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The Heterogeneous Catalysis group is made up of professors from the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Valencia with extensive experience in research. Within the broad field of heterogeneous catalysis, this research group develops very varied reactions, among which, the reactions related to environmental catalysis stand out. Historically, this group has focused on reactions related to the valorization of oil and natural gas. However, without stopping working with the aforementioned reactions, its work is currently more focused on the elimination of volatile organic compounds and the valorization of biomass.

This research group collaborates with many national and foreign research groups. Among the national groups, its continuous collaboration for more than 25 years with the Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) stands out, which is reflected in numerous publications, patents and joint projects. Among foreign groups, the close relationship with the Catalysis Cardiff Institute stands out (extensive collaboration over the past 15 years).

The scientific and technical objectives of the Heterogeneous Catalysis group are:

  • Develop highly stable catalysts that allow the elimination of polluting compounds at low temperatures
  • Use of biomass to obtain energy and non-energy products
  • Transform oil and natural gas more effectively by developing more efficient and cleaner processes
  • Use of CO2

Research lines of the group:

  • Block 1. Catalysis and Environment: the use of catalysis in various processes will be considered, but all of them with environmental objectives. Specifically, it studies:
    • Elimination of volatile organic compounds by oxidation using catalysts based on noble and, preferably, non-noble metals
    • Transformation of biomass and easily extractable biomass compounds into non-energy compounds with high added value
    • Transformation of biomass into energy compounds with high added value.
    • Use of CO2 as a reagent to obtain hydrocarbons, especially olefins
  • Block 2. Clean use of oil and natural gas: In view of the future ban on oil derivatives and natural gas as automotive fuels, a very interesting opportunity opens up to transform fossil resources into non-energy compounds (not emitting CO2 processes) through new clean processes. Specifically, the following are studied:
    • Substitution of the current process for obtaining olefins (steam cracking), which is very inefficient from an energy point of view, by other more efficient processes (such as the oxidative dehydrogenation of light alkanes)
    • Selective oxidation reactions using as reagents compounds easily extractable from oil and natural gas in others with high added value

Research group members: 

  • Solsona Espriu, Benjamín Eduardo (Head)
  • Miguel Dolz, Pablo Miguel
  • Dejoz García, Ana María
  • Vázquez Navarro, María Isabel
  • Llopis Alonso, Francisco
  • Orchillés Balbastre, Antoni Vicent
  • González Alfaro, María Vicenta
  • Sanchis Martínez, Rut
  • García Moreno, Adrián

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