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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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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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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[Paper]: Bimetallic Ru:Ni/MCM-48 catalysts for the effective hydrogenation of D – glucose into sorbitol

Three different bimetallic Ru:Ni catalysts supported on a mesoporous silica MCM-48 were prepared by consecutive wet impregnations, with a total metal loading of ca. 3 % (w·w-1). Ru:Ni ratios spanned in the range of 0.15 – 1.39 (w·w-1) and were compared with the corresponding monometallic Ni/MCM-48. The catalysts so prepared were characterized by X-Ray Diffraction, […]

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Hydrolysis of Cellulose in Supercritical Water: Reagent Concentration as a Selective Factor

Biomass is mainly composed by cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. These components can be separated and then used as starting materials to produce interesting compounds via thermo-chemical processes such as hydrolysis. In the recent years there is an increasing interest in using supercritical water (SCW) as hydrolysis medium due to its suitability as environmentally friendly, non-toxic […]

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