Dr Nikolaos Venetsaneas MSc, PhD

Dr Nikolaos Venetsaneas

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Impact Development Partner (Medical Technologies)

Contact details

Healthcare Technologies Institute
School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

As a Research Impact Development Partner (Medical Technologies), Nik supports the development and embedding of systems, processes and culture that contribute to excellence in research impact, with a strong focus on Medical Technologies, while developing relationships with partners and other stakeholders in line with the College’s strategic research themes.

Prior to his current role, Nik worked in business engagement at the University of Birmingham (infrastructure and urban wellbeing projects for the Department of Civil Engineering and the National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF), at the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)-Aston University, as well as a Research Fellow in the bioenergy sector.

Nikolaos Venetsaneas is part of the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI), an interdisciplinary network of over 70 academics working together to advance new technologies and treatments that encourage better tissue healing and rehabilitation tools.  The HTI brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines across the University of Birmingham, including chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics. Researchers across campus are working collaboratively to speed up the translation of new discoveries into health applications.


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering 2012
  • MSc in Ecology-Management & Protection of Natural Environment 2005
  • Integrated MSc Diploma (IChemE Accredited) (1st Hons) in Chemical Engineering 2002


Nik is a Research Impact Development Partner (Medical Technologies) at the University of Birmingham. His background expertise is in Chemical Engineering (Dipl, PhD) and Ecology (MSc).

In 2014, Nik joined the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment (University of Southampton) as a Research Fellow in an EPSRC-SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub project examining the synergy between pyrolysis fractions and anaerobic digestion.

In 2017, Nik worked at the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI-Aston University) as a Business Research Associate in an ERDF project that provided services (consultancy, advice on policy for waste/biofuels/sustainability, technical issues, knowledge transfer and networking) to West Midlands SMEs in the bioenergy sector, while delivering a ‘Masterclass’ session, engaged with more than 30 businesses, authored 6 reports (technical and market analysis reports) and co-authored 11 reports.

Since 2019, Nik supported business engagement activities, networking, relationships, and research collaborations for the University of Birmingham’s National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF) & Civil Engineering academics, as well as, for UKRRIN’s DIGI-RAIL SME support project (2022-2023).

Nik’s current post at the University of Birmingham is to assist researchers/academics across Colleges by providing advice and guidance in all elements of research impact within the Medical Technologies space, while developing relationships with partners and stakeholders in line with the College’s strategy.

Additionally, Nik supports research impact development for the West Midlands ‘6D’ Innovation Accelerator (6D-IA): The West Midlands ‘6D’ Innovation Accelerator (6D-IA), coordinated by the University of Birmingham, will unite key stakeholders (universities, hospitals, industry and government-funded ‘Catapults’ for manufacturing innovation) to supercharge the region’s ability to accelerate new health and medical technologies, delivering a streamlined programme to help companies navigate “pinch-points” in the process of medical translation.

Other activities


  • ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System - TÜV SÜD (July 2022) - Credential ID Certificate No: USA/2119/9997
  • Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management - Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) 2018

Professional membership

  • Member of Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG) (registered as Qualified Licensed Engineer) 2006


Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Zhang, W., Venetsaneas, N., Heaven, S., Banks, C. J. (2020). Impact of low loading on digestion of mechanically-separated organic fraction of municipal solid waste. Waste Management, 107:101-112.
  2. Yang, Y., Heaven, S., Venetsaneas, N., Banks, C.J., Bridgwater, A. (2018). Slow pyrolysis of organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW): Characterisation of products and screening of the aqueous liquid product for anaerobic digestion. Applied Energy, 213:158-168.
  3. Kourmentza, C., Plácido, J., Venetsaneas, N., Burniol-Figols, A., Varrone, C., Gavala, HN., Reis, M.A.M. (2017). Recent Advances and Challenges towards Sustainable Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Production. Bioengineering 2017, 4, 55; doi: 10.3390/bioengineering4020055.
  4. Venetsaneas, N., Antonopoulou, G., Stamatelatou, K., Kornaros, M., Lyberatos, G. (2009). Using cheese whey for hydrogen and methane generation in a two-stage continuous process with alternative pH controlling approaches. Bioresource Technology, 100: 3713-3717.
  5. Antonopoulou, G., Stamatelatou, K., Venetsaneas, N., Kornaros, M., Lyberatos, G. (2008). Biohydrogen and methane production from cheese whey in a two–stage anaerobic process. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 47(15): 5227-5233.

Book chapters

  1. Kourmentza, C.C, Koutra, E., Venetsaneas, N. and Kornaros, M. (2017) “Integrated biorefinery approach for the valorization of olive mill waste streams towards sustainable biofuels and bio-based products” In: Kalia, V.C. and Kumar, P., (eds.) Microbial Applications Vol.1, Bioremediation and Bioenergy, Springer International Publishing AG, Chapter: 10.
  2. Venetsaneas, N. and Iliopoulou-Georgudaki, J. (2006). “A Preliminary Study of Toxicity by Bioassay of the Wastes of Pulp and Paper Production Units” Ιn: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Multiple Stressors, Poros, Greece, 12- 15 October 2004, Arapis, G., Goncharova, N., Baveye, P., (Eds.). Springer, XVI, pp. 307-316.