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Dr Orestis L Katsamenis PhD, MSc, BSc, Materials Scientist

Research Fellow

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Dr Orestis L Katsamenis is Research Fellow (Doctoral Prize Award) within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Current position

Orestis is a materials scientist specialised in bioengineering and since August 2013 he works as beam scientist at the μ-VIS X-ray Imaging Centre. His role in the centre is to provide complete support for 3D CT imaging liaising between the centre and the academic research community or industry in the fields of Engineering, Biomedical, Environmental and Archaeological Sciences. He takes a leading role in the centre's collaborations with biologists and bioengineers and oversees the centre's X-Ray imaging facilities at the Biomedical Imaging Unit (UHS/BIU).

In parallel, he is carrying his own research, which is mostly focused on soft- and hard tissue imaging, bone mechanics, biomaterials and pharmaceutical nanotechnology.

Honours and awards

2012   EPSRC Doctoral Prize award. The scheme aims to "increase the impact of the PhD in terms of publications, Knowledge Transfer (KT) and outreach, and to help and encourage the very best students to move into research careers"
2011    Best Poster Presentation Award, 17th Postgraduate Conference of University of Southampton; School of Engineering Sciences in Engineering Materials, Bio-Engineering and Tribology, October 01, 2010
2011     Best Poster Presentation Award, Asylum Research UK Forum and User Meeting, June 21, 2011
2010   Best Oral Presentation Award, 16th Postgraduate Conference of University of Southampton; School of Engineering Sciences in Engineering Materials, Bio-Engineering and Tribology, October 01, 2010

Career history

Orestis obtained his BSc degree in Materials Science from the University of Patras, (Materials Science Department, University of Patras, Hellas) in 2007 focusing on the preparation and characterisation of calcium phosphate bone cements. Following this, he was awarded the University of Patras’ “Karatheodori Basic Research Program” scholarship to conduct his MSc, which was conducted in the same department. His research project focused on the mechanical and physicochemical characterization of degenerated human menisci.

In October 2009 he moved to the UK and joined the Bioengineering Sciences research group at the University of Southampton where he complete his PhD. He obtained his PhD degree in 2012, studying the nano- and micro-mechanical behaviour, the structure and the composition of cortical bone tissue.

In 2012 he was awarded the EPSRC’s Doctoral Prize Award for a research project entitled "Osteopontin Adhesion Properties on Biomedical Relevant Surfaces - Towards Biomimetic Glues with Molecular Self-Healing Properties for Application in the Life Sciences" in which he worked in close collaboration with Prof. Philipp J. Thurner (University of Southampton, UK) and Prof. Jeremy Kilburn (Queen Mary University London, UK).

Since August 2013 he works as beam scientist at the µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre where he takes a leading role in the centre's collaborations with biologists and bioengineers.


Research interests

  • Computed Tomography of biological and biogenic materials
  • Bone ultra- and nanostructure / Noncollagenous bone matrix protein
  • Synthesis and characterization of bone substitutes composed of calcium phosphate salts
  • Bioengineering / Tissue engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology


  • Institute for Life Sciences | School of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK. Dr. Peter Lackie
  • Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics | TU Wien, Austria. Prof. Philipp J. Thurner
  • Centre for Biological Sciences | University of Southampton, UK. Dr Thomas H G Ezard
  • National Oceanography Centre, UK. Dr Claudio Lo Iacono
  • School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Hellas. Asst Prof. Dimitrios G. Fatouros
  • Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Patras – Hellas (Greece). Asst. Prof. Nikos Bouropoulos
  • Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre (Vertebrate Palaeontology), Southampton, UK. Dr Gareth Dyke
  • Foundation for Research & Technology (FORTH) – Institute of Chemical Engineering & High Temperature Chemical Processes (ICE-HT), Patras – Hellas (Greece). Asst. Prof. N. Bouropoulos & Dr Spyros N. Yiannopoulos

Journal refereeing

  • Annals of Biomedical Engineering (Springer)
  • Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A (Wiley)
  • Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • Crystal Research and Technology (Wiley)
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research (BioMed Central)

Journal editorial board member

  • Advanced Chemistry Letters



High resolution X-Ray CT imagining of a "Culicoides sonorensis" (a.k.a. biting midge)

Synchrotron Radiation µ-CT imaging of of the planktonic foraminifera Orbulina universa

CaP, bone cement (top) and CaP bone ceramic (bottom)
SEM images of a CaP, bone cement (top) and bone ceramic (bottom)
In osteonal bone lamella
AFM image of microcracks formed in osteonal bone lamella
crack propagation through the lamellar interfaces, i.e. the interlamellar areas, in a cortical bone sample
crack propagation through the lamellar interfaces of cortical bone

Research group

Bioengineering Science

Affiliate research group

Engineering Materials

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Dr Orestis L Katsamenis
µ-VIS X-ray Imaging Centre
Building 5 / Room 1015 – Mailpoint M7
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK

Tel: ++ 44 (0)2380 593468

Room Number NNN: 5/1015/M7

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