GER Research Group

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 (

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.  

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.

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.




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.