Dr Evangelos Topakas

Associate Professor, NTUA

Contact details:

tel:+30 210 7723264, email: vtopakas@chemeng.ntua.gr,

Work address: National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering

9 Iroon Polytechniou Str, Zografou Campus, GR-15780

Biography

 

Dr Topakas has a degree in Chemistry (Excellent 8.81/10.0; Aristotle University, Department of Chemistry, Thessaloniki, Greece) and he took his PhD in Industrial Biotechnology in 2004 at National Technical University of Athens (NTUA, Greece). He has worked as a Research Associate in the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and in the Biotechnology Laboratory at NTUA. In 2010, he visited Chalmers University and stayed one month as Visiting Assistant Professor. On January 2012 (appointed on November of 2009), he worked as a Lecturer and as an Assistant Professor (November 2014, appointed on April 2014),  while since May of 2019 (appointed) he is working as an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Synthesis and Development of Industrial Processes, NTUA. Since 2015, Dr Topakas has been appointed as a guest Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Division of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, expanding his collaboration and experience in North Europe. His research experience includes discovery of novel lignocellulolytic enzymes for the enzyme-aided extraction or modification of bioactive components (Biocatalysis) from biomass using conventional and modern bioinformatics assisted strategies (genome mining of terrestrial or marine fungal species), heterologous overexpression (Pichia pastoris, Escherichia coli) and biochemical characterization of carbohydrate degrading recombinant enzymes, study of the structure/function relationship and regulatory mechanisms of the enzymes induced by saprophytic organisms. Emphasis is given on the utilization of residual biomass for the production of 2nd generation liquid biofuels and high-added value compounds. His research activities cross the borders of different synergistic disciplines requiring the active participation of engineers, biochemists, molecular biologists and physicists. Dr Topakas is better prepared to overcome challenges with the orchestration of the activities of researchers from different disciplines in order to achieve a common goal. His experience in academia, handling students and supervising very ambitious researchers at the BSc, MSc & PhD level, molded his philosophy that believes in a custom-made policy to suit the specific interest of each researcher. As a senior member of Biotechnology Laboratory, he has involved in the project for sequence of S. thermophile genome in collaboration with the JGI (DOE, USA).

Dr Topakas has co-authored and participated in 26 National and European Research Programs related to the biotechnological exploitation of biomass for the production of high-added value compounds and energy. His activity is documented in 106 refereed publications in International Scientific Journals and Book chapters and presented in more than 100 International and National Conferences. According to Scopus and Google Scholar analysis (September 2018), his publications were cited 1921 (h-index 28) and 2708 (h-index 32) times, respectively. There are more than 80 researchers that appear as co-authors in his publication list, which demonstrates Dr Topakas ability to interact successfully with diverse personalities and educational backgrounds.

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