A.J. Hartsook Professor in Chemical Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering
Prof. Zygourakis received his Dipl. Eng. from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1981. He joined the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department of Rice University in 1980 and served as Chair of his department from 1998 until 2013.
His research interests span several important areas of chemical reaction engineering and bioengineering. Applied mathematics, computer simulations, digital video microscopy, and chemical reactor design are integral parts of my research methodology. Currently, his group is focusing on cellular engineering, the development of multi-scale models that describe the growth of heterogeneous cell populations in the presence of mass transfer limitations, and the sustainable production of biochar for carbon sequestration and soil amendment.
Prof. Zygourakis has published more than 120 articles in refereed journals on biochar, cellular engineering, coal utilization and pollution control reactors, has contributed several book chapters, has directed research programs funded by NSF, DOE, NIH, and NASA, has served on the Texas Council on Environmental Technology and has participated in or chaired several committees of professional organizations.
In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE) in recognition of his "...seminal contributions and visionary leadership in the application of engineering principles toward the elucidation of cell and tissue dynamics.”