S. Rapsomanikis, Professor


 (I) Contact

Democritus University of Thrace,
School of Engineering,
Department of Environmental Engineering
Vas. Sofias 12, GR 671 00,
Xanthi, Greece

(II) Education and Qualifications    


1998-date Professor, Chairman of the Department 2002-2004, Director, Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution and of Pollution Control Engineering of Atmospheric Pollutants, Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace.
1990 - 1997 Group Leader of the Research Group "Ocean Atmosphere Interactions", Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry Department, Mainz, GERMANY.
1988 - 1990 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki 54 006, GREECE.
1985 - 1987 Senior Research Officer, Department of Chemistry, Institute of Aerosol Science, University of Essex, Colchester, U.K.
1983 - 1985 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., U.S.A.
1983 Ph.D.
1980 - 1983  School of Chemistry, Leicester DeMontford University, LE1 9BH, U.K.
1980  B.Sc.(Honours).
1976-1980 Department of Chemistry, Sheffield Hallam University, U.K. 


(III) Instrumentation used by Prof. Rapsomanikis’s Researchers

Large scale facilities

      I.         The group has instrumented and operates the only Greek aircraft for airborne research, associated also with the European Fleet for Airborne Research, with the characteristics “AEROFOTO-DUTH” (www.eufar.org).

     II.          It operates the 125 m flux tower at the old Voice of America station (VOCALS), 40° 53' 22.47" N  24° 51' 00.43" E, determining fluxes of Greenhouse gases and Mercury.   http://www.europe-fluxdata.eu/home/sites-list

     III.         A regional facility for High Resolution magnetic sector GC-MS  with resolving power >60,000.

     IV.         A regional facility for high resolution ION CHROMATOGRAPHY-UHPLC-MS/MS.

      V.       A Regional facility for high energy, wavelength dispersive XRF (99 elements).  


The group is equipped with numerous state of the art instruments like:

  • a weather station with remote data transfer,
  • an optical particle size counter,
  • a carbon soot mass analyser,
  • a nephelometer,
  • a sun tracking photometer,
  • an atmospheric pressure ionisation mass spectrometer for direct analysis of the atmosphere,
  • a VG Trio GC-MS, one GC, both dedicated to gaseous sampling and analyses.
  • a DIONEX ion chromatograph,
  • 2 high volume impactors with PM10 heads,
  • 2 high volume dichotomous virtual impactors,
  • a beta attenuation PM10 mass concentration instrument also equipped with a reflectrometric carbon black sensor,
  • a 3-d directional sonic anemometer,
  • a microclimatic station,
  • a sound analysis spectrometer,
  • a permeation device gas diluter,
  • numerous low volume filter packs and denuders,
  • a high precision balance and a suit of laboratory hardware and glassware.
  • CRDS with 10Hz sampling rate for the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and H2O.
  • Gaseous Hg analyser with detection limit of 5ng/m-3
  • Particle size analyser for number concentrations for diameters from 4 nm-10,000 nm
  • High Resolution magnetic sector gc-ms.
  • High resolution ion chromatography-uhplc-ms/ms
  • High energy, wavelength dispersive XRF for 99 elements in liquid or solid form.
  • Instrumented 125 m flux tower  at  40° 53' 22.47" N by 24° 51' 00.43" E  to determine:
    1. Momentum, Sensible Heat, Latent Heat,CO2, CH4 and H2O  fluxes utilizing the eddy-covariance method and
    2.  Momentum, Sensible Heat, Latent Heat, Hg, CO2, and H2O fluxes utilizing the gradient method.



(IV) Examples of recent publications

   -'' Seasonal evapotranspiration, energy fluxes and turbulence variance characteristics of a Mediterranean coastal grassland'', Trepekli, A., Loupa, G.,   Rapsomanikis, S.Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vol. 226-227,  Pages 13-27, (2016).

-''Indoor/outdoor PM2.5 elemental composition and organic fraction medications, in a Greek hospital '', Loupa, G., Zarogianni, A-M., Karali, D., Kosmadakis, I.,  Rapsomanikis, S., Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 550,  Pages 727-735, (2016).


-''Energy flux parametrization as an opportunity to get Urban Heat Island insights: The case of Athens, Greece (Thermopolis 2009 Campaign)'', Loupa, G.,  Rapsomanikis, S., Trepekli, A., Kourtidis, K., Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 542, Pages 136-143, (2016)


-''A study of the impact of synoptic weather conditions and water vapor on aerosol-cloud relationships over major urban clusters of China'', Kourtidis, K., Stathopoulos, S., Georgoulias, A.K., Alexandri, G., Rapsomanikis, S., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics , Vol. 15, Issue 19, Pages 10955-10964,  (2015)


 -'' A study of the hourly variability of the urban heat island effect in the Greater Athens Area during summer'', Kourtidis, K., Georgoulias, A.K.,Rapsomanikis, Amiridis, V., Keramitsoglou, I., Hooyberghs, H, Maiheu, B., Melas, D., Science of the Total Environment,Vol 517, Pages 162-177, (2015).


-'' Common summertime total cloud cover and aerosol optical depth weekly variabilities over Europe: Sign of the aerosol indirect effects? '', Georgoulias, A.K., Kourtidis, K., Alexandri, G., Rapsomanikis, S., Sachez-Lorenzo, A., Atmospheric Research, Vol. 153, Pages 59-73, (2015).

-''Vertical Energy and Momentum Fluxes in the Centre of Athens, Greece During a Heatwave Period (Thermopolis 2009 Campaign)'' , Rapsomanikis, S.,Trepekli, A., Loupa, G., Polyzou, C. Boundary-Layer Meteorology,Vol. 154, Issue 3, Pages 497-512, (2014).
-''Severe particulate pollution from the deposition practices of the primary materials of a cement plant '', Kourtidis, K., Rapsomanikis, S., Zerefos, C., Georgoulias, A.K., Pavlidou, E., Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 21, Issue 16, Pages 9796-9808, (2014) 
-'' Optical properties of aerosol over a South European urban environment'', K.Kelektsoglou, S. Rapsomanikis, E.T.Karageorgos, I. Kosmadakis, Int. J. Rem. Sensing” Vol. 33, 1214–1233, (2012).
-“Multi-wavelength Raman lidar, sunphotometric and aircraft measurements in combination with inversion models for the estimation of the aerosol optical and physico-chemical properties over Athens, Greece” R. E. Mamouri, A. Papayannis, V. Amiridis , D. Mueller , P. Kokkalis , S. Rapsomanikis , E. T. Karageorgos , G. Tsaknakis , A. Nenes, S. Kazadzis , E. Remoundaki, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5,  1793–1808 (2012).


 -''Scalar transport from a planar source in a turbulent boundary layer”, G.A. Sideridis, E.G. Kastrinakis , S.G. Nychas , S. Rapsomanikis , International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 54, 5337–5347. (2011).
-'' A 1- year remote sensing study of radiative effects of aerosol and clouds over the NE Mediterranean'' K. Kelektsoglou, K. Kourtidis, D.S. Balis and S. Rapsomanikis, Int. J. Rem. Sensing, Vol. 32, 8747-8762, (2011) .

 -''AERONET observations of direct and indirect aerosol effects over a south European conurbation'', K.Kelektsoglou, S. Rapsomanikis, Int. J. Rem. Sensing. Volume 32, (10) pages 2779-2798. (2011).


-''Potential effects of particulate matter from combustion during services on human health and on works of  art in medieval churches in Cyprus'', G. Loupa, E. Karageorgos and S. Rapsomanikis Env. Pollut., 158, 2946-2953, (2010).


-“Results of the DUE Thermopolis campaign with regard to  the urban heat island (UHI) Effect in Athens”, I.A. Daglis, S. Rapsomanikis, K. Kourtidis, D. Melas,  A. Papayannis , I. Keramitsoglou, T. Giannaros ,V. Amiridis ,G. Petropoulos, A. Georgoulias , J- A. Sobrino, P. Manunta ,  J. Gröbner, M. Paganini, R. Bianchi. Proc. ‘ESA Living Planet Symposium’, Bergen, Norway  28 June – 2 July 2010 (ESA SP-686, Dec. 2010.


-Estimation of the microphysical aerosol properties over Thessaloniki, Greece, during the SCOUT-O3 campaign with the synergy of Raman lidar and sunphotometer dataD. Balis, E. Giannakaki, D. Mueller, V. Amiridis, K. Kelektsoglou, S. Rapsomanikis and A. Bais. J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 115, D08202, doi:10.1029/2009JD013088, (2010).


-Assesment of the sources of the inorganic fraction of aerosol in a conurbation”. E. T. Karageorgos and S. Rapsomanikis. Int. J. Env. Analyt. Chem. 90: 1, 64-83, (2009).


-“Origins of n-alkanes, carbonyl compounds and molecular biomarkers in atmospheric fine  and coarse particles of Athens, Greece” G. Andreou, S. Rapsomanikis,  Science of the Total Environment 407, 5750–5760, (2009).


- “Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their oxygenated derivatives in the urban atmosphere of Athens” G. Andreou,S. Rapsomanikis. Journal of Hazardous Materials 172, 363–373, (2009).


-Partial pressure and air–sea CO2 flux in the Aegean Sea during February 2006” E. Krasakopoulou, S. Rapsomanikis, A. Papadopoulos , E. Papathanassiou. Continental Shelf Research 29,1477–1488, (2009).