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Gibson Group: Panagiotis Georgiou


Panagiotis is currently a third-year PhD student within the group. He was born in Limassol, Cyprus where he also grew up. He studied Chemistry (with specialisation in Biological Chemistry) at the University of Cyprus. During his final year, he undertook a research project in the area of colloids, focusing on the development of protein-based nanoparticles as drug delivery systems. Following his graduation in 2017, he moved to the UK to pursue an M.Sc. (by Research) course in Chemistry at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Prof. Rachel O'Reilly. His thesis involved the design and preparation of novel nanomaterials by RAFT-mediated polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) for bio-related applications. In December 2018, Panagiotis started his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Gibson, as part of the European project NanoCarb. His PhD is focused on the development of glyco-nanoparticle libraries based on gold/polymer hybrids.

Research Interests

Polymer Chemistry, Living/controlled Polymerizations, RAFT Polymerization, Nanomaterials, Nanoparticle Characterization.


  1. Alexander N. Baker, Asier R. Muguruza, Sarah-Jane Richards, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Stephen Goetz, Marc Walker, Simone Dedola, Robert A. Field and Matthew I. Gibson, Lateral Flow Glyco-Assays for the Rapid and Low-Cost Detection of Lectins - Polymeric Linkers and Particle Engineering are Essential for Selectivity and Performance, Advanced Healthcare Materials 2021 (link)
  2. Alexander N. Baker, Thomas R. Congdon, Sarah-Jane Richards, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Marc Walker, Simone Dedola, Robert A. Field and Matthew I. Gibson, End-Functionalized Poly(Vinyl Pyrrolidone) for Ligand Display in Lateral Flow Device Test Lines, PolymersAu 2021 (link)
  3. Milica Velimirovic, Alessia Pancaro, Robert Mildner, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Kristof Tirez, Inge Nelissen, Christoph Johann, Matthew I. Gibson, Frank Vanhaecke, Characterization of Gold Nanorods Conjugated with Synthetic Glycopolymers Using an Analytical Approach Based on spICP-SFMS and EAF4-MALS, Nanomaterials 2021, 11, 10, 2720. (link)
  4. Alexander N. Baker, Sarah-Jane Richards, Sarojini Pandey, Collette S. Guy, Ashfaq Ahmad, Muhammad Hasan, Caroline I. Biggs, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Alexander J. Zwetsloot, Anne Straube, Simone Dedola, Robert A. Field, Neil R. Anderson, Marc Walker, Dimitris Grammatopoulos, and Matthew I. Gibson, ACS Sens. 2021, 6, 10, 3696–3705. (link)
  5. Alessia Pancaro, Michal Szymonik, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Alexander N. Baker, Marc Walker, Peter Adriaensens, Jelle Hendrix, Matthew I. Gibson and Inge Nelissen, The Polymeric Glyco-Linker Controls the Signal Outputs for Plasmonic Gold Nanorods Biosensors due to Biocorona Formation, Nanoscale 2021,13, 10837-10848. (link)
  6. Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Huba L. Marton, Alexander N. Baker, Thomas R. Congdon, Thomas F. Whale and Matthew I. Gibson, Polymer Self-Assembly Induced Enhancement of Ice Recrystallization Inhibition, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 19, 7449–7461. (link)
  7. Antonio Laezza, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Sarah-Jane Richards, Alexander N. Baker, Marc Walker and Matthew I. Gibson, Protecting group free synthesis of glyconanoparticles using amino-oxy terminated polymer ligands, Bioconjugate Chem. 2020, 31, 10, 2392-2403. (link)
  8. Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Ioanna Kontopoulou, Thomas R. Congdon and Matthew I. Gibson, Ice recrystallisation inhibiting polymer nano-objects via saline-tolerant polymerisation-induced self-assembly, Mater. Horiz. 2020, 7, 1883-1887. (link)
  9. Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Alexander N. Baker, Sarah-Jane Richards, Antonio Laezza, Marc Walker and Matthew I. Gibson, Tuning aggregative versus non-aggregative lectin binding with glycosylated nanoparticles by the nature of the polymer ligand, J. Mat. Chem. B 2020, 8, 136-145. (link)
  10. Spyridon Varlas, Jeffrey C. Foster, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Robert Keogh, Jonathan T. Husband, David S. Williams and Rachel K. O’Reilly, Tuning the membrane permeability of polymersome nanoreactors developed by aqueous emulsion polymerization-induced self-assembly, Nanoscale 2019, 11, 12643-12654. (link)
  11. Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Benoit Couturaud, Spyridon Varlas, Joseph R. Jones, Maria C. Arno, Jeffrey C. Foster and Rachel K. O’Reilly, Poly(Pentafluorophenyl methacrylate)-based Nano-Objects Developed by Photo-PISA as Scaffolds for Post-Polymerization Functionalization, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2019, 40, 1800460. (link)
  12. Spyridon Varlas, Panagiotis G. Georgiou, Panayiotis Bilalis, Nikos Hadjichristidis, and Rachel K. O’Reilly, Poly(Sarcosine)-based Nano-Objects with Multi-Protease Resistance by Aqueous Photoinitiated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (Photo-PISA), Biomacromolecules 2018, 19, 4453-4462. (link)


  • RSC Chemical Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Group - Committee member (PhD representative)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry – Associate Member (AMRSC)
  • Macro Group UK (RSC) – Member
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) – Member
  • Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering & Polymer Chemistry Divisions (ACS) – Member
  • Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) – Member
  • Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) and European Microscopy Society (EMS) – Member

Awards and Prizes

  • Poster Presentation Prize: MacroYRM (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Macro Group UK - 2021 Ottewill International Travel Scholarship (£1000)


The University of Warwick
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Advisor: Prof. Matthew I. Gibson

M.Sc. (by Research) in Chemistry
Advisor: Prof. Rachel K. O'Reilly

University of Cyprus
B.Sc. in Chemistry


p dot georgiou at warwick dot ac dot uk