Research Programs


  1. Ecofriendly multipurpose biobased products from municipal biowaste (LIFE EBP), Project granted by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) LIFE Environmental and Resource Efficiency, LIFE19 ENV/IT/000004. 2020-2024. (A. Koutinas).
  2. Enhancing diversity in Mediterranean cereal farming systems (CerealMed), PRIMA, Call: Multi-topic 2019, General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), 2020-2023. (A. Koutinas).
  3. ICHTHYS: OptImization of novel value CHains for fish and seafood by developing an integraTed sustainable approacH for improved qualitY, safety and waSte reduction. MSCA-RISE-2019 (2020-2023) (Th.Tsironi).
  4. FRUALGAE: Sustainable technologies and methodologies to improve quality and extend product shelf life in the Mediterranean agro-food supply chain. PRIMA-2019 (2020-2023) (Th.Tsironi).
  5. Production of sustainable biofuels and value-added products from municipal organic solid wastes of catering services (Brew2Bio, MIS 5071807), Research-Create-Innovate, GSRT, 2020-2023. (A. Koutinas).
  6. Valorization of sugar-beet cultivation residues and by-products of sugar manufacturing process for the production of bio-based and biocomposite biodegradable packaging materials (Beet2Bioref, MIS 5069983), Research-Create-Innovate, GSRT, 2020-2023. (A. Koutinas).
  7. Development of innovative nanocellulose-reinforced composite wood products with advanced hydrophobic and antimicrobial properties (CELL4GLUE, MIS 5056216), GSRT, 2020-2023. (A. Koutinas).
  8. Development and demonstration of key technologies for industrializable polyhydroxyalkanoates production from industrial and environmental waste streams (WASTES2PLASTICS, Τ7ΔΚΙ-00100), China – Greece Bilateral R&D Cooperation, GSRT, 2019-2022. (A. Koutinas).
  9. Establishment of a pan-european network on the sustainable valorisation of lignin (LignoCOST) (COST Action CA17128). 2018-2022. (A. Koutinas).
  10. Exploitation of cactus pear fruit and leaves focusing on innovative food applications Opuntia to new product development «ΕΡΕΥΝΩ – ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΩ – ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΩ», co-funded by EPANEK in the frame of ESPA2014-2020, total budget: 460.000 € (2018-2021) (Ι. Mantala).
  11. State Scholarship “Reinforcement of Postdoctoral Researchers - 2nd Cycle” (MIS-5033021), implemented by the State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ) for the project “Exploitation of Greek wheat landraces for value added bread and pasta development” Mentor of Dr. Styliani Protonotariou (Ι. Mantala).
  12. Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (NSRF 2014-2020), Research Infrastructure on Food Bioprocessing Development and Innovation Exploitation – Acronym: FOOD INNOVATION R (2018-2021) (Ι. Mantala, A.Koutinas).
  13. Exploitation of food industry by-products for the production of biogenic biodegradable active food packaging (ΒΙΟΣΤΡΟΦΗ), Research-Create-Innovate, GSRT, 2018-2021. (A. Koutinas).
  14. Bioconversion of food industry wastes to biopolymers for packaging applications in a biorefinery concept (Wastes-to-Biopolymers), Research-Create-Innovate, GSRT, 2018-2021. (A. Koutinas).
  15. Research Infrastructure for Waste Valorization and Sustainable Management of Resources (INVALOR) Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (NSRF 2014-2020), 2017-2021. (A. Koutinas).
  16. Chemical building blocks from versatile MSW biorefinery (PERCAL), Grant Agreement Nº 745828, Horizon 2020 / BBI-JU, 2017-2020. (A. Koutinas).
  17. Sustainability transition assessment and research of bio-based products (STAR-ProBio), Grant Agreement Nº 727740, Horizon 2020, 2017-2020. (A. Koutinas).
  18. Biogas and digestate with controlled ammonia content by a virtuous biowaste cycle with integrated biochemical processes (LIFECAB), Project granted by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) LIFE Environmental and Resource Efficiency, LIFE16 ENV/IT/000179, 2017-2020. (A. Koutinas).
  19. Development of an integrated strategy for reducing the carbon footprint in the food industry sector (LIFE FOODPRINT), LIFE13 ENV/GR/000958, 2014-2017. (A. Koutinas).
  20. Materials, Physical and Nanosciences COST Action MP1206. Substitute Management committee member for Greece, MC Chair:Dr.E. Kny, (2013-2017) (Ι. Mantala).
  21. Food waste valorization for sustainable chemicals, materials & fuels (EUBis) (FA Cost Action TD1203), 2013-2016. (A. Koutinas).
  22. Novel formulations and nanostructures for enhancing the bioavaiability of a bioactive compound. The case of emulsion production’’NONASTRU’’, budget (AUA): 405000€, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, ‘’SYNERGASIA 2011’’, co-funded by the European Social Fund and National Resources (GSRT), 2013-2015 (Ι. Mantala).
  23. New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications (BRIGIT), Grant Agreement nº: KBBE-2012-6-311935. 2012-2016. (A. Koutinas).
  24. High energy jet milling in order to produce fine flour powders & bakery products with enhanced functional and nutritional characteristics ’’LEA’’,budget (AUA): 160000€, General Secretariat for Research and technology, Project coordinator: Dr. I. Mandala, Scientific supervisor: Dr. C. Biliaderis, (GSRT), 2011-2014. (Ι. Mantala).
  25. Valorization of cheese dairy and winery wastes for the production of high added-value products (19SMEs2009), GSRT, 2011 – 2014. (Α. Koutinas).
  26. Development of novel bioprocesses for the production of biofuels from food industry waste streams (Nutri-Fuel, 09SYN-32-621), GSRT, 2011 – 2014. (Α. Koutinas).
  27. Biorefinery development for the production of biodegradable polymers and value-added products from by-products of biodiesel production processes (Bioref, 09SYN-81-715), GSRT, 2011 – 2014. (Α. Koutinas).
  28. Integral optimization of the biodiesel production process – “Optimización integral del proceso de producción de biodiesel” (Ref: TEP-4994, Department of Innovation, Science and Enterprise, Junta of Andalucía, Spain), 2011 – 2014. (Α. Koutinas).
  29. Production of macro- and mini/nano-emulsions using various emulsifiers/stabilizers and development of new tastes from plants’ and nuts’ extractions. ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΤΟΣ ΙΙ, 2010-2013. (S. Yanniotis).
  30. The application of fundamental food-structure-property relationships to the design of foods for health, wellness and pleasure, (Cost action), EU, 2010-2013. (Ι. Mantala).
  31. Gluten-free carob containing bakery products with high protein and dietary fibre content, DESMI Cyprus., ΙΠΕ, 2009-2010. (Ι. Mantala)
  32. Determination and study of alternative sweeteners in the group of soluble fibers of high dietary value – Application in confectionery products, Total budget: 12.000€, ELKE AUA financial support (scholarship) for young researchers, scientific supervisor: Dr. I. Mandala, 2009-2011 (Ι. Mantala).
  33. Study of the industrial continuous flow oven. Co-operation with the company: Ι.Ε. Papadopoulos S.A, 2009-2010. (S. Yanniotis).
  34. Integrating Safety and Environmental Knowledge Into Food Studies towards European Sustainable Development, ISEKI Food 3-Mundus 2, EU, 2009-2011. (S. Yanniotis).
  35. Οργανοληπτικός έλεγχος σε διαφορετικούς τύπους μπισκότων (ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ Α.Ε. στα πλαίσια στου φεστιβάλ καινοτομίας- ΓΓΕΤ), 2008. (Ι. Mantala).
  36. The problem of aflatoxin contamination of the pistachios produced in Aegina island. Perfecture of Pireaus, 2008-2009. (S. Yanniotis).
  37.  Investigation of allergic effect of proteins from Greek and Cypriot Carob varieties (Ceratonia siliqua) with the aim to incorporate them in gluten-free bakery products, Greek-Cypriot bilateral collaboration, total budget:12000€, main researcher (young researcher from AUA), scientific supervisor: Dr. M. Papageorgiou, (GSRT), 2007-2009. (Ι. Mantala).
  38. Design of roadmap for the development of functional and organic products, Technology Transfer Centre of Peloponnese (Program Netforce), total budget:5000€, member of the research team: Dr. Ι. Μandala, 2007 (Ι. Mantala).
  39.  Development of new products of high nutritional value, Festival of Science & Technology. Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship Business Program, (ΕΠΑΝ ΙΙ), 2007-2013. (I. Mantala).
  40. Problems during the production and processing of the pistachio nuts of the variety “Aegina”. Perfecture of Pireaus, 2006-2007. (S. Yanniotis).
  41. Optimization on the cold-storage conditions of fresh peaches, GSRT (Co-operation Greece - China), 2003 - 2005. (P. Rodis).
  42. Tensile strength on pharmaceutical stickers. Quality control based on standard values. Co-operation with the company Lavipharm, 1999. (A. Kostaropoulos).   
  43. Development and optimization of a new process for desalination of sea water by means of solar energy, INCO, EU, 1998-2002. (S. Yanniotis).
  44. Quality evaluation of low-fat cakes (color, texture, density, organoleptic control) produced with various margarines. Co-operation with the company ΕΛΑΪΣ (ELAIS), 1998. (A. Kostaropoulos).
  45. Optical/engineering properties and defects of the bake-rolls products. Cooperation with the company Chipita, 1998. (A. Kostaropoulos).
  46. Development of new products containing raisins (bakery, dairy products) highlighting their quality advantages. Organoleptic control, marketing, and promotion. (GSRT) 1997-2000. (A. Kostaropoulos).
  47. Construction of a database of physical properties of foods» (FAIR-Project) EU, 1997-1999, (A. Kostaropoulos).
  48. Comparative study on quality of toast (color homogeneity, porosity, texture). Cooperation with the company Ι.Ε. PAPADOPOULOS SA, 1997. (A. Kostaropoulos).
  49. Post-harvest measures enhancing the quality and added value of raisins on the purpose of increasing the competitiveness of the product. EU 1993-1997, ΠΕΝΕΔ, GSRT, 1997-1999. (A. Kostaropoulos).
  50. Shelf-life prediction for improved safety and quality of foods» (Copernicus project), ΕU, 1996-1998. (A. Kostaropoulos).
  51. Improvement of olive oil quality with biotechnological means. EU, 1995 - 1999. (P. Rodis).
  52. Improvement of multifunctional heat exchangers applied in industrial processes, JOULE IΙΙ, EU, 1994-1996. (S. Yanniotis).
  53. The (Bio) Chemistry and Archestructure of Fruit and Vegetable Tissue as Quality Predictors for Optimizing Storage and Processing Regimes: Basic Research Leading to Applicable Models and Rules.  EU, 1993-1996. (P. Rodis).
  54. Process intensification for energy saving, JOULE ΙΙ, EU, 1992-1994. (S. Yanniotis).
  55. Study of the diffusion of NaCl solution in “FETA” cheese.  ΠΕΝΕΔ (GSRT), 1991-1993. (S. Yanniotis).
  56. Enhanced evaporation heat transfer surfaces, JOULE, EU, 1990-1992. (S. Yanniotis).
  57. Research and application of biotechnological methods for the production of high added-value products utilizing agricultural and agro-industrial by-products. ΜΟΠ Region of Attica, 1989 - 1992. (P. Rodis).
  58. Absorption-Driven Multiple Effect Evaporator, EU, 1987-1990. (S. Yanniotis).
  59. Study on the condensation of hygroscopic solutions with the aim of energy saving during food processing. GSRT, 1985-1987. (S. Yanniotis).


EXTERNAL FUNDING (e.g. companies, industry)

  1. Private funding by the American Process International LLC company for the development of a bio-processed genetically modified yeast in semi-cellular hydrosulution. (Α. Koutinas).
  2. Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship (Pesquisador Visitante Especial in Portuguese) funded by the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Programme "Ciências sem Fronteiras", Process number: 313772/2013-4, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (CNPq/MCTI). Coordinator:   Professor Denise Maria Guimarães Freire (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). 2014-2017. (A. Koutinas).
  3. Production of hydrolase enzymes and bifunctional monomers (1,3-PDO, 2,3-BDO and fumaric acid) in order to produce petrochemicals (project funded by Petrobras, Brazil). Coordinator: Professor Denise Maria Guimarães Freire (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), AUA participated as subcontractor of the UFRJ. 2013-2018. (A. Koutinas).