Associate Dean (Academic)
Dr. Kontopoulou obtained her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and her Chemical Engineering degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She worked as a research engineer at the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute in Greece from 1992 to1993. She joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor in 1999. She was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. She has served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee and as the Associate Head of the Department. In this capacity she has led numerous curriculum initiatives. She worked as a consultant and visiting scientist for Novelis Inc. during her Sabbatical in 2006.
Dr. Kontopoulou leads an internationally-recognized research group in advanced polymer technologies, including multiphase polymeric materials and processes, composites and bioplastics. She has established numerous national and international research collaborations and she has trained 10 Ph.D., 11 PDF and Research Associates, 17 Master’s and 20 Undergraduate students. She has authored more than 150 scientific publications, including 85 peer-reviewed journal papers, conference proceedings, two patent applications, and publications in trade journals. Her industry collaborations with companies including DuPont, ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil, Novelis, Alcereco/Grafoid and Solegear, resulted in numerous technical reports. She is the Editor for the Americas of International Polymer Processing, which is the official publication of the Polymer Processing Society. She has served as the President of the Canadian Society of Rheology from 2013 to2017, and she has been involved in organizing major international scientific conferences, symposia and workshops. She has delivered numerous invited and keynote lectures in conferences and industry. She received the 2010 Morand-Lambla Award of the Polymer Processing Society, in recognition for achievements and creativity among young researchers in the polymer science and technology field. She has received an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement for her research on conductive polymer nanocomposites, and the Way Memorial Trust Award from the FEAS, Queen’s.