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 and Pallari, E and Antelava, A and Manos, G Design and Limitations in Polymer Cracking Fluidized Beds for Energy Recovery’. In: Plastics Conversion to Energy, Chemicals, Fuel and Sustainable Implications -. Elsevier, pp. 221-231. DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-813140-4.00008-X
Constantinou, A and Gaowei, W and Ellis, P and Kuhn, S and Enhong, C and Gavriilidis, A Continuous Flow Aerobic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol on RuAl2O3 Catalyst in a Flat Membrane Microchannel Reactor an Experimental and Modelling Study. Chemical Engineering Science, 201. 386-396. DOI 10.1016/j.ces.2019.02.015
Constantinou, A and Hafeez, S and Pallari, E and Manos, G Catalytic conversion and chemical recovery. In: Plastics to Energy: Fuel, chemicals and sustainable implications. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 147-172. ISBN 9780128131404 DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-813140-4.00006-6
Constantinou, A and Gaowei, W and Baldassarre, V and Ellis, P and Kuhn, S and Gavriilidis, A Aerobic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol in a Continuous Catalytic Membrane Reactor. Topics in Catalysis, 1-6. DOI 10.1007/s11244-018-1060-9
Wu, G and Cao, E and Ellis, P and Constantinou, A and Kuhn, S and Gavriilidis, A Development of a Flat Membrane Microchannel Packed- Bed Reactor for Scalable Aerobic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol in Flow. Chemical Engineering Journal, DOI 10.1016/j.cej.2018.10.023
Hafeez, S and Manos, G and Al-Salem, S and Aristodemou, E and Constantinou, A Liquid fuel synthesis in microreactors. Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, DOI 10.1039/c8re00040a
Constantinou, A CO2 absorption in flat membrane microstructured contactors of different wettability using aqueous solution of NaOH. Green Processing and Synthesis, DOI 10.1515/gps-2017-0024
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 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/c6re00155fMore publications at LSBU Research Open