Professor Serafim Bakalis

School of Chemical Engineering
Honorary Professor in Structured Products

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Serafim Bakalis is a University Academic Fellow, tenuring from 2005 to present.

This prestigious research post has enabled him to develop a wide range of skills and techniques, interacting with leading industries while still continuing to contribute to teaching and administration within the School of Chemical Engineering.


  • PhD Food Engineering, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1999
  • MSc Food Engineering, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1996
  • BSc Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 1994

Postgraduate supervision

Serafim Bakalis's research spans a range of engineering-related aspects with an emphasis on understanding the effect of processing on microstructure control, as well as the extension of traditional unit operations to include performance of formulations of various consumer products. He is currently the Principal Investigator of an EPSRC/DTI-funded project aiming at delivering low-salt products without compromising their sensory attributes.

Dr Bakalis can supervise doctoral research in:

Use of positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) to investigate mixing processes
Characterisation of thermal processes using time temperature integrators
Usage and development of X-Ray microCT in understanding the effect of formulation and processing in porous structures
Modelling the performance of complex microstructures in the mouth
Electroencephalography-based investigation of sensory responses to consumption of food

Other activities

  • Member of the: Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Greek chamber of Engineers
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Food Faraday Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Secretary of the IChemE Food & Drink Subject Group Management Committee


1. Mehauden K, Cox PW, Bakalis S, Simmons MJH, Tucker GS, Fryer PJ. 2007. A novel method to evaluate the applicability of time temperature integrators to different temperature profiles. Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies. 507-14.

2. Yang, Z, Fan, X , Fryer, PJ, Parker, DJ, Bakalis, S. 2007. Improved multiple-particle tracking for studying flows in multiphase systems. American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal, 53 1941-51.

3. Yang Z, Fryer PJ, Bakalis S, Fan X, Parker DJ, Seville JPK. 2006. An improved algorithm for tracking multiple, freely moving particles in a Positron Emission Particle Tracking system. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 564 (2006) 332-38.

4. Rigby, SP, Watt-Smith, MJ, Chigada, P, Chudek, JA, Fletcher, RS, Wood, J, Bakalis, S , Miri, T. 2006. Studies of the entrapment of non-wetting fluid within nanoporous media using a synergistic combination of mri and micro-computed x-ray tomography. Chemical Engineering Science, 61 (2006) 7579-92.

5. Yang, Z, Parker, DJ, Fryer, PJ, Bakalis, S , Fan, X. 2006. Multiple-particle tracking-an improvement for positron particle tracking. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 564(1):332-8.

6. Bakalis, S, Cox, PW, Russell, AB, Parker, DJ , Fryer, PJ. 2006. Development and use of positron emitting particle tracking (PEPT) for velocity measurements in viscous fluids in pilot scale equipment. Chemical Engineering Science 61(6):1864-77.

7. Karathanos, VT, Bakalis, S, Kyritsi, A , Rodis, PS. 2006. Color degradation of beans during storage. International Journal of Food Properties 9(1):61-71.

8. Bakalis, S , Karathanos, VT. 2005. Study of rehydration of osmotically pretreated dried fruit samples. Drying Technology 23(3):533-49.

9. Taoukis, P.S., Giannakourou, M.C., Koutsoumanis, K. and Bakalis, S. 2005. Modelling the effect of house hold chilled storage conditions on the risk distribution of meat products . Acta Hort. (ISHS) 674:435-439.

10. Bakalis, S, Fryer, PJ , Parker, DJ. 2004. Measuring velocity distributions of viscous fluids using positron emission particle tracking (pept). AIChE Journal 50(7):1606-13.

11. Bakalis, S, Cox, PW, Wang-Nolan, W, Parker, D , Fryer, PJ. 2003. Use of positron-emission particle tracking (pept) technique for velocity measurements in model food fluids. Journal of Food Science 68(9):2684-92

12. Cox, PW, Bakalis, S, Ismail, H, Forster, R, Parker, DJ , Fryer, PJ. 2003. Visualisation of three-dimensional flows in rotating cans using positron emission particle tracking (pept). Journal of Food Engineering 60(3):229-40

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