Delegation of the Municipality of Neapoli-Sykies to incorporate OET’s technologies

by Dirk Buchhauser

The delegation of the municipality of Neapoli-Sykies, Mayor Simos Daniilidis and his associates, had the opportunity to receive a detailed briefing from OET representatives, among others, and expressed his vivid interest in utilizing OET’s cutting-edge technologies and innovative applications-products.

Representatives of the Municipality of Neapoli-Sykies visit the inner sanctums of the Laboratory of Nanotechnology of AUTh.

  • Detailed information from the scientific research team of Professor St. Logothetidis and vivid interest on the municipality’s administration part for the utilization of cutting-edge technologies and innovative applications-products
  • Simos Daniilidis: Impressive steps of progress on research from our city’s university…

The acquisition of special nanotechnology masks to support the work of hospitals and enhance the employee’s safety equipment of the municipality’s special categories (“Help at Home”, Public Hygiene, Municipal Clinics, etc.), the support of the program “Help at Home” with Biosensors for heart disease, as well as the use of third-generation photovoltaics, are now the new goals of the administration of the municipality of Neapoli-Sykies, within the context of quality upgrading of citizen services and enrichment of its energy status.

These objectives were the subject of a visit made by a delegation from the Municipality of Neapoli-Sykies, led by Mayor Simos Daniilidis, into the heart of an innovative and high-tech future, such as the AUTh Nanotechnology Laboratory. The delegation consisted of the Deputy Mayor for Administration and Education, Michalis Voulgaridis, the Deputy Mayor for Social Policy, Paris Genitsari, the President of the School Committee for Primary Education, Alexandra Terzidou, and the Head of the Planning Office, Giannis Polychnis.

The role of tour guide into the sanctuaries of cutting-edge technology, who enjoys worldwide recognition for his pioneering applications in, was taken over by the laboratory’s director, Professor Stergios Logothetidis, accompanied by expert research associates-researchers and partner companie’s representatives. It should be noted that these masks are immediately usable, as they are special nanomasks that provide high protection from the coronavirus COVID-19, and with which the AUTh Laboratory strengthened the work of “AHEPA” Hospital of Thessaloniki, in the battle of medical staff against the pandemic.

“These are impressive steps forward in scientific research, and we are very happy and proud that they are being marked by our own Laboratory and our own university. The Nanotechnology Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Stergios Logothetidis with his worthy researchers and collaborators show the way in which we must move forward, utilizing the results of research and cutting-edge technology products for the benefit of society”, was his first comment. Mayor Simos Daniilidis, who did not hide his admiration for all the innovations he was shown inside the Laboratory.

As he pointed out, the municipality’s interest is focused on exploring the cooperation possibilities of Neapoli-Sykies with the research body in the field of energy by utilizing third generation photovoltaics, thus strengthening existing electric cars and utilizing applications from the Social Service, the network of Municipal Clinics and the program “Help at Home”. Particular interest was expressed in the direct supply of nanotechnology masks of various types in order to provide a large number to hospitals in our city, as well as to strengthen the safety equipment of employees of special services of the municipality.

“We have always argued that universities and their research centers should be linked to society and its expression bodies, such as municipalities. And we as a municipality remain firmly oriented in this direction, looking for and utilizing every possibility that aims at the improvement of daily life of our fellow human beings. So, I believe that a form of cooperation with the Laboratory of Nanotechnology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki can open new avenues and be for the benefit of all “, underlines Simos Daniilidis.


“The municipality of Neapolis-Sykies is a very good example of the use of new technologies and programs, and I believe that it could be a very good example of using a number of these applications. The mayor and his associates understand the value and contribution of these technologies that come to serve society and could easily be a pilot example for a number of such innovative projects that will be pioneering not only for our region and Greece, but pioneering all over the world “, said the director of the Laboratory, Prof. Stergios Logothetidis, who made a very detailed presentation of the ongoing research, while detailed presentations were made by his collaborators, including cardiologist-researcher Barbara Karagiozaki and OET company’s representative Nikolaos Karageorgos.

As Mr. Logothetidis stated, “here we produce applications that in the coming years will be of use in our daily lives, as well as technologies related to the coronavirus, with the nanofilters or the nanomasks, but always in collaboration with companies because these products have to be marketed. We are therefore cooperating for such applications that are directly or indirectly produced and used by humans or will be used in the coming years”.

“We had the honor and pleasure for the mayor of Neapoli-Sykies to visit us together with his associates, for all of us to see up close all these technologies, as well as to discuss the possibilities of cooperation and use of these innovative products which can be applied to a “smart city” in applications such as bus stops, energy production, lighting and information, energy production in buildings, but also many other applications for the “green city”, the city that in the coming years will use all these possibilities in telemedicine, virus protection, energy upgrading, lighting, etc. These issues have been discussed and we hope that in the near future, protocols of cooperation will be signed for more specific applications when they will appear and will be for the benefit of the region and the people. Such cooperation will be an example of utilizing and expanding the university’s collaborations with Local Government and high-tech companies so that such collaborations and the use of new innovative technologies can be expanded “, added Mr. Logothetidis.

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