NEW RESEARCH ARTICLE: Microwave pretreatment to improve extraction efficiency and polyphenol extract richness. Effect on antioxidant bioactivity

Microwave assisted extraction advantages are widely recognised. However, its implementation at an industrial scale is restricted due to microwave limitations. In this work, a microwave pretreatment is proposed as an easy scale-up alternative. The double effect of this pretreatment on extraction yield and on product richness is assessed. Microwaves accelerate the extraction kinetics of most […]

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WCCE NEWS: AWARD TO THE BEST ORAL COMMUNICATION FOR OUR GROUP

Gianluca Gallina has been awarded during the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering held in Barcelona (Spain) for his lecture titled: New pilot plant for hemicellulose extraction with hot pressurized water in the International Symposium of Ligno-Cellulosic Materials. Additionally, this system was patented and detailed information about the work can be found in this paper: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.09.155 […]

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NEW RESEARCH PAPER. MAXIMIZATION OF MONOMERIC C5 SUGARS FROM WHEAT BRAN BY USING MESOPOROUS ORDERED SILICA CATALYSTS

The hydrolysis process of a real fraction of arabinoxylans derived from wheat bran was studied. The influence of catalyst type and loading, reaction time and different metal cations were discussed in terms of the hydrolysis yield of arabinose and xylose oligomers as well as the formation of furfural as degradation product. A high yield of […]

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Meet María Anderez – PhD student on CO2 reduction project

She comes from Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, LIKAT (Rostock, Germany), where she focused on the homogeneous catalytic dehydrogenation of hydrogen carriers. During her thesis, she will study the CO2 reduction using lignocellulosic derivatives as reductans. CO2 reduction in hydrothermal environment using biomass as reductant In the last decades, CO2 has attracted more attention for its […]

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Kinetics analysis of solubilized biomass from a hydrolysis process by supercritical and subcritical water

A suitable technique to upgrade biomass is an essential point in order to make it possible to develop a sustainable economy based on biomass sources. One likely and green option to extract chemicals from biomass is hydrothermal processing. A process that only requires water, high temperature and pressure to fractionate biomass. In the same way, […]

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Multistage Pilot Plant for the extraction of hemicellulose with subcritical water

Hemicellulose is a natural polymer, made up of several sugars. It can be used to replace oil in many applications, like: production of biofuels; production of films for packaging; production of gels for drug delivery; production of xylitol, compound of great interest in the medical field; production of furfural, which is used in the production […]

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Hydrolysis of Arabinoxylans From Wheat Bran into Monomeric Sugars Over Heterogeneous Catalysts

The aim of this work is to study the conversion of arabinoxylans from wheat bran into monomeric sugars, namely xylose and arabinose, using RuCl3-based catalysts. Arabinoxylans (AX), which are the major components of wheat bran, can be converted into arabinose and xylose by a hydrolysis process (Fig. 1). These two sugars are very interesting platform […]

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One-pot conversion of D-Glucose into liquid straigh-chain alkanes over Ru-based catalysts

Regarding the shortage of fossil resources and energy sustainability, a great piece of attention has been paid to look for novel alternatives in order to obtain fuels, chemicals and energy.  Due to its high oxygen-to-carbon ratio, cellulosic biomass appears as a promising feedstock for its valorization into chemicals and building blocks. In recent years, direct […]

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