The Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes
The Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes, belongs to the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT), in Greece. The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is a main national research centre in Greece. FORTH belongs to the wider public sector, supervised and partly funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Development. FORTH, recognising the importance of science, technology, and innovation in today's world, is actively pursuing high quality basic research, development of innovative technology, collaborations with industrial partners within and outside Greece, creation of spin-off companies, promotion of specialized services and products, development of Science and Technology Parks, and educational activities in collaboration with universities. The Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (ICE-HT) was established in 1984, as an Independent Academic Institute. Currently, ICE-HT runs ca 60 RTD projects in cooperation with numerous industrial enterprises, universities and research institutes. These projects are funded by national and EU competitive R&TD programs, and industrial enterprises. The number of staff members and research associates of ICE-HT exceeds 110. Of those, 14 are Researchers (in organic positions), ca 22 are collaborating faculty members from several departments of the University of Patras, 13 are Post-doctoral Fellows, 6 are technicians, 11 are administrative and secretarial staff members, and 60 or more are post-graduate Research Assistants
The Institute will involve the Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology (LBEET) of the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Patras, headed by Professor Lyberatos. In LBEET, a wide range of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology research is carried out including nutrient removal, anaerobic biotechnology and removal of xenobiotics through physicochemical and biological processes. LBEET has participated in many European and national research projects with a total funding exceeding 1.5 million Euro.
Role in the project:
FORTH will lead WP1 (optimisation of oil-rich crops growing/harvesting) and explore the potential to produce methane from soil-rich crop straws (WP1) and solvent extraction residues (WP2). FORTH will also be involved in WP4 (development of integrated biorefineries) and WP7 (dissemination of the results)
Key people involved:
Gerasimos Lyberatos is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Patras, is heading the Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology. He obtained his B.S. at M.I.T. and his M.S. and Ph.D. at CALTECH (USA). His research interests are in Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Technologies, Bioprocess Modelling, Optimization and Control. He has over 80 Publications in International refereed Journals, and over 100 publications in Conference Proceedings.
Dr. Katerina Stamatelatou is a chemical engineer and has completed her Ph.D. in LBEET of University of Patras. She is currently employed in the department of Chemical Engineering in the University of Patras as a lab assistant and, participates in research projects. Her field of research includes the study and development of anaerobic digestion processes, design and operation of bioreactors and modelling of bioprocesses digestion systems.
Georgia Antonopoulou is a Chemical engineer and has completed her Ph.D. in LBEET. She have substantial experience on anaerobic processes including biological production of hydrogen, design and operation of bioreactors and modelling of bioprocesses digestion systems.
Michael Kornaros is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Patras, completed his Ph.D. in LBEET. His current research interests include the environmental impact assessment and evaluation of goods, services and processes using the methodology of Life Cycle Analysis as well as the mathematical design and modeling of waste and wastewater treatment systems.
Dr. Ioanna Ntaikou is a biologist and has completed her Ph.D. in LBEET. She has substantial experience in anaerobic processes including biological production of hydrogen and pure cultures techniques and handling.