Eleni Keliri has set a goal for the ‘consolidation’ of the waters

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Eleni Keliri (26 years old)

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Eleni Keliri-Loizidou, a 26-year-old Greek Cypriot, who holds a degree in Chemistry in 2018, is trying to give innovative ideas that provide solutions to global problems, especially in the field of innovative water treatment to improve their quality.

Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she received a scholarship from the Danish University of Technology to conduct research on “Development of an innovative method for the quantification of free chlorine for industrial use, using natural ingredients and optical media”. She then pursued her doctoral studies at the Cyprus University of Technology (50% scholarship), where at this stage she is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Research Laboratory “Water Treatment Laboratory – AQUA” headed by Dr. Maria G.

The subject of the doctoral thesis concerns the treatment of surface waters with innovative or ecosystemically harmful chemical oxidation methods, for the removal of harmful bacteria (cyanobacteria) and their toxins (cyanotoxins). The innovative research has been supported by the Cyprus Seeds Organization, with the aim of developing academic research and its subsequent commercialization.

Apart from the main invention, Eleni is a co-inventor of a secondary product that emerged from her research activity, the “POXi kit”, which took part in the semifinals of the MIT Enterprise Forum Greece 2021.

A patent application (USPTO, 2020) has been filed for this kit, and funding of € 20,000 has been secured to extend copyright coverage over the next year. Eleni has received the 1st prize in the Student Innovators Competition (2018), a scholarship for participation in the European Innovation Academy (Portugal, 2018), an award for the presentation of innovative research at the International Conference on Harmful Algae (Mexico 2021) and the Prince Sultan Water Specialist Grants award for participation and presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology (Greece, 2021).

During her doctoral studies she has been employed in European and local research programs related to the monitoring, treatment and sanitation of surface waters.

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