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Mr Vasileios Fotopoulos Fotis
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  • Demonstrator
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
After obtaining his BSc in Physics at the University of Athens and MSc in Energy Engineering at QMUL, Vasileios started his PhD at Univeristy College London in 2019 as part of Prof. Alex Shluger's research group. His current study combines the efficiency of Molecular Dynamics and semi-empirical/empirical forcefields with the accuracy of quantum mechanical methods to address the issue of degradation effects in metallic systems used as interconnects for electronic devices at a multi-scale level.
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In 2016, I graduated from the physics department of the University of Athens, majoring in environmental sciences. My undergraduate studies in Physics have played a fundamental role in my decision to pursue a PhD in molecular modelling. The purpose of my academic thesis entitled "Exploitation of spatial variability of offshore wind energy resources in Greece." Supervised by Prof. George Kallos was to investigate, analyse and assess wind quality and power prospects for various locations in Greece which would be suitable for building an offshore wind power facility and then select the two areas with the maximum combined wind power output. In 2018, I completed my studies for the MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Queen Mary University of London under the supervision of Dr. Joe Briscoe. The purpose of my research project entitled "Fabrication and optimisation of dye-sensitised and perovskite solar cells based on ZnO nanorods" was the fabrication and optimisation of low-cost solar cells using nanostructures in order to improve their performance. Different fabrication methods and materials are tested and evaluated through Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Powder Diffraction analysis and UV-Vis spectroscopy with the purpose of producing devices that could make solar energy a viable solution for future applications. 

I started my PhD at UCL in 2019 as a member of Prof. Alex Shluger's research group.

10-SEP-2018 – 01-JUL-2019 Visiting Researcher Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology National Center of Scientific Research Demokritos, Greece
11-NOV-2016 – 01-AUG-2017 Laboratory Assistant Chemical Laboratory Hellenic Army, Greece
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