Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Ioanis Katakis


Ioanis Katakis (B.Eng. Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki 1988, M.Eng and PhD The University of Texas at Austin, 1992 and 1994) is associate (since 1997) and distinguished (since 2017) professor of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Tarragona, Spain. He came to Tarragona after a post-doctoral stay at the University of Texas at Austin (1995-96). In 2000 he worked in Bayer Diagnostics (Elkhart, IN) developing minimally invasive glucose sensors. In URV he was director of DINAMIC technology innovation centre (2001-10) and served as director of the Chemical Engineering graduate programme (2001-04) and of the Department of Chemical Engineering (2004-12).
His research interests centre in the fields of Bioelectrochemistry and Bioengineering, with applications in biosensors, bioelectronics, and biorefineries. Recently he has been working in the field of biofuel cells based on microalgae. He has co-authored more than 80 peer reviewed papers and is co-inventor of six patents in these fields. He has led the creation of two technological companies and has received awards for his innovation activities. He is teaching Chemical Process and Product Design and Bioprocess Engineering and Environmental Technologies at the undergraduate and Masters levels. He has directed 15 doctoral theses.

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