El proyecto CATHYCEL, catalizadores para hidrogenación de celulosa y productos lignocelulósicos ha sido presentado por nuestro investigador Alberto Romero y ha ganado la Greenweekend Valladolid 2017. El vídeo explica este concepto de biorrefinería. https://youtu.be/lePesznZO4M
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Danilo Cantero, one of our PhD students, has been awarded the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Excellence Award in Process Intensification 2015 for his PhD thesis titled Intensification of cellulose hydrolysis process by supercritical water. Obtaining of added value products.
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 […]
A green way to obtain renewable biofuels starting from woody biomass is studied, according with the biorefinery concept. Eucalyptus globulus wood is used as raw material. Eucalyptus is a tree of considerable importance, due to its wide expansion and its spread use in industrial applications. High biomass yield and low water consume make it very […]
Nowadays, due to the depletion of fossil raw materials in the world, the chemical industry is focusing on renewable resources as feedstocks to develop high added value products. In this way, carbohydrates from biomass are seen as a suitable feedstock for many useful chemicals. Lactic acid is a chemical compound with a wide range of […]