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Dr Vicky Skoulou


Vicky Skoulou

Director of Research in Chemical Engineering ;Lecturer in Chemical Engineering-Bioenergy ; PI of the B3: Biomass waste- Bioenergy- Biochars Challenge Group

Research Interests

-Biomass waste /Waste characterisation, pretreatment and alternative ways of exploitation.
-Thermochemical treatments (carbonization-torrefaction-pyrolysis-gasification-combustion) of food-woody biomass wasate, fossil fuels and other waste for bioenergy-biofuels, biochar production.
-Bioenergy/solid-gaseous biofuels systems design / re purposing of existing technologies to adapt new types of waste to fuels/feed stock
-Advanced cycles and alternative processes for biomass, fossil fuels and waste exploitation for biofuels-bioenergy-biochars under the circular economy scenario.
-Combined Renewable Energy Sources (RES) energy production systems, emphasized in lignocellulosic biomass/other waste sources for net zero carbon decentralized solutions.
-2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation Feedstock for Biofuels production
-Biorefineries/Waste-Refineries and integration of thermochemical and biochemical processing routes of biomass/waste

Post Nominals PGCert, AMIchemE, FHEA
Biography Are you passionate about biomass and waste , green energy, sustainable and net zero carbon energy solutions? I am too and looking forward to collaborate on integrated Renewable Energy Sources (RES) production systems and concepts, emphasized in biomass&other waste sources thermochemical treatments (pyrolysis/gasification) for net zero carbon decentralized energy generation solutions!
My expertise covers the advanced thermal/thermochemical treatments (mainly pyrolysis and gasification) of lignocellulosic biomass residues, fossil fuels, waste and their blends as well as designing of thermochemical reactors for bioenergy and biomaterials (chars) production. I received my PhD in 2009 from Chem. Engineering Dept. of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece and outcome was the designed of a mobile 5KWth fluidized bed (FB) gasifier for syngas-energy production from
woody agroindustrial biomass waste in collaboration with industry (Philipoppoulos Energy Technical S.A., Greece).
I subsequently received a Research Excellence Award (2010) to continue my research on co-pyrolysis and co-gasification of biodiesel industry waste/lignocellulosic residues and mixtures for syngas production. In 2011 I received a pan-hellenic award (scholarship) from IKY (National Funding Scholarships Association, Greece) for assessing pyrolysis and gasification characteristics of natural biopolymers (lignin and cellulose) presenting on lignocellulosic biomass waste and their mixtures. As a result I was recognized as being one among the 79 best researchers of AUTh for 2010-11, and honored by the Secretary of the Hellenic Ministry of Higher Education and Religious Affairs in a special ceremony 'AUTh University Excellence' on 21/9/2011. In 2012 I was offered a Research Associate position in Chem. Engineering Dept. at Imperial College (ICL), London where I established an advanced thermal treatment reactor (spouted bed gasifier for coal/woody biomass gasification) running on solid conventional and alternative fuels under pyrolysis and gasification conditions, as well as dealt with gaseous emissions control. From January 2014, she is a lecturer in Chem.Engineering discipline at the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SoECS), University of Hull (UoH) and she is research active as the PI of the B3 (Biomass/Waste-Bioenergy-Biochars) Challenge Group of PG students and PDRA researchers.From February 2019 I serves the role of Director of Research in Chemical Engineering. During the last 15 years, I have participated as either Co-I or PI in 19 research projects in the field of Biomass/Waste - Bioenergy- Biochars the majority of which were funded by the European Commission, from Greek public organizations (such as the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Greek Ministries of Higher Education and Ministry of Development) and other funding bodies abroad such as EPSRC, HEFCE, British Council supported also by some private organizations in UK and abroad.
Teaching and Learning Fellow or Higher Education Academy, 2017
PGCert in Academic Practice (PCAP), 2017
Energy Generation from Conventional and Alternative Fuels (L7)
Renewable Energy Technologies in Buildings (L7)
Energy Technologies (L7)
Taught MSc Individual Projects (L7)
Chemical Engineering Design Project (L6)
Engineering Undergraduate Projects (L6)
Research Skills and Projects Planning (L6)
Separation Processes and Particle Technology (L5)
Process Safety and Chemistry (L4)
Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering (L4)
Engineering Mathematics and Chemical Reactivity (L4)
Scopus Author ID 15835734300


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