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Front cover article of ChemElectroChem Journal

08.11.2019

The partnership of two laboratories of our department led to a front cover article publication of the ChemElectroChem Journal (IF 3.98).

The laboratory of Chemical & Electrochemical Processes (Prof. Alexandros Katsaounis) with the collaboration of the laboratory of Nanotechnology and Advanced Μaterials (Prof. Costas Galiotis) published an article with title:

Effect of Carbon Support on the Electrocatalytic Properties of Pt−Ru Catalysts

In this study, the effect of carbon support on the performance of anodic electrodes for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) we explored. PtRu catalysts supported on different carbon materials were synthesized by wet impregnation method and characterized by means of Raman, XRD, TEM, and N2 adsorption analysis. The electrocatalytic activity of the prepared catalysts was studied during hydrogen oxidation reaction experiments (HOR) as well as during the operation of a fuel cell using pure H2, andH2-carbon monoxide anode feeding. The results show that the crystalline phase and the point of zero charge (pzc) of the carbon supports play an important role in the metal particle size and consequently in the catalyst electrocatalytic activity. Carbon supports with amorphous phase and high values of pzc, result in catalysts with large metal particle size leading to low electrocatalytic activity. On the other hand, using graphene derivative or carbon nanotubes (CNT) in different catalysts generates smaller metal particle size which results in higher electrocatalytic activity.

Read more in the following links:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/celc.201901387

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/celc.201900566

Yannis Dimakopoulos, Georgios Makrigiorgos, Georgios Georgiou, John Tsamopoulos are the 2018 Walters Prize winners

04.11.2019

Yannis Dimakopoulos, Georgios Makrigiorgos, Georgios Georgiou, John Tsamopoulos are the 2018 Walters Prize winners. The Editors of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics (JNNFM) and Elsevier announced the winners of the third Walters Prize. This annual award recognizes the best paper among those published within the previous year and runners up from the previous award, as judged by the prize committee. The award is named in honour of Professor Ken Walters FRs, founding Editor of the Journal. All full-length research papers published with the journal during the award year are considered as eligible for the prize, of a value of EUR2,500. The Prize was officially presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology (October 20-24, 2019 - Raleigh, North Carolina, US).

Professor Ken Walters FRS

Ken Walters completed his PhD at the University of Swansea in 1959 under J.G. Oldroyd, thereafter moving to the university of Aberystwyth, where he became Professor in 1973. He is currently a distinguished Research Professor in the Institute of Mathematics and Physics.

His many honours include Gold medal of the British Society of Rheology, Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, Weissenberg Award of the European Society of Rheology, President of the European Society of Rheology, Chairman of the International Committee on Rheology. In 2014, Professor Walters was elected as a member of the International Academy of Engineering.

Professor Walters has written 5 books and over 150 research papers. He was Founding and Executive Editor of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics from its launch in 1976 until the publication of Vol. 100 in 200.

The 5th Workshop for Graduates and Post-Docs in Chemical Engineering Sciences (CES-WGP5)

14.10.2019

The 5th Workshop for Graduates and Post-Docs in Chemical Engineering Sciences (CES-WGP5) in Patras, Greece, co-organized by FORTH/ICE-HT and the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras will take place on Wednesday, November 6 2019 at the New Auditorium of FORTH/ICE-HT.

The keynote speaker for the 5th Workshop for Graduates and Post-docs will be Professor Vassilis Zaspalis, Head of School of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Materials Technology, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.

The workshop will include oral and poster presentations by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows affiliated with FORTH/ICE-HT, the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and collaborating research teams from other U. of Patras Departments, including Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Pharmacy, School of Medicine and Biology, in the topics of:

  • Biosciences & Biotechnology
  • Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology
  • Energy
  • Environment

For more information, please visit the website http://wgp5.iceht.forth.gr/index.php

Vayenas International Symposium on Physical Chemistry and its Applications for Sustainable Development

15.04.2019

The Vayenas International Symposium on Physical Chemistry and its Applications for Sustainable Development, is dedicated to honoring the lifetime achievements of Prof. Constantinos Vayenas, a renowned figure in the field of Physical Chemistry and beyond. This symposium will be held as part of 2019 Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit (SIPS 2019), a yearly event that is deeply science-focused and industrial engineering-oriented, organized by the not-for-profit corporation FLOGEN Stars Outreach (www.flogen.org), which is dedicated to achieving sustainability through science and technology. It incorporates summit plenary lectures from well-known speakers that address the link between scientific and engineering domains in the pursuit of sustainable development, as well as specific science and engineering symposia that feature technical presentations with the same goals in mind. The symposium and overall summit is planned to be held in Cyprus from 23-27 October 2019.

Orginizers have confirmed until now the participations of Dan Shechtman (2011 Nobel Laureate), Kurt Wuthrich (2002 Nobel Laureate), Rudy A. Marcus (1992 Nobel Laureate), Yuan T. Lee (1986 Nobel Laureate) and Klaus von Klitzing (1985 Nobel Laureate) while Andre Geim (2010 Nobel Laureate), and others will be confirmed shortly.

 

 

1st ChemEngUP Alumni Symposium

23.11.2017

ChemEngUP organizes the 1st Alumni Symposium, in the context of celebrating 40 years of operation.

The Symposium will take place at the Conference and Cultural Centre of the University of Patras on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018 and is open to all graduates of all programs of study, undergraduate and graduate, as well as all those who have had a working or scientific relationship with ChemEngUP (post-docs, researchers, professors, etc). The Symposium is co-organized with the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation for Research and Technology, whose story is intertwined with our Department.

The aim of the Symposium is to renew and strengthen alumni relations, having in mind the affinity in mentality and goals as well as the contribution to the future of ChemEngUP.

The character of the Symposium is mixed, including meetings with teachers, briefing on the advancements of chemical engineering science, contributions from active industrial chemical engineers, information and discussions concerning developments and plans for the future of the Department, and of course social events culminating in the gala dinner on Saturday night June 16.

We are confident that our graduates will embrace with enthusiasm the Symposium and will assist in the widest possible dissemination and success.

We look forward to seeing you in June in Patras!

Syposium Website: http://alumni-symposium.chemeng.upatras.gr

Event for International Accreditation of ChemEngUP Diploma

02.11.2017

In Athens on the first of November 2017, an event was organised to mark the international accreditation of the Diploma of the Department of Chemical Engineering of University of Patras, as an Integrated Master of Engineering (MEng) to the level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). This is the first time that a Greek Higher Education Department is accredited by an independent international organisation (in this case the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) of UK). The level 7 of EQF according to the Bologna process, covers both the first (undergraduate) and second (postgraduate) course cycles.

The event was held at the ‘Leonidas Zervas’ amphitheatre of the National Research Foundation and was attended by the Alternate Minister of Research and Innovation Prof. Costas Fotakis, the former Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou, the former Deputy Minister of Education Athanasia Anagnostopoulou, the Head of the education section of the ‘New Democracy’ party, Niki Kerameos, the Head of the  Higher Education section of the ‘Potami’ party, George Mavrotas, the member of the parliament of the ‘Syriza’ party, Dimitris Rizos and the chairman of the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (HQA), Prof. Nicoletta Paisidou.

Professor Venetziana Kyriazopoulou, Rector of the University of Patras, opened up the ceremony followed by the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs Professor, Nikolaos Karamanos, who referred to the pioneering quality assurance policy of University of Patras and the progress that the university has made in all recent international rankings.

Prof. Dionissios Mantzavinos has assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology

29.09.2017

Prof. Dionissios Mantzavinos has assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology. The journal, with an impact factor of 3.135, belongs to the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and is published by Wiley. It covers most of the topics of chemical and biochemical engineering and technology, while its first issue was published back in 1882.

International Accreditation for the ChemEngUP Diploma

19.09.2017

The Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, becomes the first Greek University Department, awarding an internationally accredited Diploma. The 5-year, 300 ECTS, Diploma is accredited by an independent international organization as an Integrated Master of Engineering (MEng), qualified at Level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework. This level includes the first and second cycles, according to the Bologna process.

Specifically, the Diploma Degree was accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), based on Learning Outcomes. The certification process lasted for more than two years and included a thorough examination of the content and application of the curriculum, including process design and diploma theses. The process was completed with a visit of an international committee of representatives of universities and industry.

It should be noted that the certification of IChemE also brings the certification of the “EURACE (EURopean ACcredited Engineer)” quality label and the assignment of the title "Chartered Engineer" to the graduates.

It must be noted that this is the first international accreditation of a Greek University Degree, independent of the subject or level.

Tree Planting Activity on the Department of Chemical Engineering

10.05.2017

On Friday, May 12 the Department of Chemical Engineering, condacted a Tree Planting Activity in the surrounding areas of our buildings. In the effort we make for the environmental and aesthetic upgrading of the Department, approximately 200 trees and shrubs were planted from voluntary work of the Department's students and staff.

Tree planting is a learning opportunity to get students involved in the environment and conservation of our natural resources. It is a great way to increase student interest in their local environment and it helps building strong relationships and camaraderie with each.

Waste4Think - Experimental runs in progress on the pilot of Halandri

07.04.2017
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In the framework of the European Project Waste4Think experimental runs are in progress in the Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras (Greece) for the exploitation of used disposable nappies from nurseries, incontinence diapers from elderly houses and expired food products from Super Markets. In collaboration with Green Technologies Ltd (Greece), which is responsible for the construction and operation of a Greek pilot plant for the disposable nappies and expired food products exploitation, most of the physicochemical characterization of the waste streams is completed and optimization experiments for the new technology converting these waste streams into biogas, are ongoing for the development of an efficient process in the context of circular economy.