Prof. Maria Kanakidou
iCACGP Commission Honorary Member
University of Crete,
Department of Chemistry
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Maria Kanakidou is Professor (Computations of Environmental Chemistry) at the Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory (ECPL, Division of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry of the Department of Chemistry (, University of Crete.She has background in Chemistry graduated from the Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece (1984). She has Master in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Chemistry of Pollution (1985), PhD in Chemistry ([Sources of Nonmethane Hydrocarbons in the Atmosphere] - experimental studies - 1988) and Habilitation in Chemistry (Study of the impact of volatile organic compounds on tropospheric chemistry: global modeling studies - 1993) all three at the University of Paris 7 in France.  She has performed both experimental - field - and chemistry/transport modeling studies of Tropospheric Chemistry and O3 budget with focus on the impact of volatile organic compounds on oxidant levels and has valuable expertise on modeling field campaigns.

Main topic of interest:   

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics with focus on atmospheric chemistry and climate changes due to human activities and on gas/particle interactions. Study of the human-driven changes in the oxidizing power of the atmosphere and their interactions with climate. Her scientific expertise is in atmospheric chemistry, the impact of volatile organic compounds on HOx, O3 and aerosols and modeling of atmospheric chemistry. Her particular interests are on gas/particle interactions, human-driven changes of the troposphere and interactions with climate.

Grants /Awards:   

She has been on grant by the Greek State Scholarship's Foundation, the European Union and the Max Planck Society. Before joining the University of Crete, she worked as research scientist in the modeling group of Prof. P. Crutzen at the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany (1989-1991) and as senior research scientist at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (global tropospheric modeling, 1991-1997). She has received the H. Julian Allen Award in 1998 (NASA).

Research responsibilities:   

She is Principal Investigator in several scientific projects supported by National and European Union funding, mainly related to chemistry and chemistry- climate interactions, origin and formation of secondary organic aerosol, and impact of oxygenated species on tropospheric chemistry. She co-ordinated the EU financed research project PHOENICS (Particles of Human Origin Extinguish Natural solar Irradiance in the Climate System, She has served as co-convenor of the global integration modeling (GIM) activity under IGBP/IGAC, as member of the task force of IGBP/GAIM and in the European Commission Science Panel on Atmospheric Composition Change.

Services to the scientific community:   

Maria Kanakidou served as President of the Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP, 2006-2010). She is member of the Steering Committee of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) and member of several advisory committees of European research projects. She is member of the Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) WG 38 on 'The Atmospheric Input of Chemicals to the Ocean' since 2008. She is serving as reviewer for several peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Nature and Science, and of national and international scientific research proposals in Europe and the US. She is member of the Scientific Steering Committees of the remote sensing (AT2) and transport and transformation (T&TP) activities of the ACCENT European Network of Excellence on Atmospheric Composition Change ( She served as convener of the Global Integration Modelling activity of IGAC and as member of the task force of GAIM (international scientific action on Global Analysis, Integration and Modelling). She has received the H. Julian Allen Award 1998. She has been the coordinator of the EU financed project PHOENICS (Particles of Human Origin Extinguish Natural solar Irradiance in the Climate System, Jan 2002 - March 2005). She is serving as reviewer of scientific papers in several scientific journals and of research proposal and several EU countries and US.


She has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (2 in Nature), more than 50 in peer-reviewed books and conference proceeding and about 140 presentations at international conferences

Selected recent publications in peer reviewed journals   

Vrekoussis, M., N. Mihalopoulos, E. Gerasopoulos, M. Kanakidou, P. J. Crutzen and J. Lelieveld, Two-years of NO3 radical observations in the boundary layer over the Eastern Mediterranean, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 6, 9517�9544, 2006, and Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 315�327, 2007,

Liakakou E., M. Vrekoussis, B. Bonsang, Ch. Donousis, M. Kanakidou and N. Mihalopoulos, Isoprene above the Eastern Mediterranean: Seasonal variation and contribution to the oxidation capacity of the atmosphere, Atmos. Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2006.09.034, 2007.

Tsigaridis K., and M., Kanakidou, Secondary organic aerosol importance in the future atmosphere, Atmos. Environ, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.03.045, 2007.

Arsene, C., A. Bougiatioti, M. Kanakidou, B. Bonsang, and N. Mihalopoulos, Tropospheric OH and Cl levels deduced from non-methane hydrocarbon measurements in a marine site, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 7, 6329�6356, 2007.

Mihalopoulos N., V.M. Kerminen, M. Kanakidou, H. Berresheim and J. Sciare, Formation of particulate sulfur species (sulfate and methanesulfonate) during summer over the Eastern Mediterranean: A modelling approach, Atmospheric Environment doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv. 2007.04.039, 2007.

Ladst√ƒtter-Wei√ƒnmayer A., M. Kanakidou, J. Meyer-Arnek, E. V. Dermitzaki, A. Richter, M. Vrekoussis, F. Wittrock, and J. P. Burrows, Pollution events over the East Mediterranean: Synergistic use of GOME, ground based and sonde observations and models, Atmos. Environ., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.05.031, 2007.

Wittrock, F., Richter, A., Oetjen, H., Burrows, J.P., Kanakidou, M., Myriokefalitakis, S., Volkamer, R., Beirle, S., Platt, U., and Wagner, Th., Simultaneous Global Observations of Glyoxal and Formaldehyde from Space, Geophys. Res. Letters, 33, L16804, doi:10.1029/2006GL026310, 2006.

Vrekoussis M., Liakakou, N. Mihalopoulos, M. Kanakidou, P.J. Crutzen, J. Lelieveld, Formation of HNO3 and NO3- in the anthropogenically-influenced eastern Mediterranean marine boundary layer, Geophys. Res. Letter, 33, L05811, doi:10.1029/ 2005GL025069, 2006.

Gerasopoulos E., G. Kouvarakis, M. Vrekoussis, Ch. Donoussis, N. Mihalopoulos, M. Kanakidou, Photochemical ozone production in the Eastern Mediterranean, Atmos. Environ., 40,3057-3069, 2006.

Balis D., V. Amiridis, S. Kazadzis, A.  Papayannis, G. Tsaknakis, S. Tzortzakis , N. Kalivitis, M. Vrekoussis, M. Kanakidou, N. Mihalopoulos, G. Chourdakis, S. Nickovic, C. P√©rez, J. Baldasano, M. Drakakis, Optical Characteristics of Desert Dust over the East Mediterranean during Summer, Annales Geophysicae, 24, 807-821, 2006.

Tsigaridis K., M. Krol, F. J. Dentener, Y. Balkanski, J. Lathière, S. Metzger, D. A. Hauglustaine and M. Kanakidou, Change in global aerosol composition since preindustrial times, 6, 5585-5628, 2006.

Kanakidou, M., J. H. Seinfeld, S. N. Pandis, I. Barnes, F. J. Dentener, M. C. Facchini, R. van Dingenen, B. Ervens, A. Nenes, C. J. Nielsen, E. Swietlicki, J.P. Putaud, Y. Balkanski, S. Fuzzi, J. Horth, G. K. Moortgat, R. Winterhalter, C. E. L. Myhre, K. Tsigaridis, E. Vignati, E. G. Stephanou, J. Wilson. Organic aerosol and global climate modelling: A review, Atmos. Chem. Phys. , 5, 1053-1123 , 2005.  SRef-ID: 1680-7324/acp/2005-5-1053.

Tsigaridis K., J. Lathiere, M. Kanakidou, D. Hauglustaine, Naturally driven variability in the global secondary organic aerosol over a decade, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1891-1904, 2005,  SRef-ID: 1680-7324/acp/

Gerasopoulos E., G. Kouvarakis, M. Vrekoussis, M. Kanakidou and N. Mihalopoulos, Ozone variability in the marine boundary layer of the Eastern Mediterranean based on 7-year observations, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D15309, doi:10.1029/2005JD005991, 2005.

S. Fuzzi, M. O. Andreae, B. J. Huebert, M. Kulmala, T. C. Bond, M. Boy, S. J. Doherty, A. Guenther, M. Kanakidou, K. Kawamura, V.-M.Kerminen, U. Lohmann, L. M. Russell, U. Pöschl, Critical assessment of the current state of scientific knowledge, terminology, and research needs concerning the role of organic aerosols in the atmosphere, climate, and global change, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 6, 2017-2038, 2006,

Detailed CV