APT-STEP project aims to increase the research and innovation capacity of the Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL) of the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), a public non-profit research organization in the Region of Central Macedonia in Greece.

Over the past decade, APTL has developed significant research result capital in the area of internal combustion engine emissions control technologies; however, this technology area is maturing, and the automotive industry is turning to hybrid, pure electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrain technologies in order to develop Green Mobility.

The APT-STEP project aims to unlock the significant scientific and technological potential created in APTL in the area of clean automotive powertrain technologies for Green Mobility, by increasing the laboratory's research and innovation capacity in this area and by integrating targeted interactions with leading automotive research organisations and industries in Europe. 


The objectives of the APT-STEP project are:

  • To increase APTL's RTD capacity by upgrading and acquiring key equipment, recruiting experienced researchers from abroad, and training the laboratory's personnel in areas of new RTD and innovation opportunity by leading automotive research organisations and industries in Europe.
  • To elaborate a Strategic IP Development Plan and to increase APTL's innovation capacity by training the laboratory's personnel in IP management methods and creativity management methods, improving the organisation of IP, and networking for the exploitation of research results from past relevant projects.
  • To establish strategic partnerships and collaborations for RTD and innovation with leading automotive research organisations and industries in developed EU regions, in thematic areas targeted by European Research and Innovation Policy (such as Transport, Energy, Nanotechnology and Environment).
  • To increase the visibility of APTL in the Region of Central Macedonia, in Greece, in Europe and in the rest of the world by disseminating and promoting the laboratory's scientific and technological excellence, its research capacity, and its capability to serve as a RTD and innovation partner to the global market.


        WP1. Acquisition of research equipment

        WP2. Recruitment of experienced researchers

        WP3. Exchange of know-how and experience

        WP4. Innovation capacity building and elaboration of Strategic IP Development Plan

        WP5. Organisation of workshops

        WP6. Dissemination and promotional activities

        WP7. Project management and coordination