Dr. Konstandopoulos has been active since 1985 in the field of Green Mobility and Sustainable Energy researching automotive emission control (Diploma in Mech. Eng., Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece; MSc. Mech. Eng., Michigan Tech Houghton, Michigan, USA) and aerosol and particle technology with applications in clean energy, environment and materials (MSc Chem. Eng., MPhil, PhD, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA) receiving the First Place Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1991 and the H. P. Becton prize for the best PhD dissertation in the Yale Graduate School in 1992. He is a specialist in nanoparticles and combustion aerosols, with extensive research and engineering consulting experience in the design, modeling and testing of structured reactors for many uses, including emission control for mobile and stationary sources, solar fuel production (renewable hydrogen and carbon- neutral hydrocarbons), and biotechnological applications. In 1996 he established in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL), today internationally acclaimed as a center of excellence, as a business unit of the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), at the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH).
In 2006 he joined the faculty of Chemical Engineering at Aristotle University while from 2006 to 2012 he has served as Director of CPERI and member of the Board of Directors of CERTH. In 2011 he was elected as Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of CERTH and was re- elected for an additional term in 2016. Since 2012 he is a member of the Board of Governors of the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC). He has also served in the following EC committees: Energy Program Committee, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)-States Representatives Group and the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), Energy Working Group. He has coordinated and managed numerous research projects, funded by the European Commission and leading international industries and he is the author of more than 200 widely cited publications, while his research has been frequently covered by international communication media including the following:
Euronews Channel, Financial Times, Die Welt, New Scientist, Chemistry World as well as the domestic press. The Visitor Center of the European Parliament (“The Parlamentarium”) selected in 2011 to film a day of his life at APTL and host it permanently at the documentary exhibition «Daily Life» in Brussels, Belgium. His international awards and distinctions include the 2006 European Descartes Prize, the 2010 European Research Council Advanced Grant, the 2006 International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) inaugural Technical Achievement Award, the Global 100 Eco-Tech Prize at the 2005 EXPO in Japan and his elections as a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (class of 2004).