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 the International Hellenic University (IHU - formerly Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology) 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 Chemistry (formerly Department of Petroleum, Natural Gas Technology & Mechanical Engineering) of IHU - Kavala Campus. 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 Abdel Aitouche

Dr Abdel Aitouche was born in Algiers and graduated from Supelec (France) in 1980 in Electrical Engineering. He joined the national company of electronics (SONELEC) in 1980 and then a radio navigation company for 2 years. He joined the Algerian Institute of Petroleum (IAP) from 1983 to 1987 as a teacher in Automation and Electrotechnics. He obtained his PhD from the University of Nancy I in 1990 in the field of Automatics. Abdel Aitouche has been a lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes d' Ingénieur (HEI) since 1991 and Professor since 2009. He has been a researcher at the Research Center in Informatics, Signal and Automatic of Lille since 1998 (CRIStAL UMR 9189). He is involved in the Fault Tolerant Systems Diagnostics, Observation and Control team: DICOt.

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 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

Dr Greg Iordanou is a part time lecturer at the Renewable Energy Sources Lab at the Department of Chemistry of the International Hellenic University - Kavala Campus (formerly Department of Petroleum, Natural Gas Technology & Mechanical Engineering of 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 Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the International Hellenic University - Kavala Campus (formerly Department of Petroleum, Natural Gas Technology & Mechanical Engineering of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology), Greece. Moreover, he is the Program Director of MSc in Oil and Gas Technology of the International Hellenic University - Kavala Campus. Dr Nikolaos Kokkinos serves as 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 IHU - Kavala Campus; and he holds a researcher position in the Division of Petroleum Forensic Fingerprinting (PFF) at Hephaestus Advanced Research Laboratory (IHU - Kavala Campus). He has over ten year experience in the academia as a lecturer on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in O&G Engineering at various Universities and additional ten year 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

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 Science of the International Hellenic University - Kavala Campus (formerly School of Technological Engineering of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology) 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.