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Konstantinos Theodoropoulos

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Constantinos (Kostas) received his BSc in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and his MSc and PhD (1999) in Chemical Engineering from the State university of New York at Buffalo, USA. He then worked as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton University for 2 years. 

He is currently Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Systems Engineering, in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (SCEAS).

He is  the Director of Postgraduate Research for SCEAS.

He has  organised and taught Continuing Professional Development courses to industrial delegates, intensive post-graduate course programmes to Universities around the world as well as in-house training workshops for the Industrial Sector.

He has over 100 publications including articles in scientific journals,  and in conference proceedings as well as book contributions. He has given a number of invited seminars all over the world. He has served as member of editorial boards and of international scientific committees and also as session chair for a number of International Conferences and Workshops. 

His research group focuses on the multi-scale modelling of complex chemical and biochemical systems and processes, with a particular interest in integrated biorefineries for the co-production of fuels and chemicals, microreactors and electrochemical systems such as fuel cells.  The development of novel computational methods and model reduction techniques for bridging the gap between different time- and length-scales in order to enhance the simulation, design, optimisation and control capabilities for complex large-scale reaction-transport processes and for microscopic systems is another important research direction providing a suite of  enabling technologies to deal wth the above systems of interest. His work has been funded by EPSRC, BBSRC, INNOVATEUK, the European Union (FP5. FP6, FP7), the Royal Society, the National Science Foundation USA, the Air Force Office for Scientific Research USA, Sandia National Laboratories and United Technologies Research Center.

He teaches Process Control to the 3rd and 4th year Undergraduates, Computer Aided Process Design at the MEng and MSc level  and Reaction Systems Design at the MSc level. 

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Qualifications

BSc, Mathematics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece,

MSc, Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

PhD, Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Post-Doctroral Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, USA.

Research interests

My research focuses on the multi-scale modelling and design of complex chemical and biochemical sysems and processes.  A key aiim is the development and application of novel computational methods and model reduction techniques for bridging the gap between different time- and length-scales for the efficient simulation, design, optimisation and control of complex large-scale reaction-transport processes and of microscopic systems. Of particular interest are hybrid/multi-scale systems where macroscopic (Computational Fluid Dynamics -CFD) and microscopic (Monte Carlo/Molecular Dynamics) models are coupled in order to model phenomena. Complex systems involving (bio)catalytic processes such as integrated bio-refineries for the co-production of fuels and chemicals, complex biochemical metabolic networks as well as electrochemical systems such as fuel cells and electrochemicaly promoted catalytic systems are of particular interest. 

Specific applications include Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) for the growth of compound semiconductors and optical coatings, multi-scale microreactor design, multi-phase batch and semi-batch reactors, combustion, catalytic processes and biochemical neworks including metabolic pathways.

My research group currently consists of  PhD students and 4 post-doctoral associates. A list of undergoing projects is given below:

  • Model-reduction based computational methods for the optimisation and control of large-scale and multi-scale systems
  • Experimental and computational studies for the construction of sustainable biorefineries co-producing fuels and chemicals
  • Multi-scale modelling of microreactors
  • Systems biology methods for complex chemical and biochemical networks
  • Electorchemcal promotion of nanopatterned catalytic surfaces
  • Modelling and design of Fuel Cell systems

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Research Group(s)

Opportunities

A number of PhD positions are available in my research group all year round. 

For a list of PhD projects please visit: http://www.findaphd.com/search/phd.aspx?keywords=theodoropoulos

Funding is available on a (highly) competitive basis for UK, EU and overseas students.

Please visit www.ceas.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply/ to apply for one of the above positions. 

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Chemical and Biochemical Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Multi-scale Modelling and Design

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute

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