Niki Pouliou

My name is Niki Pouliou and I am from Greece. I grew up in a village of Kavala, called Nikisiani. There, I went to high school and I stayed in this little town until I went to the university of Thessaloniki.

In 2017, I graduated from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki in the Chemical Engineering Department. During my studies I realized that I want to work in research. So I applied for a position in the Socrates-project and I am very happy to have started my doctoral program at the University of Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium. I hold the ‘ESR 7’-position, working on “Ultrasound- and microwave-assisted non-aqueous solvent extraction in milliflow reactors” under the supervision of professor Tom Van Gerven and Georgios Stefanidis. My PhD thesis is about the solvent extraction of metals, using ionic liquids in milliflow-reactors. Also, the objective of the PhD contains the effect of ultrasound and microwaves in this systems. These systems and applied methods are a very promising and innovating technology and the whole topic of the PhD belongs to the metals’ recovery part. I am very enthusiastic to be part of this ambitious project which aims in a better future!

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