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On March 30, 2012, the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute merged with the Institute for Solid Fuels Technology and Applications to establish the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI).

Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute, a non-profit research and technological development (RTD) organization was founded in 1985 in Thessaloniki, Greece. From 1987 to March 2000, Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute was a member of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), headquartered in the island of Crete.

In March 2000, Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute became a founding member of a new research center, the Center for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), established in Thessaloniki and administered by the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRT) of the then Ministry of Development & Investment.

The European Commission and GSRT have supported the initial development of CPERI’s facilities and infrastructure through several regional structural grants. The development strategy of CPERI has been based on establishing strategic collaborations with leading international industrial corporations, developing strong links with Research Centers and Universities, and contributing to the training of young scientists and engineers in state-of-the-art technologies. Acting as a catalyst of regional development CPERI is also consistently pursuing strong interactions and collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greece.

CPERI at a glance

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& Scientific Identity

CPERI/CERTH’s mission is to conduct high caliber basic and applied research, to develop novel technologies and products and to pursue scientific and technological excellence in selected advanced areas of Chemical Engineering, including Clean Energy, Environment and Climate, Sustainable Industry and Bioengineering, in response to the needs of the Greek and European industrial and productive sector.

CPERI is a fast-growing research entity that has developed and is promoting state-of-the-art technologies for low-carbon energy production and environmentally friendly processes. Its expertise and infrastructure allow research and development actions and support demonstration and innovation activities, aiming to their effective and sustainable market uptake.

Scientific directions and thematic priorities

CPERI is pursuing scientific and technological excellence in specific areas of Clean Energy, Climate and Environment, Sustainable Industry and Bioengineering/Biomedicine, Material Technology, Processes and Simulation/Modelling are the main horizontal tools in conducting basic and applied research and developing pioneering technologies and innovative products.

CPERI’s research activities develop and promote modern technologies for the low-carbon production, storage and capture of energy and novel technologies for natural resource management, pollution, environmental protection and health. The activity of CPERI around the development of new Materials and Processes with applications in energy, environment, circular economy and health is also instrumental.

Hence, the thematic priorities of CPERI are supporting its placement as the “Low Carbon Economy Technologies Institute”, and can be summarised as follows:

  1. Deep Decarbonization of Energy-Intensive Industries and Long-Distance Transportation through the Development of Novel Zero/Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals and Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization.
  2. Energy Transition of energy intensive industry and transport to sustainable energy, fuels and chemicals production.
  3. Hydrogen production technologies.
  4. Membrane materials development with applications including but not limited to fuel production, energy-related processes and bio-engineering, biotechnology pre-and post-treatment processes, advanced oxidation processes, targeting to increase sustainability and promote circular economy concepts in bio-based production of fuels and materials.
  5. Development of biomaterials with application in the health sector.
  6. Circular economy concepts.

Research Directions

Clean Energy

  • Deep Decarbonization of Energy- Intensive Industries Energy storage technologies
  • Development of Novel Zero/Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals
  • Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization
  • Applications of Renewable Energy and Hydrogen technologies


MINOAN – Smart Sustainable
Energy Conversion and Management

GREEN – Geo-Resources, Energy
& Environmental Management

GrEnEA – Green Energy
& Environmental Applications

LIM – Laboratory
of Inorganic Materials

ARTEMIS – Advanced Renewable
Technologies for Energy & Materials
Integrated Systems

NRRE – Natural Resources
& Renewable Energies

PSDI – Laboratory of Process
Systems Design and Implementation

LPRE – Laboratory of Polymer
Reaction Engineering

NICE – Novel materIals
for Clean Energy Applications

LEFH – Laboratory of Environmental
Fuels/Biofuels and Hydrocarbons

HydPro – Hydroprocessing

BCPL – Biological Computation
& Process Laboratory

SFTA – Solid Fuel Techonology
& Application Sector
(GrEnEA, Green & Minoan Groups)