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The project consortium is composed by nine beneficiaries (MS), seven universities, one research center and one company. Three Third Countries (TC) are also part of the project.

Southern Denmark University (SDU) is the project Coordinator. In particular the section of Chemical Engineering of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology contributes to the IProPBio project. The Chemical Engineering section has expertise to develop materials, process technologies and new processes for the chemical and biochemical industry and to develop new processes for energy conversion and resource optimization. The research activity is at forefront within: development of membrane based methods for separation and concentration of nutrients from biowaste; concentration of natural compounds from plants and algae; crystallization of pharmaceuticals from natural compounds; process synthesis, design, simulation and optimization, development of fuels cells and ceramic materials.

Here more information about the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, and the Chemical Engineering section are available. 

Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Massimiliano Errico, email: maer@kbm.sdu.dk

 

The Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IChE-BAS) is a beneficiary of the IProPBio project. The scientific team from IChE-BAS, particularly contributing to the realization of the project objectives, has extensive expertise and competencies in: theoretical and applied aspects of chemical and biochemical processes, phase equilibria, process thermodynamics and kinetics modeling of separation processes at atmospheric and supercritical conditions; extraction and concentration of valuable functional compounds from plant matrices, use of waste biomass for the production of valuable bioproducts, etc. Furthermore, IChE-BAS supports seven Inter-Institutional Agreements within the ERASMUS+ 2014-2021 framework, a number of other international collaborations with Universities and Scientific Centers in EU, which will help the Institute realize, as a lead beneficiary, the ambitious goals of work package on “Dissemination, Exploitation, Coordination” of the IProPBio project.

Here more information about the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Chemical Engineering are available.

Contact person: Prof. Roumiana P. Stateva, e-mail: thermod@bas.bg

 

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) aims to contribute to the development of society, promoting excellence in higher education, in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology by developing Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities. The Chemical Engineering Department as the purpose to carry out teaching, scientific fundamental and applied research, in the chemical, biochemical, materials, environment, energy and health areas, for the sustainable development of society. The group involved in this project has extensive expertise in the sustainability analysis and optimization on renewable based processes using several techniques. Process integration methods for reducing energy and water consumption have been developed and applied to some biofuel production facilities and biomass thermal power plant, which were validated through industrial case studies. Three homemade software’s were previously developed such as SustainPro (for Process Sustainability Analysis), FI2EPI (freeware for basic Energy Pinch Analysis) and AquoMin (freeware for basic Water Pinch Analysis).

Here more information about the Instituto Superior Técnico the group in the CERENA and Chemical Engineering Department are available.

Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Henrique Matos, email: henrimatos@tecnico.ulisboa.pt 

 

The University of Patras (UPAT) has extensive expertise and competencies in environmental applications in process safety and runaway reactions, in kinetic studies of complex industrial reactive processes, process risk analysis, calorimetry, chemical reactor design, catalysis, advanced oxidation processes, photochemical processes (heterogeneous and homogeneous photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, UV/H2O2), thermochemical processes (catalytic and non-catalytic wet air oxidation), electrochemical processes over BDD and DSA, Fenton and alike processes, ozone oxidation, low frequency ultrasound irradiation, process integration, interactions between physicochemical properties and genetic activity of various chemical compounds, the evaluation of genotoxicity and antigenotoxicity of natural compounds and the genotoxicity of nanomaterials, the study of the microbial diversity in extreme environments, the design and development of new tools for the study of the bacterial diversity, bioenergy and biotechnological applications, plant – microbe interactions, etc. It has well equipped analytical laboratories available at any time for the purpose of the project. 

Here more information about the Department Environmental and Natural Resources Management, and the Department of Chemical Engineering are available.

Contact person: Prof. Maria Papadaki, email: marpapadaki@upatras.gr

 

Water Research Institute – Italian National Research Institute (IRSA-CNR) has competencies to conduct chemical and biochemical characterization of residual biomasses of different nature (sewage sludge, agro-food waste, algae, etc.) and to develop respective valorization under sustainable conditions (thermochemical processes under homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis). Recovery and disposal are two important sectors as regards residual biomasses always to be taken into consideration. The research of new routes of valorization for recovering both material and energy from wastes represents a key topic to be developed in IPropBio. Ligno-cellulosic material activation for obtaining unconventional biofuel (Ethyl-levulinates) and or platform molecules (HMF), valorization of waste-oil for producing biodiesel (FAMEs), carbon dioxide utilization in chemical and enzymatic synthesis, even as non conventional media (Supercritical Fluids) are some of the attainable targets.

Here more information about the IRSA-CNR are available.  

Contact person: Dr., PhD, Carlo Pastore, email: carlo.pastore@ba.irsa.cnr.it

 

The Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL) has the main goal to promote the teaching of technical and scientific subjects, with definite skills in engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Research Center (CIEQB) and the Department of Chemical Engineering contributes to the IProPBio project. The group from ISEL has extensive expertise and competencies in: experimental data at high pressure and in supercritical conditions; extraction and fractionation of essential oils, oleoresins, extracts and valuable functional compounds from different plant matrices, some of them use waste biomass for the production and valorization of bioproducts, characterization of these products by analytical techniques, green methodologies and others theoretical and applied aspects of chemical processes, process thermodynamics and kinetics modeling of separation processes; synthesis and reactive distillation systems as well process modeling.

Here more information about the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Research Center and the Department of Chemical Engineering are available.

Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Jose Coelho, email: jcoelho@deq.isel.ipl.pt

 

The University of Salamanca (USAL) is worldwide recognized in the field of renewable based process synthesis and product and process design. It uses a hybrid knowledge based - mathematical optimization approach in a multiscale analysis framework for the analysis of the problems. The research field involve: Solar energy: From the use of PV to produce chemicals to CSP facilities analyzing the water - energy nexus; Wind energy: Studies on selection of turbines and energy storage in the form of chemicals; Biomass and waste: Valorization, process synthesis and integration and beyond towards the evaluation of the resource exploitation; Geothermal: Fluid selection, cycle optimization and safety issues; Consumer products: Development of models and strategies for sustainable product and process design.

Here more information about the Chemical Engineering Faculty are available:

Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Mariano M. Martin, email: mariano.m3@usal.es

 

University College London (UCL) is a  research intensive university with more than 4,000 academic and research staff.  The Departments of Chemical and of Biochemical Engineering contribute to the project.  In Chemical Engineering the research is carried out in the ThAMeS Multiphase group  which has expertise on intensified two-phase reaction and separation processes. The experimental studies are carried out in state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with instrumentation such as lasers, high speed and sensitive microscopes, for fast PIV and LIF studies. These enable detailed studies of hydrodynamic and mass transfer studies in two-phase reactors and separators and their scale-up. The Department of Biochemical Engineering hosts the £25m Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering. This contains whole bioprocess pilot plant equipment from fermentation (500L) to downstream processing and formulation along with a variety of high throughput robotic platforms and related analytical equipment e.g. for protein and cell analysis. Relevant to the project, they have been developing processes that enable the synthesis of fuels, chemicals or pharmaceuticals from bioderived feedstocks such as sugar beet pulp and cooking oil.

Here more information about the ThAMeS Multiphase, Department of Chemical Engineering and the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering are available. 

Contact person: Prof. Panagiota Angeli, email: p.angeli@ucl.ac.uk

 

PANAX: The “Panax – Homeopathy, Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy Laboratory” has extensive expertise and competencies in herbal and essential oil properties, on their therapeutic effects, on the methods and the conditions for their isolation and on their commercialisation and marketing. The company has over 30 years of experience on the development and enhancement of processes for production and isolation of essential oils. Lead-pharmacist is Sanjuq Samir. He graduated at the School of Pharmacy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Here more information about Panax and the products commercialized are available. 

Contact person: MPharm. Sanjuq Samir, email: smsamir@otenet.gr

 

Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil, is a third country participant in the project. In particular the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering contribute to the IPropBio project. This research group has expertise to process development, simulation and optimization, thermodynamics, catalysis, and recently has devoted efforts in the new processes for biofuels production, renewable energies and resource optimization. The main research activities are focused on biomass conversion processes, lignin chemistry, and biorefining, phase equilibrium measurements and thermodynamic modeling, process synthesis and optimization, supercritical fluids applications aiming the production of chemicals from natural resources, separation process, membranes and ceramic material development.

Here more information about the Department of Chemical Engineering are available (in Portuguese). 

Contact persons: Assoc. Prof. Marcos L. Corazza, email: corazza@ufpr.br

 

Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes (ITA) is a project collaborator from Mexico. In particular, the research group of Environmental and Chemical Process System Engineering of the Department of Chemical Engineering contributes to the IProPBio project. This research group has expertise in applied, process modeling and optimization, separation systems for chemical and environmental process and biofuel production. The research activity is at forefront within: development of novel and methods for phase equilibrium modeling and calculations, process design and optimization of chemical and environmental processes, process system engineering of biofuels production, synthesis and use of adsorbents for environmental and energy applications.

Here more information about the research group of Environmental and Chemical Process System Engineering are available.

Contact person: Prof. Adrián Bonilla-Petriciolet, email: petriciolet@hotmail.com

 

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) is a global leader in the areas of process safety, systems integration, and sustainable design. Supported by two research centers (the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Gas and Fuels Research Center), the team leads active projects in inherently safer design, quantitative risk assessment, process synthesis, simulation, integration, and optimization, design of integrated biorefineries and life cycle analysis. The team has access to state-of-the-art experimental labs and computing facilities to carry out the proposed research for IProPBio and to host the research partners.

Here more information about the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Gas and Fuels Research Center are available.

Contact person: Prof. Mahmoud El-Halwagi, email: el-halwagi@tamu.edu