Focus on Sustainability
Renewable resources and energy production/conversion
Find new solutions to convert renewable energy sources (e.g. biomass, wind, solar, geothermal) into high energy densitiy's products and increasing the efficiency of the application of renewable energy sources.
The low energy need of the process compared to other separation techniques is the great advantage of this clean process. Membranes are used for the production of renewable materials and cleaning waste waters (regeneration of metals and solvents). The emission of waste products can be reduced significantly through membrane techniques.
Regeneration of solvents from industrial wastes and side products, elimination of toxic compounds, wastewater treatment. Carbon dioxide absorption from flue gases and biogases.
The distillation columns and membranes which were designed by our Research Group are applied successfully in several industrial companies.
Life cycle analysis
Industrial processes and products must be designed considering the criterias of sustainability and green chemistry. In order to do this an exhaustive environmental impact analysis (the so called life cycle analysis) must prior any plant/process design and construction phases to indentify possible hazardous environmental impacts and bottlenecks.
Integrated process design
Designing processes considering environmental impacts, process control and possible integration of heat and hybrid technologies. This field requires modern modelling tools and the latest results of green chemistry.
Waste management technologies
Waste recycling technologies
Carbon Capture and Utilization
Sewage treatment technologies
Organic chemistry technologies
Inorganic chemical technologies