Spyros A. Svoronos - Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

We develop fundamental knowledge and technologies to meet an increased demand for energy with minimal environmental impact. Examples of current focus areas include development of active and selective catalysts, advancing new strategies in membrane-based separations, and introduction of next-generation semiconductors for energy research.


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Spyros Svoronos

Harry and Bertha Bernstein Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Home Office: ChESC 264 1030 Center Drive Gainesville FL 32611 Work Phone: (352) 392-9101 Website: Spyros A. Svoronos


Current research, in collaboration with Professor Pratap Pullammanappallil of the UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, focuses on the modeling and optimization of bioprocesses for the production of biofuels and other useful products of bioprocesses. Of particular interest is a remarkable cyanobacterium, isolated by Professor Edward J. Phlips of the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation, that with CO2-enriched air produces high concentration of cells and of an extracellular polysaccharide without needing fresh water or external addition of nitrogenous nutrients.  In addition, applications of artificial neural networks are investigated.


Ph.D., 1981, University of Minnesota (1982)

Research Areas

Bioprocess Engineering
Process Modeling, Optimization, and Control
Machine Learning

Awards & Distinctions

  • Harry & Bertha Bernstein Professor of Chemical Engineering