Climate change impacts on cultural heritage: Facing the challenge

Kilikoglou Vassilis

Dr. Vassilis Kilikoglou

Current position: Director of Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) and Vice-president of NCSR Demokritos, Co-ordinator and group leader of the Cultural Heritage Programme of INN.
Previous positions: Research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution (1985-1986) and lecturer the Conservation Department, TEI Athens (1993-2010). Since 1989 he has been working as a Researcher at the Institute of Materials Science NCSR Demokritos, which later became part of INN and since 2004 he is a Director of Research.
Education: Degree on Chemistry, University of Athens (1981) and PhD in Ceramics Provenance and Technology from the Chemistry Department, University of Ioannina (1988).
Research interests: (a) Provenance and technology of archaeological materials by scientific techniques which includes studies on the origin and choice of raw materials, procedures of manufacture and geographical distribution of the final products. The ultimate goal of these investigations is the reconstruction of the exchange networks and the trade routes which existed in the antiquity and provide evidence for contacts amongst cultural units, as well as transfer of ideas, (b) study of mechanical and thermal properties of ceramics and more specifically the effect of temper and microstructure on the mechanical and thermal performance of ceramics in combination with modelling by Finite Element Analysis for behavioural prediction. The main outcome of this research effort is the understanding of the prevailing parameters that controlled pottery production in the antiquity and how these parameters were adopted by the potters for the production of vessels for specific function, over prehistoric and historic periods (c) Conservation science, including the study of mechanisms of deterioration and methods of preservation of mortars and stone materials of archaeological and historic buildings. Alternative compatible mortars are synthesized, like pozzolanic, Ba-based ones which exhibit high resistance to acid attack and TiO­2 enriched ones for the promotion of hardening and self-cleaning capability.  (d) Development of new restoration nano-materials and methods through the synthesis of sustainable composites that involve the combination of traditional, low-cost earthen-based materials with modern, advanced and nano-materials, aiming to provide a variety of protective, strengthening and self-healing properties.
Funding: He has been scientist-in-charge 28 European, nationally and internationally funded projects.
Supervision: 8 postdoctoral fellows, 12 PhD students and 15 seconded PhD students, 5 Masters
Committees: CEN-TC 346 and ELOT technical committees, TES Natural Sciences


  • Books: 2
  • Editor: 4 volumes
  • Articles in Refereed Journals: 89
  • Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings: 64
  • Chapters in Books and Collective Volumes: 18
  • Articles in Non-refereed Conference Proceedings: 23
  • Conference Presentations: 270 (9 invited)
  • Citations (scopus) 1689, h index= 24