Prof. Varbanov is the Head of SPIL – Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory, NETME Centre, FME, Brno University of Technology – VUT Brno, Czech Republic. His main fields of activity are energy saving and efficiency, development and implementation of Process Integration, Total Site and regional integration for energy, water and Circular Economy– including retrofit, waste to energy, and wastewater minimisation leading to GHG and water footprints reduction.

Petar Varbanov has got PhD in Process Integration from UMIST (now – The University of Manchester, UK) with distinction in 2004, on “Optimisation and Synthesis of Process Utility Systems”, completed in collaboration with Aspentech, Shell Global Solutions, MW Kellog and BP. He has been awarded Dr Habil from the University of Miskolc in February 2020 on the Thesis “Improving the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability of Industrial Sites and Regions”. He is in the final steps of the procedure for awarding the Professor title. He holds the Dr-Habil title from the University of Miskolc – Hungary (2020) and is the Professor from Cracow University of Technology (2023).

Dr Varbanov has been twice the Fellow of Marie Curie research grants – an Individual Intra-European Fellowship Grant for 2 y research at Technische Universität Berlin, followed by a grant for going to the University of Pannonia, Hungary, where he served as the Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2 until February 2016, when he won the post at SPIL in Brno, Czech Republic. He also collaborated with the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability – Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

Dr Varbanov is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal “Cleaner Energy Systems”, Subject Editor of the Elsevier journal “Energy – The International Journal”, and the European Editor of the Springer Journal “Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy”. He served as the Managing Guest Editor and Guest Editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Computers and Chemical Engineering.

He has been a long-term Scientific Secretary of the Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction – PRES ( Since 2018 he became the conference Chair and since January 2023, he is the acting conference President. He is the member of the International Scientific Committee and chair of the Poster Evaluation Committee of the International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems SDEWES international conference (, as well as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory Scientific–SPIL conferences. He is also the Scientific Secretary of the International Conference “Sustainable and efficient use of energy, water and natural resources” – SEWAN. He served many years as the Scientific Secretary of the CAPE-WP of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.

Recently he has been contributing to 25 EC co-funded and other research and demonstration projects. He has published over 290 papers indexed by the Web of Science with an H-Index of 40. He is a co-author of three books and several chapters in books. He has been an external examiner at the University of Surrey, The University of Manchester, University Mohammed I – Oujda.

His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: BP-Coryton, BP-Grangemouth, MOL Százhalombatta,HU, Bayer, DE, IPLOM – Busalla, IT. He has been actively collaborating with HUNTSMAN Processing & Engineering – Basel (CH), Process Integration Ltd (UK), Cal Gavin (UK), Akstionernoe Obshchestvo ‘Sodrugestvo-T’ (UA), Makatec Apparate GmbH (DE), The University of Manchester (UK), University of Bath (UK), Paderborn University (DE), EMBaffle (NL), University of Maribor (SI), Pannon Novum Regional Innovation Centre (HU), Chamber of Commerce Nagykanizsa (HU), Julius Montz GMBH (DE), Process Design Centre BV (NL), Scottish Power Generation Ltd (UK), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (GR), Imperial College London (UK), ETH Zürich (CH); National Technical University of Athens (GR), University of Zagreb (HR), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute (UA), The Hashemite University (JO), University Mohammed I (MA), Bayer (DE), MOL (HU), ENN Group Ltd (CN), IPLOM Refinery (IT)