We actuate with light & magnets, we fold & unfold DNA, we cell-free express proteins, we play with drops, marbles & interfaces, we organize particles, we harness coffee rings.

Manos Anyfantakis, Post-Doc

Emmanouil, aka Manos, is expert in optics, fluidics and polymer sciences.

Manos Anyfantakis, Post-Doc

Personal Information

Name: Emmanouil (Manos) Anyfantakis

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Nationality: Greek
Place of birth: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Date of birth: 6th February 1984
Languages: Greek, English, German (basic level)
Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, football, travelling, reading, cinema
Education and research experience
10.2001-11.2005 B. Sc. degree in Materials Science and Technology
11.2005-11.2007 M. Sc. degree in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy
Thesis: Study of the thermodynamics and phase behavior of suspensions of lamellar organosilica nanoparticles
11.2007-01.2010 Ph. D. degree in Chemistry
(02.2009-01.2010 Visiting Scientist at the Group of Physics at Interfaces, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany)
Thesis: Writing mesoscopic structures in polymer solutions using laser beams: conditions and mechanism of the phenomenon
Supervisors: Dr. B. Loppinet, Prof. G. Fytas, Prof. H.-J. Butt

01.2010-04.2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Research, Mainz, Germany
Supervisors: Dr. B. Loppinet, Prof. G. Fytas, Prof. H.-J. Butt

*05.2010-02.2011 Military service in the Greek Army
03.2011-02.2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Research, Mainz, Germany
03.2013-03.2014 present Postdoctoral Research Associate
Advisor: Prof. D. Baigl
03.2014-present Marie Curie Fellow (Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (IEF), project: 'DIOPTRA')
Research interests
▪Structure, dynamics and phase behaviour of soft matter (in particular colloidal suspensions, surfactant and polymer solutions and their mixtures)
▪Interactions of complex fluids with external fields, soft matter nonlinear optics
▪Microfluidics, Optofluidics, light-hydrodynamics couplings
▪Tailored self-assembly of soft materials at fluid/solid and fluid/fluid interfaces
▪Coffee-Ring Effect, evaporative particle patterning
▪Task-oriented surface patterning/functionalization
▪Wetting phenomena of complex fluids
in refereed journals (*: corresponding author(s), +: equal contribution)

1. Light-Driven Transport of a Liquid Marble with and against Surface Flows
N. Kavokine, M. Anyfantakis, M. Morel, S. Rudiuk, T. Bickel, and D. Baigl*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  2016, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201603639

2. Light-Directed particle patterning by evaporative optical Marangoni assembly
S. N. Varanakkottu+, M. Anyfantakis+, M. Morel, S. Rudiuk and D. Baigl*
Nano Lett2016, 16, 644

3. Manipulating the Coffee-Ring Effect: Interactions at Work (invited Concept paper)
M. Anyfantakis* and D. Baigl*
ChemPhysChem 2015, 16, 2726

4. Modulation of the coffee-ring effect in particle/surfactant mixtures: the importance of particle-interface interactions
M. Anyfantakis*+, Z. Geng+, M. Morel, S. Rudiuk and D. Baigl*
Langmuir 2015, 31, 4113

5. Dynamic Photocontrol of the Coffee-Ring Effect with Optically Tunable Particle Stickines s
M. Anyfantakis and D. Baigl*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 14077
Journal Inside Cover
Highlighted in Nature: Nature 2014, 515, 166
Chem. Lett. 2012, 41, 1232
7. Self-induced transparency in diblock copolymer dispersions
M. Anyfantakis*, B. Loppinet, G. Fytas, C. Mantzaridis, S. Pispas, and H.-J. Butt
Opt. Lett. 2012, 37, 2487
8. Versatile light actuated matter manipulation in transparent non-dilute polymer solutions
M. Anyfantakis*, A. Königer, S. Pispas, W. Köhler, H.-J. Butt, B. Loppinet* and G. Fytas
Soft Matter 2012, 8, 2382
9. Experimental investigation of long time irradiation in polydiene solutions: reversibility and instabilities
M. Anyfantakis*, B. Loppinet*, G. Fytas, C Mantzaridis, S Pispas and H.-J. Butt
J. Opt. 2010, 12, 124013
10. Solvent-mediated pathways to gelation and phase separation in suspensions of grafted nanoparticles
M. Anyfantakis, A. Bourlinos, D. Vlassopoulos*, G. Fytas, E. Giannelis and S. K. Kumar
Soft Matter 2009, 5, 4256
Opt. Lett. 2008, 33, 2839
conference proceedings:
12. Polydiene Solutions: A Surprising Versatile Non Linear Optics Material
M. Anyfantakis, B. Loppinet, G. Fytas, C. Mantzaridis, S. Pispas, and H.-J. Butt
AIP Conf. Proc. 2010, 1288, 123

02.2006 - 02.2009 Program for the Reinforcement of the Research Staff (ΠΕΝΕΔ) 2003,
Scholarship from the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of Greece
02.2009 - 05.2010 International Max Planck Research School for Polymer Materials
03.2011 - 02.2013 Max Planck Institute Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research

04.2014 - 04.2016 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF)-European Commission [FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF / Project 624806 ''DIOPTRA'' (DIgital OPTofluidics for Remote Actuation of liquids)]
10.2011 Poster Prize, Polymers for Advanced Technologies Conference 2011, Lodz, Poland