Dr. Lykourinou is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) at Northeastern University in Boston MA. Her main areas of interest include green catalysis, hydrolysis (water activation), and green oxidation through oxygen/hydrogen peroxide activation by MOFs metallopeptides and proteins, as well as sustainability curriculum, active learning and project-based learning in all laboratory and lecture environments. Her main area of focus is on the development of bioinorganic complexes (peptide and protein-based) or by use of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for the development of green catalysts and model systems for hydrolytic and oxidative processes.
Current efforts also include curriculum development with emphasis on inquiry and sustainability in chemistry laboratory instruction. In collaboration with undergraduate researchers and chemistry faculty, we are working on the development of research-inspired laboratory projects incorporating biofuels, fuel cells, and green catalysis (https://schwarzwellera.wixsite.com/raiseneuorg). Other current efforts include the redesign of freshman courses to incorporate different forms of active learning and green chemistry principles to open pathways in research efforts, curriculum development, and climate justice initiatives for students early in their undergraduate learning activities in the vibrant Boston area and the world.