University of Groningen (RUG)

The University of Groningen (RUG) has an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 31,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, we are truly an international place of knowledge. The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.

The Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) in which this project will be carried out is the engineering science and technology institute of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. ENTEG research is highly multidisciplinary in nature and focuses on fundamental and applied research on the development of new and innovative processes and products for a wide range of product sectors. Process driven research activities are performed in the field of chemical and biochemical systems, mechanical and electric systems and system networks. Typical product sectors include biobased products, tailored, complex materials such as advanced polymers or polymeric formulations, catalysts, mechatronic devices and software and algorithms. Design, control and modelling and analyses complement the activities.

Dr. Vassilis Kyriakou

Dr. Vassilis Kyriakou

Assistant Professor in Energy Systems

Dr. Vassilis Kyriakou is assistant professor in Energy Systems and Conversion, a position embedded within Product Technology unit of ENTEG. Vasilis holds a PhD in Electrochemical Engineering (2013) and a Diploma in Chemical Engineering (2008) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been a postdoctoral associate in the Yildiz Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), the Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas (CERTH) and a visiting scientist of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Lyon, France. His research background includes chemical and electrochemical reaction engineering, materials science and engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, as well as solid state electrochemistry fields, publishing >40 peer-reviewed articles in acknowledged scientific journals (>2200 citations). His group focuses on experimental methods to explore nanoengineered electrocatalysts and cell reactors for sustainable (electro)chemical energy storage and chemical cogeneration applications. Two of his latest articles on sustainable nitrogen fixation through an electrochemical alternative of the Haber-Bosch process (Joule, 4, 142) and operando observation of exsolution (ACS Nano, 13, 12996) were praised by Science, C&EN and Nature Catalysis while awarded by the Academy of Athens in 2022.