Dr Eleni Apostolidou

Dr Eleni Apostolidou possesses a Diplôme d' Etude Approfondies de Chimie Appliquée - Chimie Industrielle (DEA) from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and a PhD in Production of photovoltaic grade silicon from metallurgical grade silicon by a plasma purification process in Laboratoire de génie des procédés plasmas et traitement de surface from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She has been a faculty member of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMaTTech) since 1992, holding the position of the Vice President. She is also Director of the Alternative Energy Resources and Heat transfer Laboratory of the Department of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Mechanical Engineering. Her research work concerns the fields of production of photovoltaic grade silicon from metallurgical grade silicon by a plasma purification process, physical and chemical characterization of photovoltaic material.

Dr Malek Benmansour

Dr Malek Benmansour is currently the head of the Laboratory of Materials and Processes for Photovoltaics at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA - INES). He completed his MSc studies at the Pierre and Marie Curie University and working for his PhD thesis at the Laboratory of plasma processes at the French National School of chemistry. His research interests and expertise are development of processes for metallurgical silicon refininxg and silicon processes for photovoltaic applications.


Dr Mohamed Bechrif

Mohamed BECHERIF obtained his BSc in Automatic Control from the National Polytechnic School of Algeria, DEA (Diplôme des Etudes Approfondies) in Electrical Engineering from University of Paris Sud-Supélec (LSS & LGEP-CNRS), and the PhD in Automatic Control from University of Paris Sud-Supélec (LSS & LGEP-CNRS), France in 1999, 2001 and 2004 respectively. He joined the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France since 2005 as an assistant Prof. and is an Associate Prof. (HDR) since 2011. Currently he is with the FCLab FR CNRS 3539 and with Femto-ST UMR 6174 CNRS, France. His research interests are in the fields of modelling, nonlinear control and energy management of hybrid and renewable systems, with special emphasis on applications. He is the Head of the Grid, Storage and Conversion division in the Energy Department of UTBM. He was/is a scientific co-responsible or partner in three European Projects FP7, French and international projects and several industrial projects. He was/is the General Chair of ICREGA16, ICEREGA17, EMFC17, ICEREGA18, Guest and Managing Editor in different Elsevier journals, author of more than 80 journals, 250 conference papers and 6 books chapters. Supervisor of 15 PhD thesis. Invited professor in China, Canada, Algeria, Egypt and keynote speaker in 12 international conferences. He is the ambassador of the France region Nord Franche-Comté and international examinator on Energy for different countries.

Dr Stéphane Cros

PhD in physico-chemistry in 2002 from the University Paris VI, working on multilayer structures based on nanocomposite organic/inorganic materials. After a first experience in the field of polymer processing, he joined the CEA in 2004 to develop the thematic of encapsulation, barrier measurements and barrier materials in the OPV team. Since 2005, he is working in the Department of Technological Research within the French National Institute for Solar Energy (CEA/INES).


Dr Ing. Dhaker Abbes

Dr Ing. Dhaker Abbes was born in 1984. He obtained his Electrical Engineering diploma from the engineering school of Tunis (ENIT) in 2007, then a Master degree from the national engineering school of Poitiers, France (ENSIP) in 2008. He has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering since 2012, with a confirmed specialty in renewable energy, cleaner alternatives and optimization of complex energy systems. He is a researcher teacher and co-head of Energy, Electrical and Automated Systems (ESEA) field in the engineering school HEI Lille. He is also a member of electrical networks teams in the L2EP Laboratory.

Dr Ing. Dhaker Abbes conducted his thesis work at Laboratory of Computer Science and Automation for Systems of Poitiers (LIAS Poitiers) and in the General Engineering School of La Rochelle (EIGSI La Rochelle). He also worked in the European project E4R that concerns Portugal in addition to Spain and France.

Currently he is involved in several research projects such as HYBRIDSTOCKPV and CASTOR projects in partnership with project GBsolar and thesis projects of Xingyu Yan and Petronela Valeria Pankovits. He is author or co-author of around twenty scientific publications in journals and national and international conferences. He is also an invited tutor in ISEC Coimbra (Portugal) and the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Romania).

Dr Greg Iordanou, EMaTTech

Dr Greg Iordanou is a part time lecturer at the Renewable Energy Sources Lab at the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology & Mechanical Engineering at the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology. He owns academic degrees in BEng. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Wales Swansea  UK, MSc in Control Systems Engineering & Metrology, University of Huddersfield  UK and PhD in Solar Water Collectors, University of Durham, UK.

His research interests are in the fields of Solar Energy, Heat Transfer, Desalination Techniques, Energy Policy.


Dr Nikolaos C. Kokkinos

Dr Nikolaos C. Kokkinos is an Adjunct Professor at the Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering Department, at the Faculty of Engineering of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMaTTech), Greece. Moreover, he serves as a Section Officer of the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) in Greece (Kavala Section) since 2013; he is in charge of Porous Media & Chemical Process Modelling and Simulations Laboratory at EMaTTech; and he also holds a researcher position in the Division of Petroleum Forensic Fingerprinting (PFF) at Hephaestus Advanced Laboratory (EMaTTech). He has over ten years experience in the academia as a lecturer on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in O&G Engineering Technology and additional ten years experience in the O&G industry as an engineering consultant. Dr Nikolaos Kokkinos collaborated with the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) at University of Bristol (UK) as Post-Doctoral Research Associate; he holds a PhD in Petroleum Process Simulations, an MPhil in Applied Catalysis, an MSc in Information Technology and a BSc in Petroleum Engineering. He is editor and reviewer in various scientific journals in the field of energy engineering, applied catalysis, and scientific simulations. His research interests among others include M&S in process engineering, geochemistry and applied heterogenised homogeneous catalysis in complex substrates.

Technical Staff

George Vythoulkas, EMaTTech

George Vythoulkas studied Mechanical Engineering in Kavala. He worked for 12 years in a marmor company as supervisor of production department and since 2002 has joined the School of Technological Engineering of EMaTTech as laboratory assistant in courses as for example heat transfer and renewable energy recourses, doing experiments, such as heat flow, solar radiation, wind turbine generators, using weather data observations from the laboratory's "Vaisala" weather station. Lately, we have expanded our capabilities by adding new devices in our laboratory, such as a thermographic camera "Fluir E300" and a "Hydrogenius" Fuel Cell unit from Hyliocentris.