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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 characterization/digitization and process optimization. We are a team of chemical engineers, physicists, materials and data scientists with a mission is to deliver world-class innovative solutions. Customized 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.

IRES provides its expertise and services to the latest cutting edge technologies, like Nearly Zero Emission Buildings (NZEBs), Renewable Energy Systems (i.e. photovoltaics, wind and tidal turbine rotor blades), Additive Manu- facturing, (nanoenabled) Composites, Water Pollution and Wastewater Recycling.

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Data Science, Materials Science Digitization

Leader: George Bakas
Members: Paris Varytis, Giannis Skaltsas, Sandy Bei, Spyros Dimitriadis

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

Leader: Anastasia Gkika
Members: Fotini Petrakli, Anestis Vlysidis, Despoina Antypa

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 Assessment (LCA), 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:

  • 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.

IRES based on its expertise is undertaking the predictive modelling, simulation and AI analytics. Moreover, is leading the Tasks related with sustainability issues, including LCA and LCC, as well as nano-safety assessment and toxicity concerning the developed materials.

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ICLIMABUILT

Start: 01/03/21 End: 28/02/25

IRES is mainly involved in the creation of i-CHADA that will be developed as a web platform and the creation of Nanoindentation data analysis tools, including machine learning and protocols. Also, IRES will assist in the development of Industrial case-specific application ontologies and metadata schema, in close collaboration with the other respective tasks. Finally, IRES will create Harmonized protocol for phase-separated compositional and nanomechanical characterisation data.

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NANOMECOMMONS

Start: 01/02/21 End: 31/01/25

OpenModel provides an integrated open access material modelling platform designed to be easily integrated with, and usable by, any existing and future EU platforms, e.g., Open Translation Environments (OTE), Materials Modelling Market Places (MMMP), Innovation Test Beds (ITB), and Business Decision Support Systems (BDSS). Furthermore, OpenModel integrates with Life Cycle Analysis as well as the "plug and produce" and characterization open innovation environments to enable better integration of characterization and processing into materials modelling orkflows.

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OPEN MODEL

Start: 01/02/21 End: 31/01/25

IRES leads the Designing products to be more sustainable (eco-design) Task, as well as the Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing Assessment Task providing its wide experience to this domain.

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INNPRESSME

Start: 01/01/21 End: 31/01/25

IRES is mainly involved in the environmental assessment and the recyclability of the multifunctional aircraft components and the manufacturing processes (ATL and FF).

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DOMMINIO

Start: 01/01/21 End: 30/06/24

In the context of imPURE, IRES in line with its expertise, will lead tasks related with safety & recycling, in-line monitoring (zero defect module) and qualification of operators for the repurposed production. In addition, IRES will lead tasks regarding Data analysis by implementing Data Management Plan (DMP) in combination with Machine learning (ML) analysis.

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IMPURE

Start: 01/12/20 End: 31/05/22

IRES is co-leading the LCA/LCCA activities in WP3, utilising commercial software (SimaPRO) and tools to evaluate the environmental impacts of the novel Waste2Fresh system and compare results with conventional wastewater treatment technologies. IRES/VER will additionally lead the validation of the environmental sustainability and techno-economic performance of the Waste2Fresh system.

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WASTE2FRESH

Start: 01/12/20 End: 30/11/23

IRES brings domain expertise in both Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Nanosafety fields. In conjunction with our experience in Data Science and Data Management, our project team will be able to contribute to the domain ontologies work package. Additionally, IRES can support the cooperation work package through its links to EMMC and EMCC. Finally, IRES is a member of the OYSTER project consortium, which could potentially provide a demonstrator for the domain of Material Characterisation. Open Model Data management plan AI powered validation & verification services

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ONTOCOMMONS

Start: 01/11/20 End: 31/10/23

IRES is dealing with environmental and cost impact, standardization and regulations. Risk assessment and Safe-by-Design Processes applied within the project is being evaluated in terms of occupational health & safety risks, providing casespecific recommendations, if required. The release of nanoparticles from nanocomposites is being investigated as an additional exposure scheme. Hazard identification procedures and exposure assessment campaigns is enabling the development of dedicated guidelines towards accomplishing Safer-by-Design Cabo4Power technologies. Advancement in Standardization for Health and Safety aspects of nanomaterials (e.g. developments in ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies) is being monitored, adapting and implementing advances achieved within the nanosafety assessment of Carbo4Power. Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment Liaison with regulation/standardization bodies Comparative impact assessment

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CARBO4POWER

Start: 01/11/20 End: 31/10/24

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

Start: 01/10/20 End: 30/09/24

IRES leads WP6 regarding materials, Structures Characterization and Systems Validation. In addition, IRES organize Project Training Programs for design/ analysis engineers, manufacturing and material engineers. While also contributes to LCA, LCC, safety and scandalization activities.

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FAST-SMART

Start: 01/04/20 End: 31/03/24

Repair3D aims at the development of innovative reclamation and repurposing routes for end‐of‐life plastic and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) components. IRES is WP leader on Life Cycle Assessment and Cost Evaluation and task leader on Preparation & implementation of the Data Management Plan (DMP) and on Quality and risk management.

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REPAIR3D

Start: 01/01/19 End: 31/01/23

IRES is having an active role in the LightMe Ecosystem, regarding the efficient data management and processing flow, focusing not only on maximizing data sharing and usage among stakeholders, but also ensuring data and metadata privacy and integrity. We start our involvement at very early stages of the project since we had to handle a big amount of data planning all process controls, flows and data mapping. Thus, IRES is the WP Leader of work package 3, in which the collection of data to the objectives of the project and the establishment of an open innovation environment is enable future access, integration and harmonization of the produced data

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LIGHTME

Start: 01/01/19 End: 31/12/22

IRES contribute to the integration of the environmental and health issues using Life Cycle Assessment and Safe-by-Design approaches, supporting ECOMATTERS. The impacts and the cost benefits is being evaluated at each step of the project in order to result in a new, low-cost (competitive) and green technology reflected by development of DECOAT tool. A risk assessment of possible market drawbacks related to the developed technologies and products is being conducted, to guarantee the competiveness of the final outcomes. Finally, a data management methodology is being established by handling the produced data of the characterization, the testing and the design activities and by their incorporation in an access database, which is being developed by IRES.

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DECOAT

Start: 01/01/19 End: 31/01/23

IRES as a key partner plays a significant role in the following activities in PRO-RES: Dissemination, including dissemination strategy, project website development and social media presence.

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PRO-RES

Start: 01/05/18 End: 30/04/21

IRES leads the WP of Data Management, developing a database platform not only for repository purposes, but also providing the framework of FAIR data, with modules such as metadata description, format type, expiration date, resources, user, access restrictions.

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SMARTFAN

Start: 01/01/18 End: 31/12/21

IRES is leading the sustainability assessment and standardization processes in order to incorporate any environmental and health issues that may arise during M3DLoC, into the BioMEMS manufacturing pilot line. The risk management framework that will be established will allow for the development of effective guidelines for the production, handling and application of the new M3DLoC devices.

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M3DLOC

Start: 01/01/18 End: 31/12/21

Focus on handling and managing data for establishment of an Open Innovation Environment, development of business plan, dedicated business models, targeted Life Cycle Cost Analysis of developed techniques within the project and support of protocols development are the main tasks of IRES in the OYSTER project, who also leads Data Management Ontology activities.

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OYSTER

Start: 01/11/17 End: 31/10/21

IRES main tasks is the implementation of integrated risk management (IRM) framework for the case of carbon-based nanobiomaterials but also hazard assessment and safety considerations arising from the use of nanobiomaterials.

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BIORIMA

Start: 01/10/17 End: 30/09/21

IRES provides a complete methodology on machine learning (ML) of nanoindentation for quality assurance of CFRPs, together with risk assessment. In addition, IRES leads the WP related with LCA & LCC.

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MODCOMP

Start: 01/04/16 End: 31/03/20

IRES had the leadership of WP regarding the Implementation of Safe-by-Design principles and Life Cycle Assessment. Our main activities included: Installation, maintenance and harmonisation of the SbD principles used in EQUINOX, Evaluation, completion and maintenance of the state-of-the-art with respect to characterization, exposure, hazard, regulation, safety, uncertainties and risks, Integration of the state-of-the-art in the innovation process with the implemented SbD principles to maximise impact, Assessment of procedures for infiltration and EQUINOX processes, Recycling and Life cycle assessment.

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EQUINOX

Start: 01/02/16 End: 30/06/19

IRES Kinetics – The Team

Dr. Elias P. Koumoulos
Dr. Elias P. KoumoulosCEO, Managing Director
Elias, 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. 

Dr. Fotini Petrakli
Dr. Fotini PetrakliProject Manager, Sustainability & Environmental assessment
Fotini 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, Group Leader, Sustainability & Environmental assessment
Anastasia, holds a BSc 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.
Dimitris Skouroumounis
Dimitris SkouroumounisTransversal Operations Manager
Dimitris, holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering…
followed by MSc in Organic Industries. His work experience focused in environmental and waste management, consulting services, industrial safety optimization and industrial wastewater treatment plant design
George Bakas
George BakasGroup Leader, Data Scientist
George, holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics…
and Physics followed by a MSc degree in Applied Physics; that leads him to be a PhD candidate in High Energy Physics. His PhD thesis (as well as MSc thesis) deals with top quarks originating from the LHC proton-proton collisions taking place at CERN, with specialization in Data Analysis and Machine Learning. For his BSc degree, he focused on developing an Environmental Measurement System based on Arduino and Control System software.
Dr. Paris Varytis
Dr. Paris VarytisData Scientist
Paris, holds a BSc 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.
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.
Spyros Dimitriadis
Spyros DimitriadisData Scientist
Spyros holds a BSc in Mathematics…

from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a MSc in Statistics and Machine Learning from Linköping University, Sweden. His MSc thesis project deals with the early drug discovery process, where he used deep neural networks, approaching chemistry as a ‘language’, to predict physical chemistry properties and biological activities of chemical compounds. Spyros is further expanding his knowledge in the field of Data Science.

Giannis Skaltsas
Giannis SkaltsasFull Stack Developer
Giannis holds a BSc in Electrical …
and Computer Engineering of the University of Patras. He graduated with an integrated master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an emphasis in Systems and Automatic Control. His thesis revolved around the control of a robotic arm through the use of neural networks. Upon graduating, he focused on several web development projects, including the creation of a team with the purpose of developing an application to operate an agricultural irrigation project.
Dr. Anestis Vlysidis
Dr. Anestis VlysidisSustainability & Environmental assessment
Anestis holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering…
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.
Despoina Antypa
Despoina AntypaSustainability & Environmental assessment
Despoina holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering…
from the NTUA, followed by an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh. Her professional background focuses on energy efficiency, energy saving, reduction of emissions and environmental awareness. She has been working on several EU projects aiming at different energy consuming sectors, providing project management and scientific support. She is highly interested in bridging the gap between policy and practice.
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.
Dr. Spyros Damilos
Dr. Spyros DamilosRisk & Safety
Spyros, holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering…
and an MSc in Energy Production and Management from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).  Followed by a PhD in manufacturing of nanomaterials from University College London (UCL). Throughout his industrial and academic experience, he has focused on quality assurance, process intensification, and the development of smart and advanced manufacturing platforms for continuous nanomaterial synthesis for healthcare applications. His work experience includes the composition of SOP/risk assessments, administration of ISO standards, statistical analysis, prototyping, and project management. He is interested in research fields such as Nanotechnology, Manufacturing, Two-phase Flows, Microwave Heating, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Quality Control
Stratos Saliakas
Stratos SaliakasRisk & Safety
Stratos holds a BSc 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.
Ioannis Kokkinopoulos
Ioannis KokkinopoulosRisk & Safety
Ioannis holds a BSc in Electrical & Computer…
Engineering. 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.
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 BSc 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, 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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