Portrait | Kyriacos Zygouakis

Kyriacos Zygourakis

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Zygourakis Group Research Projects

Everything should be made 

as simple as possible,
but not simpler”

Albert Einstein


Environmental Applications of Chemical Reaction Engineering


Pyrolytic Remediation of Contaminated Soils

  • Natural and Metal-Impregnated Clays Catalyze the Pyrolytic Remediation of Soils Contaminated with Heavy Hydrocarbons and PAHs - Read more…
  • Turning Oil Spills into Fertile Soil: Pyrolytic Remediation of Soils Contaminated with Heavy Petroleum Hydrocarbons - Read more…

Biochar for Soil Amendment and Carbon Storage:

  • Transport of Nitrogen Fertilizers in Biochar-amended Soils - Read more…
  • Producing Biochars with Optimal Environmental Properties - Read more…


Adsorptive Desulfurization of Liquid Fuels

Adsorptive desulfurization with CuNa-Y zeolite and a flow-through adsorber operating at 180 oC and 200 psi can effectively reduce the sulfur content of JP-8 to ultra-low values (1-10 ppmw) over a broad range of LHSV values.  Desulfurization at these conditions proceeds in two stages: chemisorption followed by surface chemical reactions.
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Modulating the Growth of Engineered Tissues

We use modeling and computational tools to demonstrate that both the growth rate and the structure of engineered tissues are modulated by (a) the dynamics and heterogeneity of cell populations, (b) the local availability (or the mass transfer rate)  of nutrients and growth factors, (c) the bioreactor configuration, and (d) the seeding conditions.
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