George Bollas joined the Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering Department in January 2010, bringing a wealth of expertise in energy technologies. His position is associated with the Eminent Faculty Initiative in Sustainable Energy.
Dr. Bollas received his Ph.D. and Dipl. in chemical engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2006 and 2000, respectively. From 2006-09, he conducted research as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT, where his efforts centered upon the design of a hybrid dynamic/steady-state modeling, simulation and optimization environment for nuclear hydrogen production systems, and on the development of accurate thermodynamic property methods for the description of phase and reaction equilibria in thermochemical reactors. Dr. Bollas has also collaborated with Aspen Technology Inc. in the development of improved electrolyte thermodynamic models.
Dr. Bollas is performing research related to the design, modeling and optimization of processes that address the growing energy crisis, such as those of conventional/coal/biomass refineries and hydrogen production plants. His research interests involve the dynamic simulation of energy-related processes, lumped reaction kinetics modeling, property models development, electrolyte thermodynamics and global optimization for phase equilibria. He has published 12 scholarly journal papers and presented his work in more than 25 peer-reviewed international conferences. In addition, he is a member of the Sigma XI Scientific Society, AIChE and ACS.