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Institut de minéralogie, de physique des matériaux et de cosmochimie

Electra Kotopoulou


  • Biogeochemistry
  • Geobiology
  • Self-organization in geological systems
  • Nanomineralogy







Function and attachment

Marie-Sklowdoska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Université Paris-Saclay (ESE, DEEM team)

Secondment at IMPMC, Sorbonne Université (Biomin group)



Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship

2021-2023     Marie-Sklowdoska Curie IF-2020 ‘NanoBioS: Nanoscale mineral-microbial interactions, associations, and biosignatures in gypsum stromatolites’ Supervised by López-García P., UPSaclay, and co-supervised by Benzerara, K., Sorbonne Université, France.


Predoctoral researcher, funding of PhD studies

2015-2020    European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant, PROMETHEUS, ‘Geochemical self-organized pathways to mineral-organic chemical coupling and the origin of life’, PI Prof. Garcia Ruiz, J.M., CSIC-UGR, Spain.


Predoctoral researcher

2016-2019    Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation of Spain (MINECO) ‘The role of mineral self-organized structures in prebiotic chemistry and life detection at extreme pH settings’ PI: J.M. García-Ruiz y F. Otálora, CSIC-UGR, Spain.


Predoctoral researcher, funding of MSc studies

2014-2015   Greek State Scholarships Foundation- Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst IKY-DAAD, ‘Biogenic sulfur minerals in the shallow-sea hydrothermal vents off Milos Island, Greece’, PIs: Prof. A. Godelitsas, UoA, Greece and Dr. J. Göttlicher, KIT, Germany.



ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5789-846X



Selected publications

Kotopoulou, E., Godelitsas, A., Göttlicher, J., Steininger, R., Price, R., Fike, D.A, Amend, J.P., et al. Metastable iron (mono)sulfides from the shallow-sea hydrothermal sediments of Milos, Greece, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2022, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00305


Kotopoulou, E., Lopez-Haro, M., Calvino, J.J., Garcia-Ruiz., J.M. Nanoscale anatomy of Fe-silica self-organized membranes: implications for prebiotic chemistry, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, 6, 1396-1402. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202012059


Kotopoulou, E., Delgado-Huertas, A., Garcia-Ruiz, J.M., Dominguez-Vera, J.M., Garcia-Lopez, J.M., Guerra-Tschuscke, I., Rull, F. A poly-extreme hydrothermal system under the control of iron: The case of Dallol at the Afar Triangle. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2019, 3, 1, 90-99. DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.8b00141


Otálora, F., Mazurier, A., García-Ruiz, JM., Van Kranendonk, M.J., Kotopoulou, E., El Albani, A., Garrido, C.J. A crystallographic study of crystalline casts and pseudomorphs from the 3.5 Ga Dresser Formation, Pilbara Craton (Australia), Journal of Applied Crystallography, 2018, 51, 1050-1058. DOI: 10.1107/S1600576718007343


Garcia-Ruiz, J.M., Nakouzi, E., Kotopoulou, E., Tamborrino, L. and Steinbock, O. Biomimetic mineral self-organization from silica-rich spring waters. Science Advances, 2017, 3, e1602285. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.16022817



2020 - PhD in Mineralogy. Thesis title “Mineral self-organization in extreme geochemical environments: implications for prebiotic chemistry and Life detection” at CSIC-UGR, Spain supervised by Garcia-Ruiz, J.M.

2015 – BSc & MSc in Applied Environmental Geology. Thesis title “Sulfur mineralogy and speciation in the shallow-sea hydrothermal sediments off Milos Island (Greece)”, at UoA, Greece, supervised by Godelitsas, A.


French and foreign diplomas



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