Professor Antonis Kokossis
Dr. Kokossis, FIChemE, FIEE, FRSA, and FIET, is Professor of Process Systems Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. He is a Chartered Engineer with IChemE (UK). He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from NTUA and a PhD from Princeton University. Prior to NTUA, he worked for 17 years in UK. He is now the co-director of the National Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, a National Representative of Directorate I (Climate Change & Environment), Affiliate of IEA Bioenergy and EERA Bioenergy, and the Greek Delegate of the Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) group of EFCE. His expertise includes process systems design, modelling, process integration, and optimization. He published extensively and has consulted with the process industry (UOP, Bayer, Mitsubishi, Eastman, MW Kellogg, BP Oil, Unilever) and, more recently, with biorefineries and smaller companies on renewables.
Kosmidou Konstantina is as a Senior Administrator with tasks in management and finance. She holds a degree in Production & Management Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace. She coordinates work in all research and technical projects, is responsible for reporting and dissemination, monitors progress, manages financial accounts, and communicates with third parties on behalf of the group.
George received his BEng (Honours) from the University of Manchester and, later, an MSc in Advanced Process Design for Energy and Integration at the Centre of Process Integration. He researched co-production scenarios to involve hydrogen in integrated biorefineries prior to joining NTUA as an Early Stage Researcher in the Marie-Curie ITN project RENESENG (www.reneseng.com). His research addresses systematic methods to produce novel reactor equipment for biochemical reactions with options that involve multiple reactor compartments, mixing patterns across phases, and removal of side streams in reactive-separation arrangements. He holds expertise in process synthesis and design, process optimization and modelling. He is an Associate Member of IChemE (AMIChemE).
He is experienced in process design, simulation and optimization, techno-economic analysis and modeling as well as with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). His scientific interests include process and energy integration in multi-process plants, especially in the field of biorefineries; the use of thermodynamics and Total Site Analysis to screen product portfolios and detect energy synergies among process (energy efficiency optimization); synthesis of thermochemical and biochemical biomass valorization paths for the design of sustainable biorefineries; and the synthesis of fully integrated distillation systems. He has also knowledge of the following computational tools: Fortran, AspenTech, Aspen Process Economic Analyzer (APEA), GAMS, Matlab, ANSYS, PHOENICS and MathCAD. He has been involved in four EU-funded and Greek projects – 1) BIOCORE: BIOCOmmodity Refinery, 2) Advance-Flame Spray Pyrolysis, 3) D-Factory: The micro-algae biorefinery and 4) AI4B – related to the design, synthesis and optimization of novel technologies and future industrial applications. He has also experimental experience including analysis methods, handling of micro-pilot processes and internships in petrochemical industries (Rafinerija Nafte Beograd in Serbia and Motor Oil Hellas in Greece).
Melina Psycha is a chemical engineer with extensive knowledge on algae biorefineries. She received her bachelor and master’s degree from the School of Chemical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens and completed her dissertation entitled “Integrated Designs of Microalgae Biorefineries Using a Fixed Selection of Halophytic Algae” in the Department of Process Analysis and Plant Design. Since 2014 she has been working as a Research Assistant as well as a PhD Candidate in the Industrial Process Design & Systems Engineering Unit. Her work focuses on the design of 3rd generation biorefineries with special attention to water substrates from algae systems. Specifically, she is engaged in the synthesis of chemical paths with attention to high-value products and process design analysis by using commercial software and modelling tools. She is currently participating in the D-Factory, an FP7 collaborative project that aims at setting a benchmark for a feasible and sustainable algal biorefinery.