Welcome to the Marine & Carbon Lab, a non-profit research group, at the University of Nicosia. As the world population grows, our oceans will play an increasingly important role as a source of food (fishing and aquaculture), for the transport of goods via ships and the provision of natural resources including oil, natural gas and minerals. Protecting our seas from pollution, noise, acidification, and warming temperatures is of paramount importance. At the same time, the supply of affordable, abundant and low-carbon energy often originating offshore demands a rethink of the prevailing energy mix. Hence, safeguarding our seas while lowering the carbon footprint of the energy sector are two of the most pressing challenges humanity is called to address.

Research activities at the Marine & Carbon Lab focus on two areas: the marine environment and energy resources. We are concerned with the physical, biological, environmental and economic aspects of our oceans and the Eastern Mediterranean in particular. Meanwhile, energy related research activities deal with the technical, engineering, environmental and policy aspects of energy resources. Our overarching goal is to bridge the gap between conventional energy sources and renewable energy while identifying the most promising solutions. We explore topics ranging from plastic debris at sea to the decarbonisation of fossil fuels to the very details of pipeline flow.

Selected Publications:

• Hadjistassou C., Kyriakides E., Georgiou J. Designing High Efficiency Segmented Thermoelectric Generators, Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, 66:165-172, 2013; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2012.07.030
• Thrassou A., Vrontis D., Tsakiris T., Hadjistassou C. The Cyprus Oil & Gas Industry’s Indirect Business Effects A Predictive Real-Time Analysis, Journal of Transnational Management, 21:3, 115-141, 2016; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15475778.2016.1192915
• Hadjistassou C., Kyriakides A., Hadjiantonis A.M., Koutras N., Charalambous E. & Bratskas R. Safeguarding Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Attacks: A Case Study for Offshore Natural Gas Assets, 9th Summer Safety & Reliability Seminar (SSARS 2015), June 21-27, 2015, Gdansk/Sopot, Poland, pp. 14.
• Hadjistassou C., Ventikos Y., Bejan A. Cerebral Oxygenation and Optimal Vascular Brain Organization, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12(107):[20150245]:1-7, 2015; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2015.0245
• Hadjistassou C., Moyle K., Ventikos Y. Derivation of the Hemoglobin Saturation Profile, a Marker of the BOLD Hemodynamic Response, at the Capillary Level, PLOS ONE, 11(3):1-19, e0149935, 2016; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0149935