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Dr. Ioannis G. Economou is Research Director and Director of the Molecular Thermodynamics and Modelling of Materials Laboratory at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” in Athens, Greece where he works since 1995. He held various positions including Scientific Director of the Center’s Liaison Office for commercialization of mature technologies (2005 – 08). Currently, he is on leave without pay to Texas A&M University at Qatar, where he holds the position of Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prior to this, he was the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi (2009 – 12).
He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1987) and a PhD also in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1992). He worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (1993 – 94) and in Exxon Research and Engineering Company, in New Jersey, USA (1994 – 95), as research fellow in University College London (1994 – 96) and Princeton University (2004), and as visiting Professor in the Technical University of Denmark (2001 and 2006 - 07) and the American College of Greece (2007 - 09). He has consulted extensively for major oil and chemical companies in North America, Europe and Middle East. He has supervised 13 PhD students and 11 post-docs, he has published 140 peer-reviewed research papers in leading journals in Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science and has given approximately 240 presentations in conferences, Universities and industrial research centers worldwide. He is a member of the editorial boards in Fluid Phase Equilibria and in Chemical Engineering Research and Design. From 2007 to 2014, he was the Founding Chairman of the Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.