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The company

IRES, founded in 2015, is devoted to provide decision making tools and methodologies for environmental, safety and risk assessment, materials characterisation/digitisation and process optimisation. We are of chemical engineers, physicists, materials and data scientists with a mission is to deliver world-class innovative solutions. Customised and tailored solutions on demand, often in tool form, successfully identify possible business risks and provide sustainable directions. For this, the whole lifecycle of products is considered, through a holistic evaluation of social, environmental and economic aspects based on EU standards and regulations. In collaboration with external bodies and related initiatives, IRES is part of, build upon and push the frontiers at new technological events, arising innovative technologies and strategic research trends.

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DATA SCIENCE, MATERIALS SCIENCE
DIGITISATION GROUP

Leader: Kostis Paraskevoudis
Members: Theodoros Efthymiadis, Sandy Bei, Paris Varytis, Georgios Bakas

At IRES, Data Science plays a key role in the exploitation of available Data of Field Experts. Our team works closely with Engineers and Materials Scientists in order to introduce data driven solutions to their problems. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are therefore a crucial part of our team’s research. This includes an end-to-end pipeline of work, from Data Collection and Data Management to Preprocessing and Deployment. We focus on the development of innovative solutions that can help Field Experts manage and process their scientific Data and add extra value to them beyond their initial purpose.

  • Machine Learning for Material Science
  • Computer Vision
  • Domain Ontologies
  • Data Management
Tailored Services & Consulting:
  • Data driven solutions for process optimization
  • Customized real-time defect detection on production line with Artificial Intelligence
  • Development of Image Processing Software for Microscopy Images
  • Data Management platforms (web, software) for Data Collection, Integration and Sharing
  • Consulting and educational workshops on FAIR Data and Domain Ontologies

SUSTAINABILITY &
CIRCULARITY GROUP

Leader: Natalia Sieti
Members: Fotini Petrakli, Anastasia Gkika, Anestis Vlysidis

The global market faces an ever-increasing depletion of natural resources and has resulted in enormous waste generation both causing environmental as well as socio-economic concerns. Adapted to this crushing pressure, we address the challenge of transforming linear to circular production and support sustainable development by greening supply chains. We partner with our clients to develop sustainable solutions, create values by closing life cycles and pave the way for tailored decision making. Our vision is to employ advanced LCA modelling and integrate life cycle thinking in product development. In this context, we deal with consulting in the fields of Life Cycle Sustainable Assessment (LCSA), Environmental & Carbon footprint and Circular economy thus, we can help you in managing grants and developing your green brand. IRES also provides services to organizations to be compliant to environmental management systems such as ISO14001 or EMAS.

Our team’s main fields of research and activities:

  • LCSA=LCA+LCC+sLCA
  • Comparative LCA reports for products
  • Carbon footprints of your products or processes
  • LCI data development regarding NMs
  • Preparation of EPDs / Eco-labels
  • Custom simplified LCA tool development
  • Circular economy

RISK & (NANO)SAFETY

Leader: Panayiotis Karayiannis
Members: Stratos Saliakas, Ioannis Kokkinopoulos, Spyros Damilos

Contemporary research has applied novel materials, as well as unique manufacturing and processing routes to achieve end products of spectacular qualities and properties. However, the exposure potential and safety of used materials remains clouded by uncertainty in many cases. IRES is committed to applying state-of-the-art solutions towards accurate occupational risk evaluation of novel processes, facilitating safe innovation. We meticulously examine partner needs to provide case-by-case, tailored recommendations towards safer processes.

Our team’s main fields of research and activities:

  • Nanosafety consulting
  • Nanomaterial Process Risk evaluation
  • On-site Airborne (nano)particle exposure assessment
  • Screening measurements for process VOC emissions
  • Nanomechanical property testing on nano-enabled composites
  • Additive manufacturing process exposure assessment
  • Guidance towards Safer-by-Design processes

Projects

IRES is involved in a range of EU funded research projects, providing high-quality consulting services and delivering to customers innovative solutions for the development of materials based products.

Modified cost effective fibre-based structures with improved multi-functionality and performance. The MODCOMP aims at developing a new technology able to increase the power of Europe in strategic domains. MODCOMP aims to develop novel engineered fibre-based materials for technical, high value, high performance products for non-clothing applications at realistic cost, with improved functionality and safety. Demonstrators will be designed to fulfil scalability towards industrial needs and focus on TRL5/TRL6. End users from a wide range of industrial sectors (transport, construction, leisure and electronics) will adapt the knowledge gained from the project and test the innovative high added value demonstrators.

MODCOMP will develop the next generation of CF-based materials for structural and electronics applications. The benefits of fibre-based materials have clearly been shown in aerospace applications which require lightweight, high strength, high stiffness, and high fatigue-resistant materials. The project is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The consortium consists of seventeen partners from ten European states.

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MODCOMP

A novel process for manufacturing complex shaped Fe-Al intermetallic parts resistant to extreme environments. The main objective of EQUINOX is to develop a novel process that allows to substitute Cr/Ni based (stainless) steel parts used in high volume end consumer products such as in the lock industry. The project is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project brings together 11 partners from nine European states including Institutes, Industries and SMEs

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EQUINOX

OYSTER project aims to build an open characterisation and modeling environment in order to drive innovation in advanced nano-architectured and bio-inspired hard/soft interfaces. OYSTER brings Europe’s first-class laboratories and SMEs to take existing nanoscale characterisation technologies towards widespread utilisation in process optimisation and model validation. OYSTER achieves this by sharing metadata in an Open Innovation Environment, through continuous interaction with the European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC).

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Oyster

biorima-project

Risk Management of Biomaterials. BIORIMA aims to develop an Integrated Risk Management (IRM) framework for NBM used in ATMP and MD. The BIORIMA IRM framework is a structure upon which the validated tools and methods for materials, exposure, hazard and risk identification/assessment and management are allocated plus a rationale for selecting and using them to manage and reduce the risk for specific NBM used in ATMP and MD.

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BIORIMA

SMARTFAN aims at the micro and Nano components, which will be used due to their special physico-chemical properties, in order to develop smart (bulk) materials for final application on intelligent structures.

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SMARTFAN

MEDLOC aims at the employment of multi-material 3D printing technologies for the large-scale fabrication of microfluidic MEMS for lab-on-a-chip and sensing applications. The concept is based on the combination of multimaterial direct-ink-writing method and an extrusion-based 3D printing pilot line, in order to fabricate microstructured detection devices with the ability to perform all steps of chemical analysis in an automated fashion.

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MEDLOC

PRO-RES project aims to create a comprehensive, flexible and durable guidance framework that covers the spectrum of non-medical sciences and offers effective solutions for stakeholders, which comply with the highest standards of research ethics and integrity. This framework will be devised cooperatively with and seen as acceptable by, the full range of relevant stakeholders and it will be similar to Oviedo/Helsinki framework.

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PRO-RES

The target of the LightMe project is to set up and operate a fully sustainable ecosystem related to the upscaling of materials and products of lightweight metal matrix composites. The LightMe project aspires to be a point of reference for boosting innovation in the field of lightweight metal matrix nanocomposites (MMnC) setting up an Open Innovation Ecosystem (test bed) introduction of new functionalities, features and capabilities to lightweight metals.

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LIGHTME

The aim of Repair3D is to use recycled CFRPs and polymers in order to deliver 3D printed products, demonstrate the circular use of materials through multiple cycles of manufacturing/recycling and provide new ways to repurpose recycled materials with an end goal to minimize plastic and CFRPs waste. Repair3D will push further the readiness of the current technology on 3D printing of CFRPs and CFRPs recycling and re-use. Advances in recycling will increase the recovery rate of polymers up to 40 % and monetary savings from recycling up to 50 %, while decreasing in half the cost of raw materials.

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REPAIR3D

The main goal of DECOAT is to enable the circular use of coated parts by developing novel smart polymer material systems, and their corresponding recycling processes, currently a missing link. Demonstration will take place via concrete use-cases for outdoor gear, household electronics and automotive parts. A systemic approach for delivering breakthroughs all along the value chain will be followed.

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DECOAT

The project overall concept is centred on scaling up of novel, mass-production nano-manufacturing techniques invented by FAST-SMART partners for synthesis of nano-structured smart materials and component manufacture for energy harvesting applications to significantly improve the material quality and structural reliability (>50%~100%) and reduce overall materials and processing costs (by 30%) through shortening the process chains and improving material processing efficiency, being focused on less rare-element dependence materials as well as on new energy harvester designs considering environmental strategy, thus to bring about positive, environment-related impacts to Europe (greenhouse gas emission down by 50% and waste reduction by 50%),increased EU’s market share, and to promote wider implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Single Market (DSM) in Europe, due to introduction of the new energy harvesting products, design and manufacturing services created through the FAST-SMART’s partnership.

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FAST-SMART

On 19 May 2020, the European Commission launched a second request for expressions of interest for innovative and rapid health-related approaches to respond to COVID-19 and to deliver quick results for society for a higher level of preparedness of health systems (SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2) with a budget of €129.5 million. These funds come from Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, as part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response. On 11 August 2020, the EC announced that 23 projects were short-listed for funding with a total of €128.2 million The 23 projects, which involve 347 research teams from 40 countries in Europe and beyond will work among others on Rapid Repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment (€22.1 million).

For instance, using injection moulding and additive manufacturing (3D printing); adaptive and resilient production and supply chain methods; and repurposing manufacturing as a service network for fast reaction. imPURE project is one of them, dealing with Injection Moulding Repurposing for Medical Supplies enabled by Additive Manufacturing.

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IMPURE

Carbo4Power targets to develop a new generation of lightweight, high strength,multifunctional, digitalized multi-materials for offshore wind and tidal turbine rotor blades that will increase their operational performance and durability while reducing the cost of energy production, maintenance and their environmental impact. The innovative concept is based on nano-engineered hybrid (multi)materials and their intelligent architectures. The strategic goal is to provide the frame which will create new pathways for manufacturing of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) for multiple processing lifecycles, and explore the emerging valorization opportunities in offshore energy sector. A multidisciplinary team of 18 partners (8SMEs) from 8 countries provides technological know-how and industrial leadership, with well-balanced dissemination, communication & exploitation impact.

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CARBO4POWER

The nature of science has changed. It has become more interconnected, interdisciplinary, collaborative and data-intensive. Collaboration has become critical to solving complex problems. COST creates spaces where scientists are in the driving seat (bottom-up) and ideas can grow through a flexible and open approach. By enabling researchers from academia, industry and the public and private sector to work together in open networks that transcend borders, COST helps to advance science, stimulates knowledge sharing and pools resources. National governments make a real difference by ensuring that research cooperation optimises national investments in research and technology and unlocks thereby the full potential of science.

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ESSENCE COST ACTION

The OntoCommons project overall objective is to bring together and coordinate activities of the most relevant EU stakeholders for the development of an Ontology Commons EcoSystem (OCES), consisting of ontologies and tools following specific standardization rules, that can be effectively used as foundation for data documentation in the industrial domain, in order to facilitate data sharing and valorisation and overcome the existing interoperability bottlenecks.

The OCES will provide a way to harmonise data documentation through ontologies and taxonomies, making the data FAIR and enabling intra- and cross-domain interoperability. The range of domains includes materials and manufacturing, focusing in particular on nanotechnologies, materials characterisation, computational modelling, process industries, factories of the future, biotechnology (for materials and manufacturing), clean energy, regulatory and risk assessment. The effectiveness of the OCES in accelerating data driven innovation will be proved at the end of the project by the delivery of demonstrations cases, covering several application domains.

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ONTOCOMMONS

IRES kinetics – The team

Elias P. Koumoulos
Elias P. KoumoulosCEO, Managing Director
Dr. Elias Koumoulos, holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering, followed by MSc in Materials Science and Technology and PhD in nanomechanics.
To date, he has the authorship of over 70 published papers in ISI journals, 7 book chapters, over 100 participations in national/international conferences, and has been thrice awarded for published research work in national and international level. To date, he has the authorship of over 70 published papers in ISI journals, 7 book chapters, over 100 participations in national/international conferences, and has been thrice awarded for published research work in national and international level.
Fotini Petrakli
Fotini PetrakliProject Manager, Sustainability & Environmental assessment
Dr. Fotini Petrakli holds a BSc in environmental engineering; during her MSc studies in the field of Materials Science and Technology, she dealt with environmental aspects.
She has expertise in development, synthesis (through wet chemical routes) & characterization, of advanced composite ceramic nano-materials for specialized applications in extreme environments. Moreover, as a Sustainability consultant and Project manager in IRES company, she specialized in environmental aspects including life cycle assessment (LCA) and eco-design, social life cycle assessment (sLCA) and life cycle costing (LCC). Her research interests are also include: nanomaterials, ceramic nanomaterials, mechanical properties, materials testing, ceramic processing, functional ceramics, materials synthesis, polymers, surface chemistry, SEM, TEM & XRD analysis, sintering, Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), high temperature materials, heavy metals adsorption & risk management.
Anastasia Gkika
Anastasia GkikaProject Manager, Sustainability & Environmental assessment
Anastasia, holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Computational Engineering.
Her academic and research background focus mainly on electrochemistry, polymer materials, composite manufacturing and life cycle assessment. She has been dealing with multiple responsibilities and challenges over her professional career as project and technical manager in EU funded projects. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of advanced composites, emerging technologies, polymers chemistry and thermal simulations, while aspects concerning environment, climate change, air quality, circular economy and sustainability lie also in her field of interests. Moreover, she is seeking to expand her knowledge on design thinking and innovation management.
Sandy Bei
Sandy BeiData Scientist
Sandy, holds a BSc in Mathematics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She has participated in an internship with main focus the research of multi-scale curvature of stochastic surfaces. Currently, she is further expanding her knowledge in Data Analysis.
Konstantinos Paraskevoudis
Konstantinos ParaskevoudisGroup Leader, Data Scientist
Konstantinos, is a Data Scientist (MSc) and also holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
His Diploma Thesis dealt with polymer composites and biomaterials for 3D-printing, investigating the influence of the 3D printing parameters on the mechanical properties of 3D printed objects. During his MSc studies, he focused on Signal Processing and Machine Learning (MSc Thesis). His work experience in IRES includes the development of applications of Machine Learning in Materials Science as well as Computer Vision. Konstantinos, is a Data Scientist (MSc) and also holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). His Diploma Thesis dealt with polymer composites and biomaterials for 3D-printing, investigating the influence of the 3D printing parameters on the mechanical properties of 3D printed objects. During his MSc studies, he focused on Signal Processing and Machine Learning (MSc Thesis). His work experience in IRES includes the development of applications of Machine Learning in Materials Science as well as Computer Vision.
Theodoros Efthymiadis
Theodoros EfthymiadisData Scientist
Theodoros, Mechanical Engineer, is experienced in statistical models in order to evaluate energy conservation projects.
Through Multi-Linear Regression Models (achieved energy savings and corresponding statistical uncertainty). Today, Theodoros is further expanding his skills in statistics, with involvement in Data Analysis (Data Management and Machine Learning).
Paris Varytis
Paris VarytisData Scientist
Dr. Paris Varytis, holds a Degree in Physics, a Postgraduate Degree of Specialization in Materials, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.
Areas of expertise: nanomaterials, composite nanomaterials, photonics, plasmonics, magneto-plasmonics, photonic crystals, disordered waveguides, anisotropic scattering, and magneto-optical effects. Paris is further expanding his skills in Data Analysis, Data Management, and Machine Learning.
Natalia Sieti
Natalia SietiGroup Leader, Sustainability & Environmental assessment
Dr. Natalia Sieti holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering from University College London, and a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of the Aegean.
Natalia joined IRES in 2020 as the Sustainability Specialist. Currently, she is involved in an EU funded Power related project. Prior to IRES, she was the Environmental Scientist at Smili SA and the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Consultant at ERM. During her tenure at ERM, Natalia worked with various clients ranging from mining to food and packaging. She is proficient in SimaPro and GaBi LCA software and familiar with the logic of various software packages. Natalia’s research interests include life cycle management, decarbonisation, circular economy and sustainability performance.
Anestis Vlysidis
Anestis VlysidisSustainability & Environmental assessment
Dr. Anestis Vlysidis holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) followed by a PhD in biochemical engineering (University of Manchester, UK).
To date, he has worked in numerous EU and National projects as research associate on the valorization of renewable resources with emphasis on industrial waste and by-product streams via industrial biotechnology and biorefinery development. His work focuses on process design, simulation and optimization of emerging technologies on bio-based products comprising sustainability metrics based on detailed techno-economic evaluations and Life Cycle Assessments.
Ioannis Kokkinopoulos
Ioannis KokkinopoulosRisk & Safety
Ioannis holds a diploma in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and an MSc Degree in Material Science and Technology.
During his diploma and master thesis, he carried out thorough laboratory research concerning synthesis of both bulk innovative materials and nanomaterials, aiming mostly in nanobiomaterials and investigation of their biocompatibility and cytotoxicity. His work includes the improvement of powder production process of high temperature superconductors as well as synthesis and coating of Iron oxide nanoparticles for biomedical applications. He is interested in research fields such as Nanotechnology, Magnetism, Magnetic Materials, Biomaterials, Cytotoxicity and Risk Assessment.
Panayiotis Karayiannis
Panayiotis KarayiannisGroup Leader, Risk & Safety
Panagiotis, holds a BSc in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, and an MSc Degree in Material Science and Technology.
During his studies, he was extensively engaged in nanomaterial synthesis on a laboratory scale and in the Risk & Safety assessment of nanomaterial processes. His work experience includes involvement in the Risk assessment of Oil & Gas infrastructure and industrial installations and providing supportive work in environmental impact assessment. He is interested in research fields such as Nanotechnology, Biomaterials, Ceramic Materials, Nanotoxicology, Risk Assessment, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Composite Materials and Quality control.
Stratos Saliakas
Stratos SaliakasRisk & Safety
Stratos holds a diploma in Applied Mathematical and Physical Science.
Having his studies focused on Statistics and Probability Theory, Stratos is further exploring innovative methodologies, such as Probabilistic Risk Assessment, that apply his knowledge to the field of Risk Assessment. Furthermore, his interests extend to Bayesian Statistics, Exposure Evaluation, Nanomaterial Characterization and Nanoparticle Dispersion Modelling.
Niki Kokkinaki
Niki KokkinakiFinancial & Administrative HR
Niki, holds a BSc in early education and an executive diploma in Leadership and Human Resources management.
She has extensive background in HR generalist affairs, including employee recruitment and retention, staff development, conflict resolution and HR records management in domestic and international companies. Recently she has been focused on deep understanding of organizational behavior applied in various business environments.
Michaela Petrakli
Michaela PetrakliDissemination & Exploitation Manager, Administration
Michaela, holds a BCs in Environmental Engineering.
Further she has an executive diploma in Digital Marketing and Mixture Marketing and Brand FROM National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has experience in working in the B2B industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Budgeting, Strategic Planning and Public Relations. Michaela seeks new opportunities to assist her company to grow and expand in every possible way.

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