Apostolis Koutinas

Apostolis Koutinas
Assistant Professor
Laboratory of Food Process Engineering, Processing and Preservation of Agricultural Products
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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 2009, he is working as member of staff at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Since 2011, he has participated in more than 20 ongoing or completed research projects funded by national and international funding bodies. He has more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 13 book chapters and serves as Deputy Editor in Biochemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier).

Research Interests
His research focuses on biorefinery development using renewable resources (e.g. food industry side streams) to separate value-added components (e.g. proteins, antioxidant-rich fractions) followed by microbial bioconversion of remaining fractions to produce bio-based chemicals and polymers (e.g. succinic acid, 2,3-butanediol, polyhydroxyalkanoates, microbial oil, bacterial cellulose). The novel biorefinery concepts are evaluated via process design, techno-economic evaluation and life cycle assessment in order to ensure the development of sustainable processes facilitating the transition to the bio-economy era following circular economy principles. He is member of the research Group of Food Bioprocesses and Biorefineries.

Selected Publications

  1. Tsakona S, Skiadaresis AG, Kopsahelis N, Chatzifragkou A, Papanikolaou S, Kookos IK, Koutinas AA. 2016. Valorisation of side streams from wheat milling and confectionery industries for consolidated production and extraction of microbial lipids. Food Chemistry 198:85-92. (IF: 4.529, non-self citations: 3) 
  2. Koutinas AA, Yepez B, Kopsahelis N, Freire DMG, de Castro AM, Papanikolaou S,  Kookos I.K. 2016. Techno-economic evaluation of a complete bioprocess for 2,3-butanediol production from renewable resources. Bioresource Technology 204:55-64. (IF: 5.651, non-self citations: 8)
  3. Leiva-Candia DE, Tsakona S, Kopsahelis N, Garcia IL, Papanikolaou S, Dorado MP, Koutinas AA. 2015. Biorefining of by-product streams from sunflower-based biodiesel production plants for integrated synthesis of microbial oil and value-added co-products. Bioresource Technology 190:57-65. (IF: 5.651, non-self citations: 19)
  4. Tsouko E, Kourmentza C, Ladakis D, Kopsahelis N, Mandala I, Papanikolaou S, Paloukis F, Alves V, Koutinas A. 2015. Bacterial cellulose production from industrial waste and by-product streams. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16:14832-14849. (IF: 3.226, non-self citations: 18)
  5. Tsakona S, Kopsahelis N, Chatzifragkou A, Papanikolaou S, Kookos IK, Koutinas AA. 2014. Formulation of fermentation media from flour-rich waste streams for microbial lipid production by Lipomyces starkeyiJournal of Biotechnology 189:36–45. (IF: 2.599, non-self citations: 20)
  6. Kachrimanidou V, Kopsahelis N, Papanikolaou S, Kookos IK, De Bruyn M, Clark JH, Koutinas AA. 2014. Sunflower-based biorefinery: Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) production from crude glycerol, sunflower meal and levulinic acid. Bioresource Technology 172:121-130. (IF: 5.651, non-self citations: 10)
  7. Koutinas AA, Vlysidis A, Pleissner D, Kopsahelis N, Garcia IL, Kookos IK, Papanikolaou S, Kwan TH, Lin CSK. 2014. Valorization of industrial waste and by-product streams via fermentation for the production of chemicals and biopolymers. Chemical Society Reviews 43:2587-2627. (IF: 38.618, non-self citations: 94)
  8. Koutinas AA, Chatzifragkou A, Kopsahelis N, Papanikolaou S, Kookos IK. 2014.  Design and techno-economic evaluation of microbial oil production as a renewable resource for biodiesel and oleochemical production. Fuel 116:566-577. (IF: 4.601, non-self citations: 73)
  9. 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 necatorBioresource Technology 130:16–22. (IF: 5.651, non-self citations: 33)
  10. 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. (IF: 2.497, non-self citations: 24)

Contact details
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
Website: http://www.aua.gr/bioprocesses/

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