Laboratory of Crystallography and Coordination Chemistry

National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Institute of Materials Science

Athens, Greece



Dr. Catherine P. Raptopoulou

  Phone: +30 210 6503365    
  Fax:     +30 210 6519430  
  e-mail: craptop@  
  Address: Institute of Materials Science, NCSR "Demokritos", 15310 Aghia Paraskevi Attikis, Greece  



Senior Researcher

IMS of the NCSR “Demokritos” (2005 to present)


Postdoctoral Fellow

IMS of the NCSR “Demokritos” (1992 - 2004)


PhD student in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki (1988 - 1992)

Supervisor: Prof. Dimitris P. Kessissoglou


BSc Student in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki (1983 - 1987)


Research Interests


Her research interests and expertise include the synthesis, X-ray crystal structure determination and spectroscopic characterization of  polynuclear (clusters) and polymeric (1D, 2D, and 3D) complexes of 3d metal ions and/or lanthanide ions. The synthetic procedure covers both classical solution chemistry and solvothermal techniques under extreme conditions.


Recent Selected Publications




“Weak ferromagnetism in 1D coordination polymers: Syntheses, crystal structures, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of [Cu(L)(phen)]n (Memal2- = the dianion of methylmalonic acid, L = 1,10-phenanthroline, 2,2’-bipyridine)” C.Gkioni, A.K.Boudalis, Y.Sanakis, C.P.Raptopoulou

Polyhedron, 2007, in press.


“First use of the maleamate(-1) ligand in coordination chemistry: Dinuclear copper(II) complexes with N-donors and their interesting ‘organic’ chemistry” K.N.Lazarou, I.Chadjistamatis, V.PSycharis, S.P.Perlepes, C.P.Raptopoulou

Inorg.Chem.Commun., 2007, 10, 318-323.


“Reactivity and Structural and Physical Studies of Tetranuclear Iron(III) Clusters Containing the [Fe4(μ3-O)2]8+ “Butterfly” Core: an FeIII4 Cluster with an S = 1 Ground State”  Th.C.Stamatatos, A.K.Boudalis, Y.Sanakis, C.P.Raptopoulou

Inorg.Chem., 2006, 45, 7372-7381.


“4-(Hydroxymethyl)pyridine and pyrimidine in manganese benzoate chemisty: Preparation and characterization of hexanuclear clusers featuring the {MnII4MnIII4(μ4-O)2}10+ core” Th.C.Stamatatos, D.Foguet-Albiol, S.P.Perlepes, C.P.Raptopoulou, A.Terzis, C.S.Patrikios, G.Christou, A.J.Tasiopoulos,

Polyhedron, 2006, 25, 1737-1746.


“Hexanuclear Iron(III) Salicylaldoximato Complexes Presenting the [Fe6(μ3-O)2(μ2-OR)2]12+ Core: Syntheses, Crystal Structures, and Spectroscopic and Magnetic Characterization” C.P.Raptopoulou, A.K.Boudalis, Y.Sanakis, V.Psycharis, J.M.Clemente-Juan, M.Fardis, G.Diamantopoulos, G.Papavassiliou

Inorg.Chem., 2006, 45, 2317-2326.


“Di-2-pyridyl ketone in lanthanide(III) chemistry: Mononuclear and dinuclear erbium(III) complexes” K.A.Thiakou, V.Nastopoulos, A.Terzis, C.P.Raptopoulou, S.P.Perlepes

Polyhedron, 2006, 25, 539-549 (Special Issue in honour of Malcolm H. Chisholm).


“CoII Chemistry of 2,6-Bis(2-pyridylcarbonyl)-pyridine: An Icosanuclear Co Cluster Exhibiting Superparamagnetic Relaxation” A.K.Boudalis, C.P.Raptopoulou, B.Abarca, R.Ballesteros, M.Chadlaoui, J.-P.Tuchaques, A.Terzis

Angew.Chem.Int.Ed., 2006, 45, 432-435.


“Initial Example of a Trinuclear Single-Moleule Magnet for Ligand-Induced Structural Distortion of a [MnIII3O]7+ Complex” Th.C.Stamatatos, D.Foguet-Albiol, C.C.Stoumpos, C.P.Raptopoulou, A.Terzis, W.Wernsdorfer, S.P.Perlepes, G.Chistou

J.Am.Chem.Soc., 2005, 127, 15380-15381.


“Salicylaldoxime (H2salox) in iron(III) carboxylate chemistry: Synthesis, X-ray crystal structure, spectroscopic characterization and magnetic behavior of trinuclear oxo-centered complexes” C.P.Raptopoulou, Y.Sanakis, A.K.Boudalis, V.Psycharis

Polyhedron, 2005, 24, 711-721.


“Magnetic critical behavior in the [Cu(1-hydroxybenzotriazolate)2(MeOH)]n molecule-based random-field magnet” M.Fardis, C.Christides, G.Diamantopoulos, V.Psycharis, C.Raptopoulou, V.Tangoulis, G.Papavassiliou

Phys.Rev.B, 2003, 68, 184415.


“Hexanuxlear Manganese(III) Single-Molecule Magnets” C.J.Milios, C.P.Raptopoulou, A.Terzis, F.Lloret, R.Vecente, S.P.Perlepes, A.Escuer

Angew.Chem.Int.Ed., 2004, 43, 210-212.


“Octanuclearity and tetradecanuclearity in manganese chemistry: an octanuclear manganese(II)/(III) complex featuring the novel [Mn8(μ4-O)2(μ3-OH)2]14+ core and [Mn10IIMn4III(O2CMe)20{(2-py)2C(OH)C}4] (2-py = 2-pyridyl)” C.J.Milios, E.Kefalloniti, C.P.Raptopoulou, A.Terzis, R.Vicente, N.Lalioti, A.Escuer, S.P.Perlepes

Chem.Commun., 2003, 819-821.


“[{Fe(OMe)2(O2CC(OH)Ph2)}12]: Synthesis and Characterization of a New Member in the Family of Molecular Ferric Wheels with the Carboxylatobis(alkoxo) Bridging Unit” C.P.Raptopoulou, V.Tangoulis, E.Devlin

Angew.Chem.Int.Ed., 2002, 41, 2386-2389.


“The [Cu2(O2CMe)4(btd)2] complex as a bridging unit: preparation, characterization, X-ray structure and magnetism of the 2D coordination polymer {[Cu6(O2CMe)8(OMe)4(btd)2]}n (btd = 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)” K.Skorda, G.S.Papaefstathiou, A.Vafiadis, A.Lithoxoidou, C.P.Raptopoulou, A.Terzis, V.Psycharis, E.Bakalbassis, V.Tangoulis, S.P.Perlepes

Inorg.Chim. Acta, 2001, 326, 53-64 (Special Issue: To the Memory of Prof. Olivier Kahn).

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