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Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde University, Department of Chemical & Process Engineering in 2020, I am currently chair of the Laboratories Operations Committee and acted as Director of Research from 2021 to 2023. My area of research is in the broader area of Environmental Chemical Engineering, I have published 2 books with Elsevier and more than 135 Journal papers (h-index = 42, > 5700 citations ). I have been PI/Co-PI in 16 research projects with a total budget of >£3M and participated in 44 other research and consultancy projects. My experience as consultant engineer is rich and in international level, including two appointments as Pre-Accession Advisor, coordinating the candidate countries' alignment with the EU environmental legislation (2004-2007). I have been project proposals evaluator for the European Commission, EPSRC (UK), UEFISCDI (Romania), RSF (Russia), NCST (Kazakhstan) and HFRI (Greece).

At the Chemical Engineering Department of Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (2013-2020) I founded the Environmental Science & Technology GroupThe Environment and Recourse Efficiency Cluster and served as Scientific Supervisor of the Analytical Chemistry Core Facility and Chair of the Biosafety & Chemical Safety Committee of the University. I led the development of 19 teaching and research labs and in 2016 I received an award from the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan for distinguished contribution to the country’s education system. I also led the development of the Unit of Environmental Science and Technology research lab, Chemical Engineering Department, National Technical University of Athens (2002-2003).

Teaching Interests

My teaching experience includes Process Design & Simulation, Separation Processes, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Engineering Economics and Safety Engineering & Risk Management. 

I had been adviser to the Americal Institure of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Students Chapter at Nazarbayev University. The Chapter received the award of the Outstanding Chapter for three consequtive years from the AIChE (2016-2018).

Research Interests

My area of research is in the broader area of Environmental Chemical Engineering, covering water/wastewater treatment, porous materials and nanocomposites, valorisation of CO2 for the production of fuels (simulation), adsorption process (including modelling)  soil pollution and waste management. Currently I am focusing on porous nanocomposites applications in catalytic and non-catalytic reactions, vulnerability of city water systems and applications of chemical engineering in extraterrestrial environments with particular interest on Mars (simulation). 

I am listed in the "World Ranking of Top 2% Scientists in 2022" Stanford University database. I am in the top 0.78% (0.24% for the year 2022) of all scientists considered and in the field of Chemical Engineering in the top 0.44% (0.18% for the year 2022).

Industrial Relevance

Since 2002 I participate in research and consultancy projects involving academia, industrial and public sectors in more than 44 projects in a number of countries working. I was appointed as Pre-Accession Advisor at the Ministry of Environment of Slovakia (2004-2005) and Romania (2006-2007) for the preparations of the countries for the EU membership. I had been fowner of the SC European Focus Consulting SRL and SC Zeus Works SRL (2007-2022), working on the preparation and management of projects funded by the European Commission.

Academic / Professional qualifications

I received a Diploma (1996) and PhD (2002) in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. I hold eight training certificates on Aspen Plus issued by Aspentech (2015-2023) and a professional development certificate on effective teaching issued by the UK Higher Education Academy (2016).  I was appointed as an Honorary Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2017) and Research Affiliate of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2017).

From 2002 to 2013 I worked as a researcher in academia and consultant engineer in the private sector participating in more than 40 projects in a number of countries. I was appointed as Pre-Accession Advisor at the Ministry of Environment of Slovakia (2004-2005) and Romania (2006-2007) for the preparations of the countries for the EU membership. I have been Director of the SC European Focus Consulting SRL and SC Zeus Works SRL (Romania), working on the preparation and management of projects funded by the European Commission.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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