Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, 2017-10-19

National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Greece (NCSRD)


The NCSRD group is based on the collaboration between the INN and INRASTES Institutes of NCSR “Demokritos” (http://www.demokritos.gr), the largest multidisciplinary research facility in Greece.

The group has broad expertise in H2 solid storage technologies. Emphasis is placed on the development of novel nanostructured carbon materials as well as carbon/hydride composites which have shown potential as H2 stores. The group also works on the thorough investigation of H2 storage mechanisms, the design/testing of H2 storage tanks, and the safety analysis related to chemical hazards/risks from H2 use. This diverse expertise has led to broad networking activities. The group among others: coordinated the FP6 IP NESSHY, STREP HYCONES, SSA HYSIC; participates in the FCH-JU project BOR4STORE and the MP1103 COST Action “Nanostructured materials for solid-state H2 storage”; participated in the FP7 CP NANOHY,  the FP6 NoE HYSAFE, IP STORHY and  HYPER, HYAPPROVAL STREPs; represents Greece in IEA-HIA Tasks 19, 22 and 32; cooperated with NREL-USA.


Key personnel

Dr. Theodore Steriotis (Research Director–Chemist)

His research interests include porous materials, membranes and nanocomposites for diverse applications, gas separations and storage (specific interest in H2 and CO2), neutron scattering, adsorption, diffusion, molecular modeling. He has authored/co-authored 8 book chapters, over 100 publications in journals, and over 100 contributions to national/international conferences. Dr. Th. Steriotis was the coordinator of the FP6 STREP HYCONES and has been/is project leader in IEA-HIA Tasks 22 and 32.

Dr. Georgia Charalambopoulou (Senior Researcher–Chemical Engineer)

Her research interests include the development and characterization of porous and composite nanostructures for energy, environment and health applications. She has authored/co-authored 4 book chapters, over 35 publications in journals, and over 70 contributions to national/international conferences. Dr. G. Charalambopoulou is presently leading the NCSRD activities in the FCH-JU project BOR4STORE.

Dr. Athanassios Stubos (Research Director–Chemical Engineer)

His research interests include environmental fluid mechanics, gas sorption and storage processes, hydrogen technologies. Dr. A. Stubos was coordinating the FP6 IP NESSHY; currently he is co-ordinating 2 ongoing FP7 European projects related to H2 storage in solids. He has authored / co-authored 20 book chapters, over 135 publications in journals, and over 180 contributions to national/international conferences.

Experimental and/or theoretical techniques

Selected publications or patents

  •  D. Giasafaki, G. Charalambopoulou, C. Tampaxis, A. Stubos, Th. Steriotis, “Pd-doped molecular sieves for hydrogen storage”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, accepted (2014)
  • I. Krkljus, Th. Steriotis, G. Charalambopoulou, A. Gotzias, M. Hirscher, H2/D2 adsorption and desorption studies on carbon molecular sieves with different pore structures, Carbon, 57 (2013) 239-247
  • A. Ampoumogli, Th. Steriotis, P. Trikalitis E. Gil Bardaji, M. Fichtner, A. Stubos, G. Charalambopoulou, Synthesis and characterisation of a mesoporous carbon/calcium borohydride nanocomposite for hydrogen storage, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37 (2012) 16631-16635
  • D. Giasafaki, A. Bourlinos, G. Charalambopoulou, A. Stubos, Th. Steriotis, “Synthesis and characterisation of nanoporous carbon - metal composites for hydrogen storage”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials,  154 (2012) 74-81.
  • Ampoumogli, Th. Steriotis, P. Trikalitis, D. Giasafaki, E. Gil Bardaji, M. Fichtner and G. Charalambopoulou, “Nanostructured composites of mesoporous carbons and boranates as hydrogen storage materials”, J. Alloys & Compounds, 509 (2011) S705-S708
  • US Patent Application 2010/0125,038: Carbon material for Hydrogen Storage