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Meeting of partners of research project "Graphene Flagship Core 2",

The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH / ICE-HT) through the FORTH Graphene Center organized the final meeting of Partners of Work Package 14, "Composites", in the framework of the European research project Graphene Flagship Core 2. The meeting took place on 28 and 29 November 2019 at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens. The coordinator of the event was the Scientific Manager of the Project, Prof. Kostas Galiotis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH / ICEHT. The meeting was attended by members of 10 companies and 9 academic institutions, with a total of 42 participants. Speakers from the European Science Foundation and collaborating members from companies and industries such as ABB, AIRBUS, Nanesa s.r.l., Leonardo Spa, BASF and others were invited for the second day of the meeting and for the first time in a project meeting of this type.

Graphene Flagship Core 2 Graphene Flagship Core 2


FORTH / ICE-HT at the 22nd Forum of Development, Patras, 23/11/2019

Successfully concluded the conference event of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH / ICE-HT) on "Smart Solutions for the Environment and Health". The event took place in the framework of the 22nd Forum of Development, on Saturday 23 November 2019 at 12:00, at the Hotel ASTIR, in Patras.

Forum2019 Conf. Event

The discussion was moderated by FORTH / ICE-HT Operational Scientist, Dr. George Fouskas, who presented the objectives and the program of the event. The Director of the Institute, Dr. Vasilis Bourganos, presented the research areas of FORTH / ICE-HT, as well as and mission statement of the Institute both in general, and in particular in connection with the smart solutions for environment and health and their interconnection with relevant enterprises and organizations promoting innovation. Then, short addresses were made by Professor Kleomenis Barlos, President of SEV (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises) of Peloponnese and Western Greece, and by Dr. Petros Ganos, coordinator of the action "Patras - Smart City", on behalf of the Municipality of Patras.

The first guest speaker was Dr. Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH / ICE-HT, who presented smart solutions for air quality monitoring using both expensive and inexpensive scientific instruments (such as specific sensors, particle mass spectrometer) which determine the fingerprint of each air pollution source. He also referred to the FORTH / ICE-HT innovative Center for Air Quality and Climate Change (C-STACC). Then, Dr. Alexander Maniatopoulos, General Manager of Yodiwo S.A., presented the SmartAQM research project, which he coordinates and in which FORTH / ICE-HT is one of the partners, that concerns with developing an effective management platform for smart buildings and cities. Dr. Elias Maglogiannis, Professor of University of Piraeus and Technical Director of the research project SISEI, in which FORTH / ICE-HT participates as a partner, Forum2019 Kiosk referred to procedures of using e-health and emotional information technologies to support long-term treatment of outpatients of Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers. Finally, Dr. Vassilis Papakonstantinou, Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Greece, an association for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in Greece, analyzed the issue of turning Greece into a technology hub by 2021 and he also referred to the forthcoming "MITEF Greece Startup Competition 2020".

A discussion between the participants and the invited speakers followed.

The event was attended by private sector representatives, executives from enterprises and members of the academic and research community.

FORTH / ICE-HT also participated in the Forum of Development with its own booth presenting the research activities at the Institute.



The 12th FORTH Scientific Retreat was organized by ICE-HT,
Patras, 15-16 October 2019

12th FORTH Retreat

Snapshot of the opening ceremonial session at the Patras Municipal Theater Apollon.

The 12th Scientific Retreat, of the Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH) was organized under the Αuspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019, in Patras, at the Conference Center of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT).

The opening ceremonial session of the 12th Scientific FORTH Retreat took place in the evening of Monday, October 14 2019 at the Patras Municipal Theater Apollon, a historical building of Patras city. The session included presentation of FORTH by the Chair of the Board of Directors, Prof. Nektarios Tavernarakis, a keynote lecture by Prof. N. Chr. Stampolidis, University of Crete and Director of Museum of Cycladic Art, the ceremony for the 2019 FORTH Employee Awards and a performance of the vibrato ensemble of the Polyphonic Choir of Patras.
12th FORTH RetreatProf. N. Tavernarakis, Chairman of the Board of Directors & Prof. N. Stampolidis, Univ. of Crete and Director of Museum of Cycladic Art
The main objective of the Retreat, which is organized bi-annually in one of the cities hosting FORTH Institutes, is to provide the framework for scientific interactions between the research laboratories of FORTH, for oral and poster presentations of research PIs, postdocs and graduate students and discussions on interdisciplinary projects enabling exploration of synergy opportunities. More than 250 members from all FORTH institutes participated in the conference, and they exchanged views, knowledge, experiences and were informed about the progress of the research activities of each Institute.

12th FORTH Retreat

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, N. Tavernarakis,
presents the achievements of FORTH.

12th FORTH Retreat

Dr. V. Burganos, Director, presents FORTH/ICE-HT.


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 took place in Patras, Greece, on 29th-31st August 2019, had 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 was 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 were:

  • 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


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


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.




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