Dr. Kyriaki Polychronopoulou

Dr. Kyriaki Polychronopoulou

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-4018211

Email: Kyriaki.polychrono@ku.ac.ae


Kyriaki Polychronopoulou is currently Assoc. Prof. of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Catalysis and Separations at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU, UAE), and Visiting Professor at ETH-Zurich. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cyprus (2005). Before her appointment at Khalifa University she was Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University (IL, USA) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL, USA). She is recipient of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) Award for Research Excellence in two consecutive rounds in 2017 and 2015. She is also recipient of the 2018 Khalifa University Teaching Excellence Award, the 2018 Khalifa University Commencement for Research, the 2015 KU Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Research, the 2007 Fulbright Award for Advanced Research in the US, the 2008 British Council  Exchange Scholar Award and the 2008 University of Cyprus Postdoctoral Fellowship.   During her independent career she has served as Visiting Scholar in Texas A&M (USA) and KAIST (Korea), previously in the University of Leoben (Austria) and University of Surrey (UK). Prof. K. Polychronopoulou’s research is focused on the development of catalysts (oxides, sulfides, metal supported catalysts) and adsorbents for hydrocarbon reactions and gas separation processes.  She is also focusing on porous materials for H2 storage, and CO2 capture. She has extensive experience in microstructural characterization of surfaces using diffraction, microscopy and spectroscopy tools. She has (co)authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and contributed in many conferences (>150). Other professional activities include: expert evaluator of projects for EU, NSF, HongKong Research Council, Austria Research Fund, Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, steering committees, chairing conferences sessions, ad-hoc university committees and journal reviewing.


Advisor to the following students & staff:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Xinnan Li (co-advisor)

PhD Students

  • Roba Saab (co-advisor), Ayesha AlKhoori (advisor), Aseel Hussein (advisor)

MSc Students

  • Sara AlKhoori, Malathe Khalil, Ahmad Soliman (advisor)
  • PhD, Chemistry Department, University of Cyprus, (2005)
  • MSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Cyprus, (2008)
  • BSc, Chemistry Department, University of Cyprus, (2000)
  • MEEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 325 Materials Engineering

Research Topics:

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Reforming of Hydrocarbons towards H2 production
  • Hydrogenation for upgrading of fuels
  • Metal oxides for Oxidation Catalysis
  • Porous Materials for selective separations and catalysis/separations
  • Hydrodesulfurization

Recent Research Projects

  • “Development of highly selective gas sensing system using silicon nanostructure based sensor and micro/nano-porous gas separator” (Sponsor: KAIST-KU, Principal Investigator)

In this project, the objective is to improve the selectivity and water tolerance of metal oxide sensors for a variety of probe gases (H2S, CO, etc.).

  • “Preferential oxidation and ceria-based catalyst” (Sponsors: KAIST-KU, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, Principal Investigator)

In this project, KU has teamed up with KAIST (2 research teams), in order to come up with interfacial design of ceria-based (doped) catalysts that enhance the CO PROX reaction (under Fuel cells simulated conditions). Multi-elemental metal oxides are being investigated using DFT and experimental protocols.

  • “Morphology tuning of catalysts for HDS” (Sponsor: KU/CIRA, and Center for Catalysis and Separation-CeCaS, co-Principal Investigator)

In this project, researchers and graduate students working under CeCaS trying to design the optimum catalytic surfaces to be used for S-molecules capture/conversion.  Experimental and simulation tools are used.



  • “DRM Catalysts engineering for tackling coking issues” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge and Center for Catalysis and Separation-CeCaS)

In this project, two of the primary contributors to the Greenhouse effect, CO2 and CH4 are used towards their conversion into syngas (H2/CO mixture).  Different approaches are used towards design of coke-resistant catalysts that can activate both CH4 and CO2 stable molecules. Coke species under different reaction conditions are under study.

In reverse chronological order


  1. N. D. Charisiou*, S. Douvartzides, G. Siakavelas, L. Tzounis, V. Sebastian, V. Stolojan, S. J. Hinder, M. A.  Baker, K. Polychronopoulou, M. Goula*, The relationship between reaction temperature and carbon deposition on nickel catalysts based on Al2O3, ZrO2 or SiO2 supports during the biogas dry reforming reaction, Catalysts 9(8) (2019) 676, https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9080676  (I.F: 3.082, Q2)
  2. D. Charisiou*, V. Sebastian, S. J. Hinder, M. A. Baker, K. Polychronopoulou, M. Goula*, Ni catalysts based on attapulgite for hydrogen production through the glycerol steam reforming reaction, Catalysts 9(8)(2019) 650, https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9080650 (I.F: 3.082, Q2)
  3. G.N. Haidemenopoulos*, K. Polychronopoulou, A. Zervaki, H. Kamoutsi, S. Alkhoori, S. Jaffar, P. Cho, H. Mavros, Aging phenomena during in-service creep exposure of heat-resistant, Metals 9 (2019) 800, doi:10.3390/met9070800 (I.F: 2.259, Q2)
  4. C. Zhao, C. Zhang, S. Bhoyate, P. K. Kahol, N. Kostoglou, C. Mitterer, S.J. Hinder, M. A. Baker, G. Constantinides, K. Polychronopoulou*, C. Rebholz, R. K. Gupta*, Nanostructured Fe-Ni Sulfide: A Multifunctional Material for Energy Generation and Storage, Catalysts 9(7) (2019) 597, https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9070597 (I.F: 3.082, Q2)
  5. D. Charisiou*, G. Siakavelas, L. Tzounis, B. Dou, V. Sebastian, S.J. Hinder, M.A. Baker, K. Polychronopoulou, M.A. Goula* , Ni/Y2O3–ZrO2 catalyst for hydrogen production through the glycerol steam reforming reaction. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy – In press, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.04.237. (I.F: 4.084, Q1)
  6. N.D Charisiou, G. Siakavelas, V. Sebastian, M.A. Baker, S.J. Hinder, K. Polychronopoulou*, M.A. Goula*, Hydrogen production from the steam reforming of glycerol over Ni catalysts supported on Al2O3 and AlCeO3Catalysts 9(5) (2019) 411, https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9050411 (I.F: 3.082, Q2)
  7. V. Gaganis, D. Homouz, M. Maalouf*, N. Khoury, K. Polychronopoulou*, Kernel functions for the z-factor prediction, Energies 12(13) (2019) 2577, https://doi.org/10.3390/en12132577 (I.F: 2.707, Q1)
  8. J. Iqbal, N. Samad*, M. Imran, F. M. Howari, S. A. Alkhoori, J. A. Khan, Z. U Haq Khan,  M. Nawshad, A. Bhatnagar, K. Polychronopoulou, I. Ismail, M. A. Haija, Synergistic effects of activated carbon and nano-zerovalent copper on the performance of hydroxyapatite-alginate beads for the removal of arsenic from aqueous solution, Journal of Cleaner Production 235 (2019) 875-886, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.06.316 (I.F: 6.395, Q1)
  9. Md. Saifur Rahman, K. Polychronopoulou, A.A. Polycarpou*, Tribochemistry of Inconel 617 during sliding contact at 950 ⁰C under helium environment for nuclear reactors, Journal of Nuclear Materials 521 (2019) 21-30, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.04.032 (I.F: 2.547, Q1)
  10. D Charisiou, L. Tzounis, V. Sebastian, S.J. Hinder, M.A. Baker, K. Polychronopoulou, M.A. Goula*, Investigating the correlation between deactivation and the carbon deposited on the surface of Ni/Al2O3 and Ni/La2O3-Al2O3 catalysts during the biogas reforming reaction, Applied Surface Science 474 (2019) 42-56, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.05.177 (I.F: 5.155, Q1)
  11. Shittu, A. Achazhiyath Edathil, A. Alsaeedi, S. Al-Asheh, Polychronopoulou, F. Banat*, Development of novel surfactant functionalized porous graphitic carbon as an efficient adsorbent for the removal of methylene blue dye from aqueous solutions, Journal of Water Process Engineering 28, (2019) 69-81, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2019.01.001 (I.F: 3.173, Q1)
  12. M. Radman, A. A. Dabbawala, I. Ismail, K. Polychronopoulou, B. V. Vaithilingam, G. P. Singaravel, S. Morin, M. Berthod, S. M. Alhassan*, Influence of salt on nanozeolite-Y particles size synthesized under organic template free condition, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials 282 (2019)73-81, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micromeso.2019.03.015 (I.F: 4.182, Q1)
  13. C. Zhang, S. Bhoyate, C. Zhao, P. K. Kahol, N. Kostoglou*, C. Mitterer, S. J. Hinder, M. A. Baker, G. Constantinides, K. Polychronopoulou, C. Rebholz, R. K. Gupta*, Electrodeposited Nanostructured CoFe2O4 for Overall Water Splitting and Supercapacitor Applications, Catalysts 9 (2) (2019) 176 (COVER PAGE), https://doi.org/10.3390/catal9020176 (I.F: 3.082, Q2)
  14. P. I. Christodoulou, A. T. Kermanidis, G.N. Haidemenopoulos, D. Krizan, K. Polychronopoulou, Effect of retained austenite stability on cyclic deformation behaviour of low-alloy transformation-induced plasticity steels, Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures,42(2019) 1085-1099, https://doi.org/10.1111/ffe.12972 (IF: 2.555, Q1)
  15. K. Polychronopoulou*, N.D. Charisiou, G. Siakavelas, A.A. AlKhoori, V. Sebastian, S.J. Hinder, M.A. Baker, M.A. Goula*, Ce-Sm-xCu cost efficient catalysts for H2 production through the glycerol steam reforming reaction, Sustainable Energy and Fuels 3 (3) (2019) 673-691, 10.1039/C8SE00388B (IF: 4.912, Q1) (COVER PAGE)
  16. N.D. Charisiou*, K.N. Papageridis, G. Siakavelas, V. Sebastian, S.J. Hinder, M.A. Baker, K. Polychronopoulou, M.A. Goula*, The influence of SiO2 doping on the Ni/ZrO2 supported catalyst for hydrogen production through the glycerol steam reforming reaction, Catalysis Today 319, (2019) 206-219, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2018.04.052 (I.F: 4.888, Q1)
  17. D. Charisiou, K.N. Papageridis, L. Tzounis, V. Sebastian, S.J. Hinder, M.A. Baker, M. AlKetbi, K. Polychronopoulou, M.A. Goula*, Ni supported on CaO-MgO-Al2O3 as a highly selective and stable catalyst for H2 production via the glycerol steam reforming reaction, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 44 (1) (2019) 256-273, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.02.165 (I.F: 4.084, Q1)


  1. K. Polychronopoulou*, N. D. Charisiou, K. N. Papageridis, V. Sebastian, S. J. Hinder, A. A. Dabbawala, A. A. AlKhoori, M. A. Baker, M A. Goula, The effect of Ni addition onto a Cu-based ternary support on the H2 production over glycerol steam reforming reaction, Nanomaterials 2018 8(11) 931, https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8110931 (I.F: 4.034, Q1)
  2. N. Haidemenopoulos*, H. Kamoutsi, K. Polychronopoulou, P. Papageorgiou, I. Altanis, P. Dimitriadis M. Stiakakis, Investigation of Stress-Oriented Hydrogen-Induced Cracking (SOHIC) in an Amine Absorber Column of an Oil Refinery, Metals 2018, 8(9), 663, https://doi.org/10.3390/met8090663 (I.F: 2.259, Q2)
  3. N.D. Charisiou, A. Iordanidis, K. Polychronopoulou, I.V. Yentekakis, M.A. Goula*, Studying the stability of Ni supported on modified with CeO2 alumina catalysts for the biogas dry reforming reaction. Materials Today: Proceedings 5 (2018) 27607-27616, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matpr.2018.09.081

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