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Eleni Heracleous

Dr. Eleni Heracleous is a Chemical Engineer (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2000) with a PhD from the same department in 2005, on the development of catalysts and processes for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene. From 2006 to 2008, she worked at the R&D department of Shell Global Solutions in Germany, focusing on the development of biofuels-based products. In 2008, she returned to Greece and worked as a research associate at the Laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons (LEFH) of the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI/CERTH). In 2014, she was appointed as Lecturer at the Department of Science and Technology of the International Hellenic University. Today, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Science and Technology of the International Hellenic University and a Collaborating Member of CPERI/CERTH. Her research focuses on the development of catalysts and catalytic processes for the production and upgrading of biofuels, the conversion of CO and CO2 into fuels and chemicals using innovative catalysts and intensified processes, the selective oxidation of light alkanes to olefins, etc. She has participated as a main researcher in numerous research projects (14 European and 3 national), while she has coordinated 2 European and 3 national projects with a budget of over 2 million euros. Her published work includes >60 publications in high-impact scientific journals with >4000 citations (h-index 36) and >200 presentations in national and international scientific conferences. Finally, Dr. Heracleous has significant administrative work, as she has served as Head of Department and School Dean (2020-2021), Director of MSc programs (2016 until today), and chair/member of >15 committees, with the most important being  IHU’s Research Committee, the Council of the Center for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, the Administrative Council of the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency in Higher Education, the Postgraduate Studies Committee, and the Internal Evaluation Group (OMEA).

Catalytic processes for the production of fuels and chemicals
University Degree/ Diploma:
Diploma in Chemical Engineering, AUTH
PhD Degree:
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, AUTH
Building A’, 1st floor
2310 807578
Office hours:
By appointment
Recent publications:
  1. E. Heracleous*, E. Pachatouridou, L. Louie, D. Dugar, A.A. Lappas, “Efficient Route for the Production of Isoprene via Decarboxylation of Bioderived Mevalonolactone”, ACS Catalysis 10 (2020) 9649 – 9661
  2. A. Antzaras, E. Heracleous, A.A. Lemonidou, “Hybrid catalytic materials with CO2 capture and oxygen transfer functionalities for high-purity H2 production”, Catalysis Today 369 (2021) 2 - 11
  3. E. Heracleous*, V. Koidi, A.A. Lappas, “CO2 conversion over Cu-Mo2C catalysts: Effect of the Cu promoter and preparation method”, Catal. Sci. Techn. 11 (2021) 1467 – 1480
  4. A.M. Hernández-Giménez, E. Heracleous, E. Pachatouridou, A. Horvat, H. Hernando, D.P. Serrano, A.A. Lappas, P.C.A. Bruijnincx, B.M. Weckhuysen, “Effect of Mesoporosity, Acidity and Crystal Size of Zeolite ZSM-5 on Catalytic Performance during the Ex-situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass”, ChemCatChem 13 (2021) 1207–1219
  5. E. Heracleous, E.F. Iliopoulou, K. Drakaki, M.C. Papapetrou, D.K. Iatridis, A.A. Lappas, “Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Liquids in a Biorefinery Context: Hydroisomerization and Fluid Catalytic Cracking of Heavy Naphtha on Bench and Pilot Scale”, Catalysis Today 379 (2021) 141 – 148
  6. E. Heracleous*, V. Koidi, A.A. Lappas, A. Hauser, S. Haag, “Valorization of steel-work off-gases: Influence of impurities on the performance of Cu-based methanol synthesis catalyst”, Chemical Engineering Journal 444 (2022) 136571.
  7. E. Heracleous*, M. Vassou, A.A. Lappas, J.K. Rodriguez, S. Chiaberge, D. Bianchi, “Understanding the Upgrading of Sewage Sludge-Derived Hydrothermal Liquefaction Biocrude via Advanced Characterization”, Energy & Fuels 36(19) (2022) 12010 – 12020.
Research projects:
  1. «BlackCycle - For the Circular Economy of Tyre Domain: Recycling End of Life Tyres into New Tyres», EU Innovation Action Project
  2. «3DInnovaCat - Innovative Catalyst Design via 3D Printing» in the frame of the 1st Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects for the Support of Faculty Members and Researchers and the Procurement of high-cost Research Equipment
  3. «NextGenRoadFuels - Sustainable Drop-In Transport fuels from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Low Value Urban Feedstocks», EU Research & Innovation Action Project
  4. «CO22MeOH - Novel intensified processes for CO2 capture and conversion to methanol” funded in the frame of the call “Ereunw-Dimiourgw-Kainotomw” for the collaboration between industries and research organizations
Additional course titles:
  • Processes for Power and Energy Conversion
  • Energy Systems Technology
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
Phd students:
  • Eleni Agapaki, “Utilization of biomass towards high added value chemicals through catalytic hydrothermal processes”, In progress since February 2023
  • Flora Papadopoulou, “Advanced catalytic processes for the upgrading of heavy bio-, waste- and fossil-derived liquids to high-quality products”, In progress since April 2022
  • Vasiliki Koidi, “Intensified sorption-enhanced methanol synthesis from CO2 with in-situ water sorption”, In progress since January 2019
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