Green Chemical Process Engineering (GCPE)
The research in the Green Chemical Process Engineering group is directed towards the development of methods and new chemical engineering routes that can be integrated in industrial processing for safer, more flexible, economical and ecological production processes in the context of green and sustainable chemical engineering.
Our group applies innovative chemical process engineering tools to design sustainable and safe chemical processes based on the use of neoteric solvents (ionic liquids and supercritical fluids), membrane technology and biocatalysis. These technologies made possible the improvement of process efficiencies by reducing waste generation. In addition research is performed on explore alternative sources of energy with reduced carbon emissions. Some of the distinguishing features of our research work include the emphasis on green chemistry, green power, bio-fuel cells, and conversion of waste, such as agricultural by products to biodiesel and bioethanol products. Other research theme is the development and industrial applications of ion-selective electrodes based on ionic liquids.
Within this framework we strive to meet scientific challenges in combination with application-oriented research. These goals are pursued via five research topics:
- Production of biofuels, e.g. biodiesel and bioethanol, using ionic liquids and supercritical fluids
- Development and optimization of microbial fuel cells
- Application of ionic liquids, supercritical fluids and membrane technology in integrated reaction/separation processes
- Catalysis and biocatalysis in non-conventional media
- Development and applications of ion-selective electrodes based on ionic liquids.
Supercritical Fluids, Ionic liquids, Membrane Technology, Biofuels, Microbial fuel cells, Biocatalysis, Ion-selective electrodes