Dr Basilios Tsikouras


Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science



- Born March 8, 1965 in Athens, Greece.
- Deputy Dean (Academic), Faculty of Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
- Over 100 publications in peer-reviewed and other referred journals, Proceedings of International Conferences and Books.
- Principal Investigator of 15 Projects sponsored by International funds and private sector.
- Joint research collaborations with scientists from Canada, Italy, USA, Austria and Greece.
- Reviewer for: Lithos, Canadian Mineralogist, Gondwana Research, Engineering Geology, Geoscience Frontiers, Chemie der Erde/Geochemistry, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Journal of African Earth Sciences, Ofioliti, Geosciences, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Ore Deposits, Construction and Building Materials, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geologica Acta, Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, CIM Magazine, Minerals, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Periodico di Mineralogia, Scientia Bruneiana, AshEse Journal of Physical Science, Mineral Wealth, Bulletin of the Geological Society of Greece, and numerous International and National Conferences.
- Member of the Editorial Board of:
• Disaster Advances
• Scientia Bruneiana
• International Jourmal of Mineralogy (2014-2015)
• Dataset Papers in Geosciences (2013-2017)
- Guest Editor of:
• Special Issue: Petrogenesis of Ophiolites, 2017, Geosciences
• Special Issue: Selected Papers from the 1st International Congress on Earth Sciences, in SE Asia, 2018, Geosciences
- Chairperson of the Alumni Society of the Department of Geology, University of Patras.
- Member of the Geological Society of Greece.
- Member of the Committee of Economic Geology – Mineralogy & Geochemistry of the Geological Society of Greece
- Member of the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece.
- Member of the “Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones used In Antiquity”.
- Member of the “Atlantic Geoscience Society”


BSc in Geology - University of Patras, Greece, 1986
PhD in Geology - University of Patras Greece, 1992


• Geochemical Distribution and Behaviour of Elements in Soils
• Petrogenetic Processes in Ophiolites
• Synthesis of Abiotic Methane in Serpentinites
• Quality Assesment of Aggregates and Industrial Minerals
• Genesis of Chromitites and Associated Platinum Group Minerals
• Studies on Asbestos Minerals and Fibers
• Archaeometric Studies with Emphasis on Evaluation and Provenance of Stone Implements and Building Stones


Petrogenesis of Ophiolite Suites in Borneo Island and Comparisons with the Zambales (Philippines) and Othrys (Greece) Ophiolites: Possible implications on the Genesis of Abiotic Methane

Ophiolites represent remnants of the Earth's Upper Mantle and Oceanic Crust. Knowledge of their geotectonic evolution and petrogenesis are considered as fundamental keys to the reconstruction of the Earth's history and geotectonic evolution, as they comprise huge and important parts of the Earth's interior. Recently, it has been suggested that these rocks are responsible for the production and exhalation of methane of abiotic origin, which is a theme of growing interest. The present study deals with the detailed investigation of the Borneo ophiolite suite, aiming to unravel the complex geological history of Borneo Island with several implications on the geological development of Malaysia. Geological mapping in certain areas of interest in the Sabah region (Pulau Malawali, Kundasang, Ranau, Telupid, Beluran, please see map provided), collection and preparation of specimens, as well as their thorough microscopic investigation, employing polarising and Scanning Electron Microscope techniques, will be performed. Gas emissions from the ophiolite will be analysed, in order to test the hypothesis for the production of abiotic methane. The proposed research aims at: (i) unraveling the genesis and evolution of the Ancient Mantle and Oceanic Crust of the area of Borneo from the acquisition of data during a thorough petrological investigation, and (ii) investigating the role of these rocks in the formation of the unconventional production of abiotic methane.

Applications Invited
PhD; MSc

A Pilot Geochemical Atlas for Resource Exploration and Environmental Management in the Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam

Geochemical mapping of large regions is a challenge for applied geoscientists as it is a fundamental tool for the exploration of a plethora of Earth resources, as well as for environmental monitoring and land management. For this reason, regional-, national- and global-scale geochemical mapping projects have been carried out in various countries the last decades (e.g. Geochemical Map of Europe, USA, large regions of Africa, etc.).. The current project is proposed to cover the District of Brunei-Muara as a first effort to construct a similar Atlas in Brunei Darussalam. The area is dominated by sedimentary formations of Miocene to Quaternary age and characterised by various geological units, which have been accumulated from the discharge of ancient and modern rivers and their interaction with a marine environment. A large number of samples will be collected and analysed in order to highlight potential geochemical organic and inorganic anomalies. Subsequent interpretation of these anomalies will lead to implications regarding: (i) the potential existence of economic resources, (ii) environmental applications (e.g. biosorbents of pollutants, waste filters), iii) adverse environmental impacts (anthropogenic and natural) and the consequences to public health, and (iv) the provenance of the sediments and consequently the geological history of Brunei Darussalam.

Applications Invited
PhD; MSc

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PETROUNIAS, P., GIANNAKOPOULOU, P.P., ROGKALA, A., STAMATIS, P.M., TSIKOURAS, B., PAPOULIS, D., LAMPROPOULOU, P. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2018): The influence of alteration of aggregates on the quality of the concrete: A case study from serpentinites and andesites from central Macedonia (north Greece).-Geosciences, 8(4), 115.

SIDERIDIS, A., ZACCARINI, F., GRAMMATIKOPOULOS, T., TSITSANIS, P., TSIKOURAS, B., PUSHKAREV, E., GARUTI, G. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2018): First occurrences of Ni-phosphides in chromitites from the ophiolite complexes of Alapaevsk, Russia and Gerakini-Ormylia, Greece.-Ofioliti, 43, 75-84.

FITROS, M., TOMBROS, S.F., WILLIAMS-JONES, A.E., TSIKOURAS, B., KOUTSOPOULOU, E. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2017): Physicochemical controls on bismuth mineralization: An example from Moutoulas, Serifos Island, Cyclades, Greece.-American Mineralogist, 102, 1622-1631.

ROGKALA, A., PETROUNIAS, P., TSIKOURAS, B. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2017): New occurrence of pyroxenites in the Veria-Naousa ophiolite (north Greece): Implications on their origin 4 and petrogenetic evolution.-Geosciences, 7(4), 92.

TSIKOURAS, B., IFANDI, E., KARIPI, S., GRAMMATIKOPOULOS, T.A. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2016): Investigation of platinum-group minerals (PGM) from othrys chromitites (Greece) using superpanning concentrates.-Minerals, 6.


TSIKOURAS, B., PE-PIPER, G., PIPER, D.J.W., SCHAFFER, M. (2011): Varietal heavy mineral analysis of sediment provenance, Lower Cretaceous Scotian Basin, eastern Canada.-Sedimentary Geology, 237, 150-165.

PE-PIPER, G., TSIKOURAS, Β. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, Κ. (2004): Evolution of boninites and island-arc tholeiites in the Pindos ophiolite, Greece.-Geological Magazine, 141, 455-469.

RIGOPOULOS I., TSIKOURAS, B., POMONIS, P. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2010): The influence of alteration on the engineering properties of dolerites: the examples from the Pindos and Vourinos ophiolites (northern Greece).-International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 47, 69-80.

ETIOPE, G., TSIKOURAS, B., KORDELLA, S., IFANDI, E., CHRISTODOULOU, D. & PAPATHEODOROU, G. (2013): Methane flux and origin in the Othrys ophiolite hyperalkaline springs, Greece.-Chemical Geology, 347, 161-174.

TSIKOURAS, B., KARIPI, S., GRAMMATIKOPOULOS, T.A. & HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2006): Listwaenite evolution in the ophiolite mélange of Iti Mountain (continental Central Greece).-European Journal of Mineralogy, 18, 243-255.


• 01/04/2017-31/05/2019: “A Pilot Geochemical Atlas for Resource Exploration and Environmental Management in the Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam”, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Principal Investigator).
• 01/02/2015-31/01/2018: “Petrogenesis of Ophiolite Suites in Borneo Island and Comparisons with the Zambales (Philippines) and Othrys (Greece) Ophiolites: Possible Implications for the Genesis of Abiotic Methane”, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Principal Investigator).
• 01/09/2014-31/08/2016: “Hydrocarbons and CO2 Evolution in Mafic and Ultramafic Rocks”, Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.; Contract n. 0050.0089799.14.2) (Member of the Research Team).
• 01/09/2012-31/08/2014: “Low Temperature Methanation in Geologic Environments”, Petrobras (Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.; Contract n. 0050.0073814.12.2) (Member of the Research Team).
• 03/04/2011-03/04/2019: “Research of the Mineralogical, Petrographic and Geochemical Properties of Industrial Rocks in Greece, Pointing Towards the Development of their Applications and their Quality Improvement”, GEOTERRA S.A. (Principal Investigator).
• 01/09/2010-31/08/2013: “Mineralisation, Stable Isotopes and Study of the Quaternany Palaeoclimatic Evolution of Greece Through the Study of Greek Speleothems”, IRAKLEITOS II Project, European Social Fund and Greek Ministry of Education (Principal Investigator).
• 20/06/2011-20/06/2012: “Petrographic Characterisation of Stone Implements and Tools, from the Archaeological Excavation at Apesokari, Crete Island, Greece”, Aegeus-Society for Aegean Prehistory and Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP) (Principal Investigator).
• 25/08/2011-01/03/2012: “Investigation of the Mineralogical-Petrographic Properties of Rocks and their Evaluation for Use in Ornamental Applications”, P. POLITIS GP. (Principal Investigator).
• 24/10/2011-24/11/2011: “Investigation and Measurements for the Element Occurrence in the Area of Fire Range of Paleochori, Ilia Prefecture”, HELLENIC AIRFORCE (Principal Investigator).
• 2007-2010: “Geological and Mineral-Petrographic Study of Dioritic-Granodioritic Rocks from East Crete, Aiming to the Investigation of Provenance of Stone Implements and Tempers in Ceramics of Minoan Age from the area of Mirabello Bay”, “Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP)” (Principal Investigator).
• 2007-2010: “Correlation of Mineralogical-Petrographic and Physicomechanical Properties of Carbonate Rocks from the Aetoloakarnania Prefecture and their Evaluation for Industrial Uses”, University of Patras, Research Committee, “Caratheodore Programme” (Principal Investigator).
• 2008–2009: “Study of Asbestos Mineral Phases in Aggregates from Ophiolitic Rocks from Mikrokleisoura Area, Grevena Prefecture”, “LATOMEIA VOURKA S.A.” (Principal Investigator).
• 21/03/2008-20/11/2008: “Study of Asbestos Minerals in Aggregates from Ophiolitic Rocks and their Evaluation for their Use, from Polykastron Area, Kilkis Prefecture”, “LITHOS S.A. – TERNA S.A.” (Principal Investigator).
• 2006-2007: “Petrographic Characterization of Rocks Pointing to the Investigation of Provenance of Minoan Stone Implements Excavated from the area of Mirabello Bay (NE Crete)”, “Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP)” (Principal Investigator).
• 2003-2007: “Study of Utilization of Mafic and Ultramafic Ophiolitic Rocks for their Use as Marbles, Anti-skid Aggregates and Fire-resistant Materials”, “PYTHAGORAS”, European Social Fund, Operational Programme for Educational and Vocational Training 2 (Member of the Research Team).
• 2003-2006: “Investigation of PGE (Cu-Ni) and Mineral Processing in the Ophiolite Rocks of Greece, with Emphasis on Chromites”, University of Patras, Research Committee, “Caratheodore Programme” (Member of the Research Team).
• September 2004 – January 2005: “Geological, Mineralogical and Petrographic Study of Dolerites for their Use as Aggregates from Mikrokleisoura, Grevena Prefecture”, “LATOMEIA VOURKA S.A.” (Principal Investigator).
• 2004: “Study of Altered Rocks from Central Greece”, Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (I.G.M.E.) (Member of the Research Team).
• 2002-2005: “Plagiogranites: Comparative Study of Experimental and Natural Data from the Hellenic Region”, University of Patras, Research Committee, “Caratheodore Programme” (Principal Investigator).
• January 2002: “Mineralogic, Petrographic Recognition and Origin of Rocks from a Shipwreck Ballast from Zakynthos Island”, Ministry of Civilization (Member of the Research Team).
• 1998-2001: “Geologic-Petrologic-Geochemical-Isotopic Study of the Ophiolites from the Koziakas and Iti Ranges: Geotectonic Significance and Paleogeographic Incorporation in the Broad Alpine, SE Mediterranean Ophiolites”, University of Patras, Research Committee, “Caratheodore Programme” (Member of the Research Team).
• 1994-1996: “Extraction of Alumina (Αl2Ο3) from the Kaolinites of Milos Island”, Ministry of Research and Technology (Member of the Research Team).
• 1992-1994: “The Ophiolites of Samothraki and Lesvos: Geotectonic significance and potential metalliferous exploitation”, Ministry of Research and Technology (Member of the Research Team).


Determination of the genuineness and approximation of the value of mineral and fossil specimens from His Majesty's of Brunei Darussalam collection for the purposes of the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Islamic Exhibition Gallery

Hazard risk assessment of the asbestos fibers occurring in ultramafic rocks used as aggregates

Evaluation of quality of rocks for industrial applications

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

-Quality Assesment of Industrial MInerals and Rocks
- Investigation of Reactions in Ophiolite Rocks Capable to Produce Methane via Abiotic Synthesis
- Proposal of New Methods in the Investigation and Prediction of the In-service Engineering Performance of Rocks in Industrial and Environmental Applications
- Application of Mineralogical-Petrographic-Geochemical Methods for the investigation of Archaeometric Problems