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.


CCESC 2018: successfull conference in Bilbao

First publication date: 27/07/2018

SUPREN research group has organized the 4th International Symposium on the Catalysis for Clean Energy and Sustainable Chemistry (CCESC 2018). The conference was hold at the Engineering School of Bilbao, from 9th to 11th of July. More than 100 scientists from 16 different counties have participated, presenting 81 different communications. The spirit of this International Symposium was organizing a worldwide encounter between scientists and industrialists with interest in the technological aspects of application of catalysis to the sustainable development.

This symposium has helped to review the present state of the art of these technologies and to discuss the possible future directions of their evolution, and of course, how they can revert positively in the development of the society.