Dr Emmanouil Papaioannou

Lecturer in Bio-Process Engineering

Research Overview

Emmanouil Papaioannou obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering-Biotechnology in 2009 and his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 2001 both from the Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering. He also obtained a M.Sci. in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in 2004 from the Faculty of Sciences, School of Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His Ph.D. was in carotenoids microbial production and purification, while at the same time he was working to the EU funded project entitled ‘Nanoimprinting technologies for selective recognition and separation’. His M.Sci. was in modification and activation of polymer surfaces. After the completion of his Ph.D. in 2009, he joined the Natural Resources and Renewable Energies Laboratory (NRRE) at Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI) (Thessaloniki, Greece) working on a number of food waste valorisation programmes (olive oil, pomegranate, wine, tomato etc).

His research interests include (but not limited to) the microbial production and downstream processing as a whole bioprocess, natural products and food chemistry, green and sustainable chemistry, utilization of agri-food industry wastes, nanomaterials and membranes technology, chemistry of surfaces and their modification, chemistry of chromatographic materials, molecularly imprinted polymers, encapsulation of substances in edible matrices.


In 2014, he was awarded a two years Intra-European Postdoctoral Fellowship (IEF) from EU under People Marie Curie-Skłodowska Actions for the proposal entitled ‘Sugar and Oxalate Free Beetroot Juice: Production and Assessment of its Human Health Benefits’ and joined the Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK (Food Engineering and Separation of Functional Actives Laboratory).

In addition, he was awarded three times the Marie Curie-Skłodowska Actions Grant for short courses (during the period 2008-2010) with the main title “Nano-structured materials and membranes”; that took place sequentially in Patras (Greece), Tweente (Netherlands) and Cetraro (Italy).

In 2011 he was also awarded an annual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Greek National Institute of Scholarships in the Scientific Field of "Physical Sciences", namely the sub-field of "Microbiology-Biotechnology" with the title "Biotechnological carotenoids production and purification from enhanced agricultural by-products substrates".

He is a regularly invited reviewer for a number of peer-reviewing Journals, such as: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Biotechnology, Food Research International, American Journal of Food Science and Technology, Biotechnology Progress, Biomacromolecules, Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Food and Bioprocess Technology: An International Journal, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Industrial Crops and Products. He is also an invited reviewer for research proposals.

Pre-treatment and extraction techniques for recovery of added value compounds from wastes throughout the agri-food chain
Arshadi, M., Attard, T., Bogel-Lukasik, R.M., Brncic, M., da Costa Lopes, A.M., Finell, M., Geladi, P., Gerschenson, L.N., Gogus, F., Herrero, M., Hunt, A.J., Ibanez, E., Kamm, B., Cediel, I.M., Matias, A., Mavroudis , N., Montoneri, E., Morais, A.R.C., Nilsson, C., Papaioannou, E., Richel, A., Ruperez, P., Škrbić, B., Bodroza-Solarov, M., Švarc-Gajić, J., Waldron , K., Yuste , F. 7/12/2016
Review article

Long-term performance of a membrane bioreactor treating table olive processing wastewater
Patsios, S.I., Papaioannou, E.H., Karabelas, A.J. 1/08/2016 In: Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 91, 8, p. 2253-2262. 10 p.
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Natural origin lycopene and its “green” downstream processing
Papaioannou, E.H., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M., Karabelas, A.J. 11/03/2016 In: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 56, 4, p. 686-709. 24 p.
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Characteristics of oleuropeinolytic strains of Lactobacillus plantarum group and influence on phenolic compounds in table olives elaborated under reduced salt conditions
Kaltsa, A., Papaliaga, D., Papaioannou, E., Kotzekidou, P. 1/06/2015 In: Food Microbiology. 48, p. 58-62. 5 p.
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Characterization of condensates from an indirect olive oil pomace drying process: the effect of drying temperature
Papaioannou, E.H., Patsios, S.I., Karabelas, A.J., Philippopoulos, N.A. 12/2013 In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. 1, 4, p. 831-837. 7 p.
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Application of Response Surface Methodology to Improve Carotene Production from Synthetic Medium by Blakeslea trispora in Submerged Fermentation
Filotheou, A., Nanou, K., Papaioannou, E., Roukas, T., Kotzekidou, P., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 05/2012 In: Food and Bioprocess Technology. 5, 4, p. 1189-1196. 8 p.
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Agro-food wastes utilization by Blakeslea trispora for carotenoids production
Papaioannou, E.H., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 17/03/2012 In: Acta Biochimica Polonica. 59, 1, p. 151-153. 3 p.
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Lycopene recovery from tomato peel under mild conditions assisted by enzymatic pre-treatment and non-ionic surfactants
Papaioannou, E.H., Karabelas, A.J. 17/03/2012 In: Acta Biochimica Polonica. 59, 1, p. 71-74. 4 p.
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Encapsulation of the peptide Ac-Glu-Thr-Lys-Thr-Tyr-Phe-Trp-Lys-NH 2 into polyvinyl alcohol biodegradable formulations: effect of calcium alginate
Patsialas, K., Papaioannou, E.H., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 15/01/2012 In: Carbohydrate Polymers. 87, 2, p. 1112-1118. 7 p.
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Substrate contribution on free radical scavenging capacity of carotenoid extracts produced from Blakeslea trispora cultures
Papaioannou, E.H., Stoforos, N.G., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 04/2011 In: World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 27, 4, p. 851-858. 8 p.
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Autolysis of Blakeslea trispora during carotene production from cheese whey in an airlift reactor
Varzakakou, M., Roukas, T., Papaioannou, E., Kotzekidou, P., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 10/01/2011 In: Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 41, 1, p. 7-21. 15 p.
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Substrate contribution on carotenoids production in Blakeslea trispora cultivations
Papaioannou, E.H., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 06/2010 In: Food and Bioproducts Processing. 88, 2-3, p. 305-311. 7 p.
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Raman spectroscopy for intracellular monitoring of carotenoid in blakeslea trispora
Papaioannou, E.H., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M., Christofilos, D., Arvanitidis, I., Kourouklis, G. 11/2009 In: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 159, 2, p. 478-487. 10 p.
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Molecularly imprinted polymers for RGD selective recognition and separation
Papaioannou, E., Koutsas, C., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 03/2009 In: Amino Acids. 36, 3, p. 563-569. 7 p.
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Artificial receptor for peptide recognition in protic media: the role of metal ion coordination
Papaioannou, E.H., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M., Papi, R.M., Kyriakidis, D.A. 25/08/2008 In: Materials Science and Engineering: B . 152, 1-3, p. 28-32. 5 p.
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Effect of biomass pre-treatment and solvent extraction on β-carotene and lycopene recovery from Blakeslea trispora cells
Papaioannou, E., Roukas, T., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M. 07/2008 In: Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 38, 3, p. 246-256. 11 p.
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Surface modification of poly(ethylene terephthalate) polymeric films for flexible electronics applications
Laskarakis, A., Logothetidis, S., Kassavetis, S., Papaioannou, E. 15/02/2008 In: Thin Solid Films. 516, 7, p. 1443-1448. 6 p.
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Molecularly imprinted polymers for cholecystokinin C-terminal pentapeptide
Papaioannou, E., Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M., Papi, R.M., Kyriakidis, D.A. 18/12/2007 In: Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics. 208, 24, p. 2621-2627. 7 p.
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