Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos
Dr. Athanasios G. Konstandopoulos is the leader of an international research team that has developed the HYDROSOL process for renewable hydrogen production by solar thermochemical water splitting. This achievement has received worldwide recognition through the 2006 Descartes Prize for Research (the highest scientific award in the European Union), the 2006 International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) Inaugural Technical Achievement Award and the Global 100 Eco-tech Award at the 2005 Expo in Aichi, Japan. His extension of that work to include thermochemical splitting of carbon dioxide and its use for the synthesis of Solar Fuels, as alternative to carbon storage technology, has been recognized with a highly competitive 2010 European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant of € 1,750,000.
Dr. Konstandopoulos has a hybrid background in Mechanical (Dipl. ME, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1985; MSc ME Michigan Tech, 1987) and Chemical Engineering (MSc, MPhil, PhD, Yale University, 1991). He is the Founder and Director of the Aerosol & Particle Technology (APT) Laboratory at CPERI/CERTH (Thessaloniki, Greece), since 1996 and in 2006 he was elected as Director of CPERI and member of the Board of Directors of CERTH.