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Ioanna Dimitriou

Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Ioanna Dimitriou 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.

Her 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. Dr Dimitriou is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Energy Institute.

Teaching Summary

I teach process simulation and process economics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels using commercial software (Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Plus) for chemical engineering calculations. The main objective… read more

Research Summary

My 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… read more

Current PhD project advertised:

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

On-going PhD projects:

CO2 Conversion to Methanol and Integration with the Ironmaking Process: Modelling and Cost Analysis (with Tata Steel)

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PhD opportunities are available in the following research areas:

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

If you are interested, please get in contact via email with a CV and cover letter.

If you are an EU/UK student, you could be eligible for a fully funded scholarship (fees + stipend). Funding is also available for PhDs via our Doctoral Training Centre. There is also an extensive portfolio of Research Scholarships for international students offered by the University and other funding bodies.

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.

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Potential postdoctoral researchers without current funding can apply for an Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowship.

I teach process simulation and process economics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels using commercial software (Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Plus) for chemical engineering calculations. 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.

Module convenor and lecturer:

H83PS1 - Process Simulation 1 (Year 3 MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering)

Module contributor:

H848MPR - MSc Project

Current Research

My 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
  • Waste-to-energy

Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies

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The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus, NG7 2TU


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