Catalytic Processes and Waste Valorization

Research Group

PROCAT-VARES research group works on the proposal, progress and innovation of processes of energy and environmental interest. The aim is to develop, at an international leading level, lines of research in Chemical Reaction Engineering that are up-to-date and focused on sustainable development. The development of this activity involves the training of researchers and technologists, the transmission of knowledge to the international scientific-technological community in the form of publications and collaboration with the industrial sector, on issues that combine academic, technological, social and industrial interest.

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The well-studied methanol to hydrocarbons reaction over a ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst has been used to develop a spectro-kinetic approach to obtain an overall reaction mechanism involving both retained species and gas-phase products. We combined two in situ spectroscopic techniques (ultraviolet–visible and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopies) with online product analysis to obtain the time-...

Next April 1 at 11:30 in the Adela Moyua Room of the ZTF/FCT, Enara Fernández will defend her Doctoral Thesis entitled "Strategies for the improvement of catalyst stability in the steam reforming of biomass pyrolysis volatiles", carried out under the supervision of Associate Professors Maider Amutio and Maite Artetxe.

As a consequence of the poor implantation of sanitation systems, more than 80% of the wastewater from human activity is dumped, which poses a threat to public health and generates water stress. In contrast, its depuration and reuse for irrigation improves the efficiency of the water management cycle and reduces the use of fresh water. In the context of grey water purification in rural areas of...

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