Apostolis Koutinas

Apostolis Koutinas
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Food Process Engineering, Processing and Preservation of Agricultural Products
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Dr Apostolis A. Koutinas
Lecturer in Design of Food Industries

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Laboratory of Food Process Engineering, Treatment & Preservation of Agricultural Products
Agricultural University of Athens
Iera Odos 75, Athens 118 55
Tel. / Fax: 210-5294729
e -mail: akoutinas@aua.gr
Member of the research Group of Food Bioprocesses and Biorefineries
Website: http://www.aua.gr/bioprocesses/


Dr Koutinas graduated in 1997 from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Patras (Greece). He was awarded the degree of PhD in 2002 in the research field of Biochemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering at UMIST (Manchester, UK). From 2002 until 2008, he worked as Research Associate at the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, UK; formerly UMIST). Since January 2009, he is working as Lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology in the Agricultural University of Athens.
Research Interests
His research focus on the development of sustainable and viable biorefineries utilising food processing and agro-industrial wastes as well as other renewable raw materials for the production of biofuels, chemicals, biodegradable polymers (e.g. polyhydroxyalkanoates) and various value-added products. He exploits modeling, process design and costing tools to develop novel sustainable biorefineries or restructure current industrial processes by integrating physical, chemical and biological processing of renewable raw materials. He is member of the research Group of Food Bioprocesses and Biorefineries.
Selected Publications

  1. Lin CSK, Pfaltzgraff LA, Herrero-Davila L, Mubofu EB, Abderrahim S, Clark JH, Koutinas A, Kopsahelis N, Stamatelatou K, Dickson F, Thankappan S, Mohamed Z, Brocklesby R, Luque R. 2013. Food waste as a valuable resource for the production of chemicals, materials and fuels - Current situation and global perspective. Energy and Environmental Science 6, 426-464.
  2. Metsoviti M, Zeng A-P, Koutinas AA, Papanikolaou S. 2013. Enhanced 1,3-propanediol production by a newly isolated Citrobacter freundii strain cultivated on biodiesel-derived waste glycerol through sterile and non-sterile bioprocesses. Journal of Biotechnology 163, 408-418.
  3. García IL, López JA, Dorado MP, Kopsahelis N, Alexandri M, Papanikolaou S, Villar MA, Koutinas AA. 2013. Evaluation of by-products from the biodiesel industry as fermentation feedstock for poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) production by Cupriavidus necator. Bioresource Technology 130, 16–22.
  4. Wang R., Shaarani SM, Godoy LC, Melikoglu M, Vergara CS, Koutinas A, Webb C. 2010. Bioconversion of rapeseed meal for the production of a generic microbial feedstock. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 47, 77-83. 
  5. Xu Y, Wang R-H, Koutinas AA, Webb C. 2010. Microbial biodegradable plastic production from a wheat-based biorefining strategy. Process Biochemistry 45, 153-163.
  6. Dorado MP, Lin SKC, Koutinas A, Du C, Wang R, Webb C. 2009. Cereal-based biorefinery development: Utilisation of wheat milling by-products for the production of succinic acid. Journal of Biotechnology 143, 51-59.
  7. Lin SKC, Du C, Koutinas A, Wang R-H, Webb C. 2008. Substrate and product inhibition kinetics in succinic acid production by Actinobacillus succinogenes. Biochemical Engineering Journal 41, 128-135.
  8. Arifeen N, Wang R-H, Kookos IK, Webb C, Koutinas AA. 2007. Process design and optimization of novel wheat-based continuous bioethanol production system. Biotechnology Progress 23, 1394-1403.
  9. Koutinas AA, Arifeen N, Wang R, Webb C. 2007. Cereal-based biorefinery development: Integrated enzyme production for cereal flour hydrolysis. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 97, 61-72.
  10. Koutinas AA, Malbranque F, Wang R-Η, Campbell GM, Webb C. 2007. Development of an oat-based biorefinery for the production of lactic acid by Rhizopus oryzae and various value-added co-products. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 55, 1755-1761.
  11. Koutinas AA, Wang R–H, Webb C. 2004. Restructuring upstream bioprocessing: Technological and economical aspects for the production of a generic microbial feedstock from wheat. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 85, 524-538.