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Dr Evina Katsou

Dr Evina Katsou

Howell Building 234

Research area(s)

  • Novel biological and physicochemical processes for wastewater purification and resource recovery
  • Data driven analytics for monitoring, control and modelling in process industry
  • Circular Economy modelling.

Research Interests

The focus of my research is on the treatment of industrial and municipal effluents through the application of state-of-the-art biological and physicochemical processes. I have successfully applied innovative techniques for the treatment of industrial wastewater including combined adsorption-filtration processes, membrane bioreactor – reverse osmosis (MBR-RO) systems, anaerobic MBRs, as well as fixed bed column packed with physical and regenerated minerals. Currently, my work is concentrated on advanced biological nutrients removal from wastewater including the partial nitrification/denitrification and the complete autotrophic nitrogen removal (i.e. nitritation/anammox) processes. My research has developed a new dimension in deployment of advanced data analytics methods such as multivariate statistics, clustering techniques for dimensionality reduction, linear and non-linear supervised learning techniques, artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and simplified mechanistic equations to identify and reconstruct complex relationships between observed and latent process variables. The models being developed in my research are leading to accurate measurement of GHGs emissions of treatment processes, and being adopted as indicator of measuring environmental impact in a number of industrial applications (e.g. water systems, process industry and manufacturing).

Research grants and projects

Research Projects


Advanced biological wastewater treatment processes
Funder: Newton Advanced Fellowship - 2015/R2
Duration: October 2015 - September 2019
Water management and environmental impact assessment in the oil and gas industry
Funder: British Council Newton Fund: Researcher Links Workshop Grant
Duration: April 2015 -
NERC Doctoral Training - Theoni-Maria Massara
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council
Duration: April 2015 - August 2018
Funder: European Commission
Duration: April 2015 - March 2019

Project details

  1. WATER-MINING, Next generation water-smart management systems: large scale demonstrations for a circular economy and society, CE-SC5-04-2019 WP Leader, GA869474
  2. BL2F, Black Liquor to Fuel by Efficient HydroThermal Application integrated to Pulp Mill LC-SC3-RES-23-2019, WP leader, GA884111
  3. Demonstration of water loops with innovative regenerative business models for the Mediterranean region (HYDROUSA) HORIZON2020; CIRC-02-2016-2017, (2018-2022), Principal Investigator; WP6 leader
  4. Conversion of diluted mixed urban bio-wastes into sustainable materials and products in flexible purple photobiorefineries (DEEP PURPLE) Horizon 2020 H2020-BBI-JTI-2018; Principal Investigator
  5. COST Action CA17133 (Implementing nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city); University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU); Principal Investigator; Working Group Leader; 2018-2023.
  6. PVadapt H2020; Prefabrication, Recyclability and Modularity for cost reductions in Smart BIPV systems, RES-6-2018; Co-I; 42 months; 2019-2023.
  7. IQONIC Innovative strategies, sensing and process Chains for increased Quality, reconfigurability, and recyclability of Manufacturing Optoelectronics
  8. Strategies and Predictive Maintenance models wrapped around physical systems for Zero-unexpected-Breakdowns and increased operating life of Factories;H2020-FoF programme, Co-I; 2017-2021.
  9. Zero-defect manufacturing strategies towards on-line production management for European factories”, H2020-FoF programme
  10. Scale-up of low-carbon footprint Material Recovery Techniques for upgrading existing wastewater treatment Plants (SMART-Plant), HORIZON2020 WATER-1b-2015, Coordinator: University of Verona, 2016-2020 (Principal Investigator; Technical Manager of project; WP3 leader
  11. Development and application of Novel, Integrated Tools for monitoring and managing Catchments (INTCATCH), HORIZON2020 WATER-1b-2015, Brunel University, 2016-2020, Co-I, WP9 leader
  12. Providing insights to engineering students to tackle industrial challenges (VP1819\4\47), The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/11/2018 – 30/08/2021, Arup
  13. Preparing engineering students to tackle the current water industry's challenges. Visiting Professors (VP1617/29) The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/10/2016-30/09/2019, Anglian Water
  14. Equipping engineering students with practical industry skills and professional competence. Visiting Professors (VP1718\4\75) The Royal Academy of Engineering; 01/01/2018-31/12/2020, BuroHappold
  15. Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants 2018. Universities UK International, Co-I RF-2018-10
  16. Paving the WATER utilities' transition towards CIRCular Economy, WATERCIRCE, Joint call for proposals to enhance collaboration between Tampere University of Technology and Brunel University London, 01/10/2017-30/09/2018 (Principal Investigator)
  17. Advanced biological wastewater treatment processes, Newton Advanced Fellowship - 2015/R2, 2016-2020 (Principal Investigator)
  18. Developing on line tools to monitor, control and mitigate GHG emissions in WWTPs, C-FOOT-CTRL, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014; Coordinator: National Technical University of Athens, 2015-2019 (Principal Investigator).