Paraskevi Panagiotopoulou
Assistant Professor, Gas-emissions Treatment Technology 
Environmental Catalysis Laboratory
Division I: Environmental Management

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Education

  • 2006: Ph.D.: Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece.
  • 2006: MSc: Energy and Environment, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece.  
  • 2001: Diploma of Chemical Engineer, University of Patras, Greece.

Research Interests

Research activities are focused in the fields of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Photocatalysis and, especially, in materials synthesis and characterization, (photo)catalyst development and evaluation, and investigation of reaction kinetics and mechanisms, with emphasis given in environmental and energy-related applications:

  • Hydrogenation of carbon dioxide (CO2) for methane (CH4) production.
  • Removal of carbon monoxide (CO) from hydrogen-rich reformate streams via selective methanation of CO.
  • Production of hydrogen for fuel cells, by reformation of biomass-derived ethanol, LPG etc.
  • Development of water-gas shift (WGS) catalysts for fuel processors used in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems.
  • Development of novel photocatalytic materials with improved absorption characteristics in the solar spectral region.
  • Photocatalytic treatment of wastewater streams containing emerging micro-contaminants.

Participation in Research Programs and Projects

  • Research Program PENED. “Optimization of catalytic units of a novel process for the production of electricity from biomass for stationary applications” Co-funded by Greek General Secretary of Research and Technology and European Union, 2001-2005.
  • Operational Program of Western Greece, “Production of bio-fuels and energy with fuel cells via hydrogen”, Funded by GSRT/HELLAS-, 2000-2006.
  • Research Program Application of Nanotechnology in the Energy Business, “Solar-Hydrogen: Development and Pilot Plant Demonstration of Hydrogen Production from Solar Energy and Biomass (Waste) Compounds and Derivatives at Ambient Conditions Mediated by Nanostructured Photocatalysts, Funded by E.ON. AG., 2009 -2012.
  • Research Program Thalis, “CAT-BIOFUEL: New catalytic processes for the production of second generation biofuels” Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF)- Co-funded by Greek General Secretary of Research and Technology and European Union, 2011-2015.
  • EPAnEK 2014-2020 Operational Programme, Competitiveness-Entrepreneurship-Innovation “Development and demonstration of complete process for the production of electrical energy from fuel cells through intermediate production of H2 via LPG steam reforming (LPGSR)”. Cod.: Τ1ΕDΚ-02442,  Budget: €150.000/ €674.854,93. Funded by the European Union and Greek national funds.

Distinctions and Awards

  • Six articles were among 25 Hottest Articles of Journal of Catalysis (3 articles), Catalysis Today (1 article), Chemical Engineering Journal (1 article), Applied Catalysis A (1 article).
  • Top Cited Papers Award 2011-2012, Chemical Engineering Journal (1 article).

Recent Publications

  • P. Panagiotopoulou, “Methanation of CO2 over alkali-promoted Ru/TiO2 catalysts: II. Effect of alkali additives on the reaction pathway” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 236 (2018) 162-170.
  • A. Petala, P. Panagiotopoulou, “Methanation of CO2 over alkali-promoted Ru/TiO2 catalysts: I. Effect of alkali additives on catalytic activity and selectivity” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 224 (2018), 919-927.
  • P. Panagiotopoulou, “Hydrogenation of CO2 over supported noble metal catalysts” Applied Catalysis A: General 542 (2017) 63-70.
  • P. Panagiotopoulou, X.E. Verykios, “Mechanistic Study of the Selective Methanation of CO over Ru/TiO2Catalysts: Effect of Metal Crystallite Size on the Nature of Active Surface Species and Reaction Pathways” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (9) (2017) 5058–5068.
  • M.Kourtelesis, P. Panagiotopoulou, X.E. Verykios “Influence of structural parameters on the reaction of low temperature ethanol steam reforming over Pt/Al2O3 catalysts” Catalysis Today 258 (2015) 247-255.
  • M.J. Gilkey, P. Panagiotopoulou, A.V. Mironenko, G.R. Jenness, D.G. Vlachos, B. Xu “Mechanistic Insights into Metal Lewis Acid-Mediated Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Furfural to 2-Methylfuran”, ACS Catalysis 5 (2015) 3988-3994.
  • P. Panagiotopoulou, N. Martin, D.G. Vlachos “Liquid phase catalytic transfer hydrogenation of furfural over homogeneous Lewis acid-Ru/C catalysts” ChemSusChem, 8 (12) (2015) 2046-2054.
  • P. Panagiotopoulou, D.I. Kondarides, X.E. Verykios, “Mechanistic study of the selective methanation of CO over Ru/TiO2 catalyst: Identification of active surface species and reaction pathways”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 115 (2011) 1220-1230.
  • P. Panagiotopoulou, D.I. Kondarides, X.E. Verykios, “Selective methanation of CO over supported Ru catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 88 (2008), 470-478.
  • P. Panagiotopoulou, D.I. Kondarides,“Effect of the nature of the support on the catalytic performance of noble metal catalysts for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction”, Catalysis Today 112 (2006) 49-52. 

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Alice Kokka