Prof. Maria Kanakidou

+30 2810 545033
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  • Diploma of Chemistry (1984), Department of Chemistry University of Athens, Greece.
  • ΜSc on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Chemistry of Pollution (1985), University of Paris 7, France.
  • PhD Thesis on Chemistry (1988), University of Paris 7, France.
  • Habilitation on Chemistry (1993), University of Paris 7, France.


Research experience:

  • 1998-2002: Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece.
  • 1991-1997: Research scientist at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (3-D global and 0-D modeling studies).
  • 1989-1991: Research fellow (post doctorate) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Mainz, Germany (2- and 3-dimensional global modeling studies).
  • 1984-1988: PhD student - research fellow at the CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (experimental studies).
  • Co-convenor of the Global Integration Modeling (GIM) activity of IGAC of the IGBP (summer 1996-2001). Member of the Steering Committee of Commission of Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP) of IAMAS since summer 1998. Member of the task force of Global Analysis, Integration and Modelling (GAIM) since 2001.


Research interests

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics with focus on atmospheric chemistry and climate changes due to human activities and on gas/particle interactions: Modeling of homogeneous and heterogeneous tropospheric chemistry and aerosol formation. Study of the changes in the oxidizing power of the atmosphere and the aerosol composition due to human activities and their interactions with climate.


Recent publications

  • M. Kanakidou has more than 60 publications in journals and books and 50 presentations to international conferences (detailed CV). Peer reviewed publication since 1995:
  • Kanakidou M., F.J. Dentener, P.J. Crutzen, 1995. A Global three-dimensional study of the fate of HCFCs and HFC-134a in the troposphere, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 18781-1880.
  • Singh H.B., M. Kanakidou, P.J. Crutzen and D. Jacob, 1995. High concentrations and photochemical fate of carbonyls and alcohols in the global troposphere, Nature, 378, 50-54.
  • Kanakidou M., 1996. Tropospheric Chemistry Models, in ERCA book Volume 2, C. F. Bourton (eds.), Les editions de physique, Les Ulis, France, 245-264.
  • Gros V. Poisson N., Martin D., Kanakidou M., B. Bonsang, 1998. Observation and modelling of the seasonal variation of surface ozone at Amsterdam island: 1994-1996. The role of continentalsources of O3 precursors, J.Geophys.Res., 103, 28103-28109.
  • Kanakidou Μ., et al., 3-D global simulations of tropospheric CO distributions - results of the GIM/IGAC intercomparison 1997 exercise, Chemosphere: Global Change Science, 1, 263-282, 1999.
  • Kanakidou Μ and P.J. Crutzen. The photochemical source of carbon monoxide: Importance, Uncertainties and feedbacks, Chemosphere, Global Change Science, 1, 91-109, 1999.
  • G. Kouvarakis, K. Tsigaridis, M. Kanakidou, and N. Mihalopoulos, Temporal variations of surface background ozone over Crete Island in the South-East Mediterranean, J Geophys. Res., 105, 4399-4410, 2000.
  • Baboukas E. D., Kanakidou M., and Mihalopoulos N., Carboxylic acids in gas and particulate phase above the Atlantic Ocean , J. Geophys. Res., 105, 14459-14472, 2000.
  • Sciare J., Baboukas E.D., Kanakidou M., Kriscke U., Belviso S., Bardouki H., Mihalopoulos N., Spatial and temporal variability of atmospheric sulfur containing gases and particles during the Albatross campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 14433- 14448, 2000.
  • Law K.S., Planttevin, P.H., Thouret, V., Marenco, A., Asman W.A.H., Lawrence, M., Crutzen, P.J., Muller, J.F., Hauglustaine, D., Kanakidou M., Comparison between global chemistry transport model results and measurement of Ozone and water vapour by Airbus In-Service Aircraft (MOZAIC), Data, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 1503-1525, 2000.
  • Sciare J., Kanakidou M., N. Mihalopoulos, Diurnal and seasonal variation of atmospheric dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) at Amsterdam island in the southern indian ocean, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 17257-17265, 2000.
  • Poisson N., Kanakidou M.* and P. J. Crutzen, Impact of Non Methane Hydrocarbons on tropospheric chemistry and particular the oxidizing power of the global troposphere: 3-Dimensional Modelling results, J. Atmos. Chem., 36, 157-230, 2000.
  • Kanakidou M.*, K. Tsigaridis, F. J. Dentener and P.J. Crutzen, Human activity enhances the formation of organic aerosols by biogenic hydrocarbon oxidation, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 9243-9254, 2000.
  • Poisson N., Kanakidou M.*, Bonsang B., T. Behmann, J. Burrows, C. Gölz, H. Harder , A. Lewis, G. K. Moortgat, T. Nunes, C. Pio, U. Platt, F. Sauer, G. Schuster, P. Seakins, J. Senzig, R. Seuwen, D. Trapp, A. Voltz-Thomas, T. Zenker, R. Zitzelberger, The Impact of Natural NonMethane Hydrocarbon Oxidation on the Free Radical and Ozone budgets above a Eucalyptus forest, Chemosphere., Global Change Science, 3, 353-366, 2001.
  • Bonsang B., and M. Kanakidou, Nonmethane hydrocarbon measurements during the FIELDVOC 1994 experiment, Chemosphere, Global Change Science, 3, 259-273, 2001.
  • Moortgat G.K., Bonsang B., Kanakidou M., Field studies on the atmospheric chemistry of volatile organic compounds emitted in a eucalyptus forest (FIELDVOC'94), Chemosphere, Global Change Science, 3, 209-210, 2001.
  • Harrison D., Hunter M.C., Lewis A.C., Seakins P.W., Bonsang B., Gros V., Kanakidou M., Touaty M., Kavouras I., Mihalopoulos N., et al.. Ambient isoprene and monoterpene concentrations in a Greek fir (Abies Borisii-regis) forest. Reconciliation with emissions measurements and effects on measured OH concentrations, Atmos. Environ., 35 (27), 4699-4711, 2001.
  • Tsigaridis K. and Kanakidou M., Importance of Volatile Organic Compounds Photochemistry Over a Forested Area in Central Greece, Atmos.Environ., 36, 19, 3137-3146, 2002.
  • Gros V., Tsigaridis K., Bonsang B., Kanakidou M. and Pio C., Factors Controlling the Diurnal Variation of CO Above a Forested Area in South East Europe, Atmos. Environ, 36, 19, 3127-3135, 2002.
  • Tsigaridis K., Kanakidou M., Global modelling of secondary organic aerosol in the troposphere: A sensitivity analysis, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 3, 2879-2929, 2003.
  • M. Vrekoussis, Kanakidou M., Mihalopoulos N., Crutzen P. J., Lelieveld J., Perner D., Berresheim H., Baboukas E., Role of NO3 radicals in oxidation processes in the eastern Mediterranean troposphere during the MINOS campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., June, 2003.