1983: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1979: M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1977: Diploma in Chemical Engineering, NTUA
Current research interests focus on the following topics:
Environmental Applications of nanobubble technology
Marine litter - fate and biodegradation of weathered plastics & microplastics
Combating marine oil spills with biological means
Bioremediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with hydrocarbons and xenobiotics
Phytoremediation of areas contaminated with heavy metals (Cd, Pb, Cr) and organic compounds
Wastewater treatment and subsequent reuse and utilization
Participation in Research Programs and Projects
H2020 – R&I Action, “ELECTRA: Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation”, Lab budget 275.625 € / Total budget 6.000.000 € (2018-2022)
H2020 – R&I Action, “MADFORWATER: DevelopMent AnD application of integrated technological and management solutions FOR wasteWATER treatment and efficient reuse in agriculture tailored to the needs of Mediterranean African Countries”, Lab budget 215.000 € / Total budget 2.910.868 € (2016-2020)
Η2020 - Innovation Action, “INMARE: Industrial Applications of Marine Enzymes: Innovative screening and expression platforms to discover and use the functional protein diversity from the sea.”, Lab budget 250.000 € / Total budget 6.000.000 € (2015-2019)
FP7-Collaborative Research program, “KILL•SPILL: Integrated Biotechnological Solutions for Combating Marine Oil Spills”, Co-ordinator, Lab budget 445.000 € / Total budget 8.990.000 € (2012-2016)
FP7-Collaborative Research program, “WATER4CROPS: Integrating bio-treated wastewater reuse and valorization with enhanced water use efficiency to support the Green Economy in Europe and India”, Lab budget 200.000 € / Total budget 6.000.000 € (2012-2016)
Distinctions and Awards
Appointed by the European Commission as Sherpa in the High Level Group (HLG) on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for the period 2013-2015.
Coordinator of the FP-7 collaborative project KILL•SPILL (33 partners, 9 million euro, 2013-2016)
50 Most Cited Articles for the journal J. Chrom. A (2000-2005); Top-10 most cited articles for the journal Talanta (2010-2011).
EC’s Environment Committee (2007-2011) – National representative for Greece (expert) - GSRT.
COST FA0901 “Halophytes” – Representative of Greece at the Management Committee
Karkanorachaki, K., E. Syranidou, N. Kalogerakis, “Sinking characteristics of microplastics in the marine environment”, Science of The Total Environment, 793, (2021).
Makaroglou, G., H. Marakas, S. Fodelianakis, A. Axaopoulou, I. Koumi, N. Kalogerakis, P. Gikas, “Optimization of biomass production from Stichococcous sp. biofilms coupled to wastewater treatment”, Biochemical Engineering Journal, 169: 107964 (2021).
Wang, T., L. Wang, Q. Chen, N. Kalogerakis, Rong Ji, Yini Ma, “Interactions between microplastics and organic pollutants: Effects on toxicity, bioaccumulation, degradation, and transport”, Science of The Total Environment, 748: 142427 (2020).
Syranidou E, Karkanorachaki, K, Amorotti F, Avgeropoulos A, Kolvenbach B, Zhou N-Y, Fava F, Corvini P and Kalogerakis N, “Biodegradation of mixture of plastic films by tailored marine consortia”, J. Hazard. Mater., 375: 33–42 (2019).
Karkanorachaki K, Kiparissis S, Kalogerakis GC, Yiantzi E, Psillakis E, Kalogerakis N, “Plastic pellets, meso- and microplastics on the coastline of Northern Crete: Distribution and organic pollution”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133, 578–589 (2018).
Syranidou E, Karkanorachaki K, Amorotti F, Franchini M, Repouskou E, Kaliva M, Vamvakaki M, Kolvenbach B, Fava F, Corvini PF-X, Kalogerakis N. “Biodegradation of weathered polystyrene films in seawater microcosms”, Scientific Reports, 7:17991 (2017).
Syranidou E, Karkanorachaki K, Amorotti F, Repouskou E, Kroll K, Kolvenbach B, Corvini PF-X, Fava F, Kalogerakis N. “Development of tailored indigenous marine consortia for the degradation of naturally weathered polyethylene films”, PLoS ONE, 12(8): e0183984 (2017).
Mapelli, F., Scoma, A., Michoud, G., Aulenta, F., Boon, N., Borin, S., Kalogerakis, N., Daffonchio, D., “Biotechnologies for Marine Oil Spill Cleanup: Indissoluble Ties with Microorganisms”, Trends in Biotechnology, 9: 860-870 (2017).
Kalogerakis N, Karkanorachaki K, Kalogerakis GC, Triantafyllidi E, Gotsis AD, Partsinevelos P and Fava F., Microplastics generation: Onset of fragmentation of polyethylene films in marine environment mesocosms. Front. Mar. Sci. 4:84 (2017). doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00084
Syranidou, E., S. Christofilopoulos, M. Politi, N. Weyens, D. Venieri, J. Vangronsveld and N. Kalogerakis “Bisphenol-A removal by the halophyte Juncus acutus in a phytoremediation pilot: Characterization and potential role of the endophytic community”, J. Hazard. Mater., 323: 350–358 (2017).