Jesus Requies: Resin monomers from biomass

Title

Production of resin monomers from biomass

Mentor

Jesus Requies

University

Bilbao, Spain: Universidad del Pais Vasco

Department

Environmental Engineering

Biosketch

Jesus Mª Requies holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from 2005. He is a stable member of SUPREN Group (Sustainable Process Engineering), and has participated in Participation in more than 50 research projects (Financially by European, Spanish and Basque Country Government, and different international factories), projects in the fields of biorefinery, hydrogen production, and catalytic combustion, energy store in iron sponges separation processes or in biomass upgrading to produce syngas. He held a Postdoc position in the KTH University (Sweden) and the Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland) in 2006-2007. Due to thin intensive research work, he is author or co-author of 50 publications in Journals of citation reports, most of them in the first quartile. Since July 2012 he has been an full time Associative Professor in the Engineering Faculty of Bilbao.

Project overview

The objective of the project is to develop economic and environmentally viable catalytic chemical technologies to transform lignocellulosic agro-residues into valuable bio-based products like monomers for plastics and resins. The motivation of this work is the reduction of the dependency of petrochemical industry, and to develop of sustainable and environmentally friendly chemical products. For this aim different catalyst based on Ni-Cu supported on different supports will be tested in a fully automatic fix bed pilot plant checking the effect of different process conditions (temperature & pressure) and also different space velocities. All of the catalysts will be characterized by different characterization techniques to relate their physical properties and their activities. At the best operation conditions, a stability test will also be studied. The student will learn to: 1) Prepare the catalytic systems 2) Deal with automatic pilot plants; 3) Use different gas analyzers.