Research experience and interests

Energy and environmental management in the transportation sector

  • Shipping in the global emissions market: energy challenges, environmental consequences and technical-economic impacts.
  • Environmental impact analysis of air pollutant emissions from shipping and aviation.
  • Air emissions’ reduction technologies for the maritime sector.
  • Policies and techniques to reduce emissions of air pollutants at ports.  Energy, environmental analysis and cost-efficiency issues.
  • Environmental and social consequences of air pollution in the transportation sector.
  • Alternative technologies and renewable energy implementation in the shipping sector.
  • Intelligent energy management in ports.

 Environmental Systems Analysis: Life Cycle Assessment & Eco-efficiency analysis

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study and Eco-efficiency analysis of electrochromic devices, photovoltaic systems and glazing, for energy saving applications in buildings.
  • Use of commercial computer simulation programs (i.e. Sima Pro) for life cycle analysis of Renewable Energy systems.
  • Development of a methodology for energy labelling of building elements (i.e. glazing) with a combination of life cycle analysis and ecological performance assessment.
  • Combined environmental, energy and economic assessment of energy systems (wind-solar-photovoltaic plants, geothermal installations, etc.)  

Management and modelling of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) 

  • Investigation for the necessary procedures for the integration of RES in remote communities, environmental legislation, public awareness on energy issues: energy savings in buildings, renewable energy for domestic use, environmental issues, large-scale projects.
  • Recording and modelling of Renewable Energy Sources potential
  • Planning, design and modelling of decentralized energy networks (distributed energy networks - microgrids).
  • Development of stochastic models for the management of wind farms and renewable energy systems. 

Energy saving devices  – "Smart" materials

  • Experimental preparation and characterization of "smart" electrochromic glazing, incorporating thin films of metal oxides (WO3, MoO3, V2O5) and conductive electrodes (ZnS / Ag / ZnS, SnO2:F).
  • Theoretical design, modelling, preparation and characterization of low emissivity coatings (low-e coatings) for application in energy saving glazing.
  • Modelling of the operating processes, design and manufacture of solid electrolytes for fuel cells.
  • Preparation and study of thin film electroluminescent devices using polymers.
  • Preparation of thin film dielectrics and metals (such as ZnS, TiO2, MgF2, Ag, Al, Cu) with thicknesses ranging from 10 nm to 1 mm, for application in coatings for solar radiation management for energy saving applications in buildings.

  Technology of materials for energy applications

  • Significant experience in the characterization of thin films: Spectroscopy (in the visible and near infrared), FTIR, emissivity measurement, SEM (scanning electron microscopy), XPS (photoelectron spectroscopy of X-rays).
  • Installation and operation of sterile area (glove box) with fully controlled conditions of moisture and oxygen (<<1 ppm) for the preparation and study of samples.
  • Installation and operation of potensiostat-galvanostat for electrochemical measurements.
  • Design and implementation of Cyclic Voltammetry experiments and non-continuous stoichiometric analysis GITT (Galvanostatic Intermittent Titration Technique) to electrochromic and electrochemical devices.
  • Design and implementation of experiments measuring very small changes in mass of material deposited on an electrode using electrochemical microbalance crystal quartz (Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance).
  • Design, installation and operation of high vacuum systems (~10-6 mbar) for thin film preparation (Electron beam deposition and thermal sublimation) and accessories such as vacuum power feedthroughs, water cooling systems, sample rotation provisions, shutters, etc.
  • Design, installation and operation of instrument for in situ measurement of thin film thickness.

  Study of advanced solar collectors

  • Design and experimental study of various types flat solar collectors: a. with or without transparent cover, b. with coloured absorber for aesthetic integration into building façades and roofs, c. with plain or selective absorber.
  • Experience in designing, manufacturing and testing of stationary high-efficiency solar collector using asymmetric mirrors (type CPC) and flat or cylindrical absorbers.
  • Study of high performance solar thermal collectors with reverse absorber.
  • Design and experimental study of stationary concentrating mirrors to improve the thermal performance of solar collectors.
  • Design of solar devices, systems and devices for large scale water heating applications (residential buildings, hotels, swimming pools, industry, etc.).
  • Experience in programming scientific equipment for receiving, recording and analyzing experimental measurements: temperature, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, etc.

  Study of photovoltaics

  • Design and experimental study of concentrating photovoltaic cells with enhanced performance for integration into building façades.
  • Hybrid photovoltaic / thermal systems: experimental study to optimize the electrical and thermal performance of photovoltaic modules with mounted heat exchangers using air or water.
  • Experimental study for the optimization of the efficiency (electrical and thermal) of photovoltaic modules using diffuse reflectors in order to increase the incident solar radiation uniformly.
  • Study of the output power of photovoltaic modules on concurrent simulation of their energy behaviour in an annual basis.

 Thermal and energy characterization of building structural elements - Study of the energy consumption

  •  Design and fabrication of special chambers (Test Cell) for thermal and energy characterization of structural elements of buildings.
  •  Significant experience in conducting experiments in Test Cells for determining the thermal properties of various building elements (windows, components, façades, solar cells, shades, solar collectors).
  •   Fabrication and calibration of "Hot Box" and "Hot Plate" unit for the thermal characterization of building materials.
  •  Characterization of building components (such as windows, frames, glazing, special walls, energy façades, insulation, etc.). Calculation of thermal conductivity and thermal transmittance (U-Value).
  •  Modelling of building energy consumption and annual energy performance of buildings elements (eg photovoltaic, solar panels), using computer simulation programs (Window, EnergyPlus, ResFen).
  • Study of the energy performance of buildings incorporating "smart" energy glazing.