National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the top Technical University in Greece. Today NTUA has more than 7000 students, employs 700 persons as academic staff and more than 2500 researchers. NTUA is coordinating or participating in several European projects and received 400 million EUR funding from European Commission in the last decade. The Laboratory of Process Analysis and Design (LPAD) from the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA, as well as the Sanitary Engineering Laboratory from the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA will cooperate in the project’s accomplishment.

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National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the top Technical University in Greece. Today NTUA has more than 7000 students, employs 700 persons as academic staff and more than 2500 researchers. NTUA is coordinating or participating in several European projects and received 400 million EUR funding from European Commission in the last decade. The Laboratory of Process Analysis and Design (LPAD) from the School of Chemical Engineering of NTUA, as well as the Sanitary Engineering Laboratory from the School of Civil Engineering of NTUA will cooperate in the project’s accomplishment.

The School of Civil Engineering has been recently ranked among the top 40 of the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019) maintaining a very high standard of academic staff and attracting the best of the country’s students. The Sanitary Engineering Laboratory (SEL) of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, has been engaged, since 1981 in extensive research in the field of water and wastewater treatment and reuse, water pollution control, water resources management, water quality & process modelling, drinking water treatment, industrial waste management and environmental impact assessment. The SEL is actively engaged in innovative systems and processes for wastewater purification. The Sanitary Engineering laboratory is accredited by Hellenic Accreditation System (E.SY.D) according to ISO 17025 for the determination of various pollutants (conventional and toxic) in water, wastewater and sludge samples. The SEL has coordinated and participated in several National and EC funded projects, including the Horizon2020 projects HYDROUSA, SMART-Plant, INTCATCH and C-FOOT-CTRL.

LPAD is the oldest laboratory of the School of Chemical Engineering at NTUA, which has systematically contributed in the development of the School, since 1908. The area of expertise of LPAD can be summarized in (a) development of novel, functional food products, including product design, quality and sensory control of the final product, as well as shelf-life determination, (b) experimental and applied study of the physical industrial processes, such as drying methods (air, vacuum, freeze, spray, etc.), extraction methods (microwave, ultrasound, etc.), encapsulation methods (electrospinning/electrospraying, spray drying, extrusion, etc.), etc. applied in various industries (food, cosmetic, packaging, etc.), (c) development of mathematical models describing the physical processes and thermo-physical properties of materials, (d) process scale-up, (e) valorization of food waste and by-products, (f) recovery of functional compounds from various natural sources, such as plants, herbs, algae, etc. (g) life cycle assessment and environmental management for the determination of the economic and environmental impact of several products and processes. The research group has participated in many projects of public entities and businesses, as well as National and European programs. The laboratory is well equipped with a variety of devices and techniques. LPAD personnel consists of 2 Professors, 3 permanent researchers, 4 post-doctoral researchers, 6 PhD candidates, as well as 10 undergraduate students preparing their Diploma research thesis.

Work Package Involvement

  • WP2

  • WP3

  • WP7

  • WP8

  • WP9

  • WP10

Key role(s) in the project

Based on its expertise, NTUA will be involved in the protein recovery from waste and by-products, as well as application development. Furthermore, NTUA will support Life Cycle Assessment of the process developments as well as techno-economic feasibility analysis. Furthermore, NTUA will develop the novel rainwater harvesting system which will be employed to recover and use rainwater for urban farming purposes. NTUA will evaluate the quality of the recovered rainwater and will develop and apply treatment solutions (if required) to upgrade its quality.