Dr Ioanna Dimitriou

Email: i.dimitriou@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 7599

Biography

Originally from Greece, I obtained an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2006. The same year I was awarded a scholarship from the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Leeds to study for an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Project Management, which I graduated from in 2007.

I completed my PhD in Chemical Engineering at Aston University in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Tony Bridgwater. As a member of the Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) I focused on the research of the thermochemical conversion of biomass to synthetic fuels. My doctoral research involved process simulation and cost modelling of the most promising, in terms of efficiency and costs, thermochemical process routes for large-scale production of liquid transport biofuels. By conducting an uncertainty analysis of my models, I was able to predict and give probabilistic bounds on the level of subsidy necessary for biofuel production plants to compete economically with conventional transport fuel plants.

I joined the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield in December 2012 as a postdoctoral researcher working with Professor Ray Allen and Professor Phillip Wright.

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Research

My current research work focuses on process design, process simulation (Aspen Plus, HYSYS) and economic feasibility assessments of carbon dioxide utilisation processes, biorefinery systems and waste-to-energy technologies. The main aim of my research is to determine the economic and technical boundaries of low-carbon energy processes and at the same time to identify further potential for technical optimisation needs of large-scale production of non-conventional fuels and chemicals.

Teaching

Module leader for:

  • CPE225 Fuel and Energy Utilisation
  • CPE406/CPE6060 Energy from Biomass and Waste

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