Nicolas Kalogerakis

Presentation title:

Biodegradation of plastics and microplastics in agricultural soils


Technical University of Crete, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Chania, Greece


Short bio:

Nicolas Kalogerakis is Professor Emeritus of biochemical engineering at TU-Crete where he served twice as Department Head and as Vice-President of the University Council. Prior to that he was a Professor at SUNY-Buffalo (USA) and at the University of Calgary (Canada). In 1997 he returned to Greece as a founding member of the Environmental Engineering Dept. His area of expertise includes environmental biotechnology focusing on bioremediation and phytoremediation technologies. Ongoing funded research activities include: (i) Combating hydrocarbon releases in deep sea environments (>200 bar), (ii) Bioremediation of contaminated marine sediments, (iii) Biodegradation of plastics and microplastics in the marine environment and in agricultural soils and (iv) Environmental applications of nanobubble technologies. Currently his group is participating in 2 EU funded research projects, and he is the coordinator of the ERA-MIN2 project nanoBT.