Portrait of Dr Athanasios Angelis-Dimakis Dr Athanasios Angelis-Dimakis

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Dr. Angelis-Dimakis has received his undergraduate diploma in Chemical Engineering from the School of Chemical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens in 2005 and has completed his PhD Thesis, entitled “Energy Planning under Uncertainty”, in 2011 at the same university.

After the completion of his PhD, he remained in Greece for three more years and carried on post-doctoral research on the life cycle assessment of innovative and eco-efficient technologies that can be applied in water use systems (“ECOWATER” project). In 2015, he joined the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College in London, leading a project on enabling carbon dioxide reutilization (EnCO2re).

In May 2016, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. He is responsible for developing and delivering the “Sustainable Industrial Systems” module and for guiding students during their design project.

Research and Scholarship

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology assesses the potential of reducing the environmental impact of an industrial process during its life cycle – from the extraction of raw materials to the use of the final product and the waste disposal – in a local, regional and global level. The main objective is the development of circular, closed loop systems through the establishment of symbiotic schemes. The two waste streams, I am currently mostly interested in are carbon dioxide, from any industrial process, and brines, from desalination plants. Key areas of my research include:

  • Tipping Point Analysis of Carbon based value chains (Modelling)
  • Simulation in PRO/II of Carbon Capture Technologies (Modelling)
  • Microalgae production using CO2 as a feedstock (Theoretical / Experimental)
  • Assessment of the technical feasibility of alternative options for brines reuse (Theoretical / Experimental)
  • Assessment of the regional potential for the development of symbiotic value chains (Theoretical)

Energy Systems Assessment

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) can quantify the environmental impact of different processes, practices and technologies related to energy production and consumption. Other metrics of sustainability such as the eco-efficiency indicators or the Carbon Footprint also enable us to assess the environmental performance of the system but also may also combine it with the system’s economic performance and the environmental costs involved. Key areas of the research include:

  • Eco-efficiency assessment of renewable energy transformation processes
  • LCA assessment of bio-based conversion system
  • Socio-economic analysis of innovative and novel energy processes (including stakeholder analysis, PESTLE analysis, Life Cycle Costing)

Urban Mining

Urban Mining entails all the actions required in order to reclaim compounds, energy and elements from the infrastructure and the waste generated in the urban environment. One of the most important categories of materials that can be recovered are metals, due both to their availability and their potential added value to the city’s economy. Metals can be found both in obsolete infrastructure (like pipes, cables or even abandoned buildings) and in municipal waste, where WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) have a continuously growing share (due to electronic devices such as smart phones and laptops). Furthermore, both the European Commission and DEFRA have included metals in their proposed lists of key waste materials, which should be the focus of new actions in order to improve environmental performance and economic output.

The key research interest is to formulate a holistic approach in an urban environment in order to create a closed loop system based on reclaimed metals, through three steps: (a) map available sources, (b) identify potential users of the recovered metals and categorize them based on their requirements (both in terms of purity and quantity) and (c) formulate and assess (economically and environmentally) the material-reclaiming value chain.

Regional Development Assessment

The Image of an entity is a measure expressing at each point in time the region’s overall progress towards sustainable development, as a function of a multitude of factors; physical, economic, social and environmental. This allows highlighting the leaders and laggards on various aspects of development, facilitates efforts to identify best practices for improving their Image and may guide policy making for promoting the uptake of the selected practices.

Two different Images have been introduced and assessed using Catastrophe Theory. The Basic Image measures the degree to which a region satisfies a set of basic criteria, common for all involved group of people. On the other hand the Specific Image, as perceived by a particular group of stakeholders, measures the degree to which people belonging to that particular group consider the region as their best final choice. Key areas of research include:

  • Definition of the parameters to be involved in the assessment of the Specific Image for various groups of actors
  • Model calibration to improve its accuracy for isolated regions (e.g. islands)
  • Model expansion to examine the effect of a region’s culture on its development

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Patricio, J., Angelis-Dimakis, A., Castillo-Castillo, A., Kalymkova, Y. and Rosado, L. (2017) ‘Region prioritization for the development carbon capture and utilization technologiesJournal of CO2 Utilization , 17, pp. 50-59. ISSN 2212-9820


Arampatzis, G., Angelis-Dimakis, A., Blind, M. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2016) ‘A web-based Toolbox to support the systemic eco-efficiency assessment in water use systemsJournal of Cleaner Production , 138 (2), pp. 181-194. ISSN 0959-6526

Angelis-Dimakis, A., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2016) ‘Systemic eco-efficiency assessment of meso-level water use systemsJournal of Cleaner Production , 138 (2), pp. 195-207. ISSN 0959-6526

Angelis-Dimakis, A., Alexandratou, A. and Balzarini, A. (2016) ‘Value chain upgrading in a textile dyeing industryJournal of Cleaner Production , 138 (2), pp. 237-247. ISSN 0959-6526

Angelis, V., Angelis-Dimakis, A. and Dimaki, K. (2016) ‘Identifying Clusters of Regions in the European South, Based on Their Economic, Social and Environmental CharacteristicsRegion , 3 (2), pp. 71-102. ISSN 2409-5370


Angelis, V., Angelis-Dimakis, A. and Dimaki, K. (2015) ‘The Region and its Multiple ImagesProcedia Economics and Finance , 33, pp. 188-199. ISSN 2212-5671

Georgopoulou, A., Angelis-Dimakis, A., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2015) ‘Improving the eco-efficiency of an agricultural water use systemDesalination and Water Treatment , 57 (25), pp. 11484-11493. ISSN 1944-3994

Angelis, V., Angelis-Dimakis, A. and Dimaki, K. (2015) ‘The Cusp Catastrophe Model in Describing a Bank's Attractiveness as Measured by its ImageProcedia Economics and Finance , 19, pp. 261-277. ISSN 2212-5671


Angelis, V., Angelis-Dimakis, A. and Dimaki, K. (2014) ‘A Country’s Process of Development as Described by a Cusp Catastrophe Model’. In: EU Crisis and the Role of the Periphery. : Springer International Publishing. pp. 95-113. ISBN 978-3-319-10132-3

Georgopoulou, A., Angelis-Dimakis, A., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2014) ‘Eco-efficiency assessment in the agricultural sector: The case of fresh form tomato crop in Phthiotida’. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Protection and Restoration of the Environment. Thessaloniki, Greece: GRAFIMA. pp. 935-941. ISBN 978-960-88490-6-8


Angelis, V., Angelis-Dimakis, A. and Dimaki, K. (2013) ‘A country’s process of development as described by a butterfly catastrophe model. The case of European SouthInternational Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research , 6 (2), pp. 25-45. ISSN 2408-0098


Xiouras, C., Angelis-Dimakis, A., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2012) ‘Environmental and energy assessment of new vehicle technologies in the greater Athens areaGlobal NEST Journal , 14 (2), pp. 210-217. ISSN 1790-7632


Angelis-Dimakis, A., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2011) ‘Monitoring the sustainability of the Greek energy systemEnergy for Sustainable Development , 16 (1), pp. 51-56. ISSN 0973-0826

Angelis-Dimakis, A., Mandaraka, M. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2011) ‘e-Learning – Experience from the Energy Academy distance training project’. In: Professional Environmental Educational For Sustainable Development: Plugging the Hole, 16th - 17th November 2011, Birzeit University, Palestine , pp. 168-178

Xiouras, C., Angelis-Dimakis, A., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2011) ‘Environmental and energy assessment of new vehicle technologies in the Greater Athens Area’. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. : Curran Associates, Inc.. pp. 2034-2041. ISBN 978-1-62748-192-2


Angelis-Dimakis, A., Biberacher, M., Dominguez, J., Fiorese, G., Gadocha, S., Gnansounou, E., Guariso, G., Kartalidis, A., Panichelli, L., Pinedo, I. and Robba, M. (2010) ‘Methods and tools to evaluate the availability of renewable energy sourcesRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews , 15 (2), pp. 1182-1200. ISSN 1364-0321


Angelis-Dimakis, A., Manoli, E. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2009) ‘The INECO experience - Main outcomes and lessons learned from participatory Case Study processesProceedings of the Conference on Institutional and Economic Instruments towards Integrated Water Resources Management in the Mediterranean Region , pp. 5-13.


Angelis-Dimakis, A., Trogadas, P., Arampatzis, G. and Assimacopoulos, D. (2008) ‘Cost Effectiveness Analysis for Renewable Energy Sources Integration in the Island of Lemnos, Greece’. In: Proceedings of the International Congress on International Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2008). Barcelona, Catalonia: International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. pp. 1215-1222. ISBN 978-84-7653-074-0


Angelis, V., Kondakis, M. and Angelis-Dimakis, A. (2005) ‘The Role of Environment in a Region's Sustainable DevelopmentJournal of Management Sciences and Regional Development , 5, pp. 223-246. ISSN 1107-9819


Regular reviewer

Journal of Cleaner Production, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Applied Energy, Global NEST Journal

Recently invited speaker

  • School of Business, University of the Aegean (April 2016)
  • Port of Antwerp (March 2016)

Key Collaborations:

  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Chalmers University, Sweden

Research Degree Supervision

I am willing to supervise PhD students whose own research interest coincide with my own, as described in the previous sections. Please feel free to contact me by the e-mail address above.

Details of any funded studentships or postdoctoral posts will be advertised here when they are available.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Athanasios Angelis-Dimakis