Dr Achilleas Constantinou
Telephone:020 7815 7185
School/Division:Engineering / Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Dr Constantinou is a Lecturer in the Division of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, School of Engineering. He specialises in Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering, and in particular in the design of multiphase reactors, in order to intensify and improve their performance for a variety of industrial applications, such as catalytic oxidation of alcohols, CO2 capture, ozonolysis reactions and other separation processes.
Achilleas received his Undergraduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. In 2011 he obtained his PhD from the Chemical Engineering Department at University College London (UCL) with the thesis title ‘’CO2 capture on microstructure membrane contactors”.
Following his PhD completion, Achilleas worked as a Research Associate at the same department on different projects. He was involved in the delivery of breakthrough technology for exploiting a number of potentially very valuable reactions, that are rarely used in the pharmaceutical industry due to constrains posed by conventional laboratory hardware. He also worked on a collaborative project with industrial partners, in the sustainable manufacturing of multiphase continuous reactors for catalytic oxidation of alcohols.
Achilleas' teaching activities are in the areas of Material and Energy Balances as well as Chemical Process Simulations and Design Projects. He has previous teaching experience as a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL, involved in the teaching of Introduction to Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering and Computer Aided Process Engineering modules. Furthermore, he obtained a Professional Certificate in “Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education” from the Institute of Education.
Achilleas' research work is in the field of Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering, and in particular in the area of the design of multiphase contactors. More specifically, his research work is focused on the experimental and theoretical studies of novel multiphase contactors, and characterisation of them in relation to kinetics, hydrodynamics and mass/heat transfer in order to improve their performance for a variety of applications, such as catalytic oxidations, CO2 capture, ozonolysis reactions and other separation processes.
Key areas of interest
- Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering
- Membrane Technology
- Microreactor Technology
- Multiphase Reactors
- Separation Processes
- CO2 Capture
Most recent publications
Constantinou, A How tall buildings affect turbulent air flows and dispersion of pollution within a neighbourhood. Environmental Pollution, 233. 782-796. DOI 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.10.041
Constantinou, A CO2 absorption in flat membrane microstructured contactors of different wettability using aqueous solution of NaOH. Green Processing and Synthesis,
Constantinou, A A review on thermal and catalytic pyrolysis of plastic solid waste. Journal of Environmental Management, 197. 177-198. DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.03.084
Constantinou, A Aerobic oxidations in flow: opportunities for the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, 595-612. DOI 10.1039/c6re00155f
Wu, G and Brett, G and Cao, E and Constantinou, A and Ellis, P and Kuhn, S and Hutchings, G and Bethell, D and Gavriilidis, A Oxidation of cinnamyl alcohol using bimetallic Au–Pd/TiO2 catalysts: a deactivation study in a continuous flow packed bed microreactor. Catalysis Science & Technology, 6. 4749-4758. DOI 10.1039/c6cy00232cMore publications at LSBU Research Open