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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.


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 will receive his award in a special ceremony during the 12th Panhellenic Chemical Engineering Conference, which will take place on Wednesday May 29, 2019, and will present 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


Patent application at USPTO

Researchers from FORTH/ICE-HT (Dr. John Parthenios, Principal Application Scientist and Prof. Konstantinos Papagelis, Collaborating Faculty member) in collaboration with BIC Violex S. A. (subsidiary of BIC, developed a novel functional PTFE-based nanocomposite coating, incorporating graphene nanoplatelets. The new coating exhibits improved lubricity. Incorporation of the coating onto BIC's razor blades, could result in a significantly improved product. This patent application which has been filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office, is the outcome of a successful collaboration in applied research between industry and a research center in Greece.


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