Year of Foundation

The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) is the third oldest university in Greece. Since 1920, it has contributed to Greek and European agricultural and economic development, producing high quality graduates and researchers and progressing cutting edge scientific knowledge, by conducting basic and applied research in the agricultural and food sciences. Is involved in various research and educational projects including over 1500 research projects since 2002 mainly funded by the EC or the National Strategic Reference Framework. During the period 2010 – 2020, AUA has been involved in 65 EU funded research projects. The staff members of AUA have established numerous collaborations with European/International researchers, with regular student exchange through the European Projects, bilateral actions with international universities or on-going long-term collaborations.

The Laboratory of Food Process Engineering from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (DFSHN) is well equipped with adequate infrastructure to support several research projects funded by national and international research institutions. There are 4 post-doctoral researchers, 10 PhD students and 5 MSc students working in research topics related to biorefinery development using renewable resources (e.g. agri-industrial side streams), industrial biotechnology, bioprocess development, process design, techno-economic evaluation and LCA. The research team has received more than €7.000.000 since 2011 in the aforementioned research topics. Since 2011, AUA has been involved in 14 national, 3 bilateral (collaborating with institutions in Spain, Brazil and Germany), 1 FP7, 7 H2020, 3 Life+ research projects, and several projects supported by the private sector (e.g. Petrobras, JOil, American Process International LLC) focusing on the aforementioned research topics.

Role in the Project

In the EU-funded LUCRA project, AUA plays a vital role, specializing in the advancement of bioprocess development. Specifically, their focus lies in the simultaneous production and separation of succinic acid (SA) through membrane electrolysis. They are also involved in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies evaluating the environmental impact of the project’s processes.

AUA’s profound expertise in enhancing the efficiency of succinic acid production and ensuring that the overall project aligns with the sustainability goals.


Dimitrios Ladakis