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Dr Nikolaos Venetsaneas

Business Research Associate - Biological Processes

Nick Venetsaneas, EBRI

I have a background in Chemical Engineering and my expertise lies in the areas of anaerobic fermentation, anaerobic digestion and bioprocesses.                             Prior to my current post as Business Research Associate - Biological Processes at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), I was involved in a collaborative project funded by EPSRC-SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub which aimed to develop a beneficial synergy between anaerobic digestion (AD) and pyrolysis for the processing of non-source segregated organic fraction of municipal solid waste (MSW).

My main role in the project revolved around the anaerobic digestion trials of intermediate pyrolysis fractions using batch experiments, inhibition assays and operating anaerobic digesters, with an assessment of the specific microbial consortia and the kinetic limitations to the process.

Additionally, I am a Visiting Researcher within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece, 2002
  • M.Sc. in Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Patras, Greece, 2005 
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece, 2012
  • 2014-2016: Research Fellow - EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Challenge Project University of Southampton, UK
  • 2011: Proposal writer/Researcher, University of Patras, Greece
  • Bioenergy
  • Anaerobic fermentation & anaerobic digestion
  • Biorefineries
  • Bioproducts
  • Valorisation of waste streams

 Peer-reviewed articles

 1.    C. Kourmentza, J. Plácido, N. Venetsaneas, A. Burniol-Figols, C. Varrone, H.N. Gavala, M.A.M Reis (2017). Recent Advances and Challenges towards Sustainable Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Production.Bioengineering 2017, 4(2), 55.

2.    N. Venetsaneas,G. Antonopoulou, K. Stamatelatou, M. Kornaros, G. Lyberatos(2009).Using cheese whey for hydrogen and methane generation in a two-stage continuous process with alternative pH controlling approaches. Bioresource Technology, 100: 3713-3717.

3.    G. Antonopoulou, K. Stamatelatou, N. Venetsaneas, M. Kornaros, G. Lyberatos (2008). Biohydrogen and methane production from cheese whey in a two–stage anaerobic process. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 47(15): 5227-5233.

Book chapters

1.    Kourmentza, C.C, Koutra, E., Venetsaneas, N. and Kornaros, M. (2017) Integrated biorefinery approach for the valorization of olive mill waste streams towards sustainable biofuels and bio-based products IN: Kalia, V.C. and Kumar, P., eds. Microbial Applications Vol.1, Bioremediation and Bioenergy, Springer International Publishing AG, Chapter: 10.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52666-9_10

2.    N. Venetsaneas and J. Iliopoulou-Georgudaki (2006). A Preliminary Study of Toxicity by Bioassay of the Wastes of Pulp and Paper Production Units. ΙN: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Multiple Stressors, Poros, Greece, 12- 15 October 2004, G. Arapis, N. Goncharova, P. Baveye, (Eds.). Springer, XVI, 307-316 p.

Most important oral presentations / conference proceedings

1.  N. Venetsaneas, Sonia Heaven, Charles J. Banks, (2015): Increasing energy yield from the integration of anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis, 11th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (RRB-11), York, UK.

2.  N. Venetsaneas, Sonia Heaven, Charles J. Banks, (2015): Biodegradation and inhibition effects on anaerobic digestion of pyrolysis aqueous fractions, SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub Annual Assembly 2015, Harpenden, UK.

3.  N. Venetsaneas, G. Antonopoulou, K. Stamatelatou, M. Kornaros and G. Lyberatos (2008): Production of hydrogen and methane from dairy wastewater in a two-stage anaerobic process, WasteEng08: 2nd International Conference on Engineering for Waste Valorisation, Patras, Greece.

4.  N. Venetsaneas and J. Iliopoulou-Georgudaki (2006): A Preliminary Study of Toxicity by Bioassay of the Wastes of Pulp and Paper Production Units. NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Multiple Stressors, Poros, Greece.