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Dr Demetra Achilleos


Demetra Achilleos

Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow)
School of Chemistry
01 716 2565
University College Dublin, School of Chemistry, Science Centre - South Belfield Dublin 4


Demetra completed her PhD in Materials Science at the University of Crete, where she worked with Prof. M. Vamvakaki on the synthesis of multiresponsive copolymers for the development of smart organic-inorganic hybrids. She then moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take a postdoctoral researcher post in the group of Prof. T. A. Hatton, where she developed pseudocapacitive devices which satisfy simultaneously the requirements for efficient energy storage and selective ion separations. Stimulated by the rising ecological crisis and driven by her vision for a zero-carbon society, she then joined as a postdoctoral researcher the group of Prof. E. Reisner at University of Cambridge to explore how low-cost carbonaceous nanoparticles can be exploited to produce solar fuels. In particular, she worked on the development of new carbon dot and carbon nitride photocatalytic systems to store solar energy into high-density fuels simultaneously with waste utilization for real-world applications. She has been recently awarded a fellowship under the highly competitive Ad Astra Programme and appointed as an Assistant Prof. in the School of Chemistry at UCD.


  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow)
    University College Dublin, Chemistry, Dublin, Ireland15 Oct 2019


  • Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Cambridge, Chemistry, Cambridge, United Kingdom15 Jan 2016 - 31 Aug 2019
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Cambidge, MA, USA1 Feb 2012 - 31 Dec 2015


  • MSc
    University of Crete
  • PhD
    University of Crete


  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • English
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review