Elia Psillakis
Professor, Aquatic Chemistry 
Aquatic Chemistry Laboratory
Division II: Environmental Process Design and Analysis

Extended CV (pdf)


  • Office: Κ1.108
  • Tel.: +30 28210 37810 FAX: +30 28210 37846
  • Email: elia<at>enveng.tuc.gr

  • Office Hours: Daily 9:00 - 15:00


  • 1997: PhD in Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K.
  • 1994: Degree in Chemistry, Maîtrise de Chimie, Universitè Montpellier II (U.S.T.L.), Montpellier, France.
  • 1993: Licence de Chimie, Universitè Montpellier II (U.S.T.L.), Montpellier, France.
  • 1992: D.E.U.G. (A), Sciences des Structures et de la Matière, Universitè Montpellier II (U.S.T.L.), Montpellier, France.

Research Interests

Research efforts mainly concentrate on

  • the development and application of novel analytical procedures for detecting trace amounts of organic pollutants in a variety of environmental samples.
  • studying the fate of organic micropollutants in natural and engineered environments.

Participation in Research Programs and Projects

  • Leaching of chemicals of environmental concern from used heated tobacco sticks to natural water and comparison with leaching from smoked conventional cigarettes, Role: Coordinator; E. Psillakis; Funding Source: PMI Science; Budget: € 99533; Duration: 2018-2020.
  • European network for the promotion of portable, affordable and simple analytical platforms, PortASAP; COST Action CA16215; Role: Work-group Leader E. Psillakis; MC Member; Funding Source: COST Association; Budget: € 450000/year; Duration: 2017-2021.
  • New biotechnologicaL approaches for biodegrading and promoting the environmental biotransformation of synthetic polymeric materials. Funded by: FP7-KBBE; Budget: € 4000000 Duration: 2012-2015. 
  • Innovation Center of Crete. Funded by: Hellenic ministry of Finance and Competiveness (EEA grants); Budget: € 498800; Duration: 2011-2012. 
  • Detection and fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment. Funded by: Heraklitus II (Operational Programme "Education & Lifelong Learning"); Budget: € 45000; Duration: 2010-2013.

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2013: “Top-10 most cited articles 2010-2011 Award”, Talanta
  • 2012: Vice-Chair for the 2012 evaluation of FP7 People Individual Marie Curie Actions (Chemistry Panel).
  • 2010: Award “Top-50 most cited articles 2005-2009 Award”, Analytica Chimica Acta.
  • 2007: Fulbright Research Award 2007-2008, Research residence in the laboratories of Prof. M.R. Hoffmann in California Institute of Technology (CALTECH, USA) from September to November in 2007
  • 2006: Award “Top cited article 2001-2006 Award”, Journal of Chromatography A.

Representative Publications

  • R. Zouboulaki, E. Psillakis*, “Fast determination of aqueous fullerene C60 aggregates by vortex-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry” Analytical Methods, 2016 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6ay00885b).
  • E. Yiantzi, N. Kalogerakis, E. Psillakis*, “Design and testing of a new sampler for simplified vacuum-assisted headspace solid-phase microextraction” Analytica Chimica Acta, 2016, 927, 46-54 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2016.05.001)
  • C.-E. Nika, E. Yiantzi, Ε. Psillakis* “Plastic pellets sorptive extraction: Low-cost, rapid and efficient extraction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from environmental waters” Analytica Chimica Acta, 2016, 922, 30-36 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2016.03.037)
  • E. Yiantzi, N. Kalogerakis, E. Psillakis*, “Vacuum-Assisted Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Solid Samples” Analytica Chimica Acta, 2015, 890, 108-116
  • I. Roman, A. Mastromihali, K. Tyrovola, A. Canals, E. Psillakis*, “Rapid Determination of Octanol-Water Partition Coefficient using Vortex-Assisted Liquid-Liquid Microextraction” Journal of Chromatography A, 2014, 1330, 1-5.
  • E. Psillakis*, E. Yiantzi, N. Kalogerakis, “Downsizing Vacuum-Assisted Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction”. Journal of Chromatography A, 2013, 1300, 119-126.
  • L. Sanchez-Prado, K. Kalafata, S. Risticevic, J. Pawliszyn, M. Lores, M. Llompart, N. Kalogerakis, E. Psillakis*, “Ice photolysis of 2,2´,4,4´,6-pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-100): Laboratory investigations using solid phase microextraction” Analytica Chimica Acta (2012), In press.
  • E. Psillakis*, A. Mousouraki, E. Yiantzi, N. Kalogerakis, “Effect of Henry’s Law Constant and Operating Parameters on Vacuum-Assisted Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction”. Journal of Chromatography A (2012), 1244, 55– 60.
  • E. Psillakis*, E. Yiantzi, L. Sanchez-Prado, N. Kalogerakis, “Vacuum-Assisted Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction: Improved Extraction of Semivolatiles by Non-Equilibrium Headspace Sampling under Reduced Pressure Conditions” Analytica Chimica Acta (2012), doi:10.1016/j.aca.2012.01.019
  • A. Papadopoulou, I.P Román, A. Canals, K. Tyrovola, E. Psillakis*, "Fast screening of perfluorooctane sulfonate in water using vortex-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction coupled to liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry", Analytica Chimica Acta, 2011, 691(1-2), 56-61.

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Kostoula Tsourounaki