Dr Konstantina Vogiatzaki's research seeks to unlock the physics and push the manifold operating limits of our modern energy systems in order to increase their efficiency, regulate their fuel consumption and minimise their harmful emissions.
Due to the escalating world population growth, global demand for energy is rising which is an increasingly pressing issue, particularly for the 1.3 billion people who already don't have access to fundamental energy resources, such as fuel or electricity. What is more, our natural resources are being depleted while the production and consumption of energy is severely damaging our ecosystems.
Energy sustainability means, primarily, environmental sustainability, something closely linked to an urgent need for 'ultra high efficient - ultra low emission' energy systems. It also means energy available for everyone, not only for wealthy, developed countries and overgrown mega-cities.
To address these issues, we need flexible energy systems that can operate with various fuel inputs. This way we can decentralise our energy production sites and lower production costs. Konstantina is committed to respond to these challenges. She has not only devoted her academic research to this cause, but she has also worked in close collaboration with industries in order to help them develop environmentally responsible and sustainable energy systems.