Catalysis and reactors

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 Growing industrial activities of diverse sectors (Chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, etc.) provide the necessary goods to maintain and improve the life quality of a demanding society. On the other hand, the wastes generated by these human activities are negatively impacting on the environment. Although the best solution for pollution is to stop the generation of waste, nowadays this is an utopia since not all materials and technologies can be easily replaced by “ cleaner “ ones. In this context, environmental catalysis can provide technical solutions to control emissions and to reduce the impact of existing technologies and can also contribute to the development of alternative, greener processes.

Research areas

Dedicated to the search of solutions for environmental issues, our group has a multidisciplinary approach. We work on the development of new catalytic materials and treatment technologies for the decontamination of liquid effluents.

 a) Heterogeneous catalysts for Fenton-like oxidation of phenol and azo-compounds

The goal is the synthesis of active, stable and low cost catalysts for the advanced oxidation of organic compounds in aqueous media. The following research activities are in progress.

1) Synthesis, characterization and activity experiments of oxide based catalysts (Fe, Cu) present in conventional, nanostructured and membrane supports for the peroxidation of phenol solutions.




2) Synthesis, characterization and activity experiments performed with Prussian Blue Nanoparticles (PBNP) supported onto active carbon or alumina for the peroxidation of azo compounds.


3) Conditioning, characterization and activity experiments of natural catalysts for the degradation of azocompounds through different Advanced Oxidation Processes. Diatomite and pumice-based catalysts are tested in Fenton-like and ozonization processes. 



b) Characterization and treatment of liquid effluents contaminated with xenobiotics.

1) Characterization of domestic and industrial waste waters through conventional (COD, BOD, suspended solids, CR, CU, ammonia, total chlorine, etc) and non-conventional techniques (respirometry as a tool to evaluate biodegradability and toxicity).


2) Kinetic studies on the Biological degradation of Bisphenol A (an endocrine disruptor) and main intermediates. Effect of operation conditions.




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