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 Leonidas Matsakas, lärare på civilingenjör hållbar process- och kemiteknik
Leonidas Matsakas, teacher on The Master Programme in Sustainable Process and Chemical Engineering. Photo: Richard Renberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

"My research also includes the production of hydrogen"

Published: 10 June 2021

Leonidas Matsakas did his undergraduate studies at the Agricultural University of Athens and then performed his doctoral studies at the National Technical University of Athens from where he received his PhD in January 2015. Prior to finalizing his dissertation, he moved to Luleå and have since stayed at Luleå University of Technology as researcher and teacher.

What is your field of research?

My research interest is focused on developing biomass biorefinery processes, including establishing novel pretreatment and fractionation technologies for the fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass to cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin and the conversion of these streams to biofuels, biobased chemicals and biomaterials via biochemical and thermochemical routes.

How can your students benefit from your research?

One of my research focuses is the production of green H2 (biohydrogen) through biological route (acidogenic fermentation) by using forest and agricultural residues and wastes, as well as industrial biomass/waste and wastewater as renewable feedstock in a biorefinery approach. H2 is considered as a clean fuel has the potential in replacing the traditional fossil fuels, reducing the anthropogenic CO2 and other pollutants emissions.

"I incorporate our resent research results in my research-oriented lectures and arrange assignment and laboratories"

Apart from this, H2 can be used as electron donor in bioprocesses in which we can, for example, use microbes to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals. In my lectures, I am incorporating topics that are of high importance for our society and consist the current state of the art. I incorporate our resent research results in my research-oriented lectures and arrange assignment and laboratories that will allow the students to get familiar with the frontiers of the current research and see real- world examples of the basic scientific principles of biochemical engineering. We also offer thesis or internships, so students get a real experience in research and learn a lot of fascinating new techniques and processes.

Do you have any advice for new students?

Always be curious and try to learn new things. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and approach your teachers to discuss about research. And finally, if you have the opportunity take part in research by either performing a thesis or an internship. You will gain an amazing experience and practical knowledge with research and research tools.

Leonidas Matsakas

Leonidas Matsakas, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493043
Organisation: Biochemical Process Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering