Georgios received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Hull and a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis and surface science from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Richard Lambert. He continued as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge working in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, surface science, solid state sensors and extreme ultraviolet lithography. He then moved to Boston, US to take up a post as a temporary Assistant Professor at Tufts University where he collaborated with the research groups of Professor Charles Sykes at the Department of Chemistry and Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Upon his return from the US in August 2012 he took up a post at the University of Hull as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. Georgios joined Aston University and the European Bioenergy Research Institute in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and he was promoted to a Reader in August 2018.
Our research at the European Bioenergy Research Institute addresses the development of heterogeneously catalysed processes for the large-scale and energy-efficient production of chemicals, strategic intermediates and fules starting from biomass derived molecules.
Research areas include:
Recent research grants:
1. Effect of support oxygen storage capacity on the catalytic performance of Rh nanoparticles for CO2 reforming of methane I. V. Yentekakis, G. Goula, M. Hatzisymeon, I. Betsi-Argyropoulou, G. Botzolaki, K. Kousi, D. I. Kondarides, M. J. Taylor, C. M. A. Parlett, A, Osatiashtiani, G. Kyriakou, J. P. Holgado, R. M. Lambert. Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 2019, 243, 490-501.
2. In-situ hydrogen generation from 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene for catalytic conversion of oleic acid to diesel fuel hydrocarbons: Parametric studies using Response Surface Methodology approach K. W. Cheah, S. Yusup, G. Kyriakou, M. Ameen, M. J. Taylor, D. J. Nowakowski, A. V. Bridgwater, Y. Uemura Int. J. Hydrog. Energy(in press) DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.05.112
3. Lipase immobilised on silica monoliths as continuous-flow microreactors for triglyceride transesterification M. Alotaibi, J. C. Manayil, G. M. Greenway, S. J. Haswell, S. M. Kelly, A. F. Lee, K. Wilson and G. Kyriakou React. Chem. Eng. 2018, 3, 68-74
4. Coalescence of Cluster Beam Generated Sub-2 nm Bare Au Nanoparticles and Analysis of Au Film Growth Parameters E. Verrelli, I. Michelakaki, N. Boukos, G. Kyriakou and D. Tsoukalas Annalen der Physik, 2018, 530, 1700256
5. Dual wavelength (ultraviolet and green) photodetectors using solution processed Zinc Oxide nanoparticles M. A. Ibrahem, E. Verrelli, K. T. Lai, G. Kyriakou, A. F. Lee, M. A. Isaacs, F. Cheng and M. O'Neill ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9, 36971–36979
6. Ir-Catalysed Nitrous oxide (N2O) Decomposition: Effect of Ir Particle Size and Metal–Support Interactions I. V. Yentekakis, G. Goula, S. Kampouri, I. Betsi-Argyropoulou, P. Panagiotopoulou, M. J. Taylor, G. Kyriakou and R. M. Lambert Catal. Lett. 2018, 148, 341–347
7. Catalytic Hydrogenation and Hydrodeoxygenation of Furfural Over Pt(111); a Model System for the Rational Design and Operation of Practical Biomass Conversion Catalysts M. J. Taylor , L. Jiang, J. Reichert, A. C. Papageorgiou , S. K. Beaumont, K. Wilson, A. F. Lee, J. V. Barth, and G. Kyriakou J .Phys. Chem. C 2017,121,8490–8497.
8. Critical Role of Oxygen in Silver-Catalyzed Glaser-Hay Coupling on Ag(100) in Vacuum and in Solution on Ag Particles N. Orozco, G. Kyriakou, S. K. Beaumont, J, Fernandez Sanz, J. P. Holgado, M. J. Taylor, J. P. Espinós, A. M. Márquez, D. J. Watson, A. R. Gonzalez-Elipe, R. M. Lambert. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 3113–3120
9. Support enhanced α-pinene isomerization over HPW/SBA-15 L. Frattini, M. A. Isaacs, C. M.A. Parlett, K. Wilson, G. Kyriakou, A. F. Lee Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2017, 200,10-18.
10. Stabilization of catalyst particles against sintering on oxide supportswith high oxygen ion lability exemplified by Ir-catalyzeddecomposition of N2OI.V. Yentekakis, G. Goula, P. Panagiotopoulou, S. Kampouri, M. J. Taylor, G. Kyriakou, R. M. Lambert Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2016,192, 357-364.
11. Selective oxidation of cyclohexene through gold functionalized silica monolith microreactors M. T. Alotaibi, M. J. Taylor, D. Liu, S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou Surface Science 2016, 646, 179-185
12. Highly selective hydrogenation of furfural over supported Pt nanoparticles under mild conditions M. J. Taylor, L. J. Durndell, M. A. Isaacs, C. M.A. Parlett, K. Wilson, A. F. Lee, G. Kyriakou Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2016,180,580-585.
13. “Solid base catalysed 5-HMF oxidation to 2,5-FDCA over Au/hydrotalcites: fact or fiction?” L Ardemani, G. Cibin, A. J. M. A. Isaacs, G. Kyriakou, G A. F. Lee, C. M. A. Parlett, K. Wilson. Chemical Science 2015, 6, 4940-4945.
14. Sonogashira Cross-Coupling and Homocoupling on a Silver Surface: Chlorobenzene and Phenylacetylene on Ag(100). C. Sanchez-Sanchez, N. Orozco, J. P. Holgado, S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou, David J. Watson, A. R. Gonzalez-Elipe, L. Feria, J. Fernández Sanz, R. M. Lambert. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 137, 940-947
15. Removal of Pb2+ and Cd2+ from aqueous solution using chars from pyrolysis and microwave- assisted hydrothermal carbonization of Prosopis africana shell. S.E. Elaigwu, V. Rocher, G. Kyriakou, G. M. Greenway. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 2014, 20, 3467-3473
16. Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of carbon monolith via a soft-template method using resorcinol and formaldehyde as carbon precursor and pluronic F127 as template. Sunday E. Elaigwu, Georgios Kyriakou, Timothy J. Prior, Gillian M. Greenway. Materials Letters 2014,123,198-201.
17. Significant Quantum Effects in Hydrogen Activation. Georgios Kyriakou, Erlend R. M. Davidson, Guowen Peng, Luke T. Roling, Suyash Singh, Matthew B. Boucher, Matthew D. Marcinkowski, Manos Mavrikakis, Angelos Michaelides, E. Charles H. Sykes. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 4827-2835.
18. An Atomic Scale View of Methanol Reactivity at the Cu(111)/CuOx Interface T. J. Lawton, G. Kyriakou, A. E. Baber and E. C. H. Sykes. ChemCatChem 2013,5,2684.
19. Molecular-Scale Perspective of Water-Catalyzed Methanol Dehydrogenation to Formaldehyde M. B. Boucher, M. D. Marcinkowski, M. L. Liriano, C. J. Murphy, E. A. Lewis, A. D. Jewell, M. F. G. Mattera, G. Kyriakou, M. Flytzani-Stephanopolous and E. C. H. Sykes. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 6181.
20. Controlling the Spillover Pathway with the Molecular Cork Effect M. D. Marcinkowski, A. D. Jewell, M. Stamatakis, M. B. Boucher, E. A. Lewis, C. J. Murphy, G. Kyriakou, E. C. H. Sykes. Nature Materials 2013, 12, 523.
21. Quantum Tunneling Enabled Self-Assembly of Hydrogen Atoms on Cu(111) A. D. Jewell, G. Peng, M. F. G. Mattera, E. A. Lewis, C. J. Murphy, G. Kyriakou, M. Mavrikakis and E. C. H. Sykes. ACS Nano 2012, 6, 10115.
22. Molecular-Scale Surface Chemistry of a Common Metal Nanoparticle Capping Agent: Triphenylphosphine on Au(111) A. D. Jewell, E. C. H. Sykes, and G. Kyriakou ACS Nano 2012, 6, 3545-3552
23. Isolated Metal Atom Geometries as a Strategy for Selective Heterogeneou Hydrogenations G. Kyriakou, M. B. Boucher, A. D. Jewell, E. A. Lewis, T. J. Lawton, A. E. Baber, H. L. Tierney, M. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, E. C. H. Sykes. Science 2012, 335, 1209.
24. Rediscovering Cobalt’s Surface Chemistry E. A. Lewis, A. D. Jewell, G. Kyriakou, E. C. H. Sykes. Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics 2012, 14, 7215.
25. Controllable Restructuring of a Metal Substrate: Tuning the Surface Morphology of Gold E.V. Iski, A. D. Jewell, H. L. Tierney, G. Kyriakou, E. C. H. Sykes. Surface Science 2012, 606,536.
26. Organic thin film induced substrate restructuring: An STM study of the interaction of naphtho[2,3- a]pyrene Au(111) herringbone reconstruction E.V. Iski, A. D. Jewell, H. L. Tierney, G. Kyriakou, E. C. H. Sykes. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 2011, 29, 04601.
27. Aspects of heterogeneous enantioselective catalysis by metals. G. Kyriakou, S. K. Beaumont, R. M. Lambert Langmuir 2011, 27, 9687.
28. Sonogashira coupling catalyzed by gold nanoparticles: does homogeneous or heterogeneous chemistry dominate? G.Kyriakou, S. K. Beaumont, S. M. Humphrey, C. Antonetti, R. M. Lambert ChemCatChem 2010, 2, 1444.
29. Synthesis, characterization and surface tethering of sulfide-functionalized Ti16-oxo-alkoxy cages S. Eslava, A. C. Papageorgiou, S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou, D. S. Wright, R. M. Lambert. Chemistry of Materials 2010, 22, 5174.
30. Identity of the Active Site in Gold Nanoparticle-Catalyzed Sonogashira Coupling of Phenylacetylene and Iodobenzene S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou, R. M. Lambert Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 12246.
31. Influence of Adsorption Geometry in the Heterogeneous Enantioselective Catalytic Hydrogenation of a Prototypical Enone S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou, D. J. Watson, O. P.H. Vaughan, A. C. Papageorgiou, R. M. Lambert Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2010, 114, 15075.
32. Heterogeneous uptake of gaseous hydrogen peroxide by Gobi and Saharan dust aerosols: a potential missing sink for H2O2 in the troposphere M. Pradhan, G. Kyriakou, A.T. Archibald, A. C. Papageorgiou, M. Kalberer, R. M. Lambert. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2010, 10, 7127.
33. Sonogashira coupling on an extended gold surface in vacuo: reaction of phenylacetylene with iodobenzene on Au(111). V. K. Kanuru, G. Kyriakou, S. K. Beaumont, A. C. Papageorgiou, D. J. Watson and R. M. Lambert Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 8081.
34."Deprotection, Tethering and activation of a catalytically active metalloporphyrin on a chemically active metal surface: NEXAFS, synchrotron XPS, and STM study of [Sac]P-Mn(III)Cl on Ag(100)" M. Turner, O. P. H. Vaughan, G. Kyriakou, D. J. Watson, L. Scherrer, A. C. Papageorgiou, J. K. Sanders, R. M. Lambert. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131, 14913.
35. Heterogeneously catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of C=C bonds directed by surface-tethered chiral modifiers D. J. Watson, R. B. R. J. Jesudason, S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou, J. W. Burton, R. M. Lambert Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131, 14584.
36. "Principles of hydrocarbon detection in ultra high vacuum: optimizing sensitivity and selectivity towards harmful species" A.V. Stevens, G. Kyriakou, R.B. Grant, R.M. Lambert. Sensors and Actuators B - Chemical 2009, 136, 359.
37. Deprotection, tethering and activation of a catalytically active porphyrin to a chemically active metal surface: [SAc]4P-Mn(III)Cl on Ag(100) M. Turner, O. P. H. Vaughan, G. Kyriakou,D. J. Watson, L. Scherrer,G. Davidson, J. K. Sanders, R. M. Lambert. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009, 131, 1910.
38. Amperometric / potentiometric hydrocarbon sensors: real world solutions for use in ultra high vacuum G. Kyriakou, A. V. Stevens, D. J. Davis, R. B. Grant, M. S. Tikhov and R. M. Lambert. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 2008, 38, 1061
39. Amperometric / potentiometric hydrocarbon sensors: real world solutions for use in ultra high vacuum G. Kyriakou, A. V. Stevens, D. J. Davis, R. B. Grant, M. S. Tikhov and R. M. Lambert. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 2008, 38, 1061.
40. Toward the in situ remediation of carbon deposition on Ru capped multilayer mirrors intended for EUV Lithography: Exploiting the electron induced chemistry D. J. Davis, G. Kyriakou, R. B. Grant, M. S. Tikhov, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111, 12165.
41. Electron impact-assisted carbon film growth on Ru(0001): implications for next generation EUV- lithography G. Kyriakou, D. J. Davis, R. B. Grant, D. J. Watson, A. Keen, M. S. Tikhov, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111, 4491.
42. Quantitative hydrocarbon sensor for utlra high vacuum applications D. J. Davis, G. Kyriakou, R. B. Grant, M. S. Tikhov, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111, 1491.
43. A novel, sensitive potentiometric hydrocarbon sensor for high vacuum applications G. Kyriakou, D. J. Davis, R. B. Grant, M. S. Tikhov, A. Keen, P. Pakianathan, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2006, 110, 24571.
44. Tilt the molecule and change the chemistry: mechanism of S-promoted chemoselective catalytic hydrogenation of crotonaldehyde on Cu(111) M. E. Chiu, D. J. Watson,G. Kyriakou, M. S. Tikhov, R. M. Lambert. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2006, 45, 7530.
45. Uptake of n-hexane, 1-butene and toluene by Au/Pt bimetallic surfaces: a tool for selective sensing of hydrocarbons under high vacuum conditions D. J. Davis, G. Kyriakou, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2006, 110, 11958.
46. Sensitivity and selectivity of Pt electrodes for hydrocarbon sensing in an ultra high vacuum environment G. Kyriakou, D. J. Davis and R. M. Lambert. Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2006, 116, 1013.
47. Sulphur, normally a poison, strongly promotes chemoselective catalytic hydrogenation: stereochemistry and reactivity of crotonaldehyde on clean and S-modified Cu(111)" M. E. Chiu, G. Kyriakou, F. J. Williams, D. J. Watson, M. S. Tikhov, R. M. Lambert Chemical Communications 2006, 1283.
48. Copper as a selective catalyst for the epoxidation of propene O. P. H. Vaughan, G. Kyriakou, N. MacLeod, M. S. Tikhov, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Catalysis 2005, 238, 242.
49. Acetylene coupling on Cu(111): formation of butadiene, benzene and cyclo-octatetraene G. Kyriakou, J. Kim, M. S. Tikhov, N.Macleod, R. M. Lambert. Journal of Physical Chemistry B2005, 109, 10952.
50. Structure and dynamics of gold atomic chains grown on Cu(110):experiment and theory G. Kyriakou, F. J. Williams, M. S. Tikhov, A. Wander, R.M. Lambert. Physical Review B 2005, 72, 121408.
Patent Number: WO2007144666-A1; TW200809426-A; EP2030083-A1; US2010043837-A1
Inventors: R. B. Grant, R. M. Lambert, D. J. Davis, G. Kyriakou
Title:Contamination control method for surface exposed to carbonaceous material and ionizing radiation involves supplying second gas containing reducing species such as carbon oxide for reacting with oxidizing species on material surface.
Publication Date: 21.12.2007
Patent Assignees: BOC GROUP PLC, CAMBRIDGE ENTERPRISE LTD, EDWARDS LTD
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