The Technical University of Crete (TUC), which is the second autonomous Technical University in Greece, was established in 1977 and started to operate in 1984. The goals and policies of the University aims at the development of modern areas of specialization in engineering and at the promotion of research in advanced technologies in connection with the Greek industrial production units. The fifty seven laboratories are very well equipped with high technology infrastructure and well skilled personnel. Concerning the faculty members, most of them had already an international carrier, before coming to Chania.
The TUC has the following departments:
Department of Sciences which accepts only post-graduated students and four departments of Engineering:
Department of Production Engineering and Management
- Department of Mineral Resources Engineering
- Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
- Department of Environmental Engineering
Biochemical Engineering & Environmental Biotechnology (BEEB)
(Department of Environmental Engineering)
The laboratory of Biochemical Engineering & Environmental Biotechnology (BEEB) is one of the few laboratories involved in the development of biological-based processes to address environmental problems in Greek Universities. The laboratory was established with the arrival of Prof. N. Kalogerakis at TU-Crete in Chania in the summer of 1997, a few months before the Department accepted its first students in September 1997.
The laboratory belongs to Division II: "Analysis and Design of Environmental Processes" of the Department of Environmental Engineering at TU-Crete. The MISSION of the Laboratory is to:
- Become one of the premier centers of excellence and innovation in Southern Europe for Research and Development of novel biotechnological processes for environmental protection, quality assessment and remediation of contaminated sites and marine environments.
- Establish collaborative research projects with other laboratories within Greece , Europe and world-wide.
- The Laboratory should fulfil all its teaching obligations (courses on biochemical engineering, environmental microbiology and bioremediation engineering) at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Provide external services on a contractual basis for environmental sample analysis and/or bioremediation process monitoring.
The laboratory of Biochemical Engineering & Environmental Biotechnology (BEEB) offers a variety of services to local and international organizations.
Services offered include:
- Environmental sample analysis (liquids and soils)
- Characterization of indoor and outdoor bioaerosols
- Ecotoxicological testing
- Design of olive mill wastewater treatment units
- Odour control in wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations
- Oil spill remediation technologies.
- Tertiary wastewater treatment
- In situ and ex situ soil bioremediation.
- Consulting services for Environmental Assessment and Risk Analysis.
Hydrogeochemical Engineering and Soil Remediation Laboratory
(Department of Environmental Engineering)
The laboratory is currently involved in the following research areas:
- Water quality management at the watershed scale.
- Development and of hydrogeochemical watershed, surface and ground water models.
- Pollution prevention and sustainable development of water resources.
- Assessment and remediation of soils polluted by heavy metals.
- Impact of organic pollutants on the fate and transport of heavy metrals in the environment.
Development of new technologies and use of existing ones for the remediation of soils and aquatic ecosystems from inorganic pollutants.
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION AND OTHER PROJECTS
The laboratory participates in the following projects:
- Ε.U. -tempQsim: Evaluation and improvement of water quality models for application in temporary rivers of Southern Mediterranean countries.
- GSRT - Greek-Hungarian Collaboration: Application of the AsRT and sorption technologies for the removal of arsenic from groundwaters of northern Greece and Hungary (collaboration with the University of Vesprem).
- Ε.U. -EUROCAT: European catchments - Changes and Impacts to the coastal zone (collaboration with NCMR).
- E.U. - Joint Research Centre, Environment Institute, ISPRA (IT): Environmental Impacts of E.U. legislature on 3 catchments (Greece, Poland, U.K.) - Implementation of the water framework directive to Acheloos river catchment (collaboration with NCMR).
- Ministry of Agriculture - Acheloos River project: Evaluation of hydrochemical data of Acheloos and estimation of the contribution of agriculture to aquatic pollution (collaboration with NCMR).
- NIEHS - Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research: Health Effects and Geochemistry of Arsenic and Lead - Pilot application of AsRT technology to Bangladesh and Vineland corporation, New jersey to remove arsenic from groundwater (collaboration with the University of Columbia).
United Technologies Corporation, U.S.A. - Natural Attenuation Study of Chromium and Chlorinated Ethenes at SIKORSKY Aircraft Corporation (collaboration with the University of Connecticut).
- Water quality management studies at the watershed scale.
- Studies using environmental models.
- Pollution prevention and sustainable development of water resources studies.
- Assessment and remediation of soils polluted by heavy metals studies.
- Use of the arsenic removal technology (AsRT).
- Development of new technologies and use of existing ones for the remediation of soils and aquatic ecosystems from inorganic pollutants.
- Measurement of arsenic species in water and soil samples using anodic stripping voltametry.
Heavy metal sorption studies using column and batch experiments.