Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, 1992.
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, 1987.
  • Dipl. Engr., Civil Engineering, Aristotle University (Greece), 1985.

Dr. Sotira Z. Yiacoumi is currently a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received a Diploma of Engineering degree from the Aristotle University, Greece, in 1985, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University in 1987 and 1992, respectively. After receiving her Ph.D. degree, she joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1997. Her research interests include colloidal and interfacial phenomena in environmental and energy systems. Her research contributions span the following areas: sorption phenomena, colloidal phenomena, influence of sorption on colloidal behavior, molecular techniques, and novel environmental processes. She has co-authored the book "Kinetics of Metal Ion Adsorption from Aqueous Solutions: Models, Algorithms, and Applications." In 1997, she received a National Science Foundation Career Award, entitled "CAREER: Influence of Sorption Rates on Particle Flocculation Kinetics." She was the chair of the organizing committee for the 77th American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, which was held at the Georgia Institute of Technology during June 15-18, 2003.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Interfacial and colloidal phenomena in environmental systems
  • Sorption of metal ions from aqueous solutions
  • Sorption/desorption of organic compounds from aqueous solutions by natural particles
  • Colloidal particle interactions in aquatic systems
  • Bubble interactions in gas/liquid reactive systems
  • Influence of sorption rates on particle flocculation kinetics

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Thank a Teacher Recognition, March 2016.
  • Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Thank a Teacher Recognition, April 2014.
  • Nunan Lecturer, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, April 2011.
  • Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Thank a Teacher Recognition, April 2010.
  • Patricia Taboada-Serrano (advisee) won a Molecular Design Institute (MDI) graduate research fellowship based on a submitted research proposal and academic achievements, 2003-2004.
  • Kun-Lin Yang (advisee) won a Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2003.
  • Ching-Ju Chin (advisee) won a Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2002.
  • National Science Foundation Career Award: "CAREER: Influence of Sorption Rates on Particle Flocculation Kinetics," 1997-2003.
  • Kun-Lin Yang (advisee) won a Molecular Design Institute (MDI) graduate research fellowship based on a submitted research proposal and academic achievements, 2000-2002.
  • Kun-Lin Yang (advisee) won an ACS Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry (awarded to no more than 25 students annually) based on academic achievements and research, 2001.
  • U.S. Department of Energy Higher Education Research Experiences for Faculty, Summer 2001.
  • Kavitha Subramaniam (advisee) won a Wiley Poster Award for the Presentation: "Copper Sorption and its Effects on Flocculation of Oxide Colloids: Equilibria and Rates," Morgan Symposium, 220th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, Division of Environmental Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2000.
  • Kavitha Subramaniam (advisee) won an ACS Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry (awarded to no more than 25 students annually) based on academic achievements and research, 2000.
  • Technical Communication Award-Merit for the Scholarly/Professional Article: "Shear-Induced Flocculation of Colloidal Particles in Stirred Tanks," Society for Technical Communication, 2000.
  • Technical Communication Award-Merit for the Scholarly/Professional Article: "Experiments on Electrostatic Dispersion of Air in Water," Society for Technical Communication, 1999.
  • U.S. Department of Energy Faculty Research Participation Program, Summer 1994, Summer 1998, Summer 1999.
  • Syracuse University Graduate Fellow, 1988-1991.
  • Syracuse University Graduate Scholar, 1986-1988.
  • Fellowship, The Fellowship Foundation of Greece, 1980-1985.
  • Scholarship, The Engineering Society of Greece, 1980.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Kim, Y.-H., Park, L.K.-E., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Modular Chemical Process Intensification: A Review," Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, in press, 2017.
  • Ladshaw, A.P., Kuo, L.-J., Strivens, J., Wood, J., Schlafer, N., Yiacoumi, S., Tsouris, C., and Gill, G., "Influence of Current Velocity on Uranium Adsorption from Seawater Using an Amidoxime-Based Polymer Fiber Adsorbent," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 56, 2205-2211, 2017.
  • Kim, Y.-H., Yiacoumi, S., Nenes, A., and Tsouris, C., "Charging and Coagulation of Radioactive and Nonradioactive Particles in the Atmosphere," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 16, 3449-3462, 2016.
  • Park, L.K.-E., Ren, S., Yiacoumi, S., Ye, X.P., Borole, A.P., and Tsouris, C., "Separation of Switchgrass Bio-oil by Water/Organic Solvent Addition and pH Adjustment," Energy & Fuels, vol. 30, 2164-2173, 2016.
  • Ladshaw, A.P., Das, S., Liao, W.-P., Yiacoumi, S., Janke, C.J., Mayes, R.T., Dai, S., and Tsouris, C, "Experiments and Modeling of Uranium Adsorption in the Presence of Other Ions in Simulated Seawater," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 55, 4241-4248, 2016.
BOOKS
  • Letterman, R.D., and Yiacoumi, S., "Chapter 8, Coagulation and Flocculation," in Water Quality and Treatment, 6th edition, J.K. Edzwald, ed., American Water Works Association, Denver, CO, 2010.
  • Tsouris, C., Noonan, J., Ying, T.-Y., Chin, C.J., and Yiacoumi, S., "Functionalized Magnetic Particles: Fundamentals and Applications," in Green Separation Processes, C.A.M. Afonso and J.P.S.G Crespo, eds., Wiley-VCH, Germany, 2005.
  • Vithayaveroj, V., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of Metal Ion Sorption," in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, J. A. Schwarz, C. Contescu, and K. Putyera, eds., Marcel Dekker, New York, 2004.
  • Yang, K.-L., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Electrical Double-Layer Formation at the Nanoscale," in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, J. A. Schwarz, C. Contescu, and K. Putyera, eds., Marcel Dekker, New York, 2004.
  • Yiacoumi, S., and Chen, J., "Modeling of Metal Ion Sorption Phenomena in Environmental Systems," in Adsorption and Its Application in Industry and Environmental Protection, Vol. II, pp. 285-318, A. Dabrowski, ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1998.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Ladshaw, A.P., Nan, Y., Tavlarides, L.L., DePaoli, D.W., Tsouris, C., and Yiacoumi, S., "Adsorption Modeling at the Front and Back Ends of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle," American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting, June 12-16, New Orleans, 2016.
  • Ladshaw, A.P., Sharma, K., Yiacoumi, S., Tsouris, C., and DePaoli, D.W., "Adsorption Modeling for Off-Gas Treatment," Global 2013: International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, September 29 – October 3, 2013, 1573-1578, 2013.
  • Vithayaveroj, V., Taboada-Serrano, P., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Surface Charge Heterogeneities: An Experimental and Molecular Modeling Study," 228th American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, Preprints of Extended Abstracts, vol. 44, no. 2, 2 pp., Philadelphia, PA, August 2004.
  • Chin, C.J., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Effects of Metal Ion Adsorption on Colloidal Surface Forces: Measurements by Atomic Force Microscopy," Proceeding of the International Conference: Protection and Restoration of the Environment VI, Skiathos Island, Greece, July 1-5, 2002, 8 pp., 2002.
  • Chin, C.J., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Influence of Metal Ion Sorption on Colloidal Surface Forces Measured by Atomic Force Microscopy," 222nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Preprints of Extended Abstracts, vol. 41, no. 2, 288-290, Chicago, IL, August 26-30, 2001.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Tsouris, C., Sharma, K., Mayes, R., Kiggans, J., Yiacoumi, S., DePaoli, D., and Dai, S., "Electrosorption of Ions by Novel Mesoporous Carbon Materials," Seventeenth Symposium on Separations Science and Technology for Energy Applications, Gatlinburg, TN, October 23-27, 2011.
  • Tsouris, C., Mayes, R., Kiggans, J., DePaoli, D., Dai, S., Sharma, K., Yiacoumi, S., and Gabitto, J., "Electrosorption of Ions by Novel Mesoporous Carbon Materials," Seventeenth Symposium on Separations Science and Technology for Energy Applications, Gatlinburg, TN, October 23-27, 2011.
  • Tsouris, C., Mayes, R., Kiggans, J., DePaoli, D., Dai, S., Sharma, K., and Yiacoumi, S., "Electrosorption of Ions by Novel Mesoporous Carbon Materials," AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 16-21, 2011.
  • Tsouris, C., McFarlane, J., Kweon, H., Yiacoumi, S., and Lee, I., "Effects of Radioactivity on Surface Interaction Forces," AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 16-21, 2011.
  • Kweon, H., Yiacoumi, S., and Tsouris, C., "Friction and Adhesion Forces of Spores of Bacillus thuringiensis on Model Surfaces," AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 16-21, 2011.