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Ioannis Kourakis


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Welcome to my personal scientific website.
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A long trajectory ...

I received my BSc degree in Physics from University of Crete (Heraklion) and subsequent postgraduate degrees at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France (DEA/MSc in Materials Science) and Free University of Brussels, Belgium (ULB; MSci and PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics).
Following a long pre- and post-PhD training period and a rich working experience (alongside a stimulating multilingual and multicultural life experience) accumulated in France (Dijon), Belgium (Brussels, Gent) and Germany (Bochum), I landed in Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK) in 2007.

In a nutshell:

My research focuses on nonlinear phycics and applied mathematics, with emphasis on Plasma Science, materials science and nonlinear optics, among other fields. I'm currently interested in laser-plasma interactions, in relativistic plasma dynamics, in dense (quantum) plasmas and in non-thermal (non-Maxwellian) plasmas in Space and in the laboratory.

Substantial time is devoted to supervision tasks (I am supervising three PhD students at the moment, co-supervising another two, and hosting a long-term research visitor) and to collaborating with research partners in Europe and overseas.

Apart from research, my time is shared between teaching and academic administration.
I shouldn't overlook curriculum development: I have happily participated in building up a web-based master's with colleagues from Queen's MSc in Plasma Physics, and an intra-EU Plasma Physics and Applications jointly with colleagues from abroad;
I also coordinate locally our participation in an EU Erasmus IP programme (series of Summer Schools).

I am currently acting as Exams Liaison Officer in our School, in charge of undergraduate assessment (exams) procedures.

Last but not least, I have recently had the honor to join Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing) as Editorial Board Member (EBM) for Beams and Plasmas. I am also member of the Physics Evaluation Group for the Discovery Grants Program of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since 2014, and EBM for Open Journal of Plasma Physics, since 2009.

The (limited...) time left is spent among travelling, motorcycle riding, photography and literature.

Professional Affiliation & Address for Correspondence

Queen's University Belfast (QUB)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP)
Office G047
BT7 1NN Belfast
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

Contact Information

Office Fax: +44 28 90 97 31 10 ; Personal e-Fax (confidential): +1 206 3376911 ;

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Previous affiliation (visiting status):

Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB), Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie, Theoretische Physik IV (TP4), Gebäeude NB7, D-44801 Bochum, Germany.