Panagiotis Xanthopoulos was born in Athens, Greece in 1992 and graduated from the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2015. Within his five year-long studies, he specialized in the field of metallurgical procedures and carried out his Diploma Thesis at the Laboratory of Hydrometallurgy. During the summer of 2014 he worked as a metallurgical engineer at LARCO General Mining and Metallurgical S.A, in the framework of the internship program of NTUA. Right after graduating NTUA until October of 2018, he worked as an environmental consultant at ECHMES Ltd. and took part in projects related to the environmental legislation and waste management of raw materials industries in Greece. Now, as ESR10 of the MSCA-ETN SULTAN project, he is doing his PhD in the SOLVOMET Lab of KU Leuven entitled “Recovery of metal ions from dilute aqueous solutions by ion flotation”, which is coordinated by prof. dr. Koen Binnemans. His main task within the project is to develop an integrated method for the recovery of valuable metals from acidic sulphate solutions as well as the detoxification of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) by ion flotation. Panagiotis enjoys travelling, listening to music and learning new things.
MSCA-ETN SULTAN project focuses on the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining wastes both of abandoned and active mines