Petros Tarantilis

Petros Tarantilis
Laboratory of General Chemistry
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Instrumental Chemical Analysis of Natural Products (Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Techniques)

Research Interests:

  • Isolation, purification and structure determination of natural products using chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques.
  • Development of new techniques for separation, evaluation and analysis of main compounds of plants cultivated in Greece as Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs).
  • Study of Biological Activity of Natural Products (Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Toxicity etc)
  • Instrumental methods of plants and food analysis.
  • FT-IR & Raman Spectroscopic study of microorganisms.

University Experience

Lectures-Teaching:  1. Instrumental Chemical Analysis and 2.  Organic Chemistry


Ph.D. Supervisor: 5 students,

  1. G. Zoumpopoulou.  Natural peptides and effect on pathogens. AUA 2008.
  2. E. Skotti. Study and evaluation of bioactivity-toxicity of plant extracts of wild and cultivated aromatic-medicinal plants (submitted, publications: 2 articles, 1 conference) AUA 2016.
  3. C. Mitsi. Instrumental Chemical Analysis of Selected Lamiaceae plants. (In progress, publications: 3 articles, 1 conference)
  4. N.-S. Sotiropoulou. Study of constituents and bioactivity of the Greek flora herbs and their decoctions. (In progress, publications: 3 conferences)
  5. E. Kakouri. Chemical and biological evaluation of medicinal and aromatic plants of the Greek flora. Study of the chemical composition (identification components, quantification, isolation) and In vitro / In vivo study of the biological activity (In progress)

M.Sc. Supervisor: 20 students,

B.Sc. Supervisor: 8 students,

Erasmus Students Supervisor: 7 students

International Research Cooperation

  1. Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Biomoleculaire, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, 51, rue Cognacq Jay, 51096 Reims Cedex, France. Professeur Michel Mainfait (1990, 1992-1993).
  2. Laboratory of Biochemistry, Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, 13 Entuziastov Ave., Saratov 410015, Russia. Dr Alexander Kamnev. NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant (LST.CLG.977664), (LST.CLG.981092). NATO Expert Visit Grant (LST.EV 979788) (2000-till now).
  3. Laboratory of Agricultural Chemistry, Department of Agroforestry Science and Technology and Genetics, School of Agricultural Engineering, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 02071 Albacete, Spain. Prof. G. Alonso and R. Salinas (2006-till now).

Participation in International Research Projects: 12

  1. Isolation,  séparation  et  purification  des  caroténoïdes  du safran et  étude in vivo à l’échelle cellulaire de leurs activités biologiques.  GSRT of Ministry of Development Greek and «Ambassade de France en Grèce. Bureau des échanges scientifiques». (1990).
  2. Chemistry and Biochemistry Under Extreme Conditions. Cost Action D-6. European Union (EU) project. 1997.
  3. Sonochemical Applications to Food Additives, Flavors, Fragrances and Pharmaceuticals Extraction from renewable natural resources: SAFE. Cost Action D-10. European Union (EU) project. 1999.
  4. Extraction and separation of the cell wall polymers of new agricultural plants.   Slovakia – Greece.  Joint Research and Technology Programmes. 2001–2002.
  5. Physicochemical investigation of bacterial metabolites and biocomplexes involved in plant-microbe interactions. NATO Science Programme. Collaborative Linkage Grant. (LST.CLG.977664). 2001-2003.
  6. Saffron Adulteration by Colour Additives: Developing an Antifraud Mythology -Craft-, European Union (EU) project. 2002.
  7. Spectroscopic approaches to the detection of bio specific interactions. NATO Science Programme. Collaborative Linkage Grant. (LST.CLG.981092). 2004-2006.
  8. INTERREG III C – SAFFRON, European Union (EU) project. 2005.
  9. SAFFIC. Methodologies for implementing International Standards for Saffron Purity and Quality. European Union (EU) project. 2006 – 2009.
  10. Heavy metals and radionuclides in soil: microbe-mediated bioleaching and effects on plant–microbe interactions. NATO Science Programme. Collaborative Linkage Grant. (NRCLG 982857) 2007-2008.
  11. Genetic Resources of Saffron and Allies (Crocus Spp.)-CROCUSBANK AGRI GEN RES 2005   European Union (EU) project, 2007-2009.      
  12. COST ACTION FA 1101. SAFFRONOMICS: Short term scientific missions in Saffron research. Omics Technologies for Crop Improvement, Traceability, Determination of Authenticity, Adulteration and Origin in Saffron.  Leader of  WG3: Molecular and Phytochemical fingerprinting for breeding, traceability, and authenticity (development of technological tools) 2011-2015

Publications in International Journals (ISI Web of Science και Scopus.): 116 (Paper: 107, Conference Paper: 9)

Communications – Publications in proceedings and special issues of International Conferences: 77

Most Cited Papers, Scopus 31.03.2017

1995,"Determination of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) components in crude plant extract using high-performance liquid chromatography-UV-visible photodiode-array detection-mass spectrometry", "Tarantilis P.A., Tsoupras G., Polissiou M.", "Journal of Chromatography A",699, Citations: 195

2010,"Resveratrol, genistein, and curcumin bind bovine serum albumin", "Bourassa P., Kanakis C.D., Tarantilis P., Pollissiou M.G., Tajmir-Riahi H.A.", "Journal of Physical Chemistry B",114, Citations:  184

2006,"Antioxidant flavonoids bind human serum albumin","Kanakis C.D., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G., Diamantoglou S., Tajmir-Riahi H.A.", "Journal of Molecular Structure",798, Citations:  123

2008,"Antioxidant activity in meat treated with oregano and sage essential oils", "Fasseas M.K., Mountzouris K.C., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M., Zervas G.", "Food Chemistry",106, Citations: 122

2006,"Comparison of distillation and ultrasound-assisted extraction methods for the isolation of sensitive aroma compounds from garlic (Allium sativum)","Kimbaris A.C., Siatis N.G., Daferera D.J., Tarantilis P.A., Pappas C.S., Polissiou M.G.", "Ultrasonics Sonochemistry",13, Citations: 116

2011,"Milk β-lactoglobulin complexes with tea polyphenols", "Kanakis C.D., Hasni I., Bourassa P., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G., Tajmir-Riahi H.-A.", "Food Chemistry",127, Citations: 108

1997,"Isolation and Identification of the Aroma Components from Saffron (Crocus sativus)", "Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G.", "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry",45, Citations: 104

2003,"Ultrasound-assisted extraction of volatile compounds from citrus flowers and citrus honey", "Alissandrakis E., Daferera D., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M., Harizanis P.C.", "Food Chemistry",82, Citations: 102

1994,"Separation of picrocrocin, cis-trans-crocins and safranal of saffron using high-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode-array detection", "Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M., Manfait M.", ,"Journal of Chromatography A",664, Citations: 98

1994,"Inhibition of growth and induction of differentiation of promyelocytic leukemia (HL-60) by carotenoids from Crocus sativus L.", "Tarantilis P.A., Morjani H., Polissiou M., Manfait M.", "Anticancer Research",14, Citations: 93

2007,"Crocetin, dimethylcrocetin, and safranal bind human serum albumin: Stability and antioxidative properties", "Kanakis C.D., Tarantilis P.A., Tajmir-Riahi H.A., Polissiou M.G.", "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry",55, Citations: 82

2006,"Improvement of biodiesel production based on the application of ultrasound: Monitoring of the procedure by FTIR spectroscopy", "Siatis N.G., Kimbaris A.C., Pappas C.S., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G.", "JAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society",83, Citations: 76

2007,"Aroma investigation of unifloral Greek citrus honey using solid-phase microextraction coupled to gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis", "Alissandrakis E., Tarantilis P.A., Harizanis P.C., Polissiou M.", "Food Chemistry",100, Citations: 74

2007,"Effects of the active constituents of Crocus sativus L., crocins on recognition and spatial rats' memory","Pitsikas N., Zisopoulou S., Tarantilis P.A., Kanakis C.D., Polissiou M.G., Sakellaridis N.", "Behavioural Brain Research",183, Citations: 70

2007,"An overview of DNA and RNA bindings to antioxidant flavonoids", "Kanakis C.D., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G., Diamantoglou S., Tajmir-Riahi H.A.", "Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics",49, Citations: 62

2008,"Differentiation of Greek red wines on the basis of grape variety using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy", "Tarantilis P.A., Troianou V.E., Pappas C.S., Kotseridis Y.S., Polissiou M.G.", "Food Chemistry",111, Citations: 62

2004,"Qualitative determination of volatile compounds and quantitative evaluation of safranal and 4-hydroxy-2,6,6-trimethyl-cyclohexene-1-carboxaldehyde (HTCC) in Greek saffron", "Kanakis C.D., Daferera D.J., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G.", "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry",52, Citations: 58

2008,"Effects of the active constituents of Crocus sativus L., crocins, in an animal model of anxiety","Pitsikas N., Boultadakis A., Georgiadou G., Tarantilis P.A., Sakellaridis N.", "Phytomedicine",15, Citations: 57

2005,"Evaluation of four isolation techniques for honey aroma compounds", "Alissandrakis E., Tarantilis P.A., Harizanis P.C., Polissiou M.", "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture",85, Citations: 55

2007,"Comparison of the volatile composition in thyme honeys from several origins in Greece","Alissandrakis E., Tarantilis P.A., Harizanis P.C., Polissiou M.", "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry",55, Citations: 55

2010,"Rapid qualitative and quantitative detection of beef fillets spoilage based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy data and artificial neural networks", "Argyri A.A., Panagou E.Z., Tarantilis P.A., Polysiou M., Nychas G.-J.E.", Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical",145, Citations: 55

2002,"Comparison of classical and ultrasound-assisted isolation procedures of cellulose from kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus rodustrus Sm.)","Pappas C., Tarantilis P.A., Daliani I., Mavromoustakos T., Polissiou M.", "Ultrasonics Sonochemistry",9, Citations: 53

2005,"DNA interaction with naturally occurring antioxidant flavonoids quercetin, kaempferol, and delphinidin", "Kanakis C.D., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G., Diamantoglou S., Tajmir-Riahi H.A.", "Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics",22, Citations: 51

2002,"Characterization of essential oils from Lamiaceae species by Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy", "Daferera D.J., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G.", "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry",50, Citations: 49

1998,"FT-IR, FT-Raman spectroscopic study of carotenoids from saffron (Crocus sativus L.) and some derivatives", "Tarantilis P.A., Beljebbar A., Manfait M., Polissiou M.", "Spectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy",54, Citations: 42

Latest papers

 2017, Special Issue, Saffron (Crocus sativus, L.): Omics and Other Techniques in Authenticity, Quality, and Bioactivity Studies, Tsimidou M., Tarantilis P.A., Molecules, 22, Article number 10, doi:10.3390/molecules22010010

2017, Estimation of antioxidant activity of different mixed herbal infusions using attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics, Venetsanou A., Anastasaki E., Gardeli C., Tarantilis P.A., Pappas C.S., Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 29, 149-155

2017, Sudan dyes in adulterated saffron (Crocus sativus L.): Identification and quantification by 1H NMR, Petrakis E.A., Cagliani L.R., Tarantilis P.A., Polissiou M.G., Consonni R., Food Chemistry, 217, 418-424.

2017, Crocins, the active constituents of Crocus sativus L., counteracted apomorphine-induced performance deficits in the novel object recognition task, but not novel object location task, in rats, Pitsikas N., Tarantilis P.A., Neuroscience Letters, 644, 37-42

2017, Comparative evaluation of an ISO 3632 method and an HPLC-DAD method for safranal quantity determination in saffron, Garcia-Rodriguez M.V., Lopez-Corcoles H., Alonso G.L., Pappas C.S., Polissiou M.G., Tarantilis P.A., Food Chemistry, 221, 838-843.

  • 31.03.2017


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