Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute
6th km Charilaou-Thermi
57001 Thessaloniki


Laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons (LEFH):

The Laboratory of Environmental Fuels and Hydrocarbons (LEFH) is a catalytic reaction engineering laboratory that carries out applied research in the area of refining/bio-refining technologies, new conventional fuels, renewable fuels and chemicals, new catalytic materials and in environmental catalytic processes like DeSOx, DeNOx from flue gases. LEFH provides technical support to refining and bio-refining industry and focuses on various processes and especially on Fluid Catalytic cracking (FCC), Hydroprocessing (HDS/HPC), Isomerization, Alkylation, Reforming, Biomass Catalytic Pyrolysis, Bio-fuels upgrading, Selective Catalytic Reduction of N2O and NOx, Catalytic Oxidation (CO, CH4) and CO2 valorisation technologies.


  • Pilot Plants Units: Riser based continuous circulating fluid bed pilot plant unit for catalytic cracking of liquid feeds (FCC), Riser based continuous circulating fluid bed pilot plant unit for solid biomass catalytic pyrolysis, Pilot cyclic deactivation unit for catalyst deactivation studies, Two stage high pressure hydrogen processing pilot plant for liquid feeds, Two stage high pressure hydrogen processing pilot plant for catalytic transformation of sugar liquids, etc.
  • Bench Scale Units: Short contact time microactivity unit (SCT-MAT), Fixed and Fluid Bed Reactor unit for DeNOx and DeSOx Studies (DeNOx/DeSOx), Small-pilot scale hydroprocessing unit, High pressure fixed bed reactor unit for liquid and gaseous feeds, Continuous biomass catalytic pyrolysis unit for in-situ and ex-situ operation, Batch autoclave reactors, etc.
  • Analytical Facilities for Fuels - Biofuels Characterization: LEFH possess a modern fully equipped laboratory, which employs ASTM methodologies and is capable of performing a total of 55 different standard and advanced analyses (e.g. 2DGC-TOFMS, GC-MS, GC-FID (for polar compounds), FTIR-pyridine adsorption (acidity characteristics), Ion Chromatography (sugar analysis), HPLC, XRF, distillation of Petroleum products, viscocity, density and specific gravity, flash point, pour point, cloud point, etc.)
  • Catalyst Characterization Facilities: LEFH possess a fully equipped laboratory for catalyst characterization (N2 physisorption methods (BET, t-plot, PVD), XRD, TPR/TPD/TPO, ICP, SEM microanalysis, TEM, TGA-MS, Particle size analysis, Attrition resistance, etc.)


National Resources and Renewable Energies Laboratory (NRRE):

Development and verification at lab and pilot-scale of novel, hybrid water and wastewater treatment technologies based on membrane filtration, biological treatment and advanced oxidation. The focus is on process design and optimization from TRL 3 (proof of concept validation) to TRL 6 (demonstration in relevant environment), using commercially available porous organic and inorganic membranes (ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, forward osmosis), semiconductors (TiO2, ZnO as photocatalysts), and carbon materials (fibers, felts, powdered and granular activated carbon). Synthesis and characterization of functionalized carbon adsorbents (e.g., iron- and titania-impregnated carbon electrodes for novel photo-electro-catalytic applications) and membranes with modified surface properties (hydrophobicity, zeta-potential) in collaboration with other CPERI/CPERTH laboratories. 


  • Modern laboratory equipment for fluids analysis/characterization (water, industrial/municipal/ other wastewater, geothermal fluids, etc.)
  • Special laboratory pilot and semi-industrial pilot units for desalination (Reverse Osmosis-RO, Membrane Distillation-MD), industrial separations (Ultrafiltration-UF, Nanofiltration-NF), and treatment of wastewater (aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors-MBRs, advanced systems of photocatalysis, electrochemical oxidation, hybrids physical separation processes).
  • High computing power capabilities for numerical simulations (CFD, other; network of 4 servers with double processors each; parallel computing), development of advanced software for process simulations and for related transfer phenomena simulations (momentum, mass, heat).
  • NRRE/CPERI//CERTH has developed an advanced software for detailed simulation of the operation of spiral wound NF/RO membranes (Spiral-Wound-Membrane, SWM module).


Laboratory of Inorganic Materials:

Goal of the research is first the understanding of the basic scientific principles that govern the material chemistry-microstructure-performance relation and second use this knowledge to develop materials and processes with desired properties and performance regarding:

  • Synthesis, characterization and performance evaluation of polycrystalline ceramic materials for applications microelectronics and telecommunications.
  • Synthesis, characterization and performance evaluation of catalytic materials for redox chemical processes of energetic or environmental interest
  • Synthesis, characterization and performance evaluation of inorganic materials for bio-applications
  • Synthesis of next generation Li-ion active materials, in-situ and ex-situ characterization of electrodes for battery applications. Single and mixed oxide particles are synthesized with controlled composition ratios, particle size and morphologies for optimized electrochemical activity. Fresh, operando (during cycling) and post mortem (after cycling) physicochemical characterization techniques are applied for understanding the Solid Electrolyte Interface (SEI) chemical reactions taking place during battery operation from molecular to micro-level.



  • Infrastructure for material synthesis with wet-chemical or powder metallurgy methods including firing furnaces with entirely controllable temperature or oxygen partial pressure profiles.
  • Equipment for the microscopical (SEM-EDS, HRTEM-EDS), structural (HT-XRD, RAMAN) morphological (pycnometers, N2 ads./des., Laser Scatt.-PSD), thermal (TGA-Mass Spec., TMA) or chemical (UV-Vis Analyser, ICP-AES) characterization of materials.
  • Controllable microreactor-Mass Spec. unit for catalytic performance evaluation and controllable unit for complete electrical and magnetic property evaluation as a function of frequency or temperature.
  • Synthesis lithium based mixed oxides and carbon materials for anode and cathode manufacturing
  • Li-ion coin cell manufacturing (glove box, automatic and heated blade coater, 1 lt mixer, calendaring press) and electrochemical testing  
  • Ex-situ physicochemical characterization of active material and electrodes structure using Raman and FTIR spectroscopy, TEM and SEM microscopy, XRD, BET and microtomography
  • In-situ Raman, FTIR and EPR characterization of anodes and cathodes by dedicated electrochemical cells, HT-XRD



  • Synthesis and structural or physicochemical characterization of oxidic ceramics.
  • Electronic ceramics
  • Nanoporous (sol-gel or CVD) membranes for gas and liquid separations
  • Catalytic membrane reactors for energy- and environment-related chemical processes with on-line mass spectrometry
  • Synthesis and surface functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles




Catalysis Engineering
TU Delft
Van der Maasweg 9
2629 HZ Delft
The Netherlands

The Catalysis Engineering team focuses on the development & demonstration of new catalysis and reactor engineering concepts devoted to sustainable technologies with emphasis on process intensification, feedstock efficiency, and reduction of both energy usage as well as the influence of human and industrial activities on the environment. In the team advanced functional porous materials are developed. This contains structured catalysts (metal-organic frameworks, covalent-organic frameworks, and zeolites), as well as materials for separation, membranes, sensors and electronics. The team develops multi-phase reaction systems (gas-liquid, liquid-solid) and multi-functional systems (combinations of different reactions, separations, electro- and/or photocatalysis).



•           Synthesis of zeolites and MOFs and their membranes, as well as many other structured solid porous materials primarily for applications in catalysis, adsorption, electronics and separation.

•           Physicochemical characterization of solid catalysts including in-situ and operando techniques such as textural analysis (BET, all kinds of gas and vapour sorption), temperature programmed techniques (TPR, TPD, TPAD), SEM, TEM, IR and Raman spectroscopy, XPS, synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy, second-harmonic generation and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, spectroelectrochemistry, as well as ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy for photo-excited processes.

•           Catalyst performance testing in different reactors (PFR, CSTR, batch reactors, microreactors) under steady- and unsteady-state operations

•           Break-through adsorption and membrane set-up for evaluation of gas separations

•           Chemical reaction engineering

•           Energy-relevant catalysis and separation (new technologies for oil refining and petrochemistry, methane activation, exhaust gas cleaning, CO2 separation, olefin/paraffin)

•           Alternative raw materials (activation of CO2, production of chemicals from renewables)

•           Photo- and electrocatalysis by nanoporous materials for solar fuels generation.




Instituto de Tecnología Química, UPV-CSIC
Avda. de los Naranjos s/n

ITQ is an international reference center in the areas of catalysis, new materials and photochemistry. Catalysis is applied in crude oil refinement and petrochemistry, in biomass transformation, fine chemical processes and controlled drug or semiotics delivery, and the development of new materials covers adsorbents, conductor polymers, electroluminescent polymers and sensors.



- Synthesis and characterization of new materials for catalytic applications (zeolites, metallic nanoparticles, hybrid solids, ceramics, etc)

- Chemical and photochemical processes in life science and sustainable chemical production

  • Biomass transformation into chemicals through sustainable processes
  • Computational and high-throughput techniques applied to the development of chemical processes
  • Photochemical techniques and nanomaterials in life science
  • Selective solid catalysts (acid-base and redox) for sustainable chemical processes

- Structured materials as catalysts for generation of clean fuel and renewable energy

  • Nanoporous and structured mesoporous materials in energy conversion
  • Petrochemicals and clean fuels from fossil hydrocarbons
  • Production of renewable energy through chemical and photochemical processes

- Structured materials for gas separation and as adsorbents




National Institute of Chemistry
Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology
Hajdrihova 19
1000 Ljubljana

Design and development of functionalized inorganic catalysts and adsorbents for energy and environmental applications. The focus is on in-depth research of structure-property relationship (research to the degree of "proof of concept"), with a special emphasis on the development and use of methods for the characterization of materials during their operation (in-situ and operando approaches).



  • synthesis of functionalized porous adsorbents and catalysts based on zeolite, silica, alumina, metal-organic framework, titania, ceria, carbon nitride supports
  • structural characterization using XRD, SEM, surface techniques, UV VIS, IR, NMR, XAS (XANES, EXAFS), AR TEM and gas (N2, CO2, He, H2) and water sorption
  • testing of materials for applications in environmental technologies (catalysts for production of chemicals and fuels from biomass, water and air purification)
  • testing of materials for applications in energy-related technologies (adsorbents for heat and gas storage)




National Research Council (CNR)
Institute of Science and Technology for Sustainable Energy and Mobility
via G. Marconi, 4
80125 Napoli

Design and development of powder and structured catalysts and sorbents for energy and environmental applications. Design and synthesis of materials in order to tune the nano-structural properties through the morphological, physico-chemical and functional characterization. The development of the catalyst/sorbent spans from the nano-scale levels up to the production of structured materials according to an engineered multi-scale approach.



  • Synthesis of transition and noble metals supported catalyst, functionalized porous sorbents, metal-organic framework, hybrid materials;
  • Development of washcoated structured catalysts (honeycomb monoliths, foams, spheres);
  • Chemical characterization (ICP-MS), structural characterization (XRD, SEM), surface characterization (gas and Hg porosimetry, FTIR/DRIFT, Raman spectroscopy, TPD/TPR/TPO, SEM/EDS);
  • Functional characterization (in situ FTIR/DRIFT, coupled TG-MS analysis);
  • Catalytic and adsorption testing for (both stationary and mobile) energy and environmental applications;
  • Evaluation of catalysts poisoning and regeneration.




SINTEF Industry

Department of Process Technology
SINTEF Industry
P.O.Box 4760 Torgarden
NO-7465 Trondheim


Synthesis, modification, shaping, and characterization of functional materials including catalysts, adsorbents, coatings, and additives enabling more resource and energy efficient processes and products. Extensive focus on the development of more sustainable processes for production of fuels and chemicals.  



  • Synthesis, modification, scale-up, shaping, and characterization of porous materials (zeolites, MOFs, various carbon materials, silica, alumina)
  • Synthesis, modification, scale-up, and characterization of coatings and additives
  • In-situ characterization (NMR, IR, XRD,…)
  • Structural characterization (SEM, TEM, EXAFS, AFM, UV VIS,….) 
  • Characterization of adsorption properties at wide range of conditions
  • Testing of materials for applications in catalysis, gas separation and storage, functional coatings, water purification 




Inorganic Chemistry Department
University of Alicante
Apartado 99
03080 Alicante


  • Synthesis of porous materials (carbon-based materials and metal-organic frameworks, among others) to be used as adsorbents, catalysts or catalyst supports
  • Preparation of metal catalysts based in the use of partially reducible oxides as supports and promoters
  • Synthesis of materials to be used for hydrogen and methane storage at high pressures
  • Synthesis of materials for selective sequestration of CO2
  • Preparation of (photo)catalysts for clean energy processes, such as the production of hydrogen and/or synthesis gas streams from biomass-derived compounds (ethanol, glycerol, etc.,)
  • Purification of such streams by low-temperature water-gas shift and preferential CO oxidation
  • Transformation of biomass-derived platform compounds into fuels and chemicals




University of Antwerp

Laboratory of Adsorption and Catalysis
Department of Chemistry
Universiteitsplein 1
B-2610 Wilrijk

Design and development of functionalized inorganic and organic-inorganic (porous) materials for application as catalysts, sorbents and in separation. The focus is on environmental benign synthesis approaches and synthesis-properties-performance correlation allowing adjusted and tailor made materials design for enhanced performance.



  • Synthesis and characterization of porous silica and metal oxide materials, hybrid organosilicas and hybrid organic-inorganic metal oxides
  • Surface and structural modification of materials by new synthesis methods and surface modification techniques towards applications in the area of sorption, separation and catalysis
  • Detailed characterization of by XRD, physi- and chemisorption, (in-situ) IR and (in-situ) Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis DR, TGA/DTG/DSC analysis coupled to MS, catalytic reactors coupled to GC
  • Testing of materials for applications in CO2 conversion (DBD plasma, photo- and photoelectrochemical) and hydrogen production and in photocatalytic pollutant degradation




University of Bergen

Research Group Inorganic Nanochemistry
and Catalysis Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 7803
5020 Bergen


  • Synthesis of inorganic materials, coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), for application in adsorption and separation processes, as catalysts, sensors, and functional materials in energy related applications,
  • Characterization and testing of nanoporous materials in adsorption, separation and catalysis,
  • Crystal structure determination from single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction data,
  • In-situ X-ray diffraction studies of materials performed at synchrotron sources to establish stability of crystalline materials on heating, study phase transitions, or determine crystal structures of host-guest compounds,
  • High pressure gas adsorption using nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, hydrogen and other non-corrosive gases,
  • Simultaneous thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry coupled to mass spectrometry in temperature range -150 °C to 800°C.




University of Stuttgart
Institute of Technical Chemistry
Pfaffenwaldring 55
70569 Stuttgart


The research focus is on heterogeneous catalysis with special emphasis on designing active sites by controlled solid synthesis and surface organometallic chemistry, utilizing confinement effects in nanopores, and assessing the catalyst performance in designated test rigs under process-related conditions. 



  • Synthesis of zeolites, MOFs, and mesoporous metal oxides as tailormade solid materials as catalysts of catalyst supports
  • Immobilization of nanoclusters, nanoparticles, and well-defined organometallic catalysts in nanoporous materials
  • Enrichment of active sites in industrial catalysts by targeted surface immobilization
  • Physicochemical characterization of solid catalysts by e.g. solid state NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy and XRD analysis
  • Catalytic testing in different types of reactors (fixed bed reactors, electrochemical reactors, micro reactors)
  • Energy-relevant catalysis (new technologies for oil refining and petrochemistry, production of fuels from (bio)coal)
  • Alternative raw materials (activation of CO2, production of chemicals from renewables and natural gas)

National Center for Scientific Research „Demokritos“
15310 Agia Paraskevi, Athens




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  • Synthesis of tailored advanced materials
  • Solutions for high-tech applications
  • Analytical services (see Supertool)

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  • Student and Ph.D. exchange
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