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Dr Basilios Tsikouras Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science

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Dr Basilios Tsikouras

Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science basilios.tsikouras@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

-Born March 8, 1965 in Athens, Greece.
-Programme Leader in Physical and Geological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
-Associate Professor, Department of Geology, University of Patras, Greece.
-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, Ofioliti, 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, 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 the Open Access Journal: Dataset Papers in Geosciences.
-Guest Editor for the Journal "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”

EDUCATION

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

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Petrogenesis of Ophiolites and Associated Chromites and PGM, Production of Abiotic Methane from Serpentinites, Industrial Minerals, Engineering Properties of Rocks, Asbestos Fibers

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Scopus Publications


FUTURE PROJECTS

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.

Application invited for: 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.

Application invited for: PhD; MSc


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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.

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., PASSA K-S., ILIOPOULOS, I., KATAGAS, C. (2016): Microstructural control on Perlite expansibility and geochemical balance with a novel application of Isocon analysis: An example from Milos Island Perlite (Greece).-Minerals, 6, 80.

IFANDI, E., TSIKOURAS, B., PAPOULIS, D., HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K., ANTONELOU, A. (2015): A new microenvironment for the formation of clay minerals: the example of authigenic halloysite-7Å and gibbsite in a stalactite from Agios Georgios Cave, Killkis, north Greece.-International Journal of Speleology, 44, 327-340.

RIGOPOULOS, I., TSIKOURAS, B., POMONIS, P., HATZIPANAGIOTOU, K. (2015): Assessment of the engineering behavior of ultramafic and mafic rocks using chemical indices.- Engineering Geology, 196, 222-237.


TOP PUBLICATIONS

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.


GRANT DETAILS

• Hydrocarbons and CO2 evolution in mafic and ultramafic rocks, PETROBRAS-CENPES Project (Member of the Research Team).
• 01/02/2015-31/01/2016: “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).
• 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).


CONSULTANCY

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


Scopus Publications

Total Publications: 53



1. New occurrence of pyroxenites in the veria-naousa ophiolite (North greece): Implications on their origin and petrogenetic evolution, Geosciences (Switzerland)

2. Physicochemical controls on bismuth mineralization: An example from Moutoulas, Serifos Island, Cyclades, Greece, American Mineralogist

3. Microstructural control on Perlite expansibility and geochemical balance with a novel application of Isocon analysis: An example from Milos Island Perlite (Greece), Minerals

4. Investigation of platinum-group minerals (PGM) from othrys chromitites (Greece) using superpanning concentrates, Minerals

5. Assessment of the engineering behavior of ultramafic and mafic rocks using chemical indices, Engineering Geology

6. A new microenvironment for the formation of clay minerals: The example of authigenic halloysite-7Å and gibbsite in a stalactite from agios georgios cave, kilkis, north Greece, International Journal of Speleology

7. Correlations between petrographic and geometrical properties of ophiolitic aggregates from Greece, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment

8. A method for the determination of the levels of asbestos fibres in ophiolitic rocks used in construction and industrial applications, IET Conference Publications

9. Erratum to: Correlations between petrographic and geometrical properties of ophiolitic aggregates from Greece [Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 73, (2014), 1-12, DOI:10.1007/s10064-013-0486-3], Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment

10. An example of performance prediction of carbonate rocks in road construction from correlation of their petrographic and physicomechanical properties (Aitoloakarnania Prefecture, western Greece), IET Conference Publications

11. Determination of the interrelations between the engineering parameters of construction aggregates from ophiolite complexes of Greece using factor analysis, Construction and Building Materials

12. Petrographic investigation of microcrack initiation in mafic ophiolitic rocks under uniaxial compression, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

13. Evolution of rodingites along stratigraphic depth in the Iti and Kallidromon ophiolites (Central Greece), Lithos

14. Uranium and other natural radionuclides in the sediments of a Mediterranean fjord-like embayment, Amvrakikos Gulf (Ionian Sea), Greece, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

15. Methane flux and origin in the Othrys ophiolite hyperalkaline springs, Greece, Chemical Geology

16. The impact of petrographic characteristics on the engineering properties of ultrabasic rocks from northern and central Greece, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

17. Geochemical and petrogenetic features of plagiogranite dykes in the Koziakas ophiolitic mélange (W. Thessaly, Greece), Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Abhandlungen

18. Spinel composition, PGE geochemistry and mineralogy of the chromitites from the vourinos ophiolite complex, northwestern Greece, Canadian Mineralogist

19. Varietal heavy mineral analysis of sediment provenance, Lower Cretaceous Scotian Basin, eastern Canada, Sedimentary Geology

20. Microcracks in ultrabasic rocks under uniaxial compressive stress, Engineering Geology

21. Mineralogy, composition and PGM of chromitites from Pefki, Pindos ophiolite complex (NW Greece): Evidence for progressively elevated fAs conditions in the upper mantle sequence, Mineralogy and Petrology

22. Crushed limestone as an aggregate in concrete production: The Cyprus case, Geological Society Special Publication

23. Platinum-group mineral characterization in concentrates from high-grade PGE Al-rich chromitites of korydallos area in the pindos ophiolite complex (NW Greece), Resource Geology

24. Comments on "Geochemistry, petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Samothraki mafic suite, NE Greece: Trace-element, isotopic and zircon age constraints" by Nikola Koglin, Dimitrios Kostopoulos and Thomas Reischmann, Tectonophysics 473 (2009), 53-68, Tectonophysics

25. The late neoproterozoic frog lake hornblende gabbro pluton, Avalon Terrane of Nova Scotia: Evidence for the origins of appinites, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences

26. 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

27. Geochemical processes and petrogenetic evolution of rodingite dykes in the ophiolite complex of Othrys (Central Greece), Lithos

28. Progressive formation of halloysite from the hydrothermal alteration of biotite and the formation mechanisms of anatase in altered volcanic rocks from limnos island, northeast aegean sea, greece, Clays and Clay Minerals

29. Chromian spinel composition and platinum-group element mineralogy of chromitites from the Milia area, Pindos ophiolite complex, Greece, Canadian Mineralogist

30. Application of the Sharp Front Model to capillary absorption in a vuggy limestone, Engineering Geology

31. Geological evolution of the iti and kallidromon mountains (Central Greece), focused on the ophiolitic outcrops, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Geowissenschaften

32. Triassic rift-related komatiite, picrite and basalt, Pelagonian continental margin, Greece, Lithos

33. Rodingite formation in ultramafic rocks from the Koziakas ophiolite, western Thessaly, Greece: Conditions of metasomatic alteration, geochemical exchanges and T-X(CO2) evolutionary path, Canadian Mineralogist

34. The Miocene igneous rocks in the Basal Unit of Lavrion (SE Attica, Greece): Petrology and geodynamic implications, Geological Magazine

35. Petrogenetic significance of spinel-group minerals from the ultramafic rocks of the Iti and Kallidromon ophiolites (Central Greece), Lithos

36. Investigation of platinum-group minerals (PGM) from Pindos chromitites (Greece) using hydroseparation concentrates, Minerals Engineering

37. Petrogenetic evolution of the Koziakas ophiolite complex (W. Thessaly, Greece), Mineralogy and Petrology

38. Platinum-group mineral characterisation in concentrates from low-grade PGE chromitites from the Vourinos ophiolite complex, northern Greece, Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section B: Applied Earth Science

39. Listwaenite evolution in the ophiolite mélange of Iti Mountain (continental Central Greece), European Journal of Mineralogy

40. The petrogenesis and tectonic setting of ultramafic rocks from Iti and Kallidromon Mountains, continental cental Greece: Vestiges of the Pindos Ocean, Canadian Mineralogist

41. Geological evolution of the Koziakas ophiolitic complex (Western Thessaly, Greece), Ofioliti

42. An FT-Raman, Raman and FTIR study of hydrothermally altered volcanic rocks from Kos Island (Southeastern Aegean, Greece), Developments in Volcanology

43. Evolution of boninites and island-arc tholeiites in the Pindos Ophiolite, Greece, Geological Magazine

44. Origin and evolution of sub-ophiolitic amphibolites from Angelona (SE Peloponneus, Greece), and their significance within the Pindos Ocean, Periodico di Mineralogia

45. Origin of rodingites in ultramafic rocks from Lesvos Island (NE Aegean, Greece), Ofioliti

46. Origin, evolution and radiometric dating of sub-ophiolitic metamorphic rocks from the Koziakas ophiolite (W. Thessaly, Greece), Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Abhandlungen

47. Rodingite formation from diorite in the Samothraki ophiolite, NE Aegean, Greece, Geological Journal

48. Petrogenetic evolution of ultramafic rocks from Lesvos Island (NE Aegean, Greece), Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry

49. Plagiogranites in the hellenic ophiolites, Ofioliti

50. Two alternative solutions for the development of a marginal basin in NE Greece, Ofioliti

51. Plagiogranite and leucogranite relationships in an ophiolite of the Tethys Ocean (Samothraki, N. Aegean, Greece), Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Monatshefte

52. Petrogenetic evolution of an ophiolite fragment in an ensialic marginal basin, northern Aegean (Samothraki Island, Greece), European Journal of Mineralogy

53. A window to the operation of microplate tectonics in the Tethys Ocean: The geochemistry of the Samothrace granite, Aegean Sea, Mineralogy and Petrology