University of Patras (U.o.P.)

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U.o.P. Laboratories

The Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering & Environmental Technology (LBEET) was founded in 1990 and since then is conducting research on development, mathematical modeling, optimization and control of bioprocesses with special emphasis on environmental protection and wastes valorization via biotechnological production of high-added value chemicals and/or biofuels.

  • LBEET is conducting fundamental and applied research covering a wide spectrum of activities from the identification of key-mechanisms taking place in biochemical processes at the lab-scale up to the design and optimization of bioreactors and processes in industrial scale.
  • Particular emphasis has been given in developing and optimizing biological as well as integrated processes for the removal of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from municipal and industrial wastewaters and studying the fate of xenobiotics (pharmaceuticals, surfactants, etc) and their effect in WWTPs. The current research interests of LBEET focus on the development of innovative or improved environmental technologies for the integrated management of liquid or solid wastes with high organic content. In this context, special emphasis is given on the application of biological processes for the valorization of the organic fraction of municipal solid wastes, agricultural residues, energy crops or organic wastes through their bioconversion to liquid and gaseous biofuels (bioethanol, hydrogen, methane etc) or high added-value chemicals (e.g. bio-plastics, bio-surfactants, bio-plasticizers etc).
  • LBEET is also using modern environmental tools and techniques such as Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) coupled with optimization methods for developing schemes for the optimal integrated management of municipal solid wastes.

The main research interest οf the Microbiology lab concerns the study of physiology of oleaginous microorganisms, both heterotrophs (yeasts, fungi) and autotrophs (microalgae, cyanobacteria) and the production of microbial lipids, named Single Cell Oils (SCOs) with emphasis on those containing high percentages of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs), which are products with a major biotechnological interest for pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The laboratory has developed innovative strategies in the field of biotechnological research that are related to:

  • the bio-technologies concerning the valorization of bio-waste/agro-industrial by-products or co-products of the agro-industrial and chemical activity in Greece in pilot and large scale. Wastes considered include the by-products of fish farming, of biodiesel manufacture (industrial glycerol), of olive mills (olive-mill wastewater), of wineries, the co-products of tomato and pear industries, etc., which are considered as substrates for the production of biofuels and microbial metabolic products with high-added value (SCOs, organic acids, microbial proteins etc.).
  • the development of a complete and financially-viable biodiesel production system using crops of energy plants and by-products, like raw glycerol, which are characterized as renewable raw materials. These new technologies (biological cultivation of energy plants, biotechnological methods for biodiesel production) are of great importance for future enhancement of competitiveness in general economic and social renewal.
  • the production of enriched fish food supplemented with high-value compounds (microalgae biomass rich in PUFAs and pigments) in order to optimize the growth and physical state of the fish growing in Greek fish farms, aiming to the enhancement of the beneficial effects of them to the consumers’ health.

Our research group are actively involved in the development, modeling, optimization and application of the so-called advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) for the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters, as well as other aqueous matrices, including surface waters, groundwater, potable water and treated effluents.

Several AOPs are investigated including heterogeneous photocatalysis over immobilized or suspended semiconductor materials, homogeneous photocatalysis (photo-Fenton), wet air oxidation with or without heterogeneous catalysts (e.g. transition metal oxides and precious metals), sonochemical reactions, ozone oxidation and ozonolysis, and electrochemical oxidation over various “active” and “non-active” electrodes. Moreover, process coupling constitutes a major research topic to elucidate possible synergistic, cumulative or antagonistic effects.

Research methodology includes fundamental kinetic and mechanistic studies to elucidate possible interactions amongst the various operating parameters, identification of major transformation by-products, establishment of the reaction network and assessment of the post-treatment chemical, biological and ecotoxic properties.

Oxidative treatment targets a wide spectrum of contaminants including emerging organics such as the metabolites of pharmaceuticals and personal care products typically found in treated effluents at the ng/L-μg/L level, “mild” industrial effluents such as those from textile processing and “heavily polluted” (agro)industrial effluents such as those from olive processing (for olive oil and edible olives manufacturing) and landfill leachates. Research interests also include the inactivation of pathogens, as well as the simultaneous treatment of heavy metals and organic contaminants.

The sustainable management and treatment of various aqueous matrices usually requires an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach, where environmental chemical engineering plays a pivotal role; in this respect, separation processes, amongst others, are critical for the recovery of added-value by-products (i.e. waste valorization) and/or the reuse of processed streams, an area of interest to the research group.

Laboratory equipment: Wet air oxidation reactor, high power and low frequency ultrasound generator, ozone generator, solar simulator, electrochemical oxidation reactors.
Analytical: Total organic carbon analyzer, Toxicometer.

The research team is actively involved in the exploitation of industrial or metallurgical – mining by-products for the production and development of building materials, such as structural ceramics, cements and geopolymers. Also, the processes studied include sintering and metal-slag reactions. The research methodology includes surface, thermal and thermochemical side-by-product treatments, physicochemical characterization and mechanical properties of the materials produced in order to understand the interaction of the composition of the specimens with their properties and their improvement.

The by-products under consideration are boron containing wastes, bauxite residues, FGD gypsum, ferroaluminous by-products such as EAF, ILs etc., food processing residues such as rice husk ash and generally any by-product that could be exploited in the frame of the circular economy.

Brief description of the research activities of the Laboratory or the Research Team

Technologies and particle separation methods, Particulate systems, Flow in porous materials, filtering of particulate pollutants

Development of scientific instruments to characterize the size and shape of inorganic, organic and biological particles

Consolidation of non -aggregated porous materials with inorganic salt precipitation, deposition of sparingly soluble salts in oil extraction premises

Water & waste water treatment methods, Design of water and wastewater treatment systems, Environmental Management and Protection

Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena

Separation Processes, wastewater treatment by membrane filtration technologies and reclamation of organic substances with a high added value (Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration, Reverse Osmosis, distillation, crystallization, adsorption, extraction, etc. Applications in agroindustrial wastewater treatment technologies.

The formation of crystalline particles from aqueous supersaturated solutions and from melts is a very important process underlying a quite broad spectrum of phenomena including salts or organic compounds crystallization and separation of polymorphs (food and pharmaceutical industry), scale formation and fouling in industrial water intensive processes (cooling towers, heat exchangers), preparation of powders with tailor made characteristics, biological mineralization etc. Understanding the mechanism of these processes is a prerequisite for their effective control in supersaturated solutions. Aside from the above mentioned applications, crystallization may be used as a tool for the recovery of raw materials from wastes (phosphorus from municipal wastewaters and polyphenols from olive mill wastewater). Adsorption of substances at the crystal/ solution interface is an important mechanism of transport of pollutants from the aqueous phase to the solids. Precipitation and or crystallization in the presence of pollutants is among our research interests. Charge transfer reactions at the metal/aqueous solutions interface are typical for metal corrosion. These reactions may be favored by the presence of scale deposits. The relationship between these two processes is within the research interests of our Laboratory.

The dissolution of sparingly soluble salts in undersaturated solutions is of paramount importance in understanding the behaviour of materials exposed in the atmosphere. Mechanistic investigations are needed in order to understand the deterioration of the building materials of the built cultural heritage at the molecular level, so that the most suitable remediation methods may be designed. The investigations in our laboratory are focused in these two tasks.

The research team of the Laboratory of Process and Synthesis Optimization of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Patras has experienced in  the field of design and evaluation of technologies for the exploitation of processed raw materials of both organic and inorganic nature. More specifically, ESB research team has developed significant technology in the development of early-stage mathematical modeling processes and incorporating these standards into commercial simulators (such as UniSim, Aspen, SuperPro, Matlab, GAMS).

Significant work has also been done in linking early experimental results with the economic and environmental assessment of the respective technologies on industrial scale. ESB also has significant know-how in the systematic optimization of industrial systems both at the level of strategic planning and at the level of optimization of the mechanical design and operation of the respective units.

The lab possesses remarkable know-how in the development of Life Cycle Inventory Systems, but also in Life Cycle Analysis using commercial LCA software such as GaBi and openLCA.

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (U.o.A.)

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. As all other Greek universities, it is a self-governed legal entity of public law and all major policy issues are determined by the Ministry of National Education and Religion. Retaining its academic autonomy, it fully respects the constitutionally secured right to everyone for a free education. This is possible because it is funded by the state. Moreover, It is progressively succeeding to benefit from its property and legacies, as well as from the funding of research projects with national and international partners. All funds are invested into the management and operation of educational, research and cultural programmes, into student and staff services and grants.

U.o.A. Laboratories


The research group of Environmental Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was created by Michael Scoullos in the mid 1970s and has constituted part of the Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry and Technology Division of the Chemistry Department since 1982. Michael Scoullos was also a founding member of the first Greek post-graduate course on Ocean Studies established in the University of Athens in 1974. The independent Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry was founded in 2003. In 2011 the UNESCO Chair and Network on Management and Education for Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean was situated in the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry.

The perspective of the Laboratory includes an integrated and holistic approach of the environment, which has contributed to its very high reputation and the efficient handling of a large number of various types of competitive programs and projects of nearly all aspects of environmental science, technology, management and education. The Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry is accredited according to ISO/EN 17025.

Its research activity and programs are related to the following major directions:

  • Chemistry of aquatic systems with emphasis on the marine environment, including surface and ground waters, marine surface microlayer and sediments: circulation, chemical behavior, impact on ecosystems and distribution of metals, nutrients and organic pollutants, qualitative characteristics.
  • Study of natural systems of particular interest (microenvironments), such as river estuaries, wetlands, lagoons etc, investigation of coastal eutrophication and its impact.
  • Study of biogeochemical cycles and metal speciation, nutrients and other substances in aquatic systems.
  • Environmental impact of anthropogenic activities in the natural environment, phenomena of marine pollution with emphasis on coastal systems.
  • Ecotoxicological studies in aquatic ecosystems, bioaccumulation studies in various marine organisms – bioindicators and study of the impact of chemical compounds on the food chain.
  • Study of metal speciation in natural systems and foodstuffs, which is responsible for their biological activity and impact. Toxicological study of trace elements in biological fluids.
  • Chemistry of the atmospheric environment and indoor spaces, determination of various pollutants in aerosols.
  • Magnetic properties of particulate matter and sediments.
  • Applications of environmental geochemistry with emphasis on magnetic characterization, behavior and distribution of principal elements and trace metals in soil systems.
  • Study of interactions in the system rock – water with emphasis on chromium speciation.
  • Environmental management of aquatic and marine ecosystems (use and exploitation of research results), contribution to the establishment of environmental policy and legislation.
  • Environmental education with emphasis on sustainable development.

Research activities of LEC are carried out in the framework of environmental programs at both national and international levels. Progress elaborated is characteristically reflected in LEC-NKUA statistics: the numbers of PhDs (>50), MScs (>280), peer-reviewed research publications (>250), University publications/books (23), environmental education publications (>100), monographs/books (>25), publications in conference proceedings (>400) etc, produced since the beginning of LEC-NKUA research activity. Particularly significant is the contribution of the cooperations, in which the laboratory participates, with several local and international institutes. Through these collaborations effective transfer of know-how is achieved.

Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT)

The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sc iences (ICE-HT) was established in 1984, as an Independent Academic Institute (initially under the name Institute of Chemical engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes). In 1987 ICE-HT became one of the founding Institutes of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas). FORTH comprises six Research Institutes (4 in Heraklion, 1 in Rethymnon, and 1 in Patras) and has been classified in all previous research assessments as “the first Research Centre in the whole of Greece”. FORTH reports directly to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The six Research Institutes of FORTH cooperate creatively as an integrated network for RTD.

During its operation ICE-HT has been developed into a world-leading centre for the advancement of high quality scientific knowledge in the fields of chemical engineering sciences. ICE-HT has participated in numerous RTD projects in cooperation with industrial enterprises, universities and research centers from Greece, as well as from other EU-member countries, USA, Japan, etc, with funding from national and EU competitive R&D programs, or directly from industry.

ICE-HT Mission Statement

  • Forefront scientific research.
  • Cooperation with industrial companies in EU and other countries.
  • Development of innovative technological products, key enabling technologies (KETs) and production processes.
  • Participation in the creation of spin-off companies.
  • Cooperation with other research & development organizations.
  • Training and advanced education of new researchers.
  • Active participation in the development of the Region of Western Greece.
  • Significant contribution to the technological and economic growth of Greece.

ICE-HT Laboratories

Laboratory of “Environmental Biotechnology” (LEB) belongs to FORTH/ICE-HT headed by Prof. Gerasimos Lyberatos. The laboratory has participated in approximately 50 European and National research projects with a total funding exceeding 3 million Euro. LEB of FORTH/ICE-HT has substantial experience in a wide range of bioengineering and environmental biotechnology processes for wastewater treatment and valorization of various types of biomass and wastes /wastewaters. Among others, extensive research has been conducted in the field of anaerobic biotechnology, such as anaerobic digestion and dark fermentation for hydrogen and short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) production, aerobic fermentation for ethanol production, including bioprocess modeling, optimization and control, as proven by the research projects in which LEB has so far participated and also by the numerous scientific papers in the field. Research has also been conducted in the development of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC), nutrient removal, removal of xenobiotics through physicochemical and biological processes, pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass and solids waste management (composting).

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.)

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece. The main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 40 schools and 1 single-School Faculty.

Some educational and administrative facilities are located off campus for practical and operational reasons. A number of these facilities are located outside the city of Thessaloniki or even in other cities.

About 73.930 students study at the Aristotle University (65.026 in undergraduate programmes and 8.472 in postgraduate programmes, of which 3952 at Doctoral level). There are 2.024 faculty members. There are also 11 teaching assistants, 58 research fellows, 248 members of the Special Laboratory Teaching Personnel (S.L.T.P.), 69 of whom belong to category Ι and 179 to category ΙΙ, as well as 15 foreign language teachers and 4 foreign instructors. Faculty members are also assisted by 213 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Personnel (S.T.L.P.). The administration office consists of 400 permanent employees and 528 employees under a private law contract of indefinite duration. Moreover, 596 people employed by third parties provide services at the university.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – AUTh – implements Sub-Action 4 of the project «INVALOR: Research Infrastructure for Waste Valorization and Sustainable Management». Title of Sub-Project 4 is «Exploitation of waste and by-products of industrial and agro-industrial activities aiming at the saving of raw materials and the sustainable production of chemicals, fuels and materials», with the Scientific Responsible Prof. Anastasios Zouboulis.

The Sub-Project 4 of AUTh is implemented around three general axes (Work Packages – WP), which refer to sectors of the industrial and agro-industrial activity of the domestic industry and constitute the main pillars of the INVALOR network:

  1. Hydrometallurgical recovery and electrochemical treatment of chromium from tanning waste (sludges), for re-use in industry (WP 4.1),
  2. Recovery of inorganic industrial by-products in the production of concrete (WP 4.2), and
  3. Utilization of biomass waste and by-products of agricultural activities and related industries for the production of high value fuels and chemicals (WP 4.3).

A.U.Th. Laboratories

The Laboratory of Chemistry and Environmental Technology – Department of Chemistry, AUTh holds long and recognized expertise in the fields of advanced materials and chemical processes for a wide range of technological applications, in the areas of environment protection and remediation, (bio)fuels and (bio)chemicals production, aerospace, coatings, heritage protection and restoration, etc.

Related activities: Science and technology of separation of components from wastes, environmental biotechnology, recovery and removal of toxic metals from aqueous solutions (hydrometallurgy), environmental technology by applying both physicochemical and biological processing methods, and their appropriate combinations. Recycling/ utilization of industrial by-products (eg. fly ash, red sludge, silicates, etc.), as well as treatment of solid toxic industrial wastes by the application of hydrometallurgical, physico-chemical (inactivation-stabilizing) and thermal (vitrification) methods. Water and wastewater treatment at research level as well as in practice, including analysis and characterization of samples. Waste biomass (lignocellulosic, lipid) valorization via advanced thermochemical treatments and catalytic processing towards high added value chemicals, fuels and materials.

The research activities of the members of the laboratory of Physical Chemistry are concerned with basic as well as applied research. A part of this research is related to the following subjects of environmental interest:

  • Photo-electrochemistry of semiconductors
  • Corrosion and protection
  • Kinetics and mechanisms of electrochemical reactions
  • Electrocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, electroanalysis
  • Electrochemical Promotion of Catalysis (EPOC / NEMCA)
  • Fuel Cells
  • Structure of electrified and un-electrified interfaces
  • Chromatography

The Laboratory of Building Materials is one of the main Laboratories that have been operating since the foundation of the Polytechnic School. It provides theoretical and practical training to the students of the Department of Civil Engineering and postgraduate students of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in the Protection, Maintenance and Restoration of Cultural Monuments, on modern building materials (cement, aggregates, concrete, steel), traditional materials of monuments and historical buildings, as well as repair materials.

Over the last twenty years, the Laboratory has developed a major research activity that mainly concerns two research fields / fields:

  • Applied research to promote new materials in the production and utilization of industrial by-products in the building, for the benefit of:
  • saving of natural resources and energy,
  • environmental protection,
  • construction economics.
  • Research on the analysis of historical monumental heritage materials and the maintenance and fixation of buildings with compatible materials, as well as construction materials in general. Also in recent years, the properties of nano-modified building materials have been tested.

The Scientific staff of the Laboratory consists of experienced and new researchers from various scientific disciplines (civil engineer, geologist, chemist, architect engineer) to adequately cover the complex problems encountered in building.

Agricultural University of Athens (A.U.A)

The Agricultural University of Athens is the third University in Greece, after the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National Technical University of Athens. It was established by law 1844/1920 (Government Gazette 17 A / 22.01.1920), as an independent Higher Education Institution under the name of the Higher Agricultural School of Athens (HASA). The HASA it was transformed into the Agricultural University of Athens consisting of seven independent Academic Departments with the PD. 377/1989 (Government Gazette 16 Α / 16-6-1989), which subsequently with the PD. 226/1995 (Government Gazette 130 A / 20.06.1995) was renamed to the Agricultural University of Athens. The Agricultural University of Athens (hereinafter referred to as “AUA”) provides a high level of educational and research work at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of Agricultural Sciences. The vision of the Foundation is its dynamic placement in the international academic environment and its response to the productive and developmental needs of the Greek economy and society. At the same time, its vision is implemented in three axes of actions aimed at Educational Excellence, Research Excellence and Association with Society. AUA consistent with its historical role, monitors, intervenes and develops in the rhythms and directions of modern education and science. It is in constant contact with society, understands its needs and provides positions and suggestions for solving problems related to the agro-food sector.

Laboratories of the Agricultural University of Athens

The Laboratory of Food Engineering and Food Processing is one of the five Laboratories of the Department of Food Science and Technology. The Laboratory employs 4 faculty members and 4 permanent members of auxiliary scientific staff. The number of assistant research staff is increased according to the requirements of the research work of the Laboratory (Research Programs, Assignments, etc.). 10-12 graduate and postgraduate studies of 6 months each, each year, are conducted in the Laboratory. Doctoral theses are also being drafted.

The course covers the subjects of Mechanical and Food Conservation and Oenology. More specifically, the laboratory’s subjects are:

  • Food preservation techniques
  • Basic processes of food processing
  • Food industry equipment
  • Food packaging
  • Food processing technologies
  • Design of food processing and maintenance units
  • Physical properties of foods
  • Oenology

The main purpose of the Laboratory of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding is to promote scientific knowledge on nutrition of animal organisms, implemented through:

  • Production of basic scientific knowledge through research,
  • Implementation of nutrition knowledge and transfer of food processing technology into practice at every level,
  • Nutrition advice related to chemical composition, quality of livestock products (milk, meat, eggs) and consumer health.
  • Promotion and dissemination of applied scientific knowledge on nutrition of farmed terrestrial and aquatic organisms such as ruminants (cows, sheep, goats), monogastric herbivores (solipeds, rabbits), monogastric omnivorous (pigs, birds) with the aim of optimizing the production of food suitable for the promotion of human health,
  • Education of anyone involved, directly or indirectly, with nutrition on theoretical and applied topics (general or special),
  • Teaching of nutrition-related scientific subjects to the students of AUA at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Technical University of Crete (T.U.C.)

The Technical University of Crete was established by the Law 545/77 on the “Establishment of a Technological Institution under the title Technical University of Crete and other provisions”. On July 17th 1977, the first Executive Committee of the Institution convened under the presidency of Professor Perikles Theoharis and in the presence of the then Minister of National Education G. Rallis, consisting of the Mayor of the City of Chania and the President of the Western Crete Section of the Technical Chamber of Greece, representing the local element which had shown great interest in the establishment of the University.

As far as the educational programming was concerned, significant changes took place, based, of course, on the new legal framework that had started to form in the meanwhile but had definitely reversed the programming of the Executive Committee of 1977. The capstone of the philosophy of the Executive Committee of 1981, with reference to the educational programming, was the issuing of the Presidential Decree52/83 on “the structure of the Technical University of Crete into Departments and Sectors, the procedure of electing permanent faculty members and prerequisites on the independent function of the Technical University of Crete with elected governing bodies”. Instead of three Schools and 12 Departments that were provided for in the P.D. 1140/80, the new P.D. 52/83 provided for the establishment of 6 Academic Departments: Production Engineering and Management, Mineral Resources Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Sciences Department.

Since then, the Technical University of Crete has been making continuous and significant progress. The high quality of the faculty staff, the scientific partners and the administrative and technical personnel guarantee the University’s future growth. The campus is certainly one of the best in Greece, with modern lecture halls and research facilities, library, student hall of residences, restaurant and recreational areas. New Departments are scheduled for the future and at the same time, the contribution of the Technical University of Crete in research is broadly appreciated, as the Institution is now recognized as one of the most prestigious research institutions in Greece with hundreds of research programmes in progress. The Technical University of Crete is now recognized both as an educational and research institution in Greece and internationally and can therefore envision with great optimism its future.

T.U.C. Laboratories

The Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Management of the Technical University of Crete was founded in 1992 with Professor Evan Diamadopoulos as the director. The Laboratory was situated in the building of the former French School in Halepa and functioned as an interdepartmental laboratory, supporting the Departments of Production Engineering and Management and Mineral Resources Engineering of the University. The Laboratory moved to the University Campus in 1999, while in 2003 it became one of the laboratories of the School of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, specifically of Division II: “Environmental Process Design and Analysis Division”.

The Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Management focuses on the following Research Activities:

  • Water treatment
  • Treatment and reuse of municipal and other types of wastewater
  • Natural and hybrid treatment systems
  • Solid waste (municipal, agroindustrial) valorization for activated carbon and biochar production
  • Use of activated carbon and biochar in environmental and agronomic applications

The laboratory of Biochemical Engineering & Environmental Biotechnology (BEEB) ( is one of the few laboratories involved in the development of biological-based processes to address environmental problems in Greek Universities. The laboratory was established with the arrival of Prof. Nicolas Kalogerakis at TU-Crete in Chania in the summer of 1997, a few months before the Department accepted its first undergraduate students in September 1997. The laboratory belongs to Division II: “Analysis and Design of Environmental Processes” of the School of Environmental Engineering at TU-Crete and it has participated in many National and EU (FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, LIFE, EEA) projects and has established collaborations with many laboratories in EU and worldwide.

The research mission of the BEEB Laboratory is to:

  • Become one of the premier centres of excellence and innovation in Greece and Southern Europe for Research and Development of novel biotechnological processes for environmental protection, quality assessment and remediation of contaminated sites and marine environments.
  • Establish collaborative research projects with other laboratories at National, EU and International level.
  • Provide external services on a contractual basis for environmental sample analysis and/or bioremediation or phytoremediation process design & monitoring.

The Research Unit “Technologies for the Management of Mining / Metallurgical Wastes and Soil Rehabilitation”,, belongs to the School of Mineral Resources Engineering of Technical University Crete and operates under the supervision of Prof. Konstantinos Komnitsas. In the Research Unit, apart from educational activities, several diploma, MSc and PhD theses are carried out, while several research projects, funded from national sources and the European Commission, are implemented.

The studied research topics include:

Development of new processes for the treatment of primary and secondary raw materials

  • Waste management and valorization
  • Soil decontamination
  • Sustainable development
  • Circular economy
  • Environmental and risk assessment
  • LCA of processes and products

Democritus University of Thrace (D.U.TH.)

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), was established in Greece in July 1973 and accepted the first students in the academic year 1974-1975 at the Departments of Civil Engineering and Law. The university was named after the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus who was born in the city of Avdira, Xanthi. It is based in Komotini, which is the capital of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. DUTH is the first Greek university with campuses in the four cities (Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupoli and Orestiada), and is among the largest Universities in the country in terms of student population. DUTH has 8 faculties and 18 departments. The total number of students is approximately 29,000, while the research and teaching personnel is over 700 people. As a university, aims at the educational and research excellence, reorienting its research and educational strategies based on innovation, entrepreneurship and future demands.

DUTH Laboratories

The Laboratory of Wastewater Management and Treatment Technologies, headed by Prof. Alexandros Aivazidis, is located at the Department of Environmental Engineering of DUTH. The Wastewater Management and Treatment Technologies Laboratory, is devoted to develop new environmental friendly and sustainable treatment technologies. The primary objective of the Laboratory is to promote this particular field of engineering through scientific research and teaching in the Department of Environmental Engineering and other departments of the University of Thrace, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Some of the research activities of the Wastewater Management and Treatment Technologies Laboratory are listed below:

  1. Development and optimisation of aerobic and anaerobic biochemical processes for wastewater treatment
  2. Research and development of technologies for biological nutrient removal
  3. Dynamic simulation and control of aerobic, anoxic and anaerobic biological processes
  4. Monitoring and identification of microbial communities in wastewater treatment plants
  5. Intelligent control of wastewater treatment plants
  6. Enhanced biogas production through anaerobic sludge digestion and co-digestion with agricultural wastewaters, by mechanical (ultra sound), chemical and biological pretreatment, etc.

More details about the activities you can find at the laboratory’s website (


  • All
  • Agricultural University of Athens
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Democritus University of Thrace
  • Lecturer
  • National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Professor
  • Research Associate
  • Researcher
  • Technical University of Crete
  • University of Patras

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