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Synthesis of graphene-encapsulated Fe3C/Fe catalyst supported on Sporopollenin exine capsules, and its use for the reverse water gas shift reaction (2023)
Journal Article
Malik, W., Tafoya, J. . P. V., Doszczeczko, S., Jorge Sobrido, A. B., Skoulou, V., Boa, A. N., …Volpe, R. (in press). Synthesis of graphene-encapsulated Fe3C/Fe catalyst supported on Sporopollenin exine capsules, and its use for the reverse water gas shift reaction. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering,

Bioderived materials have emerged as sustainable catalyst supports for several heterogeneous reactions owing to their naturally occurring hierarchal pore size distribution, high surface area, and thermal and chemical stability. We utilize sporopollen... Read More about Synthesis of graphene-encapsulated Fe3C/Fe catalyst supported on Sporopollenin exine capsules, and its use for the reverse water gas shift reaction.

Airborne transmission of biological agents within the indoor built environment: a multidisciplinary review (2022)
Journal Article
Argyropoulos, C. D., Skoulou, V., Efthimiou, G., & Michopoulos, A. K. (2022). Airborne transmission of biological agents within the indoor built environment: a multidisciplinary review. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-022-01286-w

The nature and airborne dispersion of the underestimated biological agents, monitoring, analysis and transmission among the human occupants into building environment is a major challenge of today. Those agents play a crucial role in ensuring comforta... Read More about Airborne transmission of biological agents within the indoor built environment: a multidisciplinary review.

Towards circular economy solutions for the management of rice processing residues to bioenergy via gasification (2019)
Journal Article
Vaskalis, I., Skoulou, V., Stavropoulos, G., & Zabaniotou, A. (2019). Towards circular economy solutions for the management of rice processing residues to bioenergy via gasification. Sustainability, 11(22), Article 6433. https://doi.org/10.3390/su1122643

An economic assessment of two circular economy scenarios of fluidized bed gasification-based systems for combined heat and power (CHP) generation, fueled with rice processing wastes, was conducted. In the first scenario, the gasification plant with a... Read More about Towards circular economy solutions for the management of rice processing residues to bioenergy via gasification.

Synergistic effects of lignin and cellulose during pyrolysis of agricultural waste. (2018)
Journal Article
Volpe, R., Zabaniotou, A. A., & Skoulou, V. (2018). Synergistic effects of lignin and cellulose during pyrolysis of agricultural waste. Energy and Fuels, 32(8), 8420-8430. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00767

© 2018 American Chemical Society. Varying lignin and cellulose contents in agro-waste cause feed-stock to respond differently during their thermochemical conversion. The effect of pyrolysis temperature (400, 500, 600oC) and feedstock composition on p... Read More about Synergistic effects of lignin and cellulose during pyrolysis of agricultural waste..

Investigation and simulation of the transport of gas containing mercury in microporous silica membranes (2018)
Journal Article
Ji, G., George, A., Skoulou, V., Reed, G., Millan, M., Hooman, K., …Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2018). Investigation and simulation of the transport of gas containing mercury in microporous silica membranes. Chemical engineering science, 190, 286-296. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2018.06.006

This work investigates the effect of condensable Hg vapour on the transport of N2 gas across cobalt oxide silica (CoOxSi) membranes. Experimental results suggest that Hg significantly affects N2 permeation at 100 and 200°C, though this effect is negl... Read More about Investigation and simulation of the transport of gas containing mercury in microporous silica membranes.

Wheat straw bio-refining. Part II: Optimization of the microwave radiation with sulphuric acid pre-treatment and its enzymatic hydrolysis for fermentable sugars (2017)
Journal Article
Festus, O., Skoulou, V. K., & Zein, S. H. (2017). Wheat straw bio-refining. Part II: Optimization of the microwave radiation with sulphuric acid pre-treatment and its enzymatic hydrolysis for fermentable sugars. Current Microwave Chemistry, 4(4), 306-316. https://doi.org/10.2174/2213335604666171103123459

Background: The potential of microwave-assisted heating for enhancing the alkaline pretreatment of lignocellulosic waste is highlighted in this work. Objective: To maximize separation of fermentable sugars from wheat straw. Methods: Wheat straw... Read More about Wheat straw bio-refining. Part II: Optimization of the microwave radiation with sulphuric acid pre-treatment and its enzymatic hydrolysis for fermentable sugars.

Wheat Straw Bio-refining. Part I: Optimization of the Microwave Radiation Process with Sulphuric Acid Pre-treatment (2017)
Journal Article
Demirhan, H., Fauzi, A., Skoulou, V. . K., Haywood, S. . . H., & Zein, S. . . H. (2017). Wheat Straw Bio-refining. Part I: Optimization of the Microwave Radiation Process with Sulphuric Acid Pre-treatment. Current Microwave Chemistry, 4(3), https://doi.org/10.2174/2213335604666170719113659

Background: This study investigates the microwave-assisted acid extraction of lignin from wheat straw. Methods: Two experimental design methods, the Central Composite Design (CCD) and the Response Surface Method (RSM) methods were used to select c... Read More about Wheat Straw Bio-refining. Part I: Optimization of the Microwave Radiation Process with Sulphuric Acid Pre-treatment.

Wheat Straw Bio-refining. Part I: Optimization of the Microwave Radiation Process with Sulphuric Acid Pre-treatment (2017)
Journal Article
Demirhan, H., Fauzi, A., Skoulou, V., Haywood, S., & Zein, S. H. (2017). Wheat Straw Bio-refining. Part I: Optimization of the Microwave Radiation Process with Sulphuric Acid Pre-treatment. Current Microwave Chemistry, 4(3), 205-218. https://doi.org/10.2174/2213335604666170719113659

Background: This study investigates the microwave-assisted acid extraction of lignin from wheat straw. Methods: Two experimental design methods, the Central Composite Design (CCD) and the Response Surface Method (RSM) methods were used to select c... Read More about Wheat Straw Bio-refining. Part I: Optimization of the Microwave Radiation Process with Sulphuric Acid Pre-treatment.

Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation (2017)
Journal Article
Zein, S. H., Gyamera, B. A., & Skoulou, V. K. (2017). Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation. Materials letters, 193, 46-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2017.01.100

This study investigates the use of microwave radiation to produce nanocarbons from Waste Coffee Grounds (WCG). It is first step to demonstrate the potential of integrating the microwave power to conventional methods of carbonaceous materials and nano... Read More about Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation.

Possibilities of upgrading solid underutilized lingo-cellulosic feedstock (carob pods) to liquid bio-fuel: Bio-ethanol production and electricity generation in fuel cells - A critical appraisal of the required processes (2017)
Journal Article
Skoulou, V. K., & Vourdoubas, J. (2017). Possibilities of upgrading solid underutilized lingo-cellulosic feedstock (carob pods) to liquid bio-fuel: Bio-ethanol production and electricity generation in fuel cells - A critical appraisal of the required processes. Studies in Engineering and Technology, 4(1), 25-34. https://doi.org/10.11114/set.v4i1.2170

The exploitation of rich in sugars lingo-cellulosic residue of carob pods for bio-ethanol and bio-electricity generation has been investigated. The process could take place in two (2) or three (3) stages including: a) bio-ethanol production originate... Read More about Possibilities of upgrading solid underutilized lingo-cellulosic feedstock (carob pods) to liquid bio-fuel: Bio-ethanol production and electricity generation in fuel cells - A critical appraisal of the required processes.

Case study of viability of bioenergy production from landfill gas (LFG) (2016)
Journal Article
Vourdoubas, J., & Skoulou, V. K. (2016). Case study of viability of bioenergy production from landfill gas (LFG). Journal of Agricultural Science, 8(10), 165-176. https://doi.org/10.5539/jas.v8n10p165

The landfill gas (LFG) produced from the existing landfill site in Heraklion city, Crete island, Greece, is not currently exploited to its full potential. It could however be exploited for power generation and/or combined heat and power (CHP) product... Read More about Case study of viability of bioenergy production from landfill gas (LFG).

CO2 integration in high temperature steam gasification (HTSG) of solid fuels and blends with waste (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Skoulou, V., Kantarelis, E., & Yang, W. (2017). CO2 integration in high temperature steam gasification (HTSG) of solid fuels and blends with waste. In European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings (970-977). https://doi.org/10.5071/24thEUBCE2016-2CV.3.97

Aim of the present work is to investigate the viability of modifying the high temperature steam gasification process by adding CO2 in an attempt to tailor value added gas suitable for the energy - chemicals production industry. Such an integrated pro... Read More about CO2 integration in high temperature steam gasification (HTSG) of solid fuels and blends with waste.

The exploitation of biomass for building space heating in Greece: Energy, environmental and economic considerations (2013)
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Michopoulos, A., Skoulou, V., Voulgari, V., Tsikaloudaki, A., & Kyriakis, N. A. (2014). The exploitation of biomass for building space heating in Greece: Energy, environmental and economic considerations. Energy Conversion and Management, 78, 276-285. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2013.10.055

The exploitation of forest and agricultural biomass residues for energy production may offer significant advantages to the energy policy of the relevant country, but it strongly depends on a number of financial, technological and political factors. T... Read More about The exploitation of biomass for building space heating in Greece: Energy, environmental and economic considerations.

Co-gasification of crude glycerol with lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced syngas production (2012)
Journal Article
Skoulou, V. K., & Zabaniotou, A. A. (2013). Co-gasification of crude glycerol with lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced syngas production. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 99, 110-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaap.2012.10.015

The present work concerns the co-gasification of crude glycerol (CG), a by-product of biodiesel industry, with locally available lignocellulosic biomass aiming at the production of syngas and further promotion of power production in dedicated bioener... Read More about Co-gasification of crude glycerol with lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced syngas production.

H2 enriched fuels from co-pyrolysis of crude glycerol with biomass (2012)
Journal Article
Skoulou, V., Manara, P., & Zabaniotou, A. (2012). H2 enriched fuels from co-pyrolysis of crude glycerol with biomass. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 97, 198-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaap.2012.05.011

Pyrolysis of glycerol has been identified as a possible route for producing high added value fuels like renewable hydrogen (H 2 ). Crude glycerol (CG) is the main byproduct of biodiesel industry and without purification it is a low added value materi... Read More about H2 enriched fuels from co-pyrolysis of crude glycerol with biomass.

Fe catalysis for lignocellulosic biomass conversion to fuels and materials via thermochemical processes (2012)
Journal Article
Skoulou, V., & Zabaniotou, A. (2012). Fe catalysis for lignocellulosic biomass conversion to fuels and materials via thermochemical processes. Catalysis Today, 196(1), 56-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2012.03.035

Recently, international research is aiming at developing gasification and pyrolysis processes for the cost-effective thermochemical conversion of non-food biomass to biofuels. Gasification produces a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, known as... Read More about Fe catalysis for lignocellulosic biomass conversion to fuels and materials via thermochemical processes.

Integrated environmental assessment of energy crops for biofuel and energy production in Greece (2012)
Journal Article
Fontaras, G., Skoulou, V., Zanakis, G., Zabaniotou, A., & Samaras, Z. (2012). Integrated environmental assessment of energy crops for biofuel and energy production in Greece. Renewable energy, 43, 201-209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2011.12.010

This paper attempts an integrated environmental assessment of certain crops, their products and by-products, which are promoted in Greece, as potential raw materials for liquid biofuel and low carbon energy production. The analysis is based on the ex... Read More about Integrated environmental assessment of energy crops for biofuel and energy production in Greece.

Sustainable management of energy crops for integrated biofuels and green energy production in Greece (2011)
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Skoulou, V., Mariolis, N., Zanakis, G., & Zabaniotou, A. (2011). Sustainable management of energy crops for integrated biofuels and green energy production in Greece. Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, 15(4), 1928-1936. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2010.12.019

The present work deals with the assessment of the sustainability and integrated management of four energy crops and their residues, in Greece. Pilot agronomic experiments were performed by cultivating cotton, sunflower, soya and rapeseed for the esti... Read More about Sustainable management of energy crops for integrated biofuels and green energy production in Greece.

Mobile gasification units for sustainable electricity production in rural areas: the SMARt-CHP project (2010)
Journal Article
Zabaniotou, A. A., Skoulou, V. K., Mertzis, D. P., Koufodimos, G. S., & Samaras, Z. C. (2011). Mobile gasification units for sustainable electricity production in rural areas: the SMARt-CHP project. Industrial & engineering chemistry research, 50(2), 602-608. https://doi.org/10.1021/ie100202p

This paper presents a 5 kW th biomass gasification pilot unit along with experimental results concerning producer gas composition. A chemical equilibrium mathematical model is also introduced and a comparison of measured and calculated results is pre... Read More about Mobile gasification units for sustainable electricity production in rural areas: the SMARt-CHP project.

Bioenergy production for CO2-mitigation and rural development via valorisation of low value crop residues and their upgrade into energy carriers: A challenge for sunflower and soya residues (2009)
Journal Article
Zabaniotou, A., Kantarelis, E., Skoulou, V., & Chatziavgoustis, T. (2010). Bioenergy production for CO2-mitigation and rural development via valorisation of low value crop residues and their upgrade into energy carriers: A challenge for sunflower and soya residues. Bioresource technology : biomass, bioenergy, biowastes, conversion technologies, biotransformations, production technologies, 101(2), 619-623. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2009.08.004

The present study concerns the energetic valorization of sunflower and soya residues by air fixed-bed gasification. The main process parameters that have been investigated were the temperature and air equivalence ratio. Experimental results indicated... Read More about Bioenergy production for CO2-mitigation and rural development via valorisation of low value crop residues and their upgrade into energy carriers: A challenge for sunflower and soya residues.