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Dr Vicky Skoulou


Vicky Skoulou

Director of Research in Chemical Engineering ; Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) in Chemical Engineering-Bioenergy ; PI of the B3: Biomass waste- Bioenergy- Biochars Challenge Group

Post Nominals PGCert, AMIchemE, FHEA
Biography Are you passionate about biomass and waste , waste- to -energy and sustainable H2 and net zero carbon energy solutions?
I am too and looking forward to collaborate on integrated Renewable Energy (RES) generation systems and integrated concepts, emphasized in biomass&other waste, thermochemical treatments (pyrolysis/gasification) for net zero carbon decentralized energy generation !

I am the PI of the B3: Biomass waste -BioenergH2- Biochars Group of PGRs and PDRAs and 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 chars- activated carbons production.
I received my PhD in 2009 from Chem. Engineering Dept. of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece under the supervision of Prof. Anastasia Zabaniotou. Outcome was the design, scaling up,construction and experimentation of a mobile 5KWth fluidized bed (FB) gasifier for decetralized syngas-energy production from woody biomass waste in collaboration with industry (Philipoppoulos Energy Technical S.A., Greece).
I subsequently received the 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 (collaboration with Vert Oil S.A.) . 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) of locally available lignocellulosic biomass waste and mixtures. As a result I was one among the 79 best researchers of AUTh for 2010-11, 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 under pyrolysis and gasification conditions, as well as dealt with gaseous emissions control. From January 2014, I am a Lecturer in Chem.Engineering-Bioenergy at the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SoECS), Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE) University of Hull (UoH) and I am 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 serve the role of Director of Research of Chemical Engineering Department, UoH. During the last 15 years, I have participated as PI and Co-I in 20 research projects in the field of Biomass/Waste - Bioenergy- Biochars. The majority of the research projects I participate are/ were funded by UK funding bodies in UK ( EPSRC, HEFCE, British Council) and abroad (H2020, FP7, European Commission, General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GTRT), Greek Ministries of Higher Education and Ministry of Development) as well as private sector in UK and abroad.
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
Teaching and Learning Teaching Qualifications:

Fellow or Higher Education Academy, 2017
PGCert in Academic Practice (PCAP), 2017

Currently Teaching and contributing at 11 modules (2020.21):

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)
Separation Processes and Particle Technology (L5)
Chemical Engineering Design Challenge II (L5)
Process Safety and Chemistry (L4)
Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering (L4)
Engineering Mathematics and Chemical Reactivity (L4)
Scopus Author ID 15835734300