Dr. George Avgouropoulos
Dr. George Avgouropoulos graduated from the University of Patras with a diploma in Chemical Engineering (1997). Post graduate studies were carried out in Chemical Engineering Department of University of Patras in collaboration with Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (FORTH/ICE-HT), under the supervision of Prof. Verykios and Research Director Dr. Ioannides, respectively. He received a MSc diploma in Energy and Environment (2003) and a PhD diploma in Chemical Engineering (2003) from University of Patras. Since July 2003 he works as a research associate at FORTH/ICE-HT. In June 2010 he was elected a Lecturer at the Materials Science Department of University of Patras in the field of “Materials engineering in microphase-nanophase or/and molecular or/and biomolecular materials or/and devices – experimental direction”. In the midterm he was a postdoctoral fellow of National Fellowships Foundation (2006-2007), assistant professor at the Technological Educational Institution of Kalamata in Greece (2005-2010) and fixed term Lecturer at the Materials Science Department (2008 – today). He has co-authored 36 research papers and has received more than 1600 citations. He has presented more than 50 research papers in scientific conferences, while he co-holds two international patents.
In addition, three of his papers have been recognised as "Top-50 most cited articles" by Elsevier. He has co-edited a book in RSC Catalysis Series. He has participated as senior researcher in several European projects dealing with catalysis and fuel cell. He has developed research activities in the development (synthesis and characterization) of nanostructured catalysts (mainly Cu-Ce mixed oxides and Cu-Mn spinel oxides, as well as precious metal-based catalysts such as Au/Fe2O3, Au/CeO2, Pt/CeO2 Pt/Al2O3, and carbon-based materials) for application in hydrogen technologies (methanol fuel processors and PEM fuel cells). Recent research activities focus on the development (reaction engineering, synthesis-characterization-testing of materials) of a methanol-fuelled power unit based on a methanol reformer and a high temperature PEM fuel cell. His expertise spreads across a variety of analytical characterization techniques required from the nature of nanostructured materials focusing on collection of information with respect to the morphology, microstructure, phase distribution, etc. These include N2 adsorption, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (TEM, SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and temperature-programmed methods (TPR, TPD), isotopic measurements (SSITKA).