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Distinctions-Awards

This section presents distinctions and awards received by the members of FORTH/ICE-HT during the last years and, specifically, it includes distinctions of papers in scientific journals or conferences, awards in scientific competitions, distinctions or awards of scientific organization/association, honorary positions and honorary fellowships.

 

2016

  • Dr. Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, received the 2016 David Sinclair Award by the American Association for Aerosol Research for his pioneering contributions to the understanding and control of air pollution. A significant factor for this recognition was his leadership of the 10-million Euro R&D project PEGASOS, a Pan-European Gas-Aerosol-Climate Interactions Study with 30 research groups from 18 countries in Europe, funded by the European Union and coordinated by FORTH/ICE-HT.
    The David Sinclair Award recognizes sustained excellence in aerosol research and technology by an established scientist still active in his/her career. The individual's research must have a lasting impact in aerosol science.
  • Dr. K. Papadimitriou, postdoctoral researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT, received the "Best Poster Award" for the poster entitled "Synthesis and Characterization of 3-arm star PMMAs Bearing Pyrene Units as Dispersing Agents of Graphene" by Papadimitriou K. D., Gkermpoura S., Polyzos I., Galiotis C. G. and Tsitsilianis C. in the "11th Hellenic Polymer Society International Conference", held at Heraklion, Crete, Greece from 3 to 5 November 2016.
  • Mr. Matthaios-Emmanouil Papadimitropoulos, Ph.D. student of FORTH/ICE-HT and the Department of Biology, University of Patras, received a "Research Poster Award" for the poster entitled "Metabolomics in Systems Agro-Biotechnology" by M.-E. Papadimitropoulos, G. Tooulakou, I. annakos, H. Yannopoulos, V. Haitas, N. Katsoulas, C. Kittas, P. Kalaitzis and Maria Klapa in the "Joint International Conference of the Hellenic Crystallographic Association & and the Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (HeCrA-HSCBB16)", held at the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, from October 7 to 9, 2016
  • Dr. Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, received the Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering for 2016 by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for his outstanding contribution to successful regulation and improvements in air quality in areas around the world.
    The Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering recognizes an individual's outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment. The recipient must be a member of AIChE, have 15 years of chemical engineering experience in the environmental field, and demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.
  • Ms. Pinelopi Angelopoulou, Ph.D. student of FORTH/ICE-HT and the Department of Materials Science, University of Patras, under the supervision of Ass. Professor George Avgouropoulos, received the "Young Researcher Award" for the best oral presentation entitled "Combustion-synthesized LiMn-based spinel nanostructures as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries" by Pinelopi Angelopoulou, Fotios Paloukis and George Avgouropoulos in the "13th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies", held on 5-8 July 2016, at Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • he e-poster of the undergraduate students in the Biology Department University of Patras, Christina Vasilopoulou and Maria-Sotiria Marra, who are carrying out their diploma thesis research in the Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology Laboratory at ICE-HT, accompanied by a 10-page essay, entitled:
    Vasilopoulou Ch., Marra M.-S., Klapa M.,
    "Application of Metabolomics in Systems Medicine"
    won the "best e-poster" prize (one awarded) out of 94 e-posters at the 22nd Scientific Conference of Greek Medical Students, held in Patras, May 13-15, 2016 (More details).

  • Second Prize of the "Greece Innovates!" Competition for the work on soil remediation with cold plasma

    Prize
    The final round of the 3rd "Greece Innovates!" Applied Research & Innovation Competition, a joint initiative of Eurobank and SEV (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises), was successfully completed on Tuesday 23/02/2016 with the awards ceremony at the Cultural Centre of the Foundation of the Hellenic World. The 2nd Prize in the category "Applied Research" was given to Dr. Christos Aggelopoulos, Researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT, Patras, Greece for the project "Cold Plasma Apparatus for the Fast, Efficient and Cost-Effective Remediation of Highly Polluted Soils". The work was performed by Ch. Aggelopoulos (FORTH/ICE-HT, Research Group Representative), P. Svarnas (Ass. Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras) and Ch. Tsakiroglou (Research Director, FORTH/ICE-HT).

    The cold plasma apparatus is based on the generation of non-hazardous highly reactive species, able to oxidize even the most persistent soil pollutants. These species are produced by an electric discharge between two electrodes, wherein the contaminated soil is placed. During remediation, only atmospheric air is injected through the soil, minimizing environmental impacts and operating cost. The pollutants are removed completely within a few minutes, whereas the power consumption is comparable to that of a small light bulb. The apparatus is user-friendly for unskilled staff and easy to scale up.

2015

  • The Academy of Athens in a solemn session on December 22, 2015 awarded the scientific publication "Curvature dependent surface energy for a free standing monolayer graphene: Some closed form solutions of the non-linear theory" (D. Sfyris, G. I. Sfyris and C. Galiotis, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 67:186-197, 2014) the Academician Pericles S. Theocharis Prize supported by the Pericles S. Theocharis Foundation for the best scientific work in the field of Mechanics. The prize and the prize money of 2,000 Euro were received by Dr. D. Sfyris, a former postdoctoral researcher at FORTH / ICE-HT working for the project Excellence-ERC (ERC-10) funded by General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
  • Ms. Aspasia Antonelou, Ph.D. student of FORTH/ICE-HT, received the "Young Researcher Award" in recognition of best poster presentation entitled "Laser processing of SiC: From graphene-coated SiC particles to 3D graphene froths" by Aspasia Antonelou and Spyros N. Yannopoulos in the 26th International Conference on Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Semiconductors (ICANS26), held on 13-18 September 2015 in Aachen, Germany. Relative research has received funding from the European Union and the 7th Framework Programme (project SMARTPRO).

  • Results of project PEGASOS, co-ordinated by Prof. Spyros Pandis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, are used to improve air quality in Europe and to limit climate change

    Scientists are more certain than ever that humans are the cause of global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its most authoritative report to date, drawing on millions of scientific observations - many of which were gathered by scientists in Europe. The data used to compile the report include the results of the EU-funded large-scale project PEGASOS, co-ordinated by Prof. Spyros Pandis, Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT. These results are based on air quality measurements over Europe by the Zeppelin used PEGASOS.

    The major policy-relevant conclusions of PEGASOS were:
    (1) A variety of EU air quality policies since 1970 have avoided a dramatic deterioration of air quality in Europe
    . The EURO norms, and fuel quality directives (sulfur) were among the most influential policies
    . EU policies have increased life expectancy of people in Europe by 5 months
    . The introduction of EURO standards led to reduction of worldwide ozone levels (+0.3% crop production).

    (2) There is a range of available policies for additional air quality improvement in Europe
    . Some are not so obvious options: reductions of ammonia, residential and agricultural biomass burning, etc.
    . Their effect on climate will be limited.

    (3) Global temperature response due to a range of air pollution emission changes will vary from +0.3 to -0.2 K during the next 40 years
    . Air pollution trajectories in emerging economies will have larger effect on climate.
    . In Europe the warming for global maximum reductions would be 0.5C and in the Arctic 0.8C.
    . Aerosols effects are not necessarily in the regions of emissions.
    . These impacts are relatively small compared to the effect of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    (4) On longer timescales the abatement of methane emissions will reduce global temperature by 0.2C and also reduce ozone.

    (5) Air quality/climate policies co-benefits depend on type of pollutant:
    . They are important for sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen but less so for volatile organic compounds
    . Climate and air pollution policies can reduce ozone concentrations globally
    . The feedback from climate change on air quality will be heterogeneous across Europe, seasons, and type of pollution resulting in:
    - increases in ozone but also increases/decreases of PM
    - potentially significant increase of wildfire emissions
    - increased biogenic emissions due to increased temperature will increase ozone in polluted areas
    - Ambitious emission controls will have larger impacts on air quality than climate change.

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  • The project entitled "Cold Plasma Apparatus for the Fast, Efficient and Cost-Effective Remediation of Highly Polluted Soils" by Ch. Aggelopoulos, FORTH/ICE-HT, P. Svarnas, Dept. Electrical & Computer Eng., Univ. of Patras, and Ch. Tsakiroglou, FORTH/ICE-HT was evaluated as one of the top 20 entries for the 3rd "Greece Innovates!" Competition and will proceed to the oral assessment stage. The oral assessment will be open to the public and will include presentations to the business community, a media promotion plan and a summary report which will be distributed widely, especially to entrepreneurs. Prizes will be awarded for the best projects.

 

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2012

  • The oral presentation of the collaborative study between the Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology Laboratory of FORTH/ICE-HT headed by Dr. M. I. Klapa and the First Pediatrics Department of Medical School, University of Athens, in "Agia Sofia" Hospital: A. Telonis, A. Gkourogianni, I. Kosteria, Ch.Kanaka-Gantenbein, G. Chrousos, M. I. Klapa: "Metabolomics in Clinical Prognosis: Indications of Predisposition to Metabolic Disorders in Result to Assisted Reproduction" received the "Best Scientific Presentation Award in Health Research" in the Annual Meeting of the 8th Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists, which took place in Patras on October 18-20, 2012. The results of metabolomic analysis do support the current serious indications of increased risk for insulin resistance in children conceived by assisted reproduction technologies in general and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), in particular. Furthermore, they demonstrate the usefulness of metabolomic analysis, as new technology for high-throughput biomolecular analysis, to provide a high resolution perspective of the metabolic state, enabling the determination of characteristic metabolic profiles even in complex physiological conditions. A relevant manuscript is in preparation for submission to an international peer-reviewed journal.
  • The recently published paper by S. N. Yannopoulos (Principal Researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT) and co-workers, titled:
    "Chalcogenide glass layers in silica photonic crystal fibers"
    by C. Markos, S. N. Yannopoulos, and K. Vlachos
    Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 14, pp. 14814-14824 (2012)
    was highlighted as a "Spotlight in Optics" by the Optical Society of America. The article deals with a simple and inexpensive way of integrating chalcogenide glasses into silica Photonic Crystal Fibers (PCF) based on the capillary-induced imbibition of a nanocolloidal chalcogenide (As2S3) solution into the PCF channels and the subsequent solvent evaporation.
  • SCImago Research Group released SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) World Report 2011, the world broadest coverage ranking showing the research activity of 3042 universities and research-focused institutions worldwide. The report is based on quantitative data of citation and publication using Elsevier's database Scopus and shows bibliometric indicators that unveil some of the main dimensions of research performance of worldwide research-devoted institutions.
    SIR World Report 2011 includes a global table arranged by Normalized Impact, and shows international, regional and national ranks on this variable for every institution. According to this rank FORTH/ICE-HT is at the 915th position worldwide (out of 3042 organizations, that is, at 30% and, hence, above the world average) and at national level FORTH/ICE-HT is at the 3rd position (after IESL, which is at the 1st position, and FORTH, as a whole, which is at the 2nd position).

 

2011

  • The recently published work by Prof. G. N. Papatheodorou, Distinguished Member of FORTH, and his coworkers, entitled:
    "Silicate Glasses at the Ionic Limit: Alkaline-Earth Sub-Orthosilicates"
    by N. K. Nasikas, A. Chrissanthopoulos, N. Bouropoulos, S. Sen, and G. N. Papatheodorou,
    Chem. Mater., 23 (16), pp. 3692-3697, 2011;
    DOI: 10.1021/cm2012582; Publication Date (Web): July 26, 2011
    was voted at the site ChemFeeds (http://www.chemfeeds.com/hot.php?time=quarter) as the hottest scientific article during the first quarter of its publication.
  • FORTH was ranked in the 12th position in the list of the 20 European research organizations with the highest numbers of participations in FP7 signed grant agreements during the period 2007-2010 according to the "FP7 Monitoring Report 2010, European Commission" (page 17). In her congratulatory letter to Professor Fotakis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of FORTH, the Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Diamantopoulou highlights "... This success demonstrates the successful model that characterizes FORTH for the optimal utilization of research infrastructure and human resources available ...".
  • The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has announced that the project of FORTH/ICE-HT entitled "Mechanical behaviour of two-dimensional crystals: The case of graphene" has been selected for sponsorship for the year 2011. The project team consists of Prof. Costas Galiotis (Coordinator, FORTH/ICE-HT & University of Patras), Prof. Konstantin Novoselov (University of Manchester), Ass. Prof. Konstantinos Papagelis (FORTH/ICE-HT & University of Patras), Dr. John Parthenios (FORTH/ICE-HT) and Dr. Dimitrios Tassis (University of Patras).

 

2008

  • Dr. Katerina Andreopoulou, post-doctoral researcher of the Department of Chemistry, University of Patras and of FORTH/ICE-HT, as well as collaborating member of the research group of polymers, was awarded by the Greek prize "L'OREAL - UNESCO 2008 for Women in Science" for her research activities in the field of Material Science.
  • Dr. George Dassios, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was elected by the European Commission in the position of the Vice-chair for the evaluations of the program PEOPLE (ERG & IRG) for the year 2008.
  • Dr. Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was elected President of the American Association for Aerosol Research.
  • Dr. Demosthenes Polyzos, Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was awarded by the "S. N. Atluri Medal" of ICCES (International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences) in recognition of "outstanding contributions to boundary element method, and the dedicated service to the Journal Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences".
  • Dr. Georgia Tsolou, post-doctoral fellow of FORTH/ICE-HT shared the Best Post Award during the 7th Hellenic Polymer Conference, Ioannina, Greece, September 2008, for her work entitled "Atomistic simulation of the solubility of small gases in polyisobutelene" (by G. Tsolou, V. Mavrantzas, Z. Makrodimitri, I. Economou, R. Gani).

 

2007

  • Dr. Demosthenes Polyzos, Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, as a member of a research group which included also Mr. G. Karlis, graduate student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras and Dr. D. Beskos, Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, was honored by the "P. Theocaris Award" of the Academy of Athens for the best publication in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in international journals, which is the following: G. F. Karlis, S. V. Tsinopoulos, D. Polyzos and D. E. Beskos "Boundary element analysis of mode I and mixed mode (I & II) crack problems of 2-D gradient elasticity", Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 196, pp. 5092-5103, 2007.

 

2006

  • Dr. Maria Klapa, Associate Researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT, and Mr. . . Kanani, graduate student (under the supervision of Dr. Klapa) at University of Mayland, USA, were honored by the Best Poster Award in the Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology Category during the AIChE Annual Meeting, November 15, 2006.
  • Dr. Spyros Pandis, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was honored by the "ASLI Choice Award on Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics" of Atmospheric Science Librarians International.

 

2005

  • Dr. George Dassios, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, received a Marie Curie Chair of Excellence at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. This appointment is for three years (2005-2008) and from the point of research it is connected to the electromagnetic activity of the Brain as well as to the theory of generalized transforms as it was initiated by A. Fokas and I. Gelfand.
  • Dr. Theophilos Ioannides, Principal Researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT, was honored by the "Global 100 Eco-Tech Award" during the EXPO-2005 in Japan for his work in aerogels.
  • Dr. Petros Koutsoukos, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was honored by the 1st Paper Award during the XXIII Annual Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), Lisbon, Portugal, 10-14 September 2005.
  • Dr. Christos Tsakiroglou, Principal Researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT, was honored by the Best Poster Award during the International Symposium of the Society of Core Analysts, August 21-25, 2005, Toronto, Canada.

 

2004

  • Dr. Costas Galiotis, Professor of the Department of Material Science, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was elected President of the European Society of Composite Materials (ESCM) for the period 2004-2006. Dr. Galiotis was also Elected Member of the Executive Council of the European Society of Composite Materials for the period 1998-2002.
  • Dr. George Dassios, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, along with Dr. Fotini Kariotou (who obtained her PhD from the aforementioned Department with Dr. Dassios as academic supervisor, supported by a FORTH/ICE-HT Research Assistantship) were honored with the "Ar. Pallas Award" of the Academy of Athens, for the following scientific publication: George Dassios and Fotini Kariotou, "Magnetoencephalography in ellipsoidal geometry", J. Math. Physics, 44, No.1, 220-241, 2003.
  • Dr. Vlasis Mavrantzas, Associate Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was elected President of the Hellenic Society of Rheology (HSR) for the period October 2004 - September 2006.

 

2002

  • Dr. George Papatheodorou, Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT, was awarded by Max Bredig Prize of Electrochemical Society.

 

2001

  • Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Principal Researcher of FORTH/ICE-HT, was elected President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS).
  • Mrs. E. Stefanidaki, graduate student of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras and FORTH/ICE-HT, Dr. T. Ostvold, Professor of NTNU and Honorary Fellow of FORTH/ICE-HT and Dr. C. Kontoyannis, Assistant Professor of the Department of Parmacy, University of Patras and Collaborating Faculty Member of FORTH/ICE-HT were honored by the 3rd Poster Award during the NATO Advanced Study Institute Meeting on "Molten Salts: From Fundamentals to Application" held in Kas, Turkey, May 3-14, 2001.
 
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