The SUPREN SUstainable PRocess ENgineering research group is integrated in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the Bilbao School of Engineering (University of the Basque Country). Its different R&D activities are briefly described in what follows:

  • Physicochemical characterization of fuels and urban or industrial wastes to design their valorization.
  • The development of thermochemical and valorization processes to valorize and recycle organic wastes through pyrolysis or gasification.
  • The development of hydrometallurgical processes to valorize and recycle industrial wastes.
  • The preparation, characterization and testing of heterogeneous catalysts for reforming, oxidation, hydrotreating, dehydration and hydrogenolysis processes of both fossil (oil fractions, NG) or renewable (biomass) resources.
  • The application of advanced and innovative approaches from chemical reaction engineering to develop microreaction systems or other ones with coupled selective separations (reactive distillation, membrane modules). These technologies use to be applied to hydrogen production technologies and to biorefinery processes development (biofuels and added-value intermediates or products).

All the expertise accumulated working in all the previously indicated areas allows at present the development of research projects within the following lines of R&D:

  1. Design of innovative reaction systems
  2. Development of biorefinery processes
  3. Hydrogen technologies
  4. Waste to resource (W2R)
  5. Development of hydrometallurgical processes

The R&D researchers have also experience in modeling and simulation in process engineering: experimental data processing, model tuning, process scale-up or design and optimization of real processes. Both commercial simulators and specifically developed tools use to be applied in this field.



First publication date: 25/10/2018


The MESC+ Master’s Course is a 2-year programme in Materials Science and Electrochemistry, fully taught in English, involving 5 Universities in 4 European countries (UPJV AMIENS (France), WUT WARSAW (Poland), UPS TOULOUSE (France), EHU/UPV BILBAO (Spain) and UL LJUBLJANA (Slovenia)), 2 Universities in USA (DREXEL, Philadelphia) and Australia (DEAKIN), a European Research Institute (ALISTORE), the French Network on Energy Storage (RS2E), the Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) and a leading Research Center in Spain (CIC Energigune).

The Master’s Course is composed of 3 semesters of classes plus a fourth semester in a Research Laboratory in Europe, USA or Australia for the 6-month Master's Thesis. Students (25-30 per intake) can study in up to 4 different countries within 2 years depending on their mobility choices. S1 is spent in Poland (WUT) for the whole class, which then moves to France for S2 (UPS). S3 is spent either in Spain (Bilbao) or Slovenia (Ljubljana) or France (Amiens) before the Master Thesis (30 associated Labs. in Universities and Companies including BOSCH, UMICORE, RENAULT, TOTAL, SOLVAY, SAFT, EDF, SOLVIONIC).

The admission criteria for this Course are highly competitive. Candidates apply for EMJMD or Industrial scholarships from the MESC+ partners.

The deadline for the application is 28th February 2019.

More information can be found in the following links:

Contact person in UPV/EHU: Ion Agirre-Arisketa (