PhD student, 2013 – present
Despoina Papargyriou graduated with a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece, in November 2012. Her primary research interests lied in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, solid state electrochemistry, process and environmental engineering. As an undergraduate student, she worked on her diploma thesis in the Laboratory of Electrochemical Processes at the Chemical Engineering Department of AUTh, under the supervision of Professor M. Stoukides. The title of this project was “Effect of Sr enrichment of La1-xSrxCoO3-δ perovskite for catalytic and electrocatalytic CO oxidation”.
In conjunction with her academic projects, she gained work experience, for two consecutive summer periods, at FIBROTERMICA HELLAS, a company which produces thermal and sound insulation materials.
Since August 2013, Despoina is working on a PhD project from Praxair on Oxygen Transport Membranes (OTM). The Praxair OTM is a composite membrane of an ionic and an electronic conductor, with high surface area exchange layers on either side, on a porous support. Praxair’s preferred architecture is tubular, but for the St Andrews project planar geometries have been selected to simplify fabrication and testing. Despoina is focused on optimization of materials and catalyst incorporation for the OTM fuel oxidation layer.
School of Chemistry,
University of St Andrews
Fife KY16 9ST
Tel: +44 (0)1334 463844