Manos Anyfantakis was born in Heraklion, Crete, Greece on February 6th, 1984. After finishing the 6th High school of Heraklion in 2001, Manos earned a place in the Department of Materials Science and Technology of the University of Crete, being among the very first students to be admitted in the newborn department.
After receiving his B.Sc. degree in Materials science in 2005, Manos moved to the Department of Chemistry and the Foundation for Research and Technology of Hellas(IESL) for graduate studies. He received his M.Sc. degree in Applied Molecular Spectroscopy in 2007 with an experimental thesis concerning the thermodynamics and phase behaviour of organosilica nanoparticles (supervisors: Prof. G. Fytas, Prof. D. Vlassopoulos) . He concluded his Ph. D. in Chemistry in 2010, where he investigated the light-induced pattern formation in transparent polymer solutions (supervisors: Dr. B. Loppinet, Prof. G. Fytas). During his Ph.D., Manos spent one year in the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. H.-J. Butt. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree, Manos stayed further in MPIP for four months, investigating light-complex fluid interactions.
After finishing his nine-month mandatory military service in Greece, Manos returned to MPIP in 2011 his for post-doctoral research. During this period, he investigated the dynamic wetting of surfactant solutions, under the supervision of Dr. G. Auernhammer and Prof. H.-J. Butt. In parallel, he kept on exploring light-matter interactions in soft matter systems.
In 2013, Manos joined the group of Prof. Damien Baigl at École normale supérieure, Paris, France. There, he investigated various optofluidic and soft matter phenomena, including surfactant- and light-controlled evaporative self-assembly of colloids at liquid/solid and liquid/gas interfaces, as well as the optical actuation of droplets on solid and liquid substrates. From April 2014 till March 2016, his research at ENS was funded by a two-year Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) awarded for the project Digital Optofluidics for Remote Actuation of liquids ('DIOPTRA').
In the summer of 2017, Manos joined the group of Prof. Jan Lagerwall at the University of Luxembourg. He is planning to enter the exciting world of Liquid Crystals through the investigation of deposit morphologies from drying drops containing cellulose nanocrystals.