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Zacharias Nicolaou

Zacharias Nicolaou

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Associate Research Scientist +357 22 208 697

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Dr. Nikolaou received his undergraduate (MEng/BA) and graduate (PhD) degrees from Cambridge University in Engineering. Dr. Nikolaou's industrial experience includes working for Schlumberger Gould Research as a research scientist, his work focusing on the numerical modelling of two-phase flows. Dr. Nikolaou's academic and teaching experience includes working for Strathclyde University as a lecturer, in the department of Chemical and Process Engineering. He is a member of a number of professional bodies including the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Combustion Institute. For his studies, Dr. Nikolaou obtained a number of scholarships including a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship. In his thesis, Dr. Nikolaou developed computationally efficient reduced chemical kinetics mechanisms for the combustion of alternative fuels, and following a successful EPSRC research grant proposal, conducted large-scale Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) of turbulent reacting flames on the UK's super-computing facility. Dr. Nikolaou's research interests include the modelling and simulation of multi-physics flows. This includes using novel methods (Direct Relation Graphs, Quasi-State State Assumption, Tabulation methods) for reducing complex chemical kinetics mechanisms, and using non-classic methods such as deconvolution for developing sub-grid-scale closures for Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of practical flows.

Research interests:

DNS, LES, two-phase and reacting flows, deconvolution methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, chemical mechanism reduction (combustion, atmospheric chemistry).

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