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Dr. Angelis-Dimakis has received his undergraduate diploma in Chemical Engineering from the School of Chemical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens in 2005 and has completed his PhD Thesis, entitled “Energy Planning under Uncertainty”, in 2011 at the same university.

After the completion of his PhD, he remained in Greece for three more years and carried on post-doctoral research on the life cycle assessment of innovative and eco-efficient technologies that can be applied in water use systems (“ECOWATER” project). In 2015, he joined the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College in London, leading a project on enabling carbon dioxide reutilization (EnCO2re).

In May 2016, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. He is responsible for developing and delivering the “Sustainable Industrial Systems” module and the taught component of "Design Project 2". He is also guiding students during their design project. His research group currently consists of two PhD students, one Masters student and a couple of undergraduates undertaking their final year projects.

Research Expertise and Interests

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology assesses the potential of reducing the environmental impact of an industrial process during its life cycle – from the extraction of raw materials to the use of the final product and the waste disposal – in a local, regional and global level. The main objective is the development of circular, closed loop systems through the establishment of symbiotic schemes. The two waste streams, I am currently mostly interested in are carbon dioxide, from any industrial process, and brines, from desalination plants.

Energy Systems Assessment

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) can quantify the environmental impact of different processes, practices and technologies related to energy production and consumption. Other metrics of sustainability such as the eco-efficiency indicators or the Carbon Footprint also enable us to assess the environmental performance of the system but also may also combine it with the system’s economic performance and the environmental costs involved.

Urban Mining

Urban Mining entails all the actions required in order to reclaim compounds, energy and elements from the infrastructure and the waste generated in the urban environment. One of the most important categories of materials that can be recovered are metals, due both to their availability and their potential added value to the city’s economy. Metals can be found both in obsolete infrastructure (like pipes, cables or even abandoned buildings) and in municipal waste, where WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) have a continuously growing share (due to electronic devices such as smart phones and laptops). Furthermore, both the European Commission and DEFRA have included metals in their proposed lists of key waste materials, which should be the focus of new actions in order to improve environmental performance and economic output.

The key research interest is to formulate a holistic approach in an urban environment in order to create a closed loop system based on reclaimed metals, through three steps: (a) map available sources, (b) identify potential users of the recovered metals and categorize them based on their requirements (both in terms of purity and quantity) and (c) formulate and assess (economically and environmentally) the material-reclaiming value chain.

Regional Development Assessment

The Image of an entity is a measure expressing at each point in time the region’s overall progress towards sustainable development, as a function of a multitude of factors; physical, economic, social and environmental. This allows highlighting the leaders and laggards on various aspects of development, facilitates efforts to identify best practices for improving their Image and may guide policy making for promoting the uptake of the selected practices.

Two different Images have been introduced and assessed using Catastrophe Theory. The Basic Image measures the degree to which a region satisfies a set of basic criteria, common for all involved group of people. On the other hand the Specific Image, as perceived by a particular group of stakeholders, measures the degree to which people belonging to that particular group consider the region as their best final choice.

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Industrial Ecology
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Urban Mining
  • Eco Efficiency
  • Carbon Capture & Utilization
  • CCU
  • Environmental Policy


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