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This section presents News and Events of the present year related to activities of FORTH/ICE-HT, as well as News and Events for the past years (at the bottom of the page) sorted by year. In other sections there is information concerning Distinctions and Awards and Research Highlights of members and groups of FORTH/ICE-HT.


Launching COST ACTION 18125 AERoGELS:
Participation of FORTH / ICE-HT in the kick-off meeting of the project


April 30, 2019 Brussels - 36 countries have confirmed their participation in the Horizon2020-funded COST Action (ref. 18125) launched project.

42 members of the Management Committee have participated in the kick-off meeting of the project entitled Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences.

During the day, MC has elected the projects' Chair, Vice-Chair, Science communication manager, STSM Coordinator, ITC Conference manager and WG Leaders to establish the Core management group. Short and long term plans were established to fulfill the activities of the launched project.

Participants of the Kick-Off meeting of AERoGELS COST ACTION 18125, 30 April 2019, Brussels

AERoGELS is intended to bring together the knowledge on research and technology of aerogels at the European level from academia, industry and regulatory experts.

The full potential of these special class of nanostructured mesoporous materials are still to be assessed for various additional applications. In this Action, the use of aerogels will be specifically explored in the context of environmental and life sciences applications joining the knowledge and efforts of the most renowned experts on cutting-edge aerogel technology, on advanced characterization of materials as well as on biomedical and environmental research.

Aerogels will be assessed from a materials performance point of view but also regarding health and environmental implications. AERoGELS COST ACTION 18125 will set a forum to disseminate knowledge to society and to train European young researchers on research, innovation and entrepreneurial skills via technical schools, publications and STSM exchanges. The interdisciplinary collaborations to be promoted within this Action are expected to yield innovative and integrated solutions for environment and for life sciences. The long-term scope of this Action is to develop an aerogel technology able to improve the welfare of European people and to move towards cleaner and smarter production in Europe. Dr. Theophilos Ioannides, is a member of the Management Committee of this Cost Action and participated in the kick-off meeting representing FORTH/ICE-HT.


STRATIS V. SOTIRCHOS Lectureship Award 2019

The 2019 recipient of the FORTH/ICE-HT "Stratis Sotirchos Lectureship Award" is Dr. Paul Dauenhauer, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota. Dr. Dauenhauer received his award in a special ceremony during the 12th Panhellenic Chemical Engineering Conference, which took place on Wednesday May 29, 2019, and presented the award lecture titled "At the Frontier of Mobile Renewable Energy from Dynamic Catalyst Surface Resonance".

Paul Dauenhauer received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2004, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he worked as a senior research engineer for the Dow Chemical Company within Core R&D Reaction Engineering in Midland, MI and the Hydrocarbons & Energy Department in Freeport, TX. In 2009, he joined the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

He has made breakthrough achievements in the area of transformative catalytic processes to renewable chemicals through innovative catalyst design and reactor optimization. His work has been recognized with many awards, including the prestigious NSF Career and DOE Early Career Awards, the AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Young Investigator Award, the Aris Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Reaction Engineering, the Pittcon Achievement Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the ACS Lectureship Award in Sustainable Chemistry. His published patent applications serve as the scientific foundation of three startup companies.

FORTH/ICE-HT ( created the "Stratis V. Sotirchos Award" to honor the memory of one of its most distinguished Researchers, Professor Stratis V. Sotirchos, FORTH/ICE-HT Research Director. The awardee, younger than 40 years of age, is selected by a committee of internationally renowned scientists, on grounds of having produced original and fundamentally important results in chemical engineering sciences.

Previous Recipients of "Stratis Sotirchos Award":

2005: Professor Michalis Tsapatsis, University of Minnesota, USA
2007: Professor Costas Maranas, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
2009: Associate Professor Patrick S. Doyle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2011: Associate Professor Yiannis N. Kaznessis, University of Minnesota, USA
2013: Professor Michael S. Strano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2015: Professor Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard Medical School, USA
2017: Associate Professor Hal Alper, The University of Texas at Austin, USA


Announcement of the International Symposium on Constructed Wetlands & Small Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Plants - ISCW2019, 29-31 August 2019, Patras, Greece

Most European cities have wastewater treatment plants in place, securing thus adequate protection of the aquatic environment. Small communities, however, with a population under 2000, are still far from meeting effluent requirements. The "International symposium on constructed wetlands & small decentralized wastewater treatment plants" ISCW2019, that will held in Patras, Greece, on 29th-31st August 2019, has as a goal to bring together all stakeholders (academicians, local government and technology developers) in an effort to assess the current state of the art in this important environmental issue. The mandate of Circular Economy implies a special interest in the valorization of resources. Thus water reuse and valorization of the generated biomass, e.g. in constructed wetlands are also important issues. Finally, the fate of nutrients and emerging pollutants in small and decentralized wastewater treatment systems is also an important concern.

The Symposium will be organized in the frame of the "DOMUS-CW" project, funded by the INTERREG BALKANMED programme, with the kind support of the Hellenic Water Association (HWA).

The conference topics are:

  • Natural wastewater treatment systems
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment plants
  • Smart autonomous systems
  • Wastewater quality assessment
  • Toxicological Assessment
  • Resources and energy recovery from effluents
  • Biomass valorization
  • Modelling
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Role of Plants and Algae
  • Legislation and policy




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