Nikos Nikolopoulos

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Nikos Nikolopoulos
ESR14
University of Utrecht & KU Leuven

I am Nikos Nikolopoulos from Greece and I am ESR 14. I obtained my bachelor in Chemistry at the University of Patras. Furthermore, I have a master’s degree in “Catalysis, Environmental Protection and Clean Energy Production”. Lately, I joined SOCRATES and I am doing my PhD at Utrecht University. My PhD thesis focuses on the advanced characterization of metal-containing, low-grade metallurgical residues.
In this research project, advanced characterization will be performed on the complex residues, before and after the removal of metals by leaching. A detailed knowledge of the chemical and mineralogical composition of the industrial-process residues (Cu flotation tailings, Fe-rich hydrometallurgical sludges, fayalite slags and incineration ashes) is essential for the extraction of metals by innovative leaching methods and for the valorization of the residual matrices as cementitious binders, inorganic polymers or heterogeneous catalysts.
But the real question to a scientist is “What or who motivates and inspires you?”. I truly believe that the most motivating thing is that I am part of this huge effort for a better future. And as Socrates said: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new”.

If you are interested in my topic and you wish to learn more about it, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me at: n.nikolopoulos@uu.nl