Executive group

Zissis Samaras

Zissis Samaras is a Full Professor and Director of the Lab of Applied Thermodynamics (LAT), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

His research work deals primarily with engine and vehicle emissions testing and modeling, and he has carried out a wide range of projects on modeling emissions from internal combustion engines. Dr. Samaras was involved in developing, testing, and large-scale evaluation of Diesel particulate filters. He was vice chairman of the management committee of COST action 319 on the Estimation of Exhaust Gas Emissions and, for many years, co-Leader on behalf of the European Environment Agency of the Topic Group "Mobile Sources" of the UN-ECE Task Force on Emission Inventories. He coordinated or co-led a number of large European projects, including "Particulates, Characterisation of Exhaust Particulate Emissions from Road Vehicles", "Artemis, Assessment and Reliability of Transport Emission Models and Inventory Systems", "Inspection & Maintenance of in-use Vehicles", "ICT-Emissions, Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on road transport emissions", "Evaluation of the impact of OBD systems and options for OBD threshold limit values for Euro 6 and VI", "Study on post-EURO 6/VI emission standards in Europe" and the H2020 projects "DownToTen, Measuring automotive exhaust particles down to at least 10 nanometres" and "DIAS, Smart Adaptive Remote Diagnostic Anti-tampering Systems."

He has provided expert advice to a number of organisations and private sector customers, including the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the World Bank, the Greek Ministry of Environment, Rhône-Poulenc, ACEA, and Concawe. He has participated in the organizing and scientific committees of several international conferences, such as Transport and Air Pollution (since 1992) and Transport Research Arena (since 2012). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Energies and served as reviewer to numerous peer-reviewed journals (Atmospheric Environment, Fuel, Engine Research, and others) and International Conferences (such as the SAE International Congress).

He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications, among them more than 150 in peer-reviewed journals and seven book chapters, which received, according to Scopus, more than 4500 citations in peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and technical notes. His author h index is 37. Dr. Samaras has four international patents on topics related with exhaust gas after-treatment and biofuels.

He is the co-founder of two spin-off companies, Exothermia SA (active in the field of exhaust after-treatment) and Emisia SA (in the field of road transport emission inventories and forecasts), that commercialize products of the research work of LAT. He also served as board and scientific member in a few technology start-ups (such as Dekati Ltd and Bio2CHP).