Before joining the University of Houston, Dr. Kostarelos was on the faculty at The University of Cyprus where he and his colleagues have founded the NIREAS International Water Research Center, which includes his Subsurface Research Laboratory, which resulted in an award. His research interests in the general area of flow in porous media and fracture flow include Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technologies, Partitioning Interwell Tracer Testing (PITT), among others. His work has also involved development of an NIR-based, optical fiber chemical sensor.
Dr. Kostarelos earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, working on an inter-disciplinary team that adapted several petroleum industry technologies for environmental applications with Gary Pope’s group. While there, he lead a research effort on a new concept called “Neutral Buoyancy Approach,” which is an extension of Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation directed at DNAPL sites. The research group adapted various enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques to recovering hazardous liquids from the subsurface. For example, a portion of research work incorporated partitioning tracer and polymer technology into the experiments. Kostarelos’ prior studies were both completed at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering).