Eleni Heracleous (Scientific Responsible)


Eleni Heracleous (Scientific Responsible)

Dr Eleni Heracleous is the Scientific Responsible of LEFH’s research group. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Science and Technology of the International Hellenic University and a Collaborating Researcher in CPERI/LEFH. She has substantial research experience in the development of catalysts and processes for CO and CO2 hydrogenation to methanol and higher alcohols, the selective oxidation of light alkanes to olefins and the conversion of biomass and its intermediates to fuels and high added-value chemicals.
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She received her PhD in 2005 from the Chemical Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on catalyst development for light alkane valorization. From 2005-2008, she worked in the R&D Department of Shell Global Solutions in Hamburg, gaining experience on biofuel product development. Since 2008, she has been collaborating with LEFH in the frame of various national and EU projects with focus on the development, characterization and testing of catalysts for the synthesis of 2nd generation biofuels from syngas and the upgrading of biomass-derived intermediates. She is the author of 7 chapters in collective volumes, 51 publications in high impact refereed journals (>1800 citations excluding self-citations, h-index 24) and over 150 presentations in national and international conferences.

Selected publications of the LEFH research team

E. Heracleous, V. Koidi, A. A. Lappas, CO2 conversion over Cu-Mo2C catalysts: effect of the Cu promoter and preparation method,  Catal. Sci. Technol. 11 (2021) 1467-1480

Zachopoulos, E. Heracleous, “Overcoming the equilibrium barriers of CO2 hydrogenation to methanol via water sorption: a thermodynamic analysis”, Journal of CO2 Utilization 21 (2017) 360-367

Th. Liakakou, M.A. Isaacs, K. Wilson, A.F. Lee, E. Heracleous, “On the Mn promoted synthesis of higher alcohols over Cu derived ternary catalysts”, Catal. Sci. Techn. 7 (2017) 988

T. Liakakou, E. Heracleous, “Transition metal promoted K/Mo2C as efficient catalysts for CO hydrogenation to higher alcohols”, Catal. Sci. Techn. 6 (2016) 1106
T. Liakakou, E. Heracleous, K.S. Triantafyllidis, A.A. Lemonidou, “K-promoted NiMo catalysts supported on activated carbon for the hydrogenation reaction of CO to higher alcohols: Effect of support and active metal”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 165 (2015) 296

Heracleous, E.T. Liakakou, A.A. Lappas, A.A. Lemonidou, “Investigation of K-promoted Cu-Zn-Al, Cu-X-Al and Cu-Zn-X (X=Cr, Mn) catalysts for carbon monoxide hydrogenation to higher alcohols”, Appl. Catal. A 455 (2013) 145