Dr. Ioanis Katakis (Strategy, operations,R+D+i, new products).
PhD in Chemical Engineering and director of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University Rovira i Virgili (URV). He has been working on bioelectrochemistry since 1990.
BSc. in Chemical Engineering (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Ph.D. at the University of Texas (Austin, USA), where he participated in the creation of two spin-off companies focused on the detection of glucose. Dr. Katakis established the Bioengineering and Bioelectrochemistry Group (BBG) at the URV in 1997. Later, he also established the Innovation Centre DINAMIC, created with the agreement of the URV and the Catalan Government. Dr. Katakis has been DIMANIC director from its creation since its merging with other research centres to create the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre, ATIC, at the URV in 2010.
Dr. Katakis is the author of more than 50 scientific publications in the field of bioelectrochemistry and is coinventor of 6 patents, 2 of which are being exploited in the field of biosensors, microfabrication and bioelectrochemical. Other areas of his interest are bioelectron transfer, biomedicine and bioengineering processes. Current applications of his work are the development of fuel biocells and of intelligent implants, the development of microelectromechanical reactors, the electrochemical detection of pathogens and the electrochemical biosensing of DNA and proteins. Dr. Katakis is a founding member of several spin-offs, within and outside the European Union.
Regarding microfabrication techniques, his research group has focused its efforts on photolithography and screen printing. These technologies provide the structural support for microsystems with different applications: biosensors, microfluidics and fuel cells, among others. The group has developed a quick and inexpensive method to produce functional microchannels using screen printing. This technology has also been used to produce biocells, based on glucose as fuel.
Dr. Pablo Lozano Sánchez (Prototype development).
PhD in Electrochemistry.
Dr. Lozano studied Chemistry at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM, Spain), and finished his degree at the University of Newcastle (UK), and obtained his degree in Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry at the University of North Umbria (UK). Afterwards, he obtained his Ph.D. in Electrochemistry at the School of Chemistry, University of Reading (UK) under the supervision of Dr. J.M. Elliott. His thesis was developed in the field of manufacturing, characterization and analytical applications of electrodes meso/nano porous. After obtaining his Ph.D., he became a Research Associate of the same University of Reading, continuing his research on nanostructured electrodes and their catalytic and electroanalytical properties.
Since 2005, Dr. Lozano has been Project Manager of IP projects from the European Union and has been working in the group DINAMIC in the areas of fuel biocells, electrochemical immunosensors and electrochemical methods for detection of pathogens.
Eng. MSc. Diego Bejarano Nosas (Production).
He finished his degree in Chemical Engineering at the University Rovira i Virgili, where he also finished a postgrade in Environmental Engineering. Later, he enrolled in the Master in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology at the same University, working in the field of functional screen printed microsystems under the supervision of Dr. Katakis.
Since 2002. he has been the Production Director of the DINAMIC Centre at URV (now part of ATIC) and has actively been working on the design of scientific studies and improvements in biogas plants, and biofuels microfabrication techniques.
Dr. María Viviana Duarte (Projects Organization R+D).
MSc. Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL, Argentina) in 1998. Later, she worked at the same Faculty as Teaching and Research staff. Dr. Duarte worked afterwards in the industrial sector (Quilmes Brewery and Malting), where she specialized in the area of Quality Control and R+D+i. In 2003, she joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of the URV and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering in 2007, under the direction of Dr. Katakis and Dr. Lozano. Immediately afterwards, she started working as DINAMIC Centre Administrative/Project Manager.
Currently, she is taking a MBA at the URV and is working in the logistics department of a multinational company related with the lubricant field.
Eng. MSc. Alfredo Corujo.
Eng. MSc. Alfredo Corujo. Industrial Engineer, specializing in Industrial Chemistry, University of Santiago de Compostela. He has participated in six research projects in the area of poultry farming, and also has numerous scientific publications.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Corujo worked at the slaughterhouse of the Sada Group in Lugo, as Head of Quality Control and Internal Auditor of Quality Implementation and Monitoring of APPCC, as well as Head of the Microbiology Laboratory in Control Quality of finished product and Responsible for the Development of Analytical Methodologies of the Sada Group. Currently, Mr. Corujo is the Project Manager of the Food Research Centre of Nutreco Spain, in the areas of food security (monitoring and detection of pathogens), product life and studies of intestinal microflora of broiler chickens.