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Dr Vicky Skoulou

Dr Vicky Skoulou

PGR Director of Engineering Department ; Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) in Chemical Engineering-Bioenergy ; PI of the B3: Biomass Waste- BioenergH2- Biochars Challenge Group of PGRs and PDRAs

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Engineering

Qualifications

  • MEng (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • PhD (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • MSc (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)

Summary

Are you passionate about biomass and waste, low carbon waste- to -energy, 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 (torrefaction/carbonization/pyrolysis/gasification and clean combustion) for net zero carbon decentralized energy generation!

I am the PI of the B3: Biomass waste -BioenergH2- Biochars Group of PGRs and PDRAs. My expertise covers the biomass waste pretreatments, low carbon thermal/thermochemical treatments (mainly pyrolysis and gasification) of lignocellulosic biomass residues, solid fuels, waste and their blends as well as designing of thermochemical reactors for waste to energy, H2 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 cold and hot flow operation as well as experimentation in a mobile 5KWth fluidized bed (FB) gasifier for decetralized syngas-H2-energy production from agricultural 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 (H2+CO) production (collaboration with Vert Oil S.A.). In 2011 I received a pan-hellenic award (scholarship) from the National Funding Scholarships Association, Greece for assessing the low carbon pyrolysis and gasification characteristics of natural biopolymers (lignin and cellulose) of locally available lignocellulosic wastes and mixtures. As a result I was one of the 79 best researchers of AUTh for 2010-11, among >2,500 active research staff at that time, and honored by the Secretary of the Hellenic Ministry of Higher Education in the Awards ceremony 'AUTh University Excellence' ( 21/9/2011). On 2012 I was offered the 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 exploitation) running under pyrolysis and gasification conditions, as well as dealt with gaseous emissions control. On January 2014, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Chem. Engineering , Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE) University of Hull (UoH) and I am research active as the PI of the B3 (Biomass/Waste-BioenergH2-Biochars) Challenge Group of PGR students and PDRAs. On February 2019, appointed as Director of Research (DR) of Chemical Engineering Department, and on August 2020 promoted to Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Professor) in Chemical Engineering -Bioenergy. Between March 2021-July 2022 served the role of DR of Chemistry Department and Chemical Engineering Departments, UoH, while from August 2022 I serve the role of PGR Director or Engineering Department. During the last 17 years, I participate(d) as PI and Co-I in 27 research projects in the field of Biomass/Waste -Solid fuels- Bioenergy/Biofuels- H2- Biochars, emission control and activated carbons. The majority of research projects I participate(d) 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 co-funded by private sector in abroad and in UK.

Current and future students, you have so many chances to meet me face to face, as well as virtually as I am currently teaching and contributing to nine (9) Level 4-7 modules in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Departments (2021.22):

Level 7: Energy Generation from Conventional and Alternative Fuels

Level 7: Energy Sources and Utilisation Technologies

Level 7: Energy Technologies

Level 7: Chemical Engineering Research Project

Level 7: Chemical and Energy Engineering Research project

Level 6: Chemical Engineering Design Project

Level 6: Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Projects

Level 5: Particle Technology and Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers

Level 5: Chemical Dynamics and Dynamics and Statics of Process equipment

Looking forward to meet you all, undergraduate students (UGs) and Postgraduate Students (PGRs)during this new academic 2021.22 , too!

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Overview of Biomass Conversion to Biofuels

Cheah, K. W., Taylor, M., Evans, G., Samson, A., & Skoulou, V. (2022). Overview of Biomass Conversion to Biofuels. In S. Yusup, & N. A. Rashidi (Eds.), Value chain of Biofuels (1-48). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-824388-6.00007-5

Journal Article

A Multidisciplinary Approach for an Effective and Rational Energy Transition in Crete Island, Greece

Katsaprakakis, D., Michopoulos, A., Skoulou, V., Dakanali, I., Maragkaki, A., Pappa, S., …Contaxakis, C. (2022). A Multidisciplinary Approach for an Effective and Rational Energy Transition in Crete Island, Greece. Energies, 15(9), Article 3010. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15093010

Recent advances in the catalytic deoxygenation of plant oils and prototypical fatty acid models compounds: Catalysis, process, and kinetics

Cheah, K. W., Yusup, S., Loy, A. C. M., How, B. S., Skoulou, V., & Taylor, M. J. (2021). Recent advances in the catalytic deoxygenation of plant oils and prototypical fatty acid models compounds: Catalysis, process, and kinetics. Molecular Catalysis, Article 111469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcat.2021.111469

Kinetic modelling of hydrogen transfer deoxygenation of a prototypical fatty acid over a bimetallic Pd60Cu40 catalyst: an investigation of the surface reaction mechanism and rate limiting step

Cheah, K. W., Yusup, S., Taylor, M. J., How, B. S., Osatiashtiani, A., Nowakowski, D. J., …Uemura, Y. (2020). Kinetic modelling of hydrogen transfer deoxygenation of a prototypical fatty acid over a bimetallic Pd60Cu40 catalyst: an investigation of the surface reaction mechanism and rate limiting step. Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, 5(9), 1682-1693. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0re00214c

Big problem, little answer: overcoming bed agglomeration and reactor slagging during the gasification of barley straw under continuous operation

Aladbrabalameer, H., Taylor, M. J., Kauppinen, J., Soini, T., Pikkarainen, T., & Skoulou, V. (2020). Big problem, little answer: overcoming bed agglomeration and reactor slagging during the gasification of barley straw under continuous operation. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 4(7), 3764-3772. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0se00155d

Research interests

-Biomass waste /Waste characterisation, pre-treatments and alternative ways of exploitation.

-Thermochemical treatments (carbonization-torrefaction-pyrolysis-gasification-combustion) of food-woody biomass waste, fossil fuels and other waste for waste to energy (WtE), 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 centralised and 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

-Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to resilient chemical engineering solutions for energy generation and waste minimization.

- Sustainable Chemical Engineering solution for the Environment and Health applications.

- Resilient and sustainable energy generation for industry , transportation and building sectors.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Microwave assisted Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic residues for better performance as solid fuels in fluidised bed technologies

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£99,779.00

Started

1 January 2018

Status

Complete

Project

THYME: Reclaiming lignin rich sludge after enzymatic hydrolysis for repurposing and pelletizing into a secondary fuel source for thermochemical transformation

Funder

Research England

Grant

£28,327.00

Started

1 November 2019

Status

Complete

Project

THYME: Natural ANTimicrobials can be used as preservatives for biomass solid Fuels (NaturANT-Fuels)

Funder

Research England

Grant

£36,632.00

Started

1 July 2021

Status

Complete

Project

THYME: REclaiming lignin rich waste for next generation solid bioFuel2 source for thermochemical conversion to bioenergy via pyrolysis and gasification (Re-Fuel2)

Funder

Research England

Grant

£37,358.00

Started

1 July 2021

Status

Complete

Project

THYME: New Fuel – New fuels from sustainable biomass resources

Funder

Research England

Grant

£19,186.00

Started

1 July 2021

Status

Complete

Project

THYME: ReSTART sustainable EO production in UK: Providing a business case for biobased ethylene oxide (Bio-EO) manufacture in the THYME region, UK

Funder

Research England

Grant

£14,572.00

Started

1 July 2021

Status

Complete

Project

UKRI Covid 19 Extension Pot - Microwave assisted Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic residues for better performance as solid fuels in fluidised bed technologies

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£52,144.00

Started

1 July 2020

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

As the leading Principal Investigator (PI) of the B3 Challenge Group : Biomass Waste-BioenergH2- Biochars of Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs ) and PostDoctoral Research Assistants and Associates (PDRAs)

Current PGR Members of my group:

Hassan Alabdrabalameer , PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering

Past PDRA and PGR Members of my group:

Dr Martin J. Taylor - progressed to Lecturer in Chemical Engineering , University of Hull

Dr Kin Wai Cheah - progressed to Lecturer in Chemical Engineering , University of Teesside

Dr John Vourdoubas- PhD by Publications in Chemical Engineering

Karl Hornsby - Thyme Research Technician

Omoniteni Akinlotan - Thyme Research Technician

I am interested in providing supervision in the following fields

and welcome self-funded applications from potential

MSc by Research and PhD students passionate about the following areas:

-Biomass waste /Waste characterization, pre-treatment and alternative ways of exploitation.

-Thermochemical treatments of food-forest waste, lignocellulosic biomass residues, fossil fuels and other waste for bioenergy-biofuels, biochar production.

-Bioenergy/biofuels systems design / re purposing of existing technologies to adapt to new types of fuels/feed stock such as waste.

-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 biomass/waste sources.

-2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation Feedstock for solid, liquid and gaseous new generation biofuels production, H2 generation.

- Biorefineries/Waste-Refineries and integration of thermochemical and biochemical processing routes of biomass /waste.

Awards and prizes

Award for Oustanding Contribution to University's Culture and Sustainability 2021

2021 - 2022

Faculty of Science and Engineering Excellence Awards 2021.

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research 2021

2021 - 2022

1st Prize of the LECO Analytical Applications competition LA²PC 2020: lignocellulosic biomass wastes for the next generation of solid fuels

2021 - 2021

1st AWARD of the LECO Analytical Applications competition LA²PC 2020 // LECO ANALYTICAL APPLICATIONS POSTER COMPETITION 2020 Team members: PI of project Dr V.Skoulou, Chemical Engineering , University of Hull CoIs Dr P. Hurst (BDC), Dr M.Taylor (EEI-University of Hull), Thyme PoC Research Technician: Karl Hornsby, EEI- University of Hull Industry Partner: Mr S.Walker (Jesmond Engineering)

FoSE Research Prize: Oustanding External Grant Capture , University of Hull

2019 - 2019

Awarded among other FoSE- University of Hull multidisciplinary team members (PI: Prof. C. Redshaw,Co-Is Dr. P. Deutz, Dr. V.Skoulou and Dr S.Zein) o with the Research Award in the category: Outstanding External Grant Capture (25th June 2019) Co-Is from different faculties: Dr W.M. Mayes, Prof. DR Parsons, Prof. RKW Wurzel, Prof. RA Barnes, Dr M. Farrelly, Prof. G. Midgley, Dr N. Mishra, Dr F. Why, Dr C. Kambhampati, Dr V. Osburg.

Travel Award BRISK2 Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge Travel Grant - VTT Research Institute , Finland

2019 - 2019

BRISK2 Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge EU Horizon 2020 program awarded a Transnational Research Facilities Access Grant (max 1,200 E) to PhD Candidate H. Alabdrabalameer and Dr Skoulou, on February 2019. His First Supervisor Dr V. Skoulou built the research idea/application and awarded a small fund for Mr H.A.Alabdrabalameer for accessing and using the Research Facilities of VTT Technical Research Centre , Finland , in order to test the thermochemical behavior of pre-treated lignocellulosic biomass waste in a fluidized bed (FB) thermochemical reactor system. Max 1,200 € Project Completed and resulted in the following publication: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SE00155D

1st Prize for PhD Poster Presentation of PhD Candidate Hassan Alabdrabalameer (First Supervisor: V.Skoulou)

2019 - 2019

The B3 Challenge Group and specifically the PhD Candidate H.AlabdrabAlameer with co-authors Dr. M.Taylor and PI Dr V.Skoulou won the 1st Award for Poster Presentation in the Post-Graduate Colloquium - Poster Session, Canham Turner – Eliot Table, Hull University, 15th July, 2019

Travel Award BRISK2 Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge Travel Grant - Bioenergy 2020+ , Graz University, Austria

2019 - 2019

BRISK2 Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge program awarded a small Transnational Research Facilities Access Grant (up to max 1,200 E) to PhD Candidate H. Alabdrabalameer and Dr V.Skoulou, on September 2019. His First Supervisor Dr V. Skoulou built the research idea/application and awarded a small fund for Mr H.A.Alabdrabalameer for accessing and using the Research Facilities of Bioenergy 2020+ ,Graz, Austria , in order to test the thermal behavior of pre-treated lignocellulosic biomass waste and thermogravimetric analysis. Max 1200 € Project Completed

Travel Award BRISK Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge Travel Grant- KTH Stockholm, Sweden : Partial Recycling of CO2 and exploitation as a possible enhancement medium of producer gas during high temperature steam gasification (ReCO2-sHiTAG).

2014 - 2014

BRISK Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge programm awarded a small Transnational Research Facilities Access Grant to Dr V. Skoulou, on July 2014. Dr Skoulou submitted her research idea application and awarded a small fund for accessing an using the Research Facilities of KTH Royal Institute Sweden, Stockholm, in order to perform biomass waste/plastics gasification experiments. 1,337.49 € Project Completed and resulted in the following publication: https://doi.org/10.5071/24thEUBCE2016-2CV.3.97 As a result of that grant a Dr Skoulou, along with her collaborators from KTH presented in a conference / paper published a paper in conference proceedings of the 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE), as shown below: Skoulou, V*., Kantarelis, E., Wang, M.CO2 Integration in High Temperature Steam Gasification (HTSG) of Solid Fuels and Blends with Waste’ 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) 2016, 6th – 9th June 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Ionic liquid bio-refining of lignocellulose to sustainable polymers

2013 - 2013

Funder: EPSRC (EP/K014676/1) Coordinator: Imperial College London (ICL), UK Project Duration: 2013-2017 Scientific Responsible: Dr. Marcos Millan (ICL) Participation : Among other Co-Is Research Associate Dr V. Skoulou ( 6/2013-12/2013) Project participation Completed

Advanced concepts and process schemes for CO2 free fluidized and entrained bed co-gasification of coals.

2012 - 2013

Funder: European Union- (FECUNDUS project) Coordinator: CNR-Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche., Italy Project Duration: 2010-2013 Scientific Responsible: Dr. Marcos Millan (ICL) Participation : Among other Co-Is Research Associate Dr V. Skoulou ( 6/2012-6/2013) Project participation Completed

State Scholarships Foundation (?.?.?.) Award for Postdoctoral Studies at National level

2011 - 2012

State Scholarships Foundation (?.?.?.) – Awarded for one (1) year Postdoctoral research scholarship entitled: Thermochemical conversion of lignin-cellulose mixtures for ’green’ energy production with environmental safety.

National State Scholarships Foundation IKY Award: Thermochemical conversion( pyrolysis, gasification) of lignin-cellulose mixtures for ‘’green’’ energy production with environmental safety.

2011 - 2012

Funder: National State Scholarships Foundation (?.?.?.) Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dep. of Chem. Eng, AUTh Project Duration: 2011-2012 Scientific Responsible: Research Associate Dr V. Skoulou ( 2/2011-3/2012) 6,000 € Project Completed

Among the top 3% of the best Researchers of AUTh, Year 2010-2011 (AUth University and CPERI/CERTH)

2010 - 2011

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is the largest university in Greece. About 8.472 students were following postgraduate programes, of which 3952 are research active at and above Doctoral level, along the 2.024 faculty members. Awards Ceremony took place on 21/9/2011 AUTh Research Excellency Ceremony , academic year 2010-11 Video: Dr Skoulou awarded from from the Special Secretariat of Hellenic Ministry of Higher Education and Religious Affairs Mr V.Papazoglou (seen video (in Greek): 1:55: 35 and 1:56:20 - 1:56:30)

Research Project: Demonstration of a Small scale Mobile Agricultural Residue gasification unit (5kWth) for decentralized Combined Heat and Power production.

2010 - 2011

Funder: European Union- LIFE08 ENV/GR/000576 and District Heating Municipal Company of Ptolemaida, Greece Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Amyntaion Greece Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece Project Duration: 2010-2012 Scientific Responsible(s) : Prof. A. Zabaniotou (LCPP-AUTh) and Prof. Z. Samaras (LAT-AUTh). Participation : Research Associate Dr V. Skoulou ( 01/2010-06/2011 & 07/2010-12/2010) 10,140 € Inception Report available : http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.showFile&rep=file&fil=SMART-CHP_Inception-Report.pdf Last Accessed on: 23/3/2019 Project Completed - (one of the 21 Best LIFE Environment projects, 2013)

Valorisation of biodiesel industry by-products for alternative energy production by thermochemical treatments (pyrolysis, gasification)

2010 - 2011

Funder: Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dep. of Chem. Eng, AUTh Project Duration: 2010-20121 Scientific Responsible: Research Associate Dr V. Skoulou ( 1/2010-1/2011) 5,000 € Project Completed

Research Excellency Prize from the Research Committee of AUTh (University Level)

2010 - 2010

Research Committee of AUTh – Research Excellency Award for one (1) year of Post Doc Research studies entitled: Valorization of biodiesel industry byproducts for alternative energy production by thermochemical treatments. 6,000 Euros Project Completed

Exploration of particulate filter limits.

2009 - 2009

Funder: Inco Special Products, Avl List, GmBh. Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dep. of Mech. Eng, AUTh Project Duration: 2009-2009 Scientific Responsible: Prof. Z.Samaras (LAT-AUTh). Participation: Research Associate Dr V. Skoulou ( 10/2009-10/2009) 1,785 € Project Completed

SUSPOWER project (continued as BRISK and BRISK2): High Temperature, steam gasification of agro-industrial biomass – Catalytic effect of metals

2007 - 2007

SUSPOWER allowed European researchers to access KTH’s unique large-scale experimental facilities in the areas of innovative combustion, gasification and gas turbine technology. Funding is available to cover travel and up-keep for 4-8 weeks . Costs related to facility operation and on-side assistance and expert consulting are also covered. Dr Skoulou awarded a travel grant ( from KTH Royal Institute of month) Sweden, Material Science Department after her selection based in her research project proposal: High Temperature, steam gasification of agro-industrial biomass – Catalytic effect of metals € Project Completed

Study of biomass pellets production (Agro-pellets) for bioenergy (pyrolyis, gasification) and related materials production in pyrolysis/gasification units with environmental and economic safety. (PELET-AGROS).

2006 - 2007

Funder: Greek Ministry of Development- PABET05 AMTH and Hellenic Pellets S.A. Coordinator: Laboratory of Chemical Plants Processes, Chemical Engineering Dep. (LCPP-AUTh). Greece Project Duration: 2006-2007 Scientific Responsible: Assoc.Prof. A. Zabaniotou (LCPP-AUTh). Participation : Dr V. Skoulou, Junior Researcher (07/2006-12/2007) Project Completed

Integrated study (pyrolysis, gasification) and management of energy crops and their residues, for energy and biofuels production (?i-Bred fuels).

2006 - 2007

Funder: Greek Ministry of Development- PABET05 and Hi-Bred Hellas S.A. Coordinator: Laboratory of Chemical Plants Processes, Chemical Engineering Dep. (LCPP-AUTh). Greece Project Duration: 2006-2007 Scientific Responsible: Assoc.Prof. A. Zabaniotou (LCPP-AUTh). Participation : Dr V. Skoulou, Junior Researcher (04/2006 12/2007) Project Completed

Simulation of Diesel particulate filter based in Ni.

2006 - 2006

Funder: Inco Special Products, Avl List, GmBh. Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dep. of Mech. Eng, AUTh Project Duration: 2006-2006 Scientific Responsible: Prof. Z.Samaras (LAT-AUTh). Participation: Junior Researcher Dr V. Skoulou ( 2/2006-2/2006) 500 € Project Completed

Optimization of olive kernel Fluidized Bed Gasification, in conjunction with Internal Combustion Engine (Diesel.)

2005 - 2009

Funder: Greek Ministry of Development –(PENED03) and N.Ach. Philippopoulos Energy Technical S.A Coordinator: Laboratory of Chemical Plants Processes, Chemical Engineering Dep. (LCPP-AUTh). Greece Project Duration: 2005-2009 Scientific Responsible: Assoc.Prof. A. Zabaniotou (LCPP-AUTh). Participation : Dr V. Skoulou, Junior Researcher ( 12/2005-07/2009) 42,304.5 € Project aiming at supporting my PhD study in the field of Design, Construction and experimentation in a pilot scale fluidized bed gasification system running on lignocellulosic biomass/waste for syngas production and energy generation. Project Completed

Thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis, gasification) of agricultural wastes for H2, electric energy in fuel cells and active carbon production.

2005 - 2006

Funder: Greek Ministry of Higher Education and Religious Affairs- (?P???? ?? PYTHAGORAS). Coordinator: Laboratory of Chemical Plants Processes, Chemical Engineering Dep. (LCPP-AUTh). Greece Project Duration: 2005-2007 Scientific Responsible: Assoc.Prof. A. Zabaniotou (LCPP-AUTh). Participation : Dr V. Skoulou, Junior Researcher (04/2005-12/2006) Project Completed ans resulted in the following publication :

Simulation program of ceramic trap filter.

2004 - 2005

Funder: Daimler Chrysler AG. Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dep. of Mech. Eng, AUTh Project Duration: 2004-2005 Scientific Responsible: Prof. Z.Samaras (LAT-AUTh). Participation: as Junior Researcher Dr V. Skoulou ( 10/2004-3/2005) (4,200 €) Project Completed

Committee/Steering group role

Scientific Committee of the 12th National Confererene for the Renewable Enegry Sources of the Institute of Solar Technology Thematic session: Biomass (In Greek)

2021 - 2021

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Solar Technology Expert Sub-section: 2. Biomass and waste as energy sources

Scientific Committee of the 1st Construction, Energy , Environment and Sustainability (CEES 2021) International (hybrid) Conference , Coibra, Portugal, 12-15 October 2021

2021 - 2021

CEES 2021 is taking place in Coimbra, Portugal, from 12 to 15 October 2021, and is being organized by Itecons. Globally, we are faced with resource scarcity, climate change and increased urbanisation. More than ever, there is a need for increasing the sustainability of the built environment and construction activities. As concerns with sustainability, efficiency and wellbeing continue to grow, the construction industry must not only continue to embrace new technologies, processes and materials, but also continue to address the many challenges facing the existing building stock. The first International CEES conference aims to bring together construction, energy and environment researchers, engineers, planners, stakeholders and policy makers to address these challenges. In order to achieve a sustainable built environment and a sustainable construction activity, professionals from a wide range of backgrounds need to work together, from researchers working on the development of innovative construction materials and technologies, on building physics and energy performance, or on studying the environmental effects of manmade infrastructure, to those working towards the adoption of the industry 4.0 principals or those working in a more regional and urban scale, all the while without neglecting the social aspect of sustainable construction and housing. In this context, we are looking for contributions related with, but not limited to, a wide range of multidisciplinary topics, which are arranged in six general themes: Construction materials and technologies Building physics Energy Environment Construction and industry 4.0 Community challenges and policies

Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Committee Member, University of Hull, UK

2019

COST Action CA17128 Pan-European Network MC Substitude Committee member

2018 - 2021

COST Action CA17128

Conference attendance

The Carbon Online Conference & Exhibition

2020 - 2020

The Carbon Conference will focus on Ireland's 2030 Climate Action Agenda. The primary goal of this conference will be to unify government bodies, academics, and Industry leaders in taking action on achieving our 2030 Agenda. We will tackle these issues head-on by providing cost-effective solutions to the inevitable carbon pricing & changes in legislation. We will introduce new technologies and advancements across various sectors highlighting the latest trends and opportunities available to businesses and landowners across the country. Companies can save up to 70% of their energy usage alone through new smart technologies. This conference is for high-level professionals seeking innovative ways to ensure they are on target to meet Ireland’s climate action plan and reduce our carbon footprint.

CA17128 LignoCOST Workshop :‘Current status of lignin valorisation in Europe’ in Stockholm, Sweden

2020 - 2020

The main objective of LignoCOST is to establish a sound network covering the entire value chain in which relevant information can be produced with a focus on lignin valorisation towards sustainable industrial applications. Only when working together this information can be gathered to cover the technical, non-technical, environmental and socio-economic implications of the most promising lignin value chains.

Energy and Growth in the Northern Powerhouse Conference and Exhibition

2019 - 2019

Energy & Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse was a two (2) day Conference and Exhibition being held at the Bonus Arena in Hull on 5 & 6 November 2019. It is organised by the NP11, a collection of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships that cover the 76 Local Authorities in the North of England, and in conjunction with the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Green GB & NI Week. Keynote speakers, workshops, seminars and discussions with have drawn over a thousand of delegates, high-profile politicians and leading businesses in this event which was: showcasing the North’s successes and aspirations debating the hot topics for policy makers promoting future technologies and ground-breaking research assess the economic environment for businesses of all sizes and their workforces illustrating the case for inward investment across these regions

Our Energy Future - The Challenges and Solutions: Energy Conference 2018

2018 - 2018

Beyond the Coast 2018: JNCC's Conference on the future of the offshore

2018 - 2018

2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first MPA designated in UK offshore waters. To mark this milestone, JNCC are launching ‘Beyond the Coast’, a conference specifically focussed on progressive marine conservation in the UK’s offshore marine environment. This event will bring together a diverse range of practitioners, academics and others to discuss key overarching themes, such as how to deal with uncertainty, assessing the health of the marine environment beyond the coast, and working together to achieve common goals. Q&A panels and breakout sessions will enable lively debate and interaction, with the aim of setting the ground for future collaborations and networking. The objectives of Beyond the Coast 2018 are to: Enable a review of the UK’s offshore marine environment in 2018, providing the opportunity for multi-disciplinary discussion around topical offshore issues; Provide a platform for identification of opportunities for collaborative working to address challenges in our knowledge base and management of offshore areas; Facilitate effective networking and relationship building for stakeholders working in the UK offshore environment.

Chemical Engineering Day UK 2015

2015 - 2015

Chem Eng Day UK 2015 was a scientific conference about chemical engineering at Sheffield’s City Hall on 8-9 April 2015, organised by the University of Sheffield and IChemE. Vrch, and find out more about our impedance testing systems. The event aimed to encourage interaction within the UK chemical engineering academic community and to enhance communication among researchers and practitioners working in chemical engineering. Distinguished plenary speakers, parallel technical sessions and poster sessions,showcases the technological advances and research in core areas of chemical engineering, with leading experts from academia and industry. Academic researchers and industrial professionals at all levels working within research in chemical engineering and related sectors, particularly those based within the UK participated.

Chemical Engineering Day UK 2014

2014 - 2014

This conference brought together researchers, engineers and scientists from around the UK to explore the latest technological advances and research results in core areas of chemical engineering. Through a combination of a distinguished plenary speaker, parallel technical sessions with invited talks by leading experts from academia and industry, and interactive poster sessions, participants showcased their research efforts and technologies, and share visions with researchers in the UK. New opportunities for collaborative effort will be created and, in particular, industrialists will be able to establish new dialogues and build relationships with universities in addition to developing links across industries. Aims of the conference were: to strengthen the interactions within the UK chemical engineering academic community, in particular, to enhance communication among researchers and practitioners from the UK working in the area of chemical engineering and to create a dynamic environment for presenting, transferring, and exchanging the know-how and latest advanced research highlights and scientific achievements in chemical engineering and at the same time to stimulate the creative professional activity of young engineers and scientists.

Conference organisation

FoSE (Chemical Engineering) and EEI (Thyme) Seminar Prof.Zabaniotou ( Aristotle University of Thessaloniki):Awareness of Sustainability: Sustainable use of Bioresources - Guest Speaker Prof Anastasia Zabaniotou

2019 - 2019

Awareness of Sustainability: Sustainable use of Bioresources Dr Skoulou, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Energy and Environment Institute were delighted to welcome visiting Reseacher Professor Anastasia Zabaniotou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she is Director of the new Circular Economy Institute (ICE) and Biomass & Waste group leader in the Chemical Engineering Department, AUTh, Greece. Professor Zabaniotou is also Chair of Biomass and Biogas at the World Renewable Energy Network and is a renowned leader in the field of renewable energy with a focus on bioenergy and biofuels, circular economy and sustainability. On Wednesday 10th July, Professor Zabaniotou was speaking on sustainability and the bioeconomy. The subject of the seminars map to the THYME Project, a collaboration between the Universities of Teeside, Hull and York, which is looking to boost the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley. 11.00-12.00, Wednesday 10 July 2019, Allam Medical Building Lecture Theatre 2

FoSE (Chemical Engineering) and EEI (Thyme) Guest Lecture Prof.Zabaniotou ( Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): Biomass and Waste to Energy in the context of Sustainability and Circular Economy: Latest advancements, innovations and strategic objectives

2019 - 2019

GUEST LECTURES FROM VISITING PROFESSOR ANASTASIA ZABANIOTOU Biomass and Waste to Energy in the context of Sustainability and Circular Economy: Latest advancements, innovations and strategic objectives Dr V. Skoulou, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Energy and Environment Institute were delighted to welcome visiting Professor Anastasia Zabaniotou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she is Director of the new Circular Economy Institute (ICE) and Biomass & Waste group leader in the Chemical Engineering Department. Professor Zabaniotou is also Chair of Biomass and Biogas at the World Renewable Energy Network and is a renowned leader in the field of renewable energy with a focus on bioenergy and biofuels, circular economy and sustainability. On Tuesday 9th of July, Professor Zabaniotou was speaking on sustainability and the bioeconomy. The subject of the seminars mapped also to the THYME Project, a collaboration between the Universities of Teeside, Hull and York, which is looking to boost the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley. Please do join us in hearing from Professor Zabaniotou by signing up using the links below, which redirect to eventbrite: 12.00-13.00, Tuesday 9 July 2019, Allam Medical Building Lecture Theatre 2

Chemical Engineering -B3 Challenge Group Invited Seminar Dr A.Michopoulos (University of Cyprus, Cyprus) : Introduction to Energy Analysis and Technoeconomic Evaluation

2019 - 2019

Chemical Engineering Seminar Dr R.Volpe (Enna, Italy) : Biomass Waste to Energy: Design of experiments to study the thermochemical breakdown (pyrolysis, gasification)of agro-waste.

2017 - 2017

Organised the Chemical Engineering Seminar Wednesday, 8TH MARCH 2017, at 12.00 pm Biomass Waste to Energy: Design of experiments to study the thermochemical breakdown of agro-waste. by Dr Roberto Volpe, University of Enna ‘Kore’, Italy

Chemical Engineering Seminar Dr G.Evans (ETI, UK) : ETI 2050 low carbon energy scenarios and bioenergy opportunities

2015 - 2015

Organised the Chemical Engineering Seminar ETI 2050 low carbon energy scenarios and bioenergy opportunities by Dr Geraint Evans MIChemE MEI CEng Programme Manager - Bioenergy ETI Instirute UK

Conference presentation

THYME Cluster Event - Biomass for Sustainable Biofuels

2022 - 2022

THYME Cluster Event - Biomass for Sustainable Biofuels This event is held online over Zoom on 24/5/2022. Agenda: 10.30 - Welcome and introduction to organising partners Biovale, Catch, NEPIC and THYME project Dr Jenny Spear (THYME Programme Manager at the University of Hull) 10.35 - Setting the Scene for Sustainable Biofuels within the Region Olivier Macé (Broadmanor Consulting Limited) 10.55 – University of Hull approaches to upgrade biomass for biofuel applications Dr Vicky Skoulou and Dr Martin Taylor 11.10 – Sustainable biofuels development at pilot scale Dr Mark Gronnow (Biorenewables Development Centre) 11.25 - Introduction to BioVale Alice North (BioVale) 11.35 - Panel session Q & A 11.55 - Summary CATCH/Biovale 12pm - End of Cluster Event Speakers: Dr Jenny Spear, THYME Programme Manager, University of Hull Jenny works as an Innovation Programme Manager in the Energy & Environment Institute at the University of Hull. Her work focuses on bringing together academic and industry partnerships to demonstrate regional strength in the bioeconomy in the Humber, Yorkshire and Tees Valley region.

Chem Eng Day 2021 : Avoidance of the operational problem of Bed Agglomeration during Gasification of Barley Straw in Fluidized bed energy generation technologies.

2021 - 2021

Avoidance of the operational problem of Bed Agglomeration during Gasification of Barley Straw in Fluidized bed energy generation technologies. Hassan A. Alabdrab-Alameer1, Martin J. Taylor2 and Vasiliki Skoulou1,2 1 B 3 Challenge Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Hull,UK, 2 Energy and Environment Institute (EEI), University of Hull, UK Abstract Problematic lignocellulosic waste such as straw (around 5%wt of ash and low bulk density causing problems during reactors’ feeding) cause defluidisation in fluidized bed energy generation systems. Such waste contain much higher amount of alkali and alkali earth metals (especially K). Potassium (K) for example interacts with the cheap and easy to find bed material (silica sand), leading to bed agglomeration operational problems which in turn results in pressure drop increase and loss of fluidisation due to eutectic mixtures creation. Leaching (water washing) the problematic inorganic constitutes from such type of waste reduces the tendency towards bed agglomeration of FB technologies commonly used in wasteto-energy plants. Untreated barley straw was fed to the fluidized bed reactor at temperatures ranging from 750 to 950oC and bed agglomerated. The de-fluidization operational problem became more prominent as the bed temperature increased. On the other hand, pre-treated barley straw didn’t lead to any bed agglomeration during continuous operation and lowered gaseous emissions compared to raw barley straw. Leaching reduced also both K and chlorine (Cl) by almost 90% after leaching in the water as well as improved feeding of feedstock into the gasification system. SEM/EDX characterization of the bed material before and after de-fluidization indicated the nature of bed agglomeration phenomena and actual composition of the ash decoration on the surface of the bed material. The raw straw coating composition presented a high K content (50%wt) with low content of Si (15%wt). However, the SEM/EDX results of the bed material after gasifiying the leached straw didn’t show any agglomeration by eutectic mixtures of very low concentration of K (< 2%wt) and Si (~70%wt). The latter enabled avoidance of the FB agglomeration operational problem and decreased the chances of forming eutectic mixtures. Acknowledgments: Authors would like to thank the BRISK2 Project (Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, grant: 731101) and EPSRC for co-funding parts of this project (EPSRC New Investigator Grant (former First Grant), grant number EP/P034667/1). Keywords: Lignocellulosic biomass waste, Bed agglomeration, Leaching, Fluidized bed, Continuous process

2021 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference : Innovative Pre-treatment of woody waste to create alternative fuels for thermochemical reactors

2021 - 2021

The 2021 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference was held on 2 March 2021 from 12:00 UTC for 24 hours and has now finished. It was an incredible year with around 900 people from over 60 countries around the globe sharing their science. The Chairs are finalising their choices so keep an eye out for the winners announcement shortly! 2021 #RSC Poster Twitter Conference 2nd March 2021 Innovative Pre-treatment of woody waste to create alternative fuels for thermochemical reactors Hassan Alabdrabalameer, Martin J. Taylor and Vasiliki Skoulou* By Hassan Alabdrabalameer : Developing a fast, efficient and green method of ash extraction for better energy production from biomass. #RSCEnergy , #RSCPoster The new developed pre-treatment method reduced the energy consumption by 480 times. More energy conserved, more the planet life is reserved!!

GECOST 2021 Conference Keynote Speaker : Conversion of Biomass waste to value added feedstock for solid biofuels and green energy production

2021 - 2021

Conversion of Biomass waste to value added feedstock for solid biofuels and green energy production Keynote Speaker: Dr V.Skoulou The exploitation of alternative, green fuels such as the lignocellulosic (woody and herbaceous) biomass waste in energy production, offers the advantages of: i) improved waste management, ii) resource efficiency, iii) reduced dependence on imported energy and iv) increased renewables usage in power production. Low carbon thermochemical processes such as pyrolysis and gasification, in combination with exploitation of biomass waste can reduce the carbon footprint of the energy production sector and offer an additional source of income to farmers and agro industries. When woody and herbaceous waste (e.g. empty fruit bunches and kernels, rice straws) are fed in raw form into fluidised bed technologies (FBGs) such gasifiers for bioenergy production, operational problems like ash fusion and bed agglomeration appear. To ensure a sustainable and efficient operation of such technologies fed on biomass waste, raw material needs to be pre-treated in order to ensure long term operation of bioenergy systems without disturbance as well as optimize the economics of these new fuels by solving logistic issues. As a result these optimised biomass fuels will accelerate the decarbonization of the energy production sector. In this way any underestimated biomass ‘waste’ sources produced locally will be upgraded to a highly desirable and sustainable feedstock for further bioenergy related uses and innovation which is brought by a multidisciplinary approach in the field.

Pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass waste for enhanced thermochemical decomposition for bioenergy production- Chemical Engineering Day 2019

2019 - 2019

Pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass waste for enhanced thermochemical decomposition for bioenergy production. by H.A. Alabdrabalameer, M.J. Taylor and V.Skoulou* The pre-treatment of woody and herbaceous lignocellulosic biomass waste has been explored to enhance its properties as a solid fuel source and control the inherent parameters such as moisture and ash content (inorganic residues that remain after combustion), as well as oxygen content, low calorific value, high volatilIly and low bulk density. Various chemical and physicochemical methods of leaching such as; hotplate, microwave and mechano-acoustic technologies have been used to combat the issues mentioned above, as well as determining an optimum substrate particle size via milling techniques. Facilitating pre-treatments under mild conditions have been found to not only be beneficial in the reduction of inorganic components such as P, S, Na, K and Ca (as determined by ICP-OES). They have been found to cause no detrimental effect to the complex organic matrix, where lignin and hemicellulose content of the substrate when measured by FTIR. Pre-treatment studies have been found to reduce the overall cellulosic crystallinity (calculated by Segal’s equation in PXRD) which is beneficial for thermochemical upgrading when using pyrolysis and gasification. Thermochemical studies have been conducted via thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) under N2 at varying temperatures to model pyrolysis conditions to calculate the biomass reactivity and heating value. It has been found that microwave based leaching is the most effective at reducing inorganic species and therefore lowering the ash content while maintaining the lignin, hemicellulose and cellulose content, as determined by ultimate analysis.

The Plastics Collaboratory Forum Presentation : Energy production from plastic waste via the thermochemical route

2019 - 2019

Oral presentantion under the frames of the Plastics Collaboratory Forum Kingsley Suite , 3rd October 2019 : Skoulou, V. Energy production from plastic waste via the thermochemical route. The Plastics Collaborative Forum, 3rd October 2019, Kingsley Suite, University of Hull, 3rd October 2019

MAICH Institute Invited Talk: Agro-Waste Upgrading to high added value feedstock for energy-materials production sector.

2016 - 2016

Skoulou, V. Agro-Waste Upgrading to high added value feedstock for energy-materials production sector. MAICH Institute , Crete Insland, Greece 28/9/2016

CO2 Integration in High Temperature Steam Gasification (HTSG) of Solid Fuels (lignocellulosic biomass) and Blends with Waste (Plastic)

2016 - 2016

CO2 integration in high temperature steam gasification (HTSG) of solid fuels and blends with waste Skoulou, V.* , Kantarelis, E., Yang, W. 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 process investigates the concepts of high temperature steam gasification (HTSG) with aspects from steam gasification under a rich in CO2 atmosphere(CO2HTSG). The present study aimed at investigating the beneficial or detrimental effect of modifying the existing HTSG atmosphere by partially recycling CO2 in lab scale and ideally emerging from a conventional CO2 production process. The effect of the process parameters on the producer gas quality, char and tar yields when gasified non-food woody biomass (WB) of forest origin, swedish coal (SC) and pre-treated plastic waste (PW) studied, as well as their weak blends. Results of the present study indicated synergies when materials of lignocellulosic origin with coal are co-gasified under high temperature/steam conditions, while the modified with CO2 steam gasification environment and at elevated temperature did affect also the quality of the producer gas. This effect depends on the feeding properties and steam gasification conditions, It seems that gasification at elevated temperature with steam-carbon-dioxide decreased the reactivity of chars however blending with biomass at low percentages maximized the H2 and CO2 production. European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) 2016 6th – 9th June 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Results of Research, published by Elsevier Cited Conference Proceedings

Exploitation of Lignocellulosic Biomass-From household uses to industrial development - Icheme Hull and Humber Invited Speaker 2015

2015 - 2015

26 February 2015 Invited by the IchemE Hull and Humber Group lecture to promote knowledge and synergies with industrial sector . The lecture delivered by Dr Vicky Skoulou, a chemical engineering research academic at the School of Engineering, University of Hull. Discussions centered around lignocellulosic biomass (of plant origin) exploitation fro bioenery and or biofuels-biochemicals production. Time : 18:30 Location: Robert Blackburn Building, School of Engineering, The University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX

Exploitation of Lignocellulosic Biomass- From Household Uses to Industrial Challenges

2015 - 2015

26 February 2015 An interesting evening lecture on the recovery of useful materials and energy from biomass.The lecture delivered by Dr Vicky Skoulou, a chemical engineer research academic at the School of Engineering, University of Hull.Discussions centered around lignocellulosic biomass (of plant origin( exploitation for bioenergy and/or biofuels-biochemicals production. Time: 18:30 refreshments, 19:00 start Location: Robert Blackburn Building, School of Engineering, The University of Hull, Hull, HU67RX Cost: Free of Charge, open to all Registration: By email to hullgroup@ichememember.org Webpage: www.icheme.org/hull-humber-biomass-info

Production of Syngas by Pressurized Fluidized Bed Gasification of German Lignite in a H2O/CO2 Atmosphere

2014 - 2014

Participation in 10th ERCCIA Coal Conference Hull, UK Long X., Skoulou V., Paterson N., Millan M. ‘Production of Syngas by Pressurized Fluidized Bed Gasification of German Lignite in a H2O/CO2 Atmosphere’, 10th ERCCIA , 15th-17th September 2014, Hull, U.K.

Fluidized Bed Co-gasification of Coal and Biomass under High Pressure Oxy-fuel Conditions.

2013 - 2013

Spiegl N., Berrueco C., Skoulou V., Paterson N., Millan M.‘Fluidized Bed Co-gasification of Coal and Biomass under High Pressure Oxy-fuel Conditions.’International Conference on Coal Science and Technology 2013.29th September-3rd October 2013, USA,

Aspects of gasifier scaling up for the conversion of biomass into energy

2011 - 2011

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Damartzis Th., Antoniou N.Aspects of gasifier scaling up for the conversion of biomass into energy. Material Technologies for ‘green’ chemistry.5th -9th September 2011, Tallin, Estonia.

Investigation of agricultural biomass for energy, fuels and materials. Utilization of biomass for fuels and chemicals-The road to sustainability.

2010 - 2010

Skoulou V., Zabaniotou A.I COST Action UBIOCHEM I 13rd -15th May 2010, Cordoba, Spain.

Development of fluidized bed gasifier for sustainable energy production in rural areas (Smart-CHP)

2010 - 2010

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Mertzis D., Samaras Z.Development of fluidized bed gasifier for sustainable energy production in rural areas (Smart-CHP). PROTECTION 2010

Integrated study of energy crops management and their residues, for energy and biofuels production

2010 - 2010

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Samaras Z., Zanakis G.Integrated study of energy crops management and their residues, for energy and biofuels production.’PROTECTION 2010July 2010

Mobile gasification unit for sustainable electricity production in rural areas: The Smart CHP project.

2010 - 2010

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Mobile gasification unit for sustainable electricity production in rural areas: The Smart CHP project.’Protection and Restoration of the Environment 2010 (PRE10)5th -9th July 2010, Corfu Island, Greece.

Possibility of energy production from biomass in Prefecture of Western Macedonia, Greece

2010 - 2010

Skoulou V., Zabaniotou A., Chatziavgoustis Th.Possibility of energy production from biomass in Prefecture of Western Macedonia, Greece. 1st Workshop for Results Dissemination of D.1 Deliverable of The SMARt CHP LIFE08 ENV/GR/000576 project.8th December 2010, Amyntaion, Greece.

Flexible gasification systems of agricultural and agro-industrial residues for energy production

2009 - 2009

Kantarelis ?., Skoulou V., Zabaniotou ?.Flexible gasification systems of agricultural and agro-industrial residues for energy production. 9th National Conference of Renewable Energy Sources. 26th -28th March 2009, Geroskipou – Pafos, Cyrpus. in the Institute of Solar Technologies Book of Conference Proceedings p.629-631 (In Greek)

Experimental unit of olive kernel gasification-Study of the process conditions in the quality of the produced gas.

2009 - 2009

Koufodimos G., Skoulou V., Mertzis D., Zabaniotou ?., Samaras ?. Experimental unit of olive kernel gasification-Study of the process conditions in the quality of the produced gas.’ 9th National Conference of Renewable Energy Sources. 26th -28th March 2009, Geroskipou – Pafos, Cyrpus. in the Institute of Solar Technologies Book of Conference Proceedings p.632-639 (In Greek)

Is biogenic energy production viable via agro-residues gasification?

2008 - 2008

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V.Is biogenic energy production viable via agro-residues gasification?’International Conference on Agricultural Engineering 2008 (AgEng2008).23rd -25th June 2008, Hersonissos-Crete Island, Greece.

Thermal treatment of energy crop residues: alternatives for energy and materials production.

2007 - 2007

Zabaniotou A.A., Skoulou V.K., Ioannidou O.A.Thermal treatment of energy crop residues: alternatives for energy and materials production.10th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST07) 5th -7th September 2007, Kos Island Greece, A: 1624-30.

Hydrodynamic Analysis of a Bench Scale Fluidized Bed Gasifier

2007 - 2007

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Samaras Z., Koufodimos G. ‘Hydrodynamic Analysis of a Bench Scale Fluidized Bed Gasifier 15th European Biomass Conference (EUBCE). 7th -11th May 2007, Berlin, Germany.

Experimental unit of an olive kernel gasification-Study of the effect of process conditions in the quality of the gasification gas

2007 - 2007

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Koufodimos G., Samaras Z.Experimental unit of an olive kernel gasification-Study of the effect of process conditions in the quality of the gasification gas. 2nd International Conference for the Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency.18th – 21st October 2007, ?thens, Greece.

Design of a pilot scale fluidized bed gasification unit of agricultural residues.

2007 - 2007

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Samaras Z., Koufodimos G. Design of a pilot scale fluidized bed gasification unit of agricultural residues.’6th PanHellenic Conference of Chemical Engineering.31st -2nd June 2007, Athens, Greece.

Integrated study and management of energy crops and residues for biofuels and energy production.’

2007 - 2007

Zanakis G., Mariolis ?., Zabaniotou ?., Skoulou V., Samaras ?., Fontaras G.Integrated study and management of energy crops and residues for biofuels and energy production.’Energy crops in Thessaly meeting15th December 2007, 3rd klm of Karditsa-Mitropolis, Karditsa,

Potential application of wastes for energy and material recovery with environmental safety

2006 - 2006

Skoulou V., Zabaniotou , A. Potential application of wastes for energy and material recovery with environmental safety. Biomass and Waste to Energy Symposium. 29th November – 1st December 2006, Venice, Italy.

Fixed bed gasification of agro-industrial waste

2006 - 2006

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Stauropoulos G. Fixed bed gasification of agro-industrial waste, 2nd Conference of Alternative fuels and Biofuels.26th -27th April 2006, Plastira Lake-Karditsa, Greece.

Integrated study and management of energy crops and residues for biofuels and energy production.’

2006 - 2006

Zabaniotou A., Skoulou V., Samaras Z., Fontaras G., Zanakis G., Mariolis N.Integrated study and management of energy crops and residues for biofuels and energy production.’2nd Conference of Alternative fuels and Biofuels.26th -27th April 2006, Plastira Lake- Karditsa, Greece.

Olive kernel gasification for energy production

2006 - 2006

Skoulou V.8Zabaniotou A.Olive kernel gasification for energy production. th National Conferences for Renewable Energy Sources, 29th -31st March 2006, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Gasification of olive kernel for energy production

2006 - 2006

8th National Conference for Renewawable Energy Sources, 29-31 March 2006, Thessaloniki , Greece Gasification of olive kernel for energy generation by V.Skoulou and A.Zabaniotou in Institute of Solar Technology Book of Conference Papers, Vol. A p. 478-482 (in Greek)

Agricultural and animal wastes for energy with environmental safety.

2005 - 2005

Zabaniotou A.,Karagiannidis A., Skoulou V. Agricultural and animal wastes for energy with environmental safety. 20th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium.1st -5th October 2007, S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), Sardinia.

Optimization and Energy Balance of the Biomass Gasification - Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Integrated Process

2005 - 2005

Athanasiou C., Koutelieris F., Vakouftsi ?., Skoulou V., Antonakou E., Marnellos G., Zabaniotou ?. Optimization and Energy Balance of the Biomass Gasification - Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Integrated Process. 2nd Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium (IEEES-2). 3rd - 7th July 2005, Kos Island, Greece.

Optimization of a combined process including biomass gasification and power production in a fuel cell.

2005 - 2005

Athanasiou C., Koutelieris F., Vakouftsi E., Skoulou V., Marnellos G., Zabaniotou A. Optimization of a combined process including biomass gasification and power production in a fuel cell.2nd Pan-hellenic Symposium on Hydrogen Technology.20th -2st October 2005, Thessaloniki, Greece. p.272-285.

Potential application of wastes (agricultural and animal) for energy and material recovery with environmental safety

2005 - 2005

Skoulou V., Zabaniotou A.Potential application of wastes (agricultural and animal) for energy and material recovery with environmental safety. 13th International Symposium on Environmental Pollution and its Impact on Life in the Mediterranean Region. (MESAEP05).8th -12th October, 2005, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Ethics role

Faculty of Science and Engineering Ethics Committee - Member

2019

External examiner role

External Examiner Imperial College London, UK

2021 - 2021

External Examiner : Dr Vasiliki Skoulou Dr Hualun Zhu, , Chemical Engineering Dep.Imperial College London . Catalytic Steam Reforming of Toluene: Study of Reaction Parameters, Reforming Atmosphere and Catalyst Deactivation. UK 2021 (29 July 2021)

External Examiner European Biomass Reseacrh Institute (EBRI) Aston University, UK

2019 - 2019

External: Dr Vasiliki Skoulou Dr Joe Socci “Mesoporous Solid Acid Catalysts for the Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass”, Chemical Engineering Dep. EBRI -Aston University, UK (27th June 2019) Supervisor: Prof AV Bridgwater ( https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=kAh6_E8AAAAJ&hl=en) Internal: Dr Marta Granollers-Mesa ( https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=polLQxgAAAAJ&hl=en)

External Examiner School of Engineering AUTh, Greece

2015 - 2015

External Examiner : Dr Vasiliki Skoulou Dr Konstantinos Georgiadis -Filikas, Behavior of thermal insulation materials under fire conditions with reference to their position within building envelopes, Civil Engineering Dep. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 2015 (29 June 2015)

Journal editorial role

Sustainability and Resilience to Climate Change Hazards and Gender Equality _ Sustainability (MDPI)

2020 - 2021

Dear Colleagues, Gender equality and inclusion are of growing importance and focus in many sectors, including education, research, business, and governance. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is envisaging building peaceful, resilient, equitable, and inclusive societies. Sustainable development implies constant evolutionary and adaptive change, while gender equality is a prerequisite to this. Gender equality is a critical goal because its implementation can foster positive cascading effects on the achievement of all SDGs, and it is directly connected to the nexus of education-sustainability. In terms of climate change-based disasters, the transition towards socio-ecological resilience should be aligned with the fundamental aspect of gender equality. Women are the victims of climate change disasters and gender equality is another parameter that must be considered in climate-based resilience. Vulnerabilities and gender inequality can impede the effectiveness and sustainability of climate change responses. Increasing gender equality has a positive impact on productivity, boosts problem-solving, and increases innovation, all of which are essential outcomes for tackling the great challenges we are facing, from health to food security, from climate change to sustainable communities. Women’s greater participation would not only be a social policy but would also enhance sustainability, resilience, and democracy. Policy planning should integrate natural and social capitals, ethics, and values, as agencies towards the acceleration of the fundamental changes for a sustainable and resilient life. This Special Issue comprises papers that explore the multifaceted dimensions of gender equality in relation to sustainability and resilience to climate change hazards. Through a series of papers, it explores promising approaches for transforming higher education, research, leadership, policy making, and institutions towards gender equality. Gender equality is a wicked problem interconnected with overlapping complexities inherent in our society that create symbiotic relationships that connect issues to one another. Therefore, gender equality is interconnected with the global challenges of climate change, health, security of food, water, waste, energy, and biodiversity. Vulnerabilities and gender inequality can impede the effectiveness and sustainability of climate change responses. Increasing gender equality has a positive impact on productivity, boosts problem-solving and increases innovation, and creates sustainable and inclusive communities. Women’s greater participation and empowerment would enhance sustainability, resilience, and democracy. Policy planning should integrate natural and social capitals, ethics, and values, as agencies towards the acceleration of the fundamental changes for a sustainable and resilient life. The purpose of the Special Issue is to contribute responding to climate change (mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer and financing) by including a gender lens and arguing that gender be horizontally integrated into climate change response efforts. Prof. Dr. Anastasia Zabaniotou and Prof. Paola Rizzi Prof. Dr. Khaled A. Al-Sahili Dr. Vasiliki Skoulou Ms. Maria Cristina Marolda Guest Editors

Bioenergy and Biochar: Repurposing Waste to Sustainable Energy and Materials Special Issue of Energies Journal (MDPI)

2019 - 2020

All types of biomass, and their waste, comprised one the pillars of the pre-industrial, pre-fossil fuel, agriculture-based economies of the past. Traditional practices of biomass waste management were applied, but not necessarily in a sophisticated and efficient way, and covered all the way up from agricultural activities to food production, animal feed, natural fibre separation as well as processing of forest-wood. The modern bioeconomy sector, though, includes new circular economy energy and materials streams of added value products, such as gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels and bioenergy generation routes, and biochar production, along with all the previously mentioned traditional bioeconomy emerged products. The aim of this Special Issue is to include the latest bioenergy and biochar advancements and incorporation to a bioeconomy in transition. This Special Issue focuses on nature, properties, upgrading and bioenergy generation processes from all types of biomass waste and biochars originating from biomass waste. Overviews of international ongoing and collaborative, transdisciplinary research projects, technology transfer and policy development in the field are also welcome. A transdisciplinary approach in order to examine, explore and critically engage with issues, advances and barriers of the attempt are also encouraged. Guest Editors: Dr Dimitrios Kalderis and Dr Vasiliki Skoulou

Biofuels-Bioenergy Waste Special Issue of Sustainability (MDPI)

2018 - 2019

Guest Editor in Special Issue: Biofuels–Bioenergy Waste to Value Added Feedstock in Journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Biofuels%E2%80%93Bioenergy_Waste Invited Co-guest Editors: Dr S.Bezergianni and Dr P. Manara (Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH) Research Institute, Greece)

Journal peer reviewer

MDPI : Sustainability; Energies; Bioengineering; Materials; Agriculture

2016

MDPI publishers

TAYLOR FRANCIS: Environmental Technology

2009

ELSEVIER : Applied Catalysis A: General ; Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis; Energy Conversion and Management; Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy; International Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Sustainability; Waste; Waste Management

2005

Elsevier Publishers

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Women's Higher Education Network (WHEN)

2020

The WHEN network enables members to connect with colleagues beyond their own institution and city, and draw on the power of women from across the HE sector. Women can learn from one another in an empowering and supportive environment, whether on or offline. Members will have access to a vibrant online community in addition to offline networking opportunities, tailored training events and an annual conference. WHEN offers the first and only national network dedicated to the development and advancement of all women working in higher education. The WHEN network explicitly recognises and addresses the unique differences and challenges faced by professional services women, as well as academic women.

Learning Affiliate of Energy Institute UK

2018

Member of the American Chemical Society (ASC)

2018

Associate member of IChemE (AMIChemE)

2018

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for chemical, biochemical and process engineers and other professionals involved in the chemical, process and bioprocess industries. With a membership exceeding 40,000 members in around 100 countries, and offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK; IChemE aims to be the organisation of choice for chemical engineers. IChemE promotes competence and a commitment to best practice, advance the discipline for the benefit of society and support the professional development of our members. We are the only organisation licensed to award Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer status. IChemE's four key aims are: to build and sustain an active international professional community, united by a commitment to qualifications and standards that foster excellence and the delivery of benefits to society to engage with others to promote the development, understanding of chemical engineering and an appreciation of its importance to provide support and services to individuals, employers and others who contribute to improving the practice and application of chemical engineering to enable chemical engineers to communicate effectively with each other and with other disciplines

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2017

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (Reg. No: PR128796)

Member of the World Bioenergy Association (WBA)

2016

The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is the global organization dedicated to supporting and representing the wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector. Members include several bioenergy organizations,institutions, companies and individuals. Since its foundation in 2008, WBA has been working to address a number of pressing issues including certification, sustainability criteria, bioenergy promotion, and the debates about bioenergy ´s impact on food, land- use and water supply. Mission is to promote the increasing utilization of bioenergy globally in an efficient and sustainable way and to support the business environment for the bioenergy companies.

Hellenic Association of Chemical Engineers (HACE)

2002

Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG)

2002

Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG) for Engineers

Other

Bioeconomy Ventures Pitch Event

2022 - 2022

Finalist of the Bioeconomy Ventures Pitch Event - 9th June 2022 Presentation of Biomass pretreatment and energy generation for residential sector

Green and sustainable catalysis using a Pd doped biochar under mild conditions

2021 - 2021

Your Future Career and Perspectives at the University of Hull: Low carbon energy generation from waste sources to combat climate change and waste production

2021 - 2021

FOSE 3rd Research Culture and Community Seminar 19th January , 2021 : Dr Vasiliki Skoulou

International Woman's Day 2021 -KCcOM

2021 - 2021

To mark #IWD2021 , KCcom ’re celebrating some of @UniOfHull 's pioneering women in the fields of science and technology. We’re starting today with Dr Vicky Skoulou. With a PhD in chemical engineering, she is Director of Research at the university’s Chemical Engineering Department.

Experience and Open Day/University of Hull

2018 - 2018

Participation in a You Tube Video participation concerning how it is to be a member of the staff and students flourishing academic community of the University of Hull! 19,669 views

Web Media -Public Engagement : Girls in Science

2017 - 2017

http://girlsinscience.co.uk/category-videos/

SoapBoxScience 2016 Public Event Speaker : Waste to B2 Upgrading waste to Bioenergy and Biofuels ”

2016 - 2016

For a first event in the region, 2016 saw strong competition to appear at the event. Among the 12 winners and their discussion topics included: Dr Vicky Skoulou, University of Hull “Waste to B2 Upgrading waste to Bioenergy and Biofuels ” https://biochemistry.blob.core.windows.net/public/2019/07/Soapbox-Science-Hull-2016-evaluation_Optimized.pdf (Last Accessed: 10/11/2019)

A Pint of Science Public Lecture: Is that a Biofuel in my Glass?

2016 - 2016

16 May 2016 Session: Here on Planet Earth A Pint of Science Public Lecture in the Deep: Dr V.Skoulou, Is that a Biofuel in my Glass?, Pint of Science Public Lecture, 16 May 2017, The Deep, Hull, UK

Cafe Scientifique Public Lecture - Biomass: an old known source of green energy

2015 - 2015

An introduction to biomass gasification Public Lecture given by Dr V.Skoulou 24 June 2015, Beverley, United Kingdom

Invited Talk in Workshop Newton Fund Project Malaysia- UK : Gasification of Biomass Waste (University of Hull, 2015)

2015 - 2015

Invited talk under the frames of a Newton Fund Project Malaysia- UK Skoulou, V. Gasification of Waste, Chemical Engineering Building, 26/2/2015 University of Hull, UK

Author of Book Chapter: Gasification of Biomass (In Greek)

2014 - 2014

Book Chapter in Biomass Waste Gasification: Zabaniotou, A. and Skoulou, V. Chapter 11- Gasification of Biomass, In Biofuels and Sustainable Energy, ‘by Karnavos, N., Lappas, A., Marnellos, G. 1st Ed., Tziolas, 2014, (In Greek). ISBN-978-960-418-445-3

Research assessment service

National Research Center of Poland

2021

External Servise of Research Proposals in my field of expertise.

Research and Innovation Foundation of Cyprus

2021

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

2020

From 2020 serve as a referee of research proposals of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

2017

From 2017 serve as a referee in research proposals of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Advisory Role (Supervisor) of a PhD by Publications in the field of : Innovative uses of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the agricultural sector

2016 - 2016

Dr Jonh Vourdoubas, Innovative uses of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the agricultural sector in Crete, Greece, December 2016- PhD by Publications- Completed - Self Funded Supervisor: Dr Vasiliki Skoulou (https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:15146, Last accessed on: 20/1/2020)

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