The Laboratory of Physical Chemistry & Chemical Processes (PCCP lab.) was constructed and developed by Professor I.V. Yentekakis, starting its operation in 2001.

The Laboratory of Physical Chemistry & Chemical Processes (PCCP), one of the biggest Lab of the School of Environmental Engineering is to design, discover, elucidate, understand and exploit surface, catalytic, electrocatalytic and promotional phenomena over complex composites and nano-structured materialsIt involves determination of the electronic structure of adsorbed and reacting surface species as a function of reaction variables, especially in relation to reactivity/selectivity and molecular mechanisms, heterogeneous catalysis, environmental protection, etc. Aspects addressed in the laboratory projects, quite often have direct and immediate relevance to important technological applications. Current research includes investigation of surface-induced and support-mediated promotional effects and their synergy in heterogeneous catalysis/electrocatalysis, De-NOx and De-N2O processes, emissions control systems, fuel cells. Surface and catalytic phenomena are studied by advanced analytical and spectroscopic methods such as electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), in situ Defuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA/DTA), Physi-Chemi-sorption, Temperature-Programmed Desorption (TPD) and other techniques.

In brief PCCP research interests and activities can be entitled as:

·         Rational synthesis of targeted catalytic properties nano-composite materials; characterization and efficiency evaluation under environmentally and energy important implementations.

·         Physicochemical behaviour of surfaces and interfaces. 

·         Promotion and its origin in heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis.

·         Emission Control Catalysis: De-NOx; De-N2O; VOCs, CO, H2S abatement; CO2 utilization


·         Renewable Energy; Fuel Cells; Hydrogen Energy; Biofuels; Biogas; Natural gas.

The Technical University of Crete (TUC) was founded in 1977 in Chania and admitted its first students in 1984. TUC provides undergraduate and post-graduate studies in modern engineering fields, to conduct research on cutting edge technologies as well as to develop links with Greek industry. TUC is a Public University, under the article 16, paragraph 5 of the Constitution of the Hellenic Republic: "Higher education is provided exclusively by institutions legal entities of public law and it is self-governed." The main governing bodies are the Senate, the Rector and the University Council. The Technical University of Crete is currently comprised of five Schools, which grant engineering degrees upon completion of a five-year course. All the five Schools run modern postgraduate programmes.

·         School of Production Engineering and Management (1984) www.pem.tuc.gr

·         School of Mineral Resources Engineering (1987)    www.mred.tuc.gr

·         School of Electronic & Computer Engineering (1990)  www.ece.tuc.gr

·         School of Environmental Engineering (1997)   www.enveng.tuc.gr

·         School of Architecture Engineering (2004)      www.arch.tuc.gr

Currently, over 4,800 undergraduate and 1,100 postgraduate students are studying at TUC. There are 125 permanent faculty members, supported by more than 100 adjunct faculty and laboratory staff members. The university also employs approximately 125 administrative staff members.


Ioannis V. Yentekakis

Professor of Physical Chemistry
(Heterogeneous Catalysis & Electrocatalysis; Surface Science; Nano-materials; Sustainable Energy; Fuel Cells)
Member of the University Council,
TUC Director: Lab. of Physical Chemistry & Chemical Processes TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE (TUC) School of Environmental Engineering
73100 Chania, Crete, Greece
Tel(office).: +30 28210-37752 
Tel(Lab).: +30 28210-37746

E-mail: yyentek<at>isc.tuc.gr