CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Solon Zarkanitis - the second in row and the youngest, son of the Thessalian parents Glykeria and Aimilios Zarkanitis

PLACE OF BIRTH: Athens , Greece

DATE OF BIRTH: December 15, 1959

HOMETOWN: Spata, Attiki, Greece

CURRENT ADDRESS: 3 Eleftherias St.

                 GR-153 42Agia Paraskevi, Attiki

                 Hellas-Greece

                 Tel: +30-210-600-5972

                 email: zark@catalysis.gr

                 web site: http://www.catalysis.gr

Marital Status: Married to the immaculate Laconia-Crete emanated Joanne Aggelaki

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 1990 , University of Rochester , Rochester , NY , USA

 

M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, 1989 , University of Rochester , Rochester , NY , USA

 

Diploma of Chemical Engineering, 1984 , National Technical University of Athens (NTUA-EMΠ) , Athens , Greece (*)

 

Attended various non-credit courses in electronics, math, science and engineering at the Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science and Mathematics Departments at the University of Rochester, NY, USA, 1985-1990

(To strengthen knowledge on analog/digital circuitry, structural mechanics, materials characterization and operational analysis/linear algebra-linear operators/tensor analysis)

 

Attended one year of the two years MBA program at Mercy College , Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA, 1992-1993

(Not a value-for-money product! Trivial concepts, floating-foggy fundamentals, expensive lectures = better forget it!)

 

Attended one year of the four years study program at the Chemistry Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA-ΕΚΠΑ), Greece , 1977-78

(Too much purely chemical, too old fashioned-Lavoisier like methodologies, too neglected facilities, archaic textbooks and too much not engineered!)

 

Graduate of the Public Lyceum, Agia Paraskevi, Greece, 1974-77

(Math and Physics oriented)

 

Attended three years program of the Public Gymnasium, Spata, Greece, 1971-1974

(Classical studies oriented) 

 

Graduate of the 2nd Elementary Public School, Spata, Greece, 1965-1971

(The first step to formal education)

 

Self investigation on electrical phenomena by trial and error(!) basis from my infant age. Thanks to my father's firm attitude installing an old GM-GE® / U.S. Army electricity generator unit to light up our poultry farm and house, breading too, my interest to the unKnown...  Thanks to my mother for not being ignored by short-circuiting / destroying pieces of equipment in the farm and putting up fires...

  

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

1997 - present     

Independent Professional. Worked on various educational, research and multimedia projects.

 

Dioramas development: 3D computerized multimedia vividly live-working models-structures exemplifying scientific and / or technological concepts to the general (young) public: “Education (ought) to be Fun”

Current Themes:

Renewable Energy Sources

Thermodynamics and Thermal Engines: From calories to quanta

 

Chemical process simulator development – Transient Physical and Chemical Processes/Web based algorithms/packages (Time/Spatial dependent evolution patterns - thermophysical properties calculation/simulation – database development)

 

Robust numerical techniques development – Partial Differential Equations Solver

for Fluid Mechanics problems with/without chemical reactions

 

Multi-steady state phenomena and numerical solvers – Bifurcation Techniques

 

Split phase/Split model techniques

 

VSA/PSA process simulator (A multiprocess-multibed-multiphase model approach)

 

Esp-r: An energy computer package for buildings. Adaptation/Enhancements for a windows ® PC based environment, developed entirely in Fortran code, Mechanical Engineering Department, Strathclyde University , Glasgow , Scotland

 

On the onset of fluidization: A numerical technique approach

 

Hydrogen sulfide formation in an urban waste sewage pipeline network: A computer model

 

Blood COHb content and human activity pattern (life style) in an urban environment: A computer model simulation

 

A milk processing plant on a Microsoft Excel® Spreadsheet

 

A fermenter reactor on a Microsoft Excel® Spreadsheet

 

Laws of Thermodynamics in a Poultry Farm Breading Chamber: A computer simulation process

 

An ozone generator unit out of a salvaged old WV Golf III® engine ignition unit

 

Direct computer control of the Motorola ® microprocessor-based Maerklin® miniature railroad layout toy system

 

Multimedia Applications (subcontracts, NTUA-ChE Department outsourcing):

Lyceum Chemistry (CD format) with NTUA, contract with the Greek Ministry of Education

Gymnasium Chemistry (CD format) with NTUA, contract with the Greek Ministry of Education

Indoor Air Pollution (CD format) with NTUA, contract with the Greek Ministry of Education

Renewable Energy Sources and Their Applications (Internet format under the WebCT® platform) with NTUA, contract with Greek Ministry of Education

 

Teaching Work:

Courses:

Introduction to Chemical Technology, Chemistry Department, University of Athens, 1998-2001, a graduate course in the Chemistry Didactics and New Educational Technologies program.

 

Multimedia Authoring Tools (Director®/Authorware® ), Chemistry Department, University of Athens, 1998-2001, a graduate course in the Chemistry Didactics and New Educational Technologies program.

 

Research Methodology, Food Department, Agricultural University of Athens, 1999-2001, a graduate course in the Food Science and Technology program.

 

Joined Research Projects:

The bio-lime fuel concept: Mathematical modeling (CFX ® coupled with user code routines) of a biodiesel-biolime furnace, with FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas), Patras, under the ENVIRONMENT EU program.

 

Mobile Air Pollution Monitoring System: Design and prototype manufacturing of the sample air preconditioning unit, with FORTH , Patras, under the IT EU program.

 

1996-1997  

Innovation Relay Center , Consultant engineer. Main Duties: technology audits, identification of technology needs of SMEs (small-medium enterprises) and facilitation of technology transfer process via the European IRC net. (Established and financed by EU under the INNOVATION program.)

 

1995-1996

Served 18 mos (+3 days) the Greek Army (Transportation-Fuel Supply/War Supplies Corps) with the rank of a soldier. Technical duties: evaluation of various projects related to the logistics of the fuel supply, fuel distribution net and refueling procedures of land surface and airborne army vehicles under crisis conditions. Analytic methodology troubleshooting of the CH47D (Boeing/Chinook) helicopter hydraulic fluids quality testing at the Army’s Chemistry Labs. Adaptation of the NATO directive "Single Fuel Concept" in the Greek Army.

 

1990- 1995

Universal Oil Products (UOP), Inc., Tarrytown , NY , USA

(Former Linde Division of Union Carbide Inc. at Tarrytown New York )

Research and Development Department-R&D

Position: Development Specialist

Duties: Develop New or Optimize Existing Technologies for the Refinery, Petrochemical,

        Gas Processing and the Chemical Process Industries (CPI).

 

Perform preliminary techno-economical studies of the variousalternatives in the product/process manufacturing/development.

 

Conduct lab-scale experiments for the "proof-of-principle".

 

Improvise, designand commissionpilot plant systems for data development demanded by an industrial process scale-up.

 

Supervise and evaluate the related R&D projects.

 

Perform the technology Know-How transfer to Engineering and Field Service Support Departments.

 

Collaborate with various external customers or other company departments for problem solving on custom-made applications.

 

Define and conduct long-term basic and industrial research projects in the interest of the company. Expose ideas/ action plans at the company annualmeetings of its Technical Ladder Organization (TLO).

 

Evaluate and propose actions related to the company annual action and business plans in the lateral business units.

 

Appraise or revamp "problematic" or "pathologic" company technologies in cross-department brainstorming meetings.

 

Facilitate in shaping the "Future of the Company: What will be the new technologies/markets?"

 

Facilitate the R&D restructuring process ("Do the right R&D right the first time!") under the Total Quality Management process in the company.

 

Supervising lab technicians charged with the daily lab work.

 

1977- 1984

Tutoring high school students in the fields of mathematics, geometry, physics and chemistry.

 

Driver-Transporter of small pieces of furniture from Thessaloniki to Athens or olive oil canisters from Amphissa to Thessaloniki .

 

Side-walk building technician's assistant worker.

 

1970-1977

Seasonal assistant worker at the family poultry farm business.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

1990- 1995

UOP, Inc., Tarrytown , NY

 

Develop a pilot plant multi-bed system to investigate the effects of different adsorbents/process conditions on the air separation by pressure/vacuum swing adsorption.

 

Develop pilot plant units to simulate reforming, catalytic cracking, continuous catalyst regeneration processes for the refinery industry.

 

Develop pilot plant units to simulate separation, purification processes for the petrochemical industry.

 

Develop pilot plant units to simulate separation, purification and recovery processes for various environmental applications(VOC control).

 

Perform simulation studies for combined, in-situ, reaction-separation processes for the refinery industry (e.g., MTBE production process by reactive-distillation).

 

Explore alternative routes for natural gas transportation from remote off-p ipeline system gas fields.

 

Introduction for the first time MS-DOS®/DR-DOS 6.0 ® PC based computerized pilot plants at the company R&D facilities at Tarrytown New York in early 90s.

 

Introduction for the first time of a DR-DOS 6.0® PC mutlitasking/monitoring/control single-point environment - my office PC - of all computerized pilot plants at the R&D facility under my jurisdiction. Microsoft first multitasking (windows ®) environment (with its unbelievablely crashing-pro memory manager) followed in a year.

 

1984-1990     

University of Rochester

 

Ph.D. Dissertation .

Topic: Pore Structure and Reactivity Evolution in Noncatalytic Gas-Solid Reactions.

Advisor: Prof. Stratis V. Sotirchos (**)

 

Development of an integrated thermogravimetric analysis system (Cahn 2000®)  for use in the investigation of pore structure and reactivity evolution in noncatalytic gas-solid reactions.

 

Development of an ultra high vacuum system - a high-speed turbo molecular pump (Leybold Heraus®) backed up with a rotary-vane two-stage Edwards® mechanical pump - along with the proper instrumentation for vacuum control.

 

Use of the system for studying the dependence of the sulfur capacity of calcined limestone and dolomite for sulfur dioxide removal from coal combustion gases on factors related to the pore size distribution of the solid.

 

Experimental evaluation of detailed mathematical model for diffusion, reaction and transport in porous structures undergoing decomposition, deposition, or solid transformation for calcination and sulfation of limestones and dolomites.

 

Finite element/Gaelerkin numerical technique code development for Structural Mechanics tension/deformation problems solving (Partial fulfillment of the graduate course in Numerical Techniques, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Rochester, USA, 1987)  

 

1983-1984  

National Technical University of Athens

 

ChE Diploma Thesis.

Topic: Model-Based Investigation of Atmospheric Pollution.

Advisors: Prof. Nikolaos Coumoutsos (**) and Prof. John A. Palyvos

 

Multistage Air Pollution Transport Modelling.

Short range models: The time-dependent air pollution patterns developed in the Athens Metropolitan Area established by point sources – big industries, surface sources – urban central heating systems and line sources – transportation means, roads of heavy traffic, airport, etc, along with the timely varied climatic data.

Mid range models: Air pollution tension on Thessaly plains due to the imported pollution from the Northern Kozane – Ptolemaida lignite-fired power utility plans.

Long range models: Global Air pollution – Air pollution transport from the North America continent to Europe.

(Programming languages: Fortran77 and Pascal)

 

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

University of Rochester 1984-1990 

Teaching Assistant in Transport Phenomena, Junior Lab, Senior Lab (undergraduate courses),and

Design of Chemical Reactors and Numerical Analysis for Chemical Engineers (graduate courses).

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

Recipient of the NTUA Board of Trusties honor at the annual special University ceremony hosted by the Rector, given to the students with excellence in both coursework and Diploma Thesis research work during the last fifth year of studies with the annual highest GPA across all Departments of the Polytechnic University, Summer 1985.

 

Recipient of an award from the Tiftixis Foundation, given to the student with the highest GPA at the School of Chemical Engineering at NTUA, 1982.

 

Recipient of an award from the D. Thomaidis Foundation, given to the student with the highest GPA in the fifth year of studies at the School of Chemical Engineering at NTUA, 1984.

 

Recipient of an award from the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), for best performance in both research and coursework in the fifth year of undergraduate studies at NTUA, 1984.

 

Recipient of the Chemical Engineering Department Fellowship (tuition and living expenses) - a grant from U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), University of Rochester, USA, 1984-89.

 

Recipient of the Ellon Hooker Fellowship, USA , 1987-88.

 

Recipient of the Link Foundation Fellowship, an outcome of a nationwide (USA-wide) competition, Binghamton, NY, USA, 1988-89.

 

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

 

Development of a simulation model for fixed-bed desulfurization reactors using a novel numerical procedure, a multiphase model, accounting for solid sorbent structural properties changes, and investigating particle and bed performance.

 

Development of a model for the investigation of water vapor effects on the combustion and gasification of char particles.

 

A novel air separation technique: Oxygen production via electromagnetic fields.

(The James Clerk Maxwell Electromagnetic Field Theory at the Chemical Engineering Service)

 

Ultra pure mono-crystalline strain-free silicon production via Czohralski process: A solid state physics computer simulated process approach

 

Enriched air internal combustion (IC) engines: Boosted IC engines without a supercharged/turbo unit.

 

Computer Simulated Experimental Resonance Phenomena and The Acoustic Behavior of Ancient Greek Theaters: Application to the Epidavros Theater.

 

Machining: An orchestra at your workbench - sound, songs and melody

 

Heating and sound effects

 

Blood COHb content and human activity pattern (life style): A computer model approach

 

Aortic stenosis: A fluid mechanics/chemical depostion approach

 

Are you sneezing? Are you short-circuited?

(The human electricity generator power system)

 

Atmospheric Electricity Collectors: A Utopia or a (future) Reality?

 

STRENGTHS AND SKILLS

 

Proficient in designing and manufacturing microprocessor-controlled pilot plant units for refinery, petrochemical, gas processing and CPI applications.

 

Competent in analog and digital electronic circuitry for I/O data management . Designed and built A/D data acquisition devices (using Analog Devices® chips) and wrote appropriate software for data acquisition and process control (on  COMMODORE 64®/PET® PCs) in the early PC era.

 

Proficient in data measurement/acquisition/process control with Hewlett Packard (HP®) 9000 Series (VXI®-bus/IEEE 488-bus) Test Measurement & Instrumentation Equipment Units. Rewrote all process software migrating an HP 9000 DAC/process control system from the mini computer HP 1000 to a ALR® 486 DR-DOS 6.0® PC in early 90s. 

 

Expertise in LabView®/Strawberry Tree®/National Instruments®, etc, PC based DAC hardware/software modules application.

 

Expertise in Texas Instruments® (Siemens®) / Honeywell® / Allen-Bradley® programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in process instrumentation.

 

Expertise in thermogravimetry, gas/liquid chromatography, mercury porosimetry, pore structure analysis by gas adsorption methods, powder characterization, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) for solid surface characterization.

 

Proficient in physical quantities measurement devices/fundamental working principles/automation measuring methodologies  in gas/liquid flow, temperature, pressure, stress, chemical species measuring units especially in a harsh/hazardous working environment.

 

Superb knowledge on electrochemical sensors in measuring/monitoring flammable, asphyxiant and toxic gases.

 

Proficient in various process development simulation computer software packages:  HYSIM® , ASPEN® , CFX® .

 

Specialist in numerical analysis techniques, including finite element, finite-difference, orthogonal collocation methods, B-splines, etc.Competent with standard numerical software libraries (IMSL®, NAG® , etc.)

 

Proficient in both mainframe and microcomputer usage.

 

Expert with various mainframe operating systems (PRIME®, VAX/VMS®, CYBER/VSOS® , ALLIANT®, SUN/UNIX® ) as well as in programming languages FORTRAN, PASCAL, FORTRAN 200 (supercomputer version), PROLOG, and C.

 

Expertise in multimedia authoring tools, DIRECTOR®, AUTHORWARE®, FLASH® .

 

Proficient in complex applications interfacing pieces of code of mixed programming languages.

 

Proficient in Visual Fortran, Visual Basic, Visual Java and Visual C++  (Microsoft®/DEC®/Compaq®/SUN®/Intel®) development tools.

 

HOBBIES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

Home made electronics for home computerized applications - robotics (eHome-"smart" Home)

 

Machining and lathing with the fabulous MyFord® lathe (an enduring british tradition emanated directly from the old good days of the Industrial Revolution) in the home fabshop

 

History of Science and Technology (with emphasis to Engineering How-To)

 

History of Ancient Greece

 

World Civilization

 

All railroading themes

 

And travelling, travelling, ...

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Structural and Pellet-Model Effects on Design Models for Coal Gas Desulfurization Reactors, 1987 AIChE Annual Meeting, NY, NY, November 1987 (with S.V. Sotirchos).

 

Pellet-Model Effects on Simulation Models for Fixed-Bed Desulfurization Reactors, AIChE J., 35, 1137(1989) (with S.V. Sotirchos).

 

Pore Structure and Particle Size Effects on Limestone Capacities for Sulfur Dioxide Removal, AIChE J., 35, 821(1989) (with S.V. Sotirchos).

 

Experimental Evaluation of Distributed Pore and Grain Size Models for Limestone Sulfation, 1989 Spring AIChE Meeting, Houston, TX, April 1989 (with S.V. Sotirchos).

 

Factors Limiting the Capacity of Calcined Limestones for SO2 Removal: Model Predictions vs. Experimental Evidence, presented at the Third International Conference on Processing and Utilization of High-Sulfur Coal and included in a book edited by T.D. Wheelock and R. Markuszewski (Elsevier) (with S.V. Sotirchos).

 

Experimental Evaluation of a Class of Distributed Pore Size Models for Gas-Solid Reactions with Solid Product, presented at the Eleventh International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering, July 1990, Toronto, Canada, and included in a special issue of Chemical Engineering Science, 45, 2761(1990).

 

Experimental Evaluation of a Class of Distributed Pore Size Models for Gas-Solid Reactions with Solid Product, Chemical Engineering Science, 45, 2761(1990) (with E.A. Efthimiadis, and S.V. Sotirchos).

 

Inaccessible Pore Volume Formation During Sulfation of Calcined Limestones, AIChE J., 38, 1536(1992) (with S.V. Sotirchos).

 

 

 

(*) due to the political turmoil and "games", at the dawn of the Elections Day on October 1981 in Greece, the NTUA Student Parties go on strike in the Fall Semester 1980 – 1981, on coalition to the University of Athens and other greek University students, against the Minister of Education George Rallis’ new law proposal, known as “law 815” – semester-type study program throughout all greek Universities (NTUA had already employed semester-like programs since 1975). As a result, that Fall Semester is lost at NTUA (only!) and everything shifts back one semester. The main students’ motto is “No studies intensification”. At least, we are honest in order to preserve our current privileged status, i.e., no pain (no gain) ...

 

(**) it grieves me that my teachers Nikos Coumoutsos and Stratis Sotirchos deceased. Of a few partners of mine to the unKnown. Hopefully keep their enlightened vibrant spirit alive ...