George Vourliotakis

Postdoctoral Researcher
Mech.Eng., MSc, PhD

PhD Topic
Development and implementation of detailed chemical kinetic tools for performance and emissions assessment of domestic SOFC systems

Short CV

Mr George Vourliotakis was born in Athens in May 1983. He acquired his PhD degree (Development and implementation of detailed chemical kinetic tools for performance and emissions assessment of domestic SOFC systems, December 2012) at the National Technical University of Athens, in the Lab. of Heterogeneous Mixtures and Combustion Systems (under the supervision of Prof. Dr. M. Founti). He also has an M.Sc. degree in Energy Production and Management, from the Electrical Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens, while he holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl. Mech. Eng.) from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens.
Currently, the research of Mr. Vourliotakis is mainly directed towards the numerical modelling and analysis of state-of-the-art thermo-chemical systems, as well as in the development of detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms for the oxidation and combustion of alternative (e.g. bio-ethanol, small oxygenates) and conventional (e.g. methane, benzene) fuels. Exploitation of kinetic schemes towards fuel flexibility studies and understanding of the competition between heat release and pollutant formation processes constitute a primary interest of his investigations. His research interests also include the development of reactor networks for the thermo-chemical modelling and analysis of high temperature systems of energy conversion (e.g. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) and the development of advanced chemistry tabulated tools for the oxidation and combustion of primary reference fuels (e.g. n-heptane) in novel fuel processing devices (e.g. cool flame reactors).
Mr Vourliotakis has also been a visiting researcher at the Institute of Combustion Technology at DLR in Stuttgart, both in 2011, focusing on the experimental and numerical investigation of the applicability of synthetic liquid fuels for airborne applications, and in 2013, focusing on the detailed kinetic modelling study of PAH products from small HC fuels pyrolysis.
Mr Vourliotakis has 10 published papers in archive journals while he also has 30 publications in national and international conferences.
Besides his academic records, Mr. Vourliotakis has a five year experience in drafting, managing and actively participating in large scale collaborative integrated European FP6 and FP7 research projects in the fields of “Energy” and “Energy Efficiency in Buildings”, as well as in the ITN Marie Currie and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) programmes.
Mr. Vourliotakis has received the prestigious “Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation International Award 2012” for distinguished Ph.D. thesis. He has also been award twice with a Short Term Scientific Mission Grant from the EU COST Action (for visiting DLR Stuttgart). Furthermore, he has received a “young ERCOFTAC fellowship” for participating in the “2nd Young ERCOFTAC workshop” in Montestigliano, Italy, 2008. He has also been awarded the “Thomaidio Award for Arts and Sciences” for distinguished publication of a NTUA student, for the years 2011, 2010 and 2009. Finally, he has presented his work at TU-Freiberg, Germany (2008), DLR Stuttgart, Germany (2011), TU-Delft, Netherlands (2011), MIT, USA (2012), TU-Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013) and TU-Munich, Germany (2013).
Mr George Vourliotakis is also an active member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and of the Greek Section of the Combustion Institute.