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Dr Vassilios Binas is a Stavros Niarchos Research Fellow at FORTH/IESL. He received the Ph.D. degree from University of Crete in 2010, with the dissertation “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nanoporous materials for Adsorption and Catalytic applications”. He has served as Visiting Researcher at Imperial College-UK (2015), International Institute of New Energy, Shenzhen, China (2014), International Research Center for Renewable Energy (IRCRE) School of Energy & Power Engineering, Xi’an, China (2014) and at Electronic Ceramics-K5, Institut ‘Josef Stefan’, Slovenia (2013).

His research interests focus on physicochemical properties of advanced materials and devices for environmental and energy applications. Particular emphasis is given on photocatalytic materials and devices for improved air, water and health quality, on gas sensors, on heterogeneous catalysis for solar driven water splitting / CO2 conversion and on printable electrochemical devices (SOFCs, gas sensors, supercapacitors etc).

He is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and inventor on 2 patents. He won important scientific prizes and awards in Competitions of Innovation and Applied Research (>20) and gave more than 30 invited lectures including 1 Key-note in international scientific conferences and workshops. He has been selected as a next generation Young Researcher in Strasbourg on 2013 and 2017 at the 4th and 6th World Summit on Materials organized by the Int. Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and he is one of the two European Representatives in the Global Materials Network on Advanced Materials.

Despoina Pavlidi received the diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2009 from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in 2012 and 2018 respectively from the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete, Greece. Since 2010 she is affiliated with the Institute of Computer Science at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH-ICS) as a research assistant. From March 2019 until June 2020 she was also affiliated with the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics at FORTH (FORTH-IACM) as a postdoctoral Stavros Niarchos Foundation fellow. She is currently a stay-at-home mom of a 2-year old boy and a new born girl. Her research interests include signal processing, deep neural networks, underwater acoustics, hydrophone arrays, microphone arrays, 2D and 3D sound source localization.

Dr Ksakousti Skyllakou is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the FORTH/ICE-HT in Patras since 2017. She is also a member of the research group ‘Center for the Study of Air Quality & Climate Change’ (C-STACC). She graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Patras (2010) and she received her M.Sc in 2013. She also received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Patras, entitled “Simulating the Sources of Organic Aerosol in the  Atmosphere”, under the supervision of Prof., Spyros Pandis. Her research interests are in areas of atmospheric pollution. More specifically in the development of modeling source apportionment techiques for the atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM), connected with health impacts and in the simulation of optical properties of PM, connected with the earth climate.

Aggelopoulos ChristosDr. Christos Aggelopoulos is an Assistant Researcher at FORTH/ICE-HT (2018-today). He is a physicist by training with an MSc Diploma in Physics (Environmental Sciences) from the University of Patras (2004) while he received his PhD Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the same University (2007). Following postdoctoral research at Institut Francais du Petrole-IFP, France (2009-2010), he was subsequently continued as Research Associate at FORTH/ICE-HT (2010-2012, 2014-2018) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, France (2012-2014). He was also participating as Adjunct Academic Staff of Hellenic Open University; from 2017 to 2020, he was tutor in the postgraduate program (M.Sc.), Environmental Design of Infrastructure Works. His research activities involve the in-depth study of environmental systems and the exploration of effective remediation methods for polluted environmental sites. More specifically his research activities focus on (i) Polluted soil/wastewater/waste treatment by cold atmospheric plasma, (ii) Investigation of multiphase flow and transport phenomena in soils with application to subsurface contamination and remediation, (iii) Biomass valorization for the development of low cost adsorbents capable to remove multi-species pollutants from wastewater, (iv) Wastewater treatment by photo-catalysis and (v) Carbon dioxide storage in geological formations and environmental impacts.

Dimitra Plaka is a 3rd year Ph.D candidate at School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences at National Technical University of Athens under the supervision of Konstantinos Chrysafinos and Emmanuil H. Georgoulis. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the same university in 2017 and her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from University of Patras in 2015.  Her research focuses on α posteriori error analysis and optimal control for phase-field problems

Ioannis Iakovidis is a PhD candidate at the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of University of Crete. He received his B.Sc. (2014) and M.Sc. (2017) from the same Department. His research focuses on Numerical Analysis and specifically on Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations.

Nikolaos Pachakis is a PhD candidate at the School of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical
University of Crete. He received his Bachelor degree in Mathematics from University of Crete in 2013
and his Master degree in Applied Mathematics from the same University in 2017.

Dimitris Farazakis is a PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, under the support of the ARCHERS  and ELIDEK fellowship.  He received his B.Sc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Crete with specialization in Mathematical Simulation and Calculation Techniques, and his M.Sc in Statistics and Actuarial-Financial Mathematics from the University of the Aegean, Department of Mathematics, Samos,  with specialization in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics (supported by the Department of Mathematics’ fellowship). His research is on stochastic differential equations, Malliavin calculus, reaction-diffusion equations with applications to physics and mathematical finance.

Dr. Konstantinos Tzirakis is a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, FORTH. He received B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics (2005), in Mathematics (2009), and M.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (2007) from University of Crete. He received his PhD for his work entitled “Improving sharp interpolated Hardy-trace Hardy inequalities and Hardy inequalities for fractional Laplacians on bounded domains”, under the supervision of Prof. Achilles Tertikas, University of Crete. Dr. Konstantinos Tzirakis has postdoctoral/academic experience as a Research Fellow of Center for Mathematical Modeling and Data Science, at Osaka University (Japan), and as Adjunct Lecturer at Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of University of Crete as well as Department of Mathematics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include Applied Mathematical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations and Calculus of Variations. His current research focuses on dynamics, analysis and simulation for phase transitions.

Ms Ourania Kousovista is a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate at Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of University of Crete. She received her Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Crete in 2015 and her Master degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the same university in 2017. Her research focuses on stochastic differential equations; mathematical modeling in medicine; machine learning; time series analysis; non-linear mixed effect modeling.