The Laboratory of Physical Chemistry & Chemical Processes (PCCP laboratory) was created and developed by Professor I.V. Yentekakis in 2001. The PCCP laboratory is one of the established laboratories (Government Gazette 144/, Issue A') of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (TUC). In the PCCP laboratory, having excellent equipment, high-tech infrastructure, active and productive members, senior and young researchers, doctoral and even postgraduate students and with notable international collaborations, the high quality of educational and research work produced is ensured.

The research interests and objectives of the PCCP laboratory, divided into two central directions, are the following.

Direction #1 Physicochemical processes and materials of energy and environmental applications

Heterogeneous Catalysis

Development and characterization of new catalysts for energy and environmental applications. Classical and electrochemical promotion. Characterization of physicochemical properties of surfaces and materials using modern analysis techniques (eg XPS, XRD, SEM/TEM, FTIR, ICP, TPD/TPR, BET).


Development and characterization of nano-structured materials with properties targeted to environmental and energy applications.

Environmental catalysis

Gas emissions control

Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis

Design of innovative low, intermediate and high temperature fuel cells

CO2 recycling

Environmental management and utilization of CO2 (isolation and production of useful chemicals and fuels)

Biogas, Biomass and Natural Gas

Development of technologies for their advanced management for electricity production. Production of H2.

Electrochemical Promotion or NEMCA

Modification of the intrinsic catalytic properties (activity, selectivity) by electrochemical methods.

Physicochemical Analysis and Design of Reactors

Development, physicochemical analysis and design of multiphase catalytic reactors, electrochemical reactors and processes.

Direction #2: Design and Development of Functional Nanomaterials

Development of functional layered (2D) materials

Ιnorganic layered structures, clay-based materials (clays, pillared clays, organo-clays, LDHs), carbon layered structures, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), germanane, silicane, MXenes, 2D oxides,  phyllosilicates, etc: preparation, intercalation reactions, pillaring, functionalization, study of properties 

Production and functionalization of carbon nanostructured materials

Development of functional carbon nanostructures  like carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, graphenes, carbon dots, carbon nanodiscs, molecular diamonds etc for targeted applications

Design and development of novel low dimensional materials and devices

Bottom-up synthetic approaches, including Langmuir-Blodgett method and self-assembly, for the construction of highly ordered low-dimensional assemblies

Development of novel organic inorganic hybrid nanocomposites

Development of novel polymer nanocomposites with improved mechanical, conductive, thermal and diffusion properties

Development of metallic nanoparticles

Design and development of magnetic, semiconducting or catalytic nanoparticles with emphasis in the areas of catalytic, energy, environmental, magnetic, electronic, optical, bio-related and medical applications.

Biomimetic materials and biocatalysts

Application of nanotechnology and nanomaterials to biology/biotechnology, pharmacology and (patho-) physiology. Use of nanomaterials as effective supports for immobilization of enzymes

Design and development of targeted nanoporous sieves

Development of mesoporous and microporous materials based on carbon (hierarchical porous carbons, carbon cuboids, CMK) or silicon (MCM-41, SBA-15) for separation, sorption and catalysis 

Materials Characterization 

Fully structural, morphological and physicochemical characterization using powder XRD, FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis, EPR and Mossbauer spectroscopies, DTA/DSC/TGA, porosity measurements, AFM and SEM microscopy.


“Innovative design of stable, efficient and in situ regenerable nanocatalysts for CO2 recycling by CO2 methanation and CO2 reforming by methane processes (StableCO2Nanocat)". HFRI-Basic Research Financing Action


“Green and Sustainable Photochemical Upcycling of Plastic Waste and Biobased Polymers to High-Added Value Chemicals (PhotoUpPlas)”.HFRI-Basic Research Financing Action

Ioannis V. Yentekakis

Director of PCCP Lab

Office: 141.B.92 Building of Science, Technical University of Crete, Chania, 73100                         Office phone:  (+30)2821037752                          E-mail: igentekakis<at>tuc.gr,   yyentek<at>isc.tuc.gr,   yyentek<at>science.tuc.gr

Dimitrios Gournis

Vice-Director of PCCP Lab

Office: 141.B.93, Building of Science, Technical University of Crete, Chania, 73100                   Office Phone: (+30) 28210-37235               Email: dgournis<at>tuc.gr




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"Best Poster" Award at the 13th PESXM


Professor Ioannis Yentekakis Editor-in-Chief of two International Scientific Journals