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02 May 2016
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Alberto Coz is doing a short research stay as visiting lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering at the University College London, UCL, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Hellier. The research stay is about the study of the characteristics of biofuels in engines in order to propose the most promising alternatives for lignocellulosic waste materials and mixtures. The research stay is funded under the STSM (Short Term Scientific Missions) of the FP1306 COST Action “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low environmental impact technologies” (LIGNOVAL) and the results of this work will be focused on asking for an European proposal. During his stay, Alberto Coz has given a seminar about the GER research group and the BRIGIT European project.


11 Apr 2016
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Alberto Coz has participated in the 2nd workshop of the FP1306 COST Action ““Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low environmental impact technologies” (LIGNOVAL) in Dubrovnik from 4th to 5th April, 2016. COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. In addition, Alberto Coz has given the oral contribution “Hydrolysis and valorisation of Sambucus nigra into artisan products” by Alberto Coz, Isabel Rodríguez-Díaz, Ana I. Portilla, Laura Ulloa, Tamara Llano, Carlos Thomas and Josefa Fernández-Ferreras, about the research work of the group with Besarte Fibra Natural ( www.besarte.com)

29 Mar 2016
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Alberto Coz ha participado el pasado jueves 17 de marzo como presidente del tribunal de la defensa de la Tesis Doctoral titulada “LA BIOMASA DEL OLIVAR COMO FUENTE ENERGÉTICA Y DE BIOPRODUCTOS. AVANCES HACIA LA BIORREFINERÍA DEL OLIVAR“ presentada por Juan Miguel Romero García y dirigida por los directores Eulogio Castro Galiano y Encarnación Ruiz Ramos del Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Ambiental y de los Materiales de la Universidad de Córdoba. El tribunal de evaluación de la tesis doctoral fue completado con la participación del Dr. Jalel Labidi de la Universidad del País Vasco y por la Dra. Rocío Díaz del Imperial College London.  

29 Mar 2016
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Last March 21, Cristina Rueda Ruiz defended her Doctoral Thesis entitled: "Biorrefinería Forestal Integrada a partir del Proceso al Sulfito Ácido. Simulación y Vías de Valorización/ Integrated Forest Biorefinery from acid Sulfite Pulping Process. Simulation and Valorization Opportunities", supervised by Dr. Alberto Coz and Dr. Gema Ruiz from the GER research group and Dr. Jean Paris from Polytechnique Montréal (POLY-MTL). The evaluation committee was chaired by Prof. Dr. Vladimir Elisashvili from the Agricultural University of Georgia, Dr. Rafael Luque from the University of Córdoba and Dr. Berta Galán from the University of Cantabria (GER group). The Ph.D. has been made in the Chemistry and Process & Resource Engineering Department and the R&D Hydrolysis Laboratory of the Sniace S.L. company with the financial support of the Eucafuel Research Project of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and BRIGIT Research Project under the 7th FP-EU (www.brigit-project.eu). In addition, Cristina Rueda completed her academic activities with two research stays at POLY-MTL. In addition to the defense, Prof. Jean Paris from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnique Montréal presented the conference “The integrated Forest Biorefinery, a Case Study in Green Chemistry”. The collaboration between POLY-MTL and the GER research group started in 2013 focused in the valorization opportunities of pulp and paper mills within the biorefinery concept. 

14 Mar 2016
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El día 21 de Marzo de 2016 a las 9:30, el professor Jean Paris del Departamento de Ingeniería Química de la Escuela Politécnica de Montreal, CANADA, dará el Seminario Interdisciplinar de Investigación “The integrated Forest Biorefinery, a Case Study in Green Chemistry”. El seminario se llevara a cabo en el Salón de Actos de la ETSIIT de la UC.

A continuación, a las 11:30 h  tendrá lugar el acto público de defensa de la Tesis Doctoral: "Biorrefinería Forestal Integrada a partir del Proceso al Sulfito Ácido. Simulación y Vías de Valorización/ Integrated Forest Biorefinery from acid Sulfite Pulping Process. Simulation and Valorization Opportunities". La tesis estará presentada por Dña. Cristina Rueda Ruiz y dirigida por el Dr. Alberto Coz Fernández y la Dra. Gema Ruíz Gutierrez pertenecientes al grupo de I+D+i GER de la UC y por el Catedrático Dr. Jean Paris,  de la Escuela Politécnica de Montreal. La tesis Doctoral se ha realizado en las instalaciones de la empresa Snice y financiado a través del Proyecto Eucafuel, del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación y del Proyecto BRIGIT del Septimo Programa marco de la Unión Europea.  

16 Feb 2016
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El Grupo de Investigación GER (Green Engineering and Resources) del Departamento de Química e Ingeniería de Procesos y Recursos (QuIPRe) de la Universidad de Cantabria, convoca a través del COIE una preselección de candidatos para dos ofertas de empleo de personal investigador para el proyecto Europeo BRIGIT "New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications"  (www.brigit-project.eu).

Solicitudes hasta el día 22 de febrero de 2016 a las 13:00 horas (COIE).

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10 Feb 2016
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Last 8th February, Tamara Llano Astuy defended her Doctoral Thesis, that was developed in the research group Green Engineering and Resources (GER) of the Department of Chemistry and Process & Resource Engineering of the University of Cantabria. 

The Doctoral Thesis entitled: "Mejoras en un Proceso de Pasteado al Sulfito para el Aprovechamiento de Carbohidratos dentro del concepto de Biorrefinería/ Developments in a sulphite pulping process for the valorisation of its carbohydrate resources within the biorefinery concept" was supervised by Dr. Alberto Coz Fernández. The evaluation committee was chaired by Prof. Dr. Javier Viguri from the Department of Chemistry and Process & Resource Engineering of the University of Cantabria and as a member of the committee Professor Dr. Eulogio Castro Galiano from the Engineering, Environment and Materials Engineering Department. University of Jaén, Spain. The secretary was Dr. Nikolaos Xekoukoulotakis, from the Environmental Engineering Department of the Technical University of Crete, Greece.

The Ph.D. has been made in the department of Chemistry and Process and Resource Engineering and the R&D hydrolysis laboratory of the company Sniace S.L. with the finantial support of the Eucafuel Research Project of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and BRIGIT Research Project under the Seventh Framework Project of the European Union.

 

Tamara Llano with her Supervisor and Evaluation Committee.

 

 

02 Feb 2016
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Alberto Coz has participated in the 42th Month Meeting of the BRIGIT European Project “New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications'. BRIGIT aims to develop a cost-competitive and environmentally friendly continuous process to produce biopolymers (polyhydroxybutyrate, PHB, and succinate-based biopolyesters, PBS-Poly-Butylene-Succinate) from waste-derived lignocelullosic sugar feedstock liquor of wood sulphite pulping process. 16 partners from 11 countries participate in the project. The meeting was placed in Bath, UK, from 24th to 25th, January, 2016. http://www.brigit-project.eu/.

In addition to the BRIGIT meeting, Alberto Coz has visited Imperial College London (contact: Chris Cheeseman) together with the laboratories of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University College London (contact: Paul Hellier) to continue and open the collaboration with both institutions.

 

 

 

01 Feb 2016
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El día 8 de Febrero de 2016 a las 11:00 h en el Salón de Actos de la ETSIIT de la UC, tendrá lugar el acto público de defensa de la Tesis Doctoral: "Mejoras en un Proceso de Pasteado al Sulfito para el Aprovechamiento de Carbohidratos dentro del concepto de Biorrefinería/ Developments in a sulphite pulping process for the valorisation of its carbohydrate resources within the biorefinery concept ".

La tesis estará presentada por Dña. Tamara Llano Astuy y dirigida por el Dr. Alberto Coz Fernández pertenecientes al grupo de I+D+i GER de la UC. La tesis Doctoral se ha realizado en las instalaciones de la empresa Snice y financiado a través del Proyecto Eucafuel, del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación y del Proyecto BRIGIT del Septimo Programa marco de la Unión Europea.

                                                     

28 Jan 2016
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Ana Andres and Maria Coronado from GER Research Group have published two papers with International collaboration, in Journals with Impact Factor Q1 in Environmental Sciences Category (positions 13 and 24 of 223); one of them in collaboration with Prof. Chris Cheeseman, from Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, and other one in collaboration with Prof. Ana Maria Segadães, Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering (CICECO), University of Aveiro.These works use a different aproach to investigate the potential use of foundry sand dust and Waelz slag as novel resource in the ceramic industry. The research was performed under the framework of the Spanish Education and Science Ministry, Project CTM2009-11303 with Maria Coronado as FPI fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.

The work in Journal of Cleaner Production characterizes the acid gas emissions from three ceramic processes, containing foundry sand dust and Waelz slag as alternative raw materials, at laboratory scale by the combination of different analytical techniques such as DSC, XRD, EGA, FUS-ICP, ISE, INAA and FUS-IR that traditionally have been used in materials characterization. The work published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, assess and models the leaching behavior of potentially hazardous metals from three different clay-based industrial ceramic products (wall bricks, roof tiles, and face bricks) containing foundry sand dust and Waelz slag as alternative raw materials.

  • Coronado M., Andres A., Cheeseman, C.R., 2016, Acid gas emissions from structural clay products containing secondary resources: foundry sand dust and Waelz slag. Journal of Cleaner Production. 1-12. In Press
  • Coronado M., Segadães A.M., Andres A., 2015, Using mixture design of experiments to assess the environmental impact of clay-based structural ceramics containing foundry wastes. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 299, 529-539.