Laboratory of Sustainable Waste Management Technologies (LSWMT Lab)

 

Since 25.01.2017, based on Government Gazette 144, at the School of Science and Technology of the Hellenic Open University (EAP), operates the laboratory under the title "Laboratory of Sustainable Waste Management Technologies" (LSWMT Lab).

The main mission of the LSWMT Lab is the development of methodologies, technologies and actions in the context of sustainable waste management such as:

a) the protection of natural resources by reducing the direct disposal of wastes on the environment and their use as fertilizers and compost in agriculture (development of new products and processes),

b) improving soil quality and crop productivity – through an optimal use of crop waste (taking into account the need to maintain soil organic matter levels) and nutrient recovery,

c) increasing opportunities for valorization of waste, by-and co-products resulting in environmental and economic benefits for the farming sector (development of new products and processes),

d) strengthening the bio-economy and enhancing the competitiveness and growth of companies through the development and production of new innovative products from municipal waste management, meeting the needs of Greek, European and global markets,

e) developing of vague logic and software in water reuse.

The purpose of the laboratory is:

a) the teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the School of Science and Technology of the Hellenic Open University (as defined in article 1 of Government Gazette 144 / 25.01.2017),

b) the promotion of scientific research in the field of sustainable waste management technologies and interdisciplinary research on issues that fall into article 1 of Government Gazette 144 / 25.01.2017,

c) collaboration with research centers and academic institutions of the country and abroad,

d) support of Water Authorities and industrial zones by solving practical problems on issues related to the operation of the stations,

e) the organizing of scientific lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences and other scientific events, inviting Greek and foreign recognized scientists,

f) the provision of services in accordance with the provisions in force.

Research Activities

In ‘LSWMT Lab’ a large number of research activities has been conducted or are in progress such as:

1) "Humification of biosolids by free radical mechanism and composting for agricultural use”- PhD project funded by H.F.R.I onto Sustainable Waste Management & Green Technologies,

2) Hygienic and stabilization of biosolids products of Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) through the process of a single stage of cold plasma of electric discharges of a dielectric barrier of a free potential electrode at atmospheric air pressure.

3) Development of electroanalytical methodology for detection and determination of toxic pollutants (organic substances & heavy metals) in various water and terrestrial systems, foods and biological samples,

4) In situ application of compost products such as biochar, “humic type” polymers and their evaluation in agriculture within the framework of sustainable waste management,

5) Development, modification and evaluation of Greek natural minerals-zeolite type-for catalytic and environmental applications.

Director: Dr. Ioannis K. Kalavrouziotis, Professor at Hellenic Open University, School of Science and Technology, Agronomist-Ph.D. Environmental Geochemistry

Τechnical and Administrative assistance: MSc Isari Ekavi, Chemist, Research Environmental Scientist

Members of the Research Team

• Isari Ekavi, Chemist, MSc, Research Environmental Scientist

• Dr. Dimitris Papaioannou, Agronomist

• Dr. Petros Kokkinos, Ph.D. Molecular Biologist, Postdoctoral research in Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Diagnosis and Public Health

• Dr. Evangelos Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. Physicist, Postdoctoral research in Environmental Physico-chemistry, Natural Materials and Molecular Mechanisms.

• Prodromos Koukoulakis, Agronomist, MSc, Researcher

• Spyros Kyritsis, Researcher

 

     

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