Two pre-doctoral FPI contracts are available at the research group “Porous materials for adsorption, separation and environmental applications”. Before 25th October

Two pre-doctoral FPI contracts (call open by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades) are available at the research group “Porous materials for adsorption, separation and environmental applications” leaded by Prof. Fernando Rey.

The PhD projects deal with the development of new porous solids and the use of spectroscopic methods to investigate their structures and functions for specific applications.

The candidates should send a complete CV (including academic B.Sc. and M.Sc. transcripts) to Dr. Teresa Blasco (tblasco@itq.upv.es) before 25th October.

For any query, please, do not hesitate to contact: Teresa Blasco: +34 963877812

Researchers from ITQ, UPV-CSIC and the Catholic University of Murcia, have developed a new way to prepare alkenes with solids

A new synthesis of alkenes with simple solid catalysts.

Researchers at the ITQ, UPV-CSIC, belonging to the Catalysis group for a Sustainable Organic Chemistry, in collaboration with Researchers from the Bioinformatics group at the Catholic University of Murcia, have developed a new way to prepare alkenes with solids, though the reaction known as carbonyl-olefin metathesis, where an aldehyde molecule and a vinyl ether molecule (both readily available commercially and even widely present in nature, from biomass)engage in a single step. To this end, commercial silica-based solids, extremely cheap, were used as catalysts, which allows to produce the new alkenes not only in conventional batch reactors but also in continuous tubular reactors, providing a very competitive final price for the commercial alkenes.

Alkenes are fundamental molecules in our modern way of life since they are a constituent part or necessary precursor for plastics, drugs, cosmetics, lubricants, detergents and many more. The simplest alkenes are obtained directly from petroleum in the petrochemical industry, but the rest of alkenes need additional steps that require expensive catalysts, often irrecoverable and that increase the price and the ecological footprint significantly.

The results have just been published in the prestigious international chemical journal of the German chemical society, Angewandte Chemie

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ITQ researchers participate in the Project MULTICIDE, which will develop novel biocide compounds to fight hospital infections

New biocide compounds to fight hospital infections

The Project MULTICIDE, funded by the AVI, will allow developing new biocide compounds to fight hospital infections, which according to the WHO will be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2050

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that healthcare associated infections will be the leading cause of death worldwide by 2050, above deaths associated to cancer or cardiovascular diseases. The risk is worsening by the emergence of new antibiotic-resistant “superbacteria” and other superpathogens, caused by the misuse of these antibiotics. Due to this acquired resistance and to the generation of biofilms, these organisms can also survive current disinfectants used and proliferate in intensive care units or operating rooms, from which they are transmitted to patients.

For this reason, infection control teams deem a priority to develop new disinfection strategies to deal with microorganisms in high-risk hospital areas, thus preventing infections among patients and sanitary personnel. In order to develop an efficient and long lasting solution, researcher at the ITQ participate in the consortium of the project MULTICIDE, funded by the Agència Valenciana de la Innovaciò (AVI). The scope is to develop an innovative solution to prepare multifunctional biocide compounds, with a higher efficacy against bacteria, fungi and viruses, while achieving longer periods of asepsis.

To this end, multifunctional biocides will be evaluated combining disinfectant agents, biocide polymers and nanostructured materials to allow a gradual and controlled releases of disinfectant molecules encapsulated inside their pores.

The MULTICIDE project is leaded by the Company Betelgeux- Christeyns, which plans to commercialize the products developed herein. Other members of the consortium are the Instituto de Tecnología de Materiales of the Universitat Politècnica de València, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe, and AIMPLAS, Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico.

 

About the ITQ researchers

The research group at the ITQ, a joint center of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), is led by Francesc X. Llabrés i Xamena. This group has a long expertise in the development of novel hybrid metal-organic compounds with specific properties targeting different technologic applications, including heterogeneous catalysis. The use of these compounds will provide a novel solution to design novel multifunctional biocide compounds.

UNSAAC declared Professor Avelino Corma as “Docente Extraordinario Honorario”

The Rector and Vicerector of Research of the National University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco, in Peru, Dr. Edilberto Zela Vera and Dr. Gilbert Alagón Huallpa, declared yesterday September 30 during the Extraordinary Session of the University Council, “Docente Extraordinario Honorario” to Prof. Avelino Corma Canós, in merit to his outstanding intellectual production and scientific contribution in the field of Chemical Sciences.

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ITQ researchers participate in the II Nit Valenciana de les Investigadores. Friday, September 27

The “Viveros” will become the gardens of science this Friday 27, from 6 pm, with activities for all ages

The “Viveros Gardens” will become next Friday, September 27 in the gardens of science, since the emblematic green space of the city of Valencia is the place chosen for the celebration of the third edition of the “Nit Valenciana de les Investigadores”.

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ITQ researchers present an innovative method to achieve nanowires with uniform, controlled and aligned size distribution

High refractive index nanowires are very attractive because of their waveguiding properties and their multiple applications. In this sense, metal halide perovskites, an emerging and appealing optoelectronic material, have also been tailored into nanowire structures.

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Predoctoral Scholarship for Development in the ITQ. Deadline October 4

Research Project:

The Project is in the area of catalysis, reactivity and characterization of catalyst “in situ”. Specifically, the object of the study is the development of active and selective catalysts for the CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, methane, olefins, etc…

The focus of the study is to combine catalytic results obtained in a fixed bed reactor, with spectroscopic studies “in situ” using Infraredspectroscopy (IR), Raman and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS), combined with synchrotron studies (XAS, NAP-XPS). Special attention will be paid in the dynamic behaviour of catalysts and in developingstructure-activity correlations.

Fellowship http://www.ceice.gva.es/es/web/ciencia/convocatorias-actuales

Deadline  16/09/2019  al 4/10/2019

Contact person Dr. Patricia Concepción  (pconcepc@upvnet.upv.es)                

(963877811)

Adress: Instituto de Tecnología Química, UPV-CSIC

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

ITQ researchers participate in a project that generates hydrogen energy from alcohol residues

The objective of the LIFE 15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecolectricity project in which ITQ researchers participate, Dr  Antonio Chica, Tenured Scientific and Dr Javier Da Costa, is producing hydrogen with alcoholic waste and generating electricity with it, fueling a fuel cell.

This demonstration project of Research and Development (R&D) has allowed a wine alcohol company in Cariñena, San Valero Distilleries, has become – say the promoters of the initiative – the first that generates hydrogen energy from waste from alcohol.

The project has the technical name of LIFE 15 CCM / ES / 00008 Electrocity, it was launched in 2016 and should be completed in December of this year, although the facilities were reviewed two weeks ago by a European delegation.

Since the presentation of the project, its promoters have added their knowledge and equipment to classify and treat the alcoholic fractions available for the use they wanted to give them, build a pilot plant based on catalytic reforming technologies, patented by the ITQ, to produce gaseous streams Rich in hydrogen, integrate the process with a fuel cell for the production of electricity and heat and evaluate the operation of the prototype.

This experimental project that started three years ago has a budget of one and a half million euros, financed at 60% by the EU Life program. The objective is to establish a technically and economically viable system to use the residues of alcoholic distillation as an energy source.

The essential raw materials are the so-called “purges”, the low quality alcoholic residues that are produced in the process of distillation of alcohols from the wine industry. In addition to wine, this industry also generates low-quality alcohols, which are those that are used to produce hydrogen that is subsequently transformed into electrical energy through a fuel cell.

Predoctoral position available (FPI-2019) in Heterogeneous (photo)catalysis using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Deadline 20th September

Predoctoral position available (FPI-2019) in Heterogeneous (photo)catalysis using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for the production of Solar Fuels at the Chemistry Department of the Technical University of Valencia (Valencia, Spain). The student will be integrated in the research group of Prof. Hermenegildo García and co-supervised by Dr. Sergio Navalón.

Applications should be addressed to Sergio Navalón (sernaol@doctor.upv.es) and Belén Ferrer (bferrer@qim.upv.es) in a single PDF including:

  1. a)  Motivation Letter
  2. b)  Curriculum vitae

If you have any question please contact to Sergio Navalón (sernaol@doctor.upv.es) Tentative deadline 20th September 2019

José Manuel Serra, ITQ researcher, awarded with the 2018 Scientific Challenge Award from the multinational Air Liquide

The multinational company Air Liquide, world leader in the industrial production of gases, has made public the three winning works of the Scientific Challenge 2018. One of them, focused on the production of low CO2 hydrogen, has fallen to José Manuel Serra Alfaro, professor of the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) The proposed research, entitled Lower-CO2 H2. How to produce cost competitive hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas emissions ?, focuses on obtaining hydrogen in a very energy efficient and economically competitive way while minimizing the emission of greenhouse gases. The work has as its starting point a previous development made by the ITQ team – led by Jose M. Serra – in collaboration with the Norwegian multinational Coorstek M.S.

The three winners will receive the Air Liquide Scientific Award endowed with 50,000 euros. The winners have signed an association agreement with Air Liquide that will allow them to receive 1.5 million euros in funds, shared among the three projects, in order to develop their scientific proposals and transform them into applicable technologies in the market.

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