EARPA: European Automotive Researsch Partners AssociationEARPA: European Automotive Researsch Partners Association

Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics - Aristotle University Thessaloniki


Type of Organisation: University
Origin Country:Greece
Contact:Mr. Zissis Samaras
Tel.: +30 23 10 996014


The activities of LAT mainly focus on basic and applied research in the area of emissions from internal combustion engines and the corresponding emission control technologies. Another research area concerns the study and development of systems for the utilization of renewable energy sources.

LAT’s research activities target the following areas:

  • Energy efficiency evaluation of internal combustion engines and vehicles, with focus on combustion, fuels and additives, hybrid vehicles, study and development of racing vehicles.
  • Exhaust aftertreatment technology, with emphasis on development, assessment and simulation of aftertreatment devices, measurement technology, on-board diagnostics and applied catalysis.
  • Renewable energy sources, with focus on biofuels, fuel cells and biomass gasification.
  • Emission inventories and projections related with road transport emissions, fleet evolution models, and policy assessment.

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities

LAT has been involved in the following EU projects:
  • ARTEMIS - Assessment and reliability of Transport Emission Models and Inventory Systems (5FP)
  • PARTICULATES - Characterisation of Exhaust Particulate Emissions from Road Vehicles (5FP)
  • NEDENEF - New Diesel Engine and New Diesel Fuels (4FP)
  • Determination of an aromatic content threshold in diesel fuels concerning the soot/particulate and gaseous pollutant emissions (4FP)
  • MEET - Methodologies for estimating air pollutant emissions from transport (4FP)
  • HICEPS - Highly integrated combustion electric powertrain system (6FP)
  • EPONIMOS - Exhaust Particle Number and Mass Measurement and Sampling System - Industry- Academia Partnerships and Pathways (Marie Curie 7FP)
  • LESSCCV - Large-Eddy and System Simulation to predict Cyclic Combustion Variability in gasoline engines (7FP)
  • VECOM - Vehicle Concept Modelling, Initial Training Network (Marie Curie 7FP)
  • TRANSPHORM - Transport related Air Pollution and Health Impacts - Integrated Methodologies for Assessing Particulate Matter (7FP)

Prof. Samaras is vice chairman of ERTRAC, the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, Working Group Environment and Energy.