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Chronakis Nikos

Department of Chemistry
Cyprus University of Technology


  • B.Sc. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, Greece, 1994. • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Crete, Greece, (Supervisor: Prof. M. Orfanopoulos), 2000. • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Federal Technical University (ETH) of Zurich, Switzerland, (Advisor: Prof. F. Diederich), 2002-2003. • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, (Advisor: Prof. A. Hirsch), 2003-2005. • Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, 2005-2009. • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, 2009-2015. • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cyprus, 2015-present.

Research Interest

Synthesis of enantiomerically pure macrocyclic oligo-malonates. Synthesis of C3-symmetric tripodal molecules. One-pot thermally chemocontrolled double Diels-Alder reactions. Regioselective synthesis of multi-adducts of [60]fullerene via the tether-directed remote functionalization method. Synthesis and characterization of enantiomerically pure bis- and trisadducts of C60 with inherently chiral addition patterns. Synthesis of chiral hexakis adducts of C60 and dumbbell shaped bis(fullerene) amphiphiles. Study of enantiomerically pure trisadducts of C60 with an inherently chiral addition pattern in chiral photosensitization. Helically chiral fullerene coordination polymers. Construction of C60-containing molecular capsules consisted of calixarenes. Synthesis of carbonaceous materials with well-defined 3D-structures consisted of fullerene building units (Platonic solids, COFs). Study of amphiphilic fullerene derivatives in the formation of vesicles.


  • N. Chronakis and M. Orfanopoulos*, "Concerted Diels-Alder reaction between anthracene and C60", Tetrahedron Lett., 2001, 42, 1201-1204.

  • N. Chronakis and M. Orfanopoulos*, "[4+2] Cycloadditions of Rigid s-cis Dienes to C60. A Synchronous Diels-Alder Reaction", Org. Lett., 2001, 3, 545-548.

  • N. Chronakis and M. Orfanopoulos*, "Ene Reaction of Arylallyl Alkenes with C60. A Mechanistic Approach", Org. Lett., 1999, 1, 1909-1912.

  • G. Vassilikogiannakis, N. Chronakis, and M. Orfanopoulos*, "A New [2+2] Functionalization of C60 with Alkyl-Substituted 1,3-Butadienes: A Mechanistic Approach. Stereochemistry and Isotope Effects", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1998, 120, 9911-9920.

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