NEW REVIEW: Understanding biomass fractionation in subcritical&supercritical water

Biomass fractionation into its individual building blocks poses a major challenge to the biorefinery concept. The recalcitrance of the lignocellulose matrix and the high crystallinity of cellulose make typical feed stocks difficult to separate into their components. Hydrothermal processing fractionates biomass by its hydrolysis. However, a deep knowledge of hydrolysis principles is required since an […]

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[Thesis]: Study of the improvement of cellulose processing using ionic liquids

Dr. Cristina Jiménez de la Parra defended past Thursday 24 th November her PhD thesis at the University of Valladolid. The thesis was directed by Mª Dolores Bermejo Roda and Mª José Cocero Alonso from the High Pressure Processes Group and it has the mention of International PhD because of her secondment in the QUILL Research Center in […]

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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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[Thesis]: Study of the improvement of cellulose processing in ionic liquid by using carbon dioxide by Joana M.C. Lopes

Dr. Joana M. C. Lopes defended her thesis on Wednesday 5th October 2016 at the University of Valladolid. The capacity of the ionic liquids (ILs) of dissolving high concentrations of cellulose and/or lignin at relatively low temperatures makes them promising solvents for the processing of lignocellulosic biomass waste. Many applications have been proposed over the years: pre-treatment for fermentation […]

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[Paper]: Hydrothermal fractionation of grape seeds in subcritical water to produce oil extract, sugars and lignin

The fractionation of grape seeds as a model biomass was studied using a combination of two processes: solvothermal extraction using ethanol and hydrothermal fractionation-autohydrolysis process in a semicontinuous reactor using subcritial water. Around 70% of the polyphenols were extracted in the first step and close to 80% of the sugars in the second step.

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[Award]: Danilo Cantero: MIT Innovators Under 35 Argentina and Uruguay 2016

Danilo Cantero, one of our former PhD students and current collaborator, has been recognized as one of MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Argentina and Uruguay 2016, thanks to his innovations and developments on a high efficiency supercritical water reactor for cellulose hydrolisis. http://innovatorsunder35.com/innovators-under-35-argentina-uruguay http://innovatorsunder35.com/innovator/danilo-cantero

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