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The Laboratory of Polymer Reaction Engineering (LPRE) was established in 1985 and it is part of the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), one of the five institutes of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). The main mission of LPRE is to carry out innovative, collaborative research with an emphasis on advanced multi-scale modeling of chemical and biochemical systems and processes, functional materials, novel micro- and nano-encapsulation technologies, molecularly imprinted polymers for selective recognition and separation of target compounds, nanotechnology applications in targeted delivery systems, microbial production of functional biopolymers from renewable sources, and bioproduction via microalgae in 3rd generation biorefineries.
Costas Kiparissides (Project Coordinator)
Professor Emeritus, Research Director
The Technical University of Crete (TUC) is a public Institution of Higher Education that demonstrates great distinction at academic and research levels. It is ranked first in research publications in the list of Greece's Higher Education Institutions, according to the 1996-2010 National Documentation Center study, achieving a maximum score of 1.26, among them. At the same time, according to the QS World University Rankings, it is among the first four hundred Academic Institutions in the world, for the year 2014, in the field of Engineering and Technology.
Professor, Research Director
Associate Professor, Research Director
The Biomimetics and Nanobiotechnology Research Group of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is active in the cultivation of microalgae with the aim of producing functional foods, feed and cosmetics, as well as in the study of the behavior of bioactive compounds such as: peptides, enzymes, drugs, vitamins and antioxidants, in a variety of systems. Its research focuses on the structural and functional study of biomolecules encapsulated in environments that favor their protection from extraneous agents, such as solid or semi-solid carriers and nanoscale environments, such as nanoparticles (microemulsions and nanoemulsions) and other related systems. The main objective of the team is to extend the applications of its scientific activities to different aspects of life, from food products to pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
Professor, Research Director
The Microbial Biotechnology Group belongs to the Department of Botany/Department of Biology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA). The group applies combinations of classic microbiological techniques with modern molecular approaches of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for a) the isolation and identification of microbial strains from environmental samples, b) the study of the biosynthesis of enzymes and metabolic products with biotechnological interest by microorganisms, c) the development of enzyme and microbial systems for the production of biofuels and intermediate high-added value biochemicals from lignocellulosic biomass (2nd generation biorefinery) and d) the study of biodegradation of xenobiotics compounds and contaminants.
Associate Professor, Research Director
The research team of Phycology or "Cyanolab" is part of the Botanical Laboratory of the Department of Botany of the School of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). It was founded in 2009 and its research activities focus on the investigation of the diversity of microalgae (morphological, genetic) and their biodiversity via classical and post-genomic analysis, as well as the diversity of bioactive compounds (peptides, alkaloids) in strains and natural populations of cyanobacteria. "Cyanolab" uses combinations of classic microbiological techniques with modern molecular approaches for a) the isolation and identification of microalgal strains from environmental samples, b) the classification and phylogenetic analysis of these organisms, c) the study of the biosynthesis of secondary metabolic products, and d) the study of growth of ecophysiological parameters.
Assistant Professor, Research Director
The research activities of the of Catalytic-Photocatalytic and Environmental Analysis Laboratory of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) of the National Centre for Scientific Research «Democritos» (NCSR «D») focus on the field of advanced oxidation processes, as well as on environmental chemical analysis. The first research field concerns the study of catalytic-photocatalytic reactions with semiconductive metal oxides/polyoxides, mainly TiO2, and polyoxometallic compounds, in order to decontaminate the environment and develop environmentally friendly chemical processes. In the field of environmental chemical analysis, the laboratory's research activities focus on the development and validation of modern analytical methods for the determination of emerging organic pollutants in water, food and environmental samples.
Researcher A', Research Director
Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) is the biggest power producer and electricity supply company in Greece, with approximately 7.4 million customers. PPC currently holds assets in lignite mines, power generation, transmission and distribution. PPC’s current power portfolio consists of conventional thermal and hydroelectric power plants, as well as Renewable Energy Sources (RES) units, accounting for approximately 68% of the total installed capacity in the country.
Director of the Environment Directorate, Production Division
Assistant Director, Environmental Directorate
ALGAE A.C. was founded in 1997 in Nigrita-Serres, Greece, with the objective to produce Spirulina in greenhouses using geothermal fluids. When founded, it joined the LEADER program, which covered part of the total capital investment. Its initial facilities were completed in 1997 and 1998 was the first year production. In 2002, the company started a steady production, entered the market and made the first product "Spirulina". Between 2004-2007, upon an organized advertising campaign and the warm welcome from the entire scientific community due to its nutritional characteristics, there was a great increase of this product's demand; sales grew by 350% each year. In 2008, it was decided to design and implement a business plan in order to increase the company's production capacity and exports allover central and northern Europe (until then limited to Germany and Austria). In the following years, the company experienced rapid growth, improved its financial position via increasing its sales and profits, and through a successful marketing strategy informed the customers about the benefits of Spirulina.
President and CEO