, Rolla, U.S.A.


Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece


Research Interests

Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry

-    bi- and trinuclear transition metal complexes with metal-metal bonds

-    mononuclear transition metal complexes with redoxactive ligands

-    transition metal oxide and carbide nanoparticles in porous matrices

Homogeneous Catalysis

-    selective oxidation of organic substrates

-    atom-transfer reactions

-    controlled radical polymerization of olefins

-    metathesis polymerization of alkynes

-    ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of cycloolefins


-    redox properties of metal complexes

-    mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions

Porous Materials

-    nanostructured inorganic and hybrid inorganic/organic materials for
heterogeneous catalysis, capture of toxic chemicals and environmental remediation



Undergraduate Courses


Inorganic Chemistry II


Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry II


Chemistry (Lecture courses and laboratory training for Geologists)

Postgraduate Program "Inorganic Chemistry and its Applications in Industry"

Topics of Inorganic Chemistry

Contemporary spectroscopic methods and methods of determination and analysis (Laboratory course)

Postgraduate Program "Catalysis and its Applications"


Basics of Homogeneous Catalysis


Catalysis with Clusters


Research Projects (current)


2019-2023: Member of the Management Committee: COST Action CA18125 "Advanced Engineering and Research of (aero)Gels for Environment and Life Sciences (AERoGELS)"


2019: CERIC program for solid-state NMR spectroscopy at the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia


11/2015-4/2019: Principal Investigator: H2020-NMP-PILOTS-2015 (2015-2019) "NanoHybrids: New generation of nanoporous organic and hybrid aerogels for industrial applications: from laboratory to pilot scale production" (Coordinator: Prof. I. Smirnova, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg)


Research Publications


Papastergiou, M.; Kanellou, A.; Chriti, D.; Raptopoulos, G.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Poly(urethane-acrylate) aerogels via radical polymerization of dendritic urethane-acrylate monomers" Materials 2018, 11, 2249. Invited paper. Special Issue: Aerogels: Synthesis, Characterization and Application.


Bagchi, V.; Kalra, A.; Das, P.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Gorla, S.; Ai, L.; Wang, Q.; Mohapatra, S.; Choudhury, A.; Sun, Z.; Cundari, T. R.; Stavropoulos, P. "Comparative nitrene-transfer chemistry to olefinic substrates mediated by a library of anionic Mn(II) triphenylamido-amine reagents and M(II) congeners (M = Fe, Co, Ni) favoring aromatic over aliphatic alkenes" ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 9183-9206.


Paraskevopoulou, P.; Gurikov, P.; Raptopoulos, G.; Chriti, D.; Papastergiou, M.; Kypritidou, Z.; Skounakis, V.; Argyraki, A. "Strategies toward catalytic biopolymers: Incorporation of tungsten in alginate aerogels" Polyhedron 2018, 154, 209-216. Invited paper.


Chriti, D.; Raptopoulos, G.; Papastergiou, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Millimeter-size spherical polyurea aerogel beads with narrow size distribution" Gels 2018, 4, 66. Special Issue: Aerogels.


Kanellou, A.; Anyfantis, G. C.; Chriti, D.; Raptopoulos, G.; Pitsikalis, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Poly(urethane-norbornene) aerogels via Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization of dendritic urethane-norbornene monomers: Structure-property relationships as a function of an aliphatic versus an aromatic core and the number of peripheral norbornene moieties" Molecules 2018, 23, 7. Invited paper. Special Issue: Organometallic Catalysis in Organic Synthesis.


Raptopoulos, G.; Kyriakou, K.; Mali, G.; Scarpellini, A.; Anyfantis, G. C.; Mavromoustakos, T.; Pitsikalis, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Copolymerization of norbornene and norbornadiene using a cis-selective bimetallic W-based catalytic system" Polymers 2017, 9, 141. Invited paper. Special Issue: Metal Complexes-Mediated Catalysis in Polymerization.


Raptopoulos, G.; Anyfantis, G. C.; Chriti, D.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Synthesis and structural characterization of poly(dicyclopentadiene) gels obtained with a novel ditungsten versus conventional W and Ru mononuclear catalysts" Inorg. Chim. Acta 2017, 460, 69-76. Invited paper. Special Issue: Inorganic Chemistry � The Next Generation.


Droulia, M.; Asimopoulou-Marinou, V.; Pitsikalis, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Amphiphilic block copolymers of ethylene oxide and 2 methacryloyloxyethyl ferrocenecarboxylate: self-assembly behavior, thermal and electrochemical properties" Int. J. Adv. Res. in Chem. Sci. 2016, 3, 9-24.


Levesanos, N.; Liyanage, W. P. R.; Ferentinos, E.; Raptopoulos, G.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Sanakis, Y.; Choudhury, A.; Stavropoulos, P.; Nath, M.; Kyritsis, P. "Investigating the structural, spectroscopic, and electrochemical properties of [Fe{(EPiPr2)2N}2] (E = S, Se) and the formation of iron selenides by Chemical Vapor Deposition" Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 5332-5339.


Pefkianakis, E. K.; Manthou, V. S.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Sakellariou, G.; Vougioukalakis, G. C. "A new family of fullerene derivatives bearing long alkyl and triethyleneglycol moieties" ChemistrySelect 2016, 6, 1232-1238.


Chriti, D.; Grigoropoulos, A.; Raptopoulos, G.; Charalambidis, G.; Nikolaou, V.; Coutsolelos, A. G.; Pitsikalis, M.; Mertis, K.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Metathesis polymerization reactions induced by the bimetallic complex (Ph4P)2[W2(m-Br)3Br6]" Polymers 2015, 7, 2611-2624.


Saragas, N.; Floros, G.; Raptopoulos, G.; Pitsikalis, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Mertis, K. "Exploring the reactivity of Na[W2(m-Cl)3Cl4(THF)2].(THF)3 towards the polymerization of selected cycloolefins" Molecules 2015, 20, 21896-21908.


Nikovia, C.; Maroudas, A.-P.; Goulis, P.; Tzimis, D.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Pitsikalis, M. "Statistical ring opening metathesis copolymerization of norbornene and cyclopentene by Grubbs' 1st-generation catalyst" Molecules 2015, 20, 15597-15615. Invited paper. Special Issue: Olefin Metathesis.


Bagchi, V.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Das, P.; Chi, L.; Wang, Q.; Choudhury, A.; Mathieson, J. S.; Cronin, L.; Pardue, D. B.; Cundari, T. R.; Mitrikas, G.; Sanakis, Y.; Stavropoulos, P. "A versatile tripodal Cu(I) reagent for C-N bond construction via nitrene-transfer chemistry: Catalytic perspectives and mechanistic insights on C-H aminations/amidinations and olefin aziridinations" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 11362-11381.


Floros, G.; Agrafioti, F.; Grigoropoulos, A.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Mertis, K.; Tseklima, M.; Veli, M.; Pitsikalis, M. "Statistical copolymers of norbornene and 5-vinyl-2-norbornene by a ditungsten complex mediated ring-opening metathesis polymerization: synthesis, thermal properties, and kinetics of thermal decomposition" J. Polym. Sci. A: Polym. Chem. 2013, 51, 4835-4844.


Koutsouri, E.; Zarkadoulas, A.; Makedonas, C.; Koumpounis, C.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Mitsopoulou, C. A. "Combining photosensitizers: the case of [Cl2Pt(bpym)Re(CO)3Cl] and its dithiolate analogues" Polyhedron 2013, 52, 234-245. Invited paper. Special Issue: 100th Anniversary of the award of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Alfred Werner: A Celebration.


Bagchi, V.; Raptopoulos G.; Das, P.; Christodoulou, S.; Wang, Q.; Ai, L.; Choudhury, A.; Pitsikalis, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Stavropoulos, P. "Synthesis and characterization of a family of Co(II) triphenylamido-amine complexes and catalytic activity in controlled radical polymerization of olefins" Polyhedron 2013, 52, 78-90. Invited paper. Special Issue: 100th Anniversary of the award of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Alfred Werner: A Celebration.


Saragas, N.; Floros, G.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Psaroudakis, N.; Koinis, S.; Pitsikalis, M.; Hadjichristidis, N.; Mertis, K. "Ring opening metathesis polymerization of norbornene and derivatives by the triply bonded ditungsten complex Na[W2(m-Cl)3Cl4(THF)2].(THF)3" Polymers 2012, 4, 1657-1673. Invited paper. Special Issue: Ring-Opening Polymerization.


Droulia, M.; Anastasaki, A.; Rokotas, A.; Pitsikalis, M.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Statistical copolymers of methyl methacrylate and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl ferrocenecarboxylate: monomer reactivity ratios, thermal and electrochemical properties" J. Polym. Sci. A: Polym. Chem. 2011, 49, 3080-3089.


Paraskevopoulou, P.; Makedonas, C.; Psaroudakis, N.; Mitsopoulou, C. A.; Floros, G.; Seressioti, A.; Ioannou, M.; Sanakis, Y.; Rath, N.; Gómez García,C. J.; Stavropoulos, P.; Mertis, K. "Isolation, characterization and computational studies of the novel [Mo3(μ3-Br)2(μ-Br)3Br6]2- cluster anion" Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 2068-2076. Included in the ChemInform selected abstracts.


Paraskevopoulou, P.; Ai, L.; Wang, Q.; Pinnapareddy, D.; Acharyya, R.; Dinda, R.; Das, P.; Çelenligil-Çetin, R.; Floros, G.; Sanakis, Y.; Choudhury, A.; Rath, N. P.; Stavropoulos, P. "Synthesis and characterization of a series of structurally and electronically diverse Fe(II) complexes featuring a family of triphenylamido-amine ligands" Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 108-122.


Anyfantis, G. C.; Papavassiliou, G. C.; Terzis, A.; Raptopoulou, C. P.; Psycharis, V.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Preparation and Characterization of Ni(dpedt)(pddt) and Ni(dpedt)(pddt).CS2, where dpedt is diphenylethylenedithiolate and pddt is 6,7-dihydro-5H-1,4-dithiepin-2,3-dithiolate" Polyhedron 2009, 29, 969-974.


Papavassiliou, G. C.; Anyfantis, G. C.; Raptopoulou, C. P.; Psycharis, V.; Ioannidis, N.; Petrouleas, V.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Bis[1,2-diphenyl-1,2-ethylenedithiolato(2-)-kS1,kS2] gold: preparation, structure and properties" Polyhedron 2009, 28, 3368-3372.


Saragas, N.; Floros, G.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Psaroudakis, N.; Koinis, S.; Pitsikalis, M.; Mertis, K. "Polymerization of terminal alkynes with a triply bonded ditungsten halo-complex" J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2009, 303, 124-131.


Papavassiliou, G. C.; Anyfantis, G. C.; Terzis, A.; Psycharis, V.; Kyritsis, P.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Some unsymmetrical metal 1,2-dithiolenes based on palladium, platinum and gold" Z. Naturforsch. 2008, 63b, 1377-1382.


Çelenligil-Çetin, R.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Lalioti, N.; Sanakis, Y.; Staples, R. J.; Rath, N. P.; Stavropoulos, P. "Metalloradical complexes of manganese and chromium featuring an oxidatively rearranged ligand" Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 10998-11009.


Paraskevopoulou, P.; Petalidou, E.; Panas, A.; Ioannou, M.; Koinis, S.; Psaroudakis, N.; Leventis, N.; Stavropoulos, P.; Mertis, K. "Redox reactivity and comprehensive synthetic chemistry of the perchloroditungstate [W2(μ-Cl)3Cl6]n- (n = 3, 2, 1) anions in organic media" Polyhedron 2008, 27, 2859-2866.


Floros, G.; Saragas, N.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Choinopoulos, I.; Koinis, S.; Psaroudakis, N.; Pitsikalis, M.; Mertis, K. "Catalytic polymerization of alkynes with the quadruply bonded octachloroditungsten anion" J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2008, 289, 76-81.


Çelenligil-Çetin, R.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Dinda, R.; Lalioti, N.; Sanakis, Y.; Rawashdeh, A. M.; Staples, R. J.; Sinn, E.; Stavropoulos, P. "Oxidative ligand rearrangement due to incipient aminyl radicals in the oxidation of iron(II) species with dioxygen" Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2008, 673-677.


Çelenligil-Çetin, R.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Dinda, R.; Staples, R. J.; Sinn, E.; Rath, N. P.; Stavropoulos, P. "Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of iron trisamidoamine complexes that undergo both metal- and ligand-centered oxidative transformations" Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 1165-1172.


Stavropoulos, P.; Çelenligil-Çetin, R.; Kiani, S.; Tapper, A.; Pinnapareddy, D.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Iron, bis(pyridine)bis(2-pyridinecarboxylato-N1,O2), Fe(py)2(Pic)2, Catalyst for Gif-type oxygenation and functionalization of CH Bonds; Aliphatic CH Bonds, a-heteroatom functionalized sp3 CH Bonds" in Reagents for direct functionalization of CH bonds; Fuchs, P. L., Ed.; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2005.


Paraskevopoulou, P.; Petalidou, E.; Psaroudakis, N.; Stavropoulos, P.; Mertis, K. "Efficient chemoselective oxidation of phenylmethanols to aldehydes with iodosobenzene" Monatsh. Chem. 2005, 136, 2035-2039.


Paraskevopoulou, P.; Psaroudakis, N.; Koinis, S.; Stavropoulos, P.; Mertis, K. "Catalytic selective oxidation of benzyl alcohols to aldehydes with rhenium complexes" J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2005, 240, 27-32.


Stavropoulos, P.; Çelenligil-Çetin, R.; Kiani, S.; Tapper, A.; Pinnapareddy, D.; Paraskevopoulou, P. "Gif reactions" in Handbook of CH transformations; Dyker, G., Ed.; Wiley-VCH, p. 497, 2004.


Petrou, A. L.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Chrysikopoulou, M. "Kinetics and mechanism of the reaction between chromium(III) and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylpropionic (dihydrocaffeic) acid in weak acidic aqueous solutions" J. Inorg. Biochem. 2004, 98, 123-132.


Neumann, D.; Paraskevopoulou, P.; Psaroudakis, N.; Mertis, K.; Staples, R.J.; Stavropoulos, P. "Structural and functional characteristics of rhenium clusters derived from redox chemistry of the triangular [ReIII3(m-Cl)3] core unit" Inorg. Chem. 2000, 39, 5530-5537. Included in the ChemInform selected abstracts.


Review Paper

Raptopoulos, G.; Grigoropoulos, A.; Mertis, K.; Paraskevopoulou, P*; Pitsikalis, M.* "Multinuclear transition metal catalysts for metathesis polymerization. Current developments and future perspectives" in  Recent Research Developments in Polymer Science, Transworld Research Network 2014, 12, 83-106. Invited paper.


Contact details

Patrina Paraskevopoulou
Assist. Professor
Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, NKUA
Panepistimiopolis Zografou 15771, Greece
Office: 2nd floor, Wing A, Office 4
Tel: +30-210-727-4381, -4499
Fax: +30-210-727-4782