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Ioanna Dimitriou

Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Ioanna obtained her MEng in Chemical Engineering in 2006 (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). The same year she was awarded a scholarship from the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Leeds to study for an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management, which she graduated from in 2007.

She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Aston University in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Tony Bridgwater. From 2012-2017, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Her research there was focused on techno-economic feasibility assessments of carbon capture and utilisation processes (EPSRC), biorefinery systems (EU FP7), and waste plastic pyrolysis applications (IAA Early Career Researcher Grant). She was also a member of the Department's Opportunities Committee which succeeded in winning the Athena SWAN silver award in 2014 and renewing it in 2017. In 2018, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham and she is a member of the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group.

Expertise Summary

Ioanna's research interests lie in process modelling and optimisation, techno-economic analysis, thermochemical and biochemical conversion of biomass and waste, and carbon capture and utilisation. She has been an invited speaker at seminars and conferences in the USA and the UK and has acted as an expert proposal evaluator for the European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme) and the Greek Ministry of Education. She has also been appointed advisory board member for low-carbon technologies projects by major media outlets, such as The Economist. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Teaching Summary

Ioanna teaches process simulation and modelling to undergraduate and postgraduate chemical engineering students using commercial software (Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Plus). The main objective is for the… read more

Research Summary

Ioanna's research is focused on Process Systems Engineering (PSE) for the development of algorithms and techno-economic models that describe individual processes and their economic performance. The… read more

Recent Publications

On-going PhD projects (as main supervisor):

Techno-economic feasibility assessment of CO2 capture & utilisation from cement manufacturing

Chemicals and fuels from Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) routes - Techno-economic and Life Cycle Assessment

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PhD opportunities

PhD projects are available in the following research areas:

  • Waste plastic pyrolysis and gasification
  • Biomass thermochemical conversion (e.g. gasification, pyrolysis)
  • Biomass biochemical conversion (e.g. pretreatment, hydrolysis, fermentation)
  • CO2 utilisation for production of fuels, chemicals and materials
  • CO2 capture (e.g. adsoprtion, absorption)

- If you are an UK/EU student, you could be eligible for a fully funded scholarship (fees + stipend). Funding is also available for PhDs via our Doctoral Training Centre.

- If you are an international student, you will need to be self-funded or have/acquire a scholarship. There is an extensive portfolio of Research Scholarships for international students offered by the University and other funding bodies.

If you are interested, please get in contact via email with a CV and cover letter. Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class or good 2:1 UK honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level in Chemical, Energy or Environmental Engineering, or a related discipline. International applicants need to confirm funding or the intention of applying for a scholarship upon contacting me, otherwise applications will be ignored.

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Postdoc opportunities

Currently none available.

Potential postdoctoral researchers without current funding can apply for an Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowship. Other externally funded fellowship schemes can be found here.

Ioanna teaches process simulation and modelling to undergraduate and postgraduate chemical engineering students using commercial software (Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Plus). The main objective is for the students to be able to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to the chemical engineering discipline, in order to solve process design problems. She also supervises MEng and MSc research projects and provides teaching support for the year 3 design project.

Module convenor and lecturer:

Process Simulation 1 (Year 3)

Module contributor:

Practical laboratories (Year 2)

Design Project (Year 3)

MEng Project (Year 4)

MSc Project (PGT)

Current Research

Ioanna's research is focused on Process Systems Engineering (PSE) for the development of algorithms and techno-economic models that describe individual processes and their economic performance. The main aim is to determine the economic and technical boundaries of low-carbon energy systems to support policy makers and businesses in their decision-making.

Main research areas:

  • Biofuels/Biorefineries
  • CO2 capture & utilisation
  • Chemical recycling of plastic waste

Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies

Energy Technologies Building
The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus, NG7 2TU


telephone: +44 (0) 115 84 68661
email:LCERT@nottingham.ac.uk