Dr Achilleas Constantinou
Telephone:020 7815 7185
School/Division:Engineering / Chemical and Energy Engineering
Dr Constantinou is a Senior 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