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prof. dr. G. (George) Palasantzas

Full Professor in Physics (Surface interactions and Nanostructures)


Research Topics: Nanoscale surface roughness, Casimir forces, Nano/microelectromechanical systems, Nanoparticles, Kinetic roughening, Scanning probe microscopy, Adhesion, Friction / FULL-LIST OF PUBLICATIONS 

Education Courses: Mathematical Physics (Physics, 1st year), Electronics (Biomedical Engineering, 3rd year)

Member Royal Institute of Engineers (

AIPScilight: Unanswered questions about the application of Casimir forces

Recent  publications:
*Casimir Force Contrast Between Amorphous and Crystalline Phases of AIST, Adv. Funct. Mat.
*Tuning structural motifs and alloying of bulk immiscible Mo–Cu bimetallic nanoparticles, Nanoscale 
*Significance of the Casimir force and surface roughness for actuation dynamics of MEMS, Phys. Rev. B  
*Sensitivity of micromechanical actuation on amorphous to crystalline phase transformations under the influence of Casimir forces, Phys. Rev. B    
*Graphene-on-Silicon Near-Field Thermophotovoltaic Cell, Phys. Rev. Applied  
*Casimir forces from conductive silicon carbide surfaces, Phys. Rev. B  
*Synthesis and exceptional thermal stability of Mg-based bimetallic nanoparticles during hydrogenation, Nanoscale  
*Surface engineering of the quality factor of metal coated microcantilevers, J. Appl. Phys   
*Influence of surface roughness on dispersion forces ( Review Article), Advances in Colloid and Interface Science.   
*Roughness controlled superhydrophobicity onsingle nanometer length scale with metal nanoparticles , Royal Society Chemistry Advances 
*Nonlinear actuation dynamics of driven Casimir oscillators with rough surfaces,  Phys. Rev. Applied 
*Synthesis and morphology of iron–iron oxide core–shell nanoparticles produced by high pressure gas condensation, Nanotechnology
*Casimir force measurements from silicon carbide surfaces , Phys. Rev. B
*Capillary-force measurement on SiC surfaces, Phys. Rev. E
Control surface wettability with nanoparticles from phase-change materials, Appl. Phys. Lett.

*Strategies to initiate and control the nucleation behavior of bimetallic nanoparticles, Nanoscale
*Global consequences of a local Casimir force: Adhered cantilever, Appl.Phys.Lett
*Rough Electrode Creates Excess Capacitance in Thin-Film Capacitors, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces
*Chaotic behavior in Casimir oscillators: A case study for phase-change materials, Phys. Rev. E
*Shape and structural motifs control of MgTi bimetallic nanoparticles using hydrogen and methane as trace impurities, Nanoscale
*Dependence of chaotic actuation dynamics of Casimir oscillators on optical properties and electrostatic effects, EPJB
*Dependence of chaotic behavior on optical properties and electrostatic effects in double-beam torsional Casimir actuation, Phys. Rev. E
*Measurement of the Casimir force in a gas and in a liquid, Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Com.)
*Roughness dependent wettability of sputtered copper thin films: The effect of the local surface slope, J. Appl. Phys.
*Sensitivity of chaotic behavior to low optical frequencies of a double-beam torsional actuator, Phys. Rev. E
*Roughness-dependent wetting behavior of vapor-deposited metallic thin films, Phys.Rev.E
*Dependence of non-equilibrium Casimir forces on material optical properties toward chaotic motion during device actuation (Featured article), Chaos
*Effect of Airborne Hydrocarbons on the Wettability of Phase Change Nanoparticle Decorated Surfaces, ACS Nano
*Comparison of Casimir forces and electrostatics from conductive SiC-Si/C and Ru surfaces, Phys. Rev. B
*Gas-Phase Synthesis of Tunable-Size Germanium Nanocrystals by Inert Gas Condensation, Chemistry of Materials
*Sensitivity of non-equilibrium Casimir forces on low frequency optical properties towards chaotic motion of microsystems: Drude vs. Plasma model (Featured article), Chaos
*Measuring the Dispersion Forces Near the van der Waals–Casimir Transition, Phys. Rev. Applied
*Chaotic motion due to lateral Casimir forces during nonlinear actuation dynamics, Chaos
*Applications of Casimir forces: Nanoscale actuation and adhesion, Featured Article, Appl. Phys. Lett.
*Tunable wettability of polymer films by partial engulfment of nanoparticles, Phys. Rev. Materials
*Casimir and electrostatic forces from Bi2Se3 thin films of varying thickness, Phys. Rev. B Letters
Research/Outreach-related  activities:
*AIPScilight: Unanswered questions about the application of Casimir forces 

*Casimir effect put to work as a nano-switch / New Scientist 
*Licht uit leegte (Volkskrant)
*Specia Issue: CASIMIR PHYSICS  
*ESF RNP CASIMIR  & Final evaluation RNP CASIMIR     
*National Science Agenda: Casimir Natuurkunde voor innovatie: waarom is dit nuttig?
*Casimir Physics workshop 2016: Casimir and van der Waals Physics: Progress and Prospects (2016) 
*Casimir physics in the Zernike Institute news
*Biggest unanswered questions in Physics  | we are not done yet....!
* World Technology Evaluation
*Is Quantum Reality Analog after All?
*Rough Line Edge Estimation from SEM Images

Other positions

Member Faculty Council FSE (Sept. 2019-Jun.2021)
Member Programme Committee Physics & Applied Physics
Member Exam Committee Top masters Nanoscience (Zernike)/Chairman
Member Committee Research and Education (Faculty Council FSE)
Member Committee Personnel & Organization (Faculty Council FSE)
Member Library Committee FSE
Last modified:08 April 2021 2.27 p.m.