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Centre for Research & Technology Hellas


Type of Organisation: R&D institute
Origin Country:Greece
Contact:Mrs. Eleni Papaioannou
Tel.: +30 2310 498192


The Aerosol & Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL) research work is related to the science of fine particles and their suspensions in various media. APTL core R&D activities concern the emission control area, where it has established itself as a laboratory of international caliber, by exploiting the benefits of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for the clean transport systems of the future. In parallel, it invests in scaling-up its activities on the synthesis of nanoparticles with tailored properties focusing on their integration into final market products through process innovations. Last but not least, APTL intensives its efforts in the exploitation of solar technologies for clean fuels production.

Research in the APTL is organized in the following areas:

Emission Control Technologies for Mobile Sources
  • Soot Filters for Diesel Particulate Emission Control
  • Gaseous Emission Control Technologies (HC, CO Oxidation, NOx Reduction)
  • Catalytic Nanoparticle Synthesis by Aerosol/Combustion/Wet Chemistry-Based Routes
  • Spatially Controlled Coating and Functionalization of Porous Materials 
  • Multifunctional Compact Monolithic Reactors

Sensor and Measurement Technologies

  • Controlled Nanoparticle Generation, Separation and Measurement
  • Evaluation of Size-Specific Biological Effects of Nanoparticles
  • Optical and Laser Diagnostics for Particle Measurement
  • Nanoparticle and Gas Sensors for On-Board Monitoring and Control
  • Multi-Sample Testing Units for Fast Screening of Emission Control Devices

Computer Simulation of Aerosol & Particulate Processes

  • Discrete Particle Simulation (Monte Carlo, Lattice Boltzmann, Cellular Automata and Discrete Element Methods)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics of Entire Engine Exhaust Systems
  • Simulation of Fouling and Slaging Phenomena in Solid Fuel Combustion
  • Simulation of Aerosol Reactors (Multivariate Population Dynamics)

Hydrogen and Clean Energy Technologies

  • Solar Thermal Volumetric Receivers for Future Power Plants
  • Monolithic Solar Water Splitting Reactors for Hydrogen Production
  • Solar-Assisted Hydrocarbon Reforming for Hydrogen/Carbon Nanoparticle Production
  • Material Technologies for Multi-fuel Processors

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities

Research Projects of total budget in excess of 13 Million Euro (1996-2006) are currently performed at the APTL, several of them funded through competitive R&D programmes of the European Union. Selected EU projects where APTL is involved are:

Emission Control Related projects:

  • Post-treAtment for the next Generation Of Diesel Engines (PAGODE) (FP6-2006, STREP)
  • Tailored On-board activated agents Production for EXhaust Aftertreatment PERformance enhancemenT (TOP-EXPERT) (FP6-2006, STREP)
  • SYstem for future Diesel Combustion concepts (IPSY) (FP6-2006, STREP)
  • Aerosol Technologies and Hierarchical Assembly/Manufacturing for Advanced Nanostructured Porous Materials (ATLANTIS) (FP6-2006, IP 026678-2)
  • Coated Sintered Metal Trap (COMET) (G3RD-CT-2002-00811)
  • Smart NOx abatement systems for next-generation Environmental Technologies (SMART) (G5RD-CT-2002-00710)
  • System Level Optimization and Control Tools for Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment (SYLOC-DEXA) (G3RD-CT-1999-00014)
  • Advanced Regeneration Technologies for Diesel Exhaust Particulate Aftertreatment (ART-DEXA) (G3RD-CT-1999-00016)
Sensor and Measurement related projects:
  • Safe, Integrated & controlled production of high-tech multifunctional materials and their recycling (SAPHIR) (FP6-2006, NMP- 026666-2)
  • Mobile Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Measurements and Emission Control Systems Evaluation (MOBILAB) (INTERREG III B ARCHIMED - 2006)
  • Infrared Microsystem for Polluting Emission Control on Cars 2 (IMPECC2) (FP6-PLT-506507)
  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Airborne Pollutant Health Related Issues (MAAPHRI) (QLRT-2001-02357)
  • Integrated Material and Information Technologies for Novel Emission Control Systems (IMITEC) (IST-2001-34874)
  • Particulate Size and Composition Measurements for Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment (PSICO-DEXA) (G6RD-CT-1999-00038)
  • Multiwavelength Sensor for Sub-micron Particle Analysis (MULTISENS) (BRST-CT98-5537)

Computer Simulation related projects:

  • Flow Simulations On-Demand Using Grid Computing (FLOWGRID) (IST-2002-38433)
  • Simulation Tool for Dynamic Flow Analysis in Foam Filters (STYFF-DEXA) (G3RD-CT-2002-00785)
  • Development of an Exhaust Aftertreatment Simulator for Diesel Powered Vehicles (GSRT, Greek-Italian Collaborative Program)

Hydrogen and Clean Energy related projects:

  • Solar Steam Reforming of Methane Rich Gas for Synthesis Gas Production (SOLREF) (SES6-CT-2004-502829)
  • Hydrogen from Solar Thermal Energy: High Temperature Solar Chemical Reactor for Co-production of hydrogen and carbon black from natural gas cracking (SOLHYCARB) (FP6-2002-Energy-1, 019770)
  • New Method for Superior Integrated Hydrogen Generation System (NEMESIS) (FP6-2004-Energy-3, 019827)
  • Solar Hydrogen via Water Splitting in Advanced Monolithic Reactors for Future Solar Power Plants (HYDROSOL-II) (FP6-2004-Energy-3, 020030)
  • Catalytic Monolith Reactor for Hydrogen Generation From Solar Water Splitting (HYDROSOL) (ENK6-CT-2002-00629)
  • Advanced Solar Volumetric Air Receiver for Commercial Solar Tower Power Plants (SOLAIR) (ERK-CT1999-00021)
  • Solar Hydrogen via Water Splitting in Advanced Monolithic Reactors for Furture Solor Power Plants (HYDROSOL-II)

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