Ioanis Katakis (B.Eng. Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki 1988, PhD The University of Texas at Austin, 1994) is associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain since 1997. His research interests are in the fields of Bioelectrochemistry and Bioengineering, with applications in biosensors and bioelectronics. He has co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed papers and is co-inventor of six patents in these fields. He has led the creation of two technological companies and has received awards for his innovation activities. He is teaching Chemical Process and Product Design and Bioprocess Engineering and has directed 13 doctoral theses. He has served as director of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 2005-13.