Novel materials for Clean Energy Applications

NICENovel materials for Clean Energy Applications


Novel materIals for Clean Energy Applications (NICE) in CPERI/CERTH is a catalytic materials research group conducting basic and applied research in the area of novel/improved materials for various clean energy applications including both fossil fuels utilization and alternative energy carriers.

Research focus

Research efforts in NICE group focuses on designing/optimizing catalytic materials for

  1. Environmental technologies for the abatement of atmospheric pollutants, produced during utilization of fossil fuels;
  2. Catalytic processes for the valorization of waste feedstocks towards the production of biofuels or bio commodities under the principle of circular economy.

In this respect, research activities include design and synthesis of novel catalysts, characterization of their crucial physicochemical characteristics, applying conventional or advanced techniques and their evaluation in lab- or pilot-scale experimental units in order to investigate their catalytic performance and stability in relation with their most crucial properties.

Main scientific directions

The main scientific directions of NICE research group may summarize to the following areas:

  1. Environmental Technologies
    • Catalytic abatement of greenhouse gases (GHG) and other atmospheric pollutants (ΝΟx, SOx, Ν₂Ο, CO, CΟ₂, CH₄ etc.) from stationary and mobile sources (automotive, power plants, shipping, etc)
    • Addressing fossil fuels CO₂ emissions via Chemical Looping Processes.
  2. Catalytic processes for the valorization of alternative/waste feedstocks, i.e.
    • Catalytic pyrolysis of biomass for the production of biochar/active carbon used as soil amendment, adsorptive or energy storage (batteries) material
    • Catalytic synthesis of biolubricants from plant oils
  3. Development of new synthesis and characterization techniques:
    • Design and synthesis of novel multifunctional materials via e.g. incorporating mesoporosity in microporous catalysts (hierarchical zeolites) or configuring egg-shell structures
    • Developing or Exploring advanced characterization techniques (FTIR-pyridine, Raman, NAP-XPS)

Projects & Activities



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Evaggelou Evgenia

Scientific Personnel
, Petroleum Technologist

Iliopoulou Eleni

Member of SC, Researcher
, Associate Researcher
, Chemical Engineer, PhD

Karakoulia Stamatia

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Materials Engineer, PhD

Lemonidou Angeliki

Collaborating Faculty Member
, Professor
, AUTH, Chemical Engineering Dept.

Pachatouridou Eleni

Collaborating Researcher PhD
, Chemist, PhD


Heracleous E., Iliopoulou E., Drakaki K., Papapetrou M., Iatridis D., Lappas A.

Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Liquids in a Biorefinery Context: Hydroisomerization and Fluid Catalytic Cracking of Heavy Naphtha on Bench and Pilot Scale


Catalysis Today, Accepted for publication

Zerva C., Karakoulia S., Kalogiannis K., Margellou A., Iliopoulou E., Lappas A., Papayannakos N., Triantafyllidis K.

Hydrodeoxygenation of phenol and biomass fast pyrolysis oil (bio-oil) over Ni/WO3-ZrO2 catalyst


Catalysis Today, In Press, 6 September 2020

Psarras A., Michailof C., Iliopoulou E., Kalogiannis K., Lappas A., Heracleous E., Triantafyllidis K.

Acetic acid conversion reactions on basic and acidic catalysts under biomass fast pyrolysis conditions


Molecular Catalysis 465 pp. 33-42

Iliopoulou E., Triantafyllidis K., Lappas A.

Overview of catalytic upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapors toward the production of fuels and high-value chemicals


Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment 8(1),e322

Kantarelis E., Javed R., Stefanidis S., Psarras A., Iliopoulou E., Lappas A.

Engineering the Catalytic Properties of HZSM5 by Cobalt Modification and Post-synthetic Hierarchical Porosity Development


Topics in Catalysis 62(7-11), pp. 773-785

Darda S., Pachatouridou E., Lappas A., Iliopoulou E.

Effect of preparation method of Co-Ce catalysts on CH4 combustion


Catalysts, 9(3), pp219

Christoforou E., Fokaides P., Banks S., Nowakowski D., Bridgwater A., Stefanidis S., Kalogiannis K., Iliopoulou E., Lappas A.

Comparative Study on Catalytic and Non-Catalytic Pyrolysis of Olive Mill Solid Wastes

2017, 2018

Waste and Biomass Valorization 9(2), pp. 301-313, 2018 and pp. 1-13, 2017

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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

LEET – Laboratory of Environmental & Energy Transition technologies
(GrEnEA, Green & Minoan Groups)