Universidad de Alicante posted this:Novel 3D-polymeric monolithic catalystResearchers from Inorganic Chemistry Department at the University of Alicante have developed a new procedure to obtain heterogeneous monolithic catalysts with polymeric support that allow to accelerate catalytic reactions in an optimal way at moderate temperatures, being especially suitable in Preferential Oxidation of Carbon in Hydrogen Rich Gases (CO-PROX). These novel catalysts have been manufactured by 3D printing with complex geometries, improving the performance of current supports. These heterogeneous catalysts are characterized because they have similar conversion and selectivity profiles to current unsupported powder catalysts. They have increased catalytic activity during prolonged reaction times and greater resistance to friction wear. We are looking for companies interested in acquiring this technology for commercial exploitation.
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas posted this:Use of immobilized enzymes in the synthesis of biodieselCSIC has developed a process for the enzymatic synthesis of alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids in the presence of an alcohol and an enzymatic preparation with a sterol esterase/lipase covalently immobilized on magnetic particles functionalized on its surface. The process increases the yield of the synthesis of alkyl esters, and allows recovery of the catalyst. The synthesized compounds can be used as biofuel. Industrial partners are being sought to use the technology through a patent licence agreement. An offer for Patent Licensing
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Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Software system for analysis and heuristic optimization for the design of wind farmsThe “Modern Heuristics of Optimization and Design of Communications Networks” research group, from the University of Alcalá, presents a software environment for the design of wind farms. Focused especially on the use of optimization heuristic algorithms to design the location of wind turbines. The group is looking for companies from the renewable sector to reach cooperation or commercial agreements with technical assistance or joint venture agreements.
Universidad de Alicante posted this:Production of briquettes for energy recovery of furniture waste with polyurethane foamsThe Research Group "Waste, energy, environment and nanotechnology" (WEEN) from the University of Alicante has developed a new compact material and a production process of briquettes of furniture waste. This process makes it possible to carry out the management and the energy recovery of this waste, avoiding the environmental problems associated with its landfilling and also making it easier to transport, handle and store. The briquettes obtained, show physicochemical characteristics similar to the conventional and they have a high energy density being able to be used as fuel for thermal power plants or industrial boilers. Companies in the waste treatment sector and the furniture industry that are interested in commercial exploitation of this technology through licensing agreements and / or technical cooperation are sought.
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RAMOT at Tel Aviv University Ltd. posted this:Renewable Clean EnergyRenewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy, and bio-mass for bio-fuels. Solar energy, MEMS energy converters, thermal energy storage, combined heat and power, biofuel production, water disinfection/ desalination, and cogeneration of power and biofuels. Project ID : 12-2011-234
uacoopera posted this:Emulsified suspensions for cold accumulationA group of researchers from a Portuguese University developed a phase change composite material with high thermal conductivity, dispersed in an aqueous matrix with self-organization, processable in situ and with high potential for use in cold storage systems. The new material allows to accumulate a large amount of energy in the form of latent heat, the thermal conductivity is improved and, mainly, it eliminates the stability problems of the devices incorporating the material due to the small volume variations in the phase shift. The university is looking for companies in the field of cold storage systems, to assess the potential integration of this technology in existing commercial equipment and license the technology.
Universitat de València posted this:Nitrogen removal control system based on low-cost sensorsThis control system allows optimization of the activated sludge process since maintains effluent nitrogen concentration under limit values with minimum energy consumption. The most remarkable advantages provided by this technology are: Cost reduction of initial investment and maintenance Easier operation than nutrient analysers Lower time response Lower aireation energy consumption Lower pumping energy consumption
Universitat de València posted this:Nanocomposites for electrochemical supercapacitorsThe new materials have the following advantages over existing materials in supercapacitor’s sector: Supercapacitive properties: they have specific capacitance values much higher than those obtained by commercial nanostructured carbon electrodes. Low cost: obtained by a chemical process of a single stage, with a single precursor, at low temperature, and highly available, non-polluting and low cost materials. Good cyclability: testing in cyclability is promising in terms of electrochemical and mechanical stability. In parallel to its advantages as supercapacitors, the nanocomposites show the advantages associated with the following additional properties: Giant magnetoresistance, GMR: this property is observed at room temperature, and high magnetic fields are not needed. Source of carbon nanoforms: based on the nanocomposite, can be obtained a mixture of carbon nanoforms consisting of nano-onions and multi-walled nanotubes.
Universitat de València posted this:Passive sensor for in situ detection of amines in atmospheres Simplicity and ease of use: it is a passive colorimetric sensor that does not require any kind of pretreatment or power supply or external instrument. Low cost: simple fabrication process without high costs Low detection limits: suitable for use in real atmospheres, of the order of 3 mg/m3. Quantitative detection: direct quantitative detection can be carried out by diffuse reflectance of the sensors. Stability: against a wide range of temperatures and to humidity and solar radiation. Reversion resistance.
Universitat de València posted this:New method for the production of metallic oxides with spinel structureThis procedure is faster, with lower energy consumption and generates purer spinels than known methods for spinel production. With this invention, it’s possible to provide new methods for obtaining spinels or other mixed oxides with a higher processability and versatility than those existing to date, allowing also for obtaining new spinels and removing the need for extremely costly phases in time or energy, including milling or heating at temperatures up to 1200ºC.
xrqtc posted this:Polymorphism Prediction in Crystal Systems of Technological InterestCurrent polymorphism studies are being carried out using one of the following three alternatives: atom-atom potentials, DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculations and ad-hoc potentials. However, all of them have serious disadvantatges. 1) with software that uses atom-atom potentials: Advantages: fast and capable of working with large molecules. Disadvantages: the "blind tests" carried out by the "Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre" are giving a 50% maximum success in the predictions. 2) with software based on DFT calculations: Advantages: good results Disadvantages: they are computationally very slow, so they are only used for very simple molecules compared with drug molecules. In addition, they have errors predicting van der Waals interactions and weak hydrogen bridges if not corrected empirically. 3) with software using ad hoc potentials for each molecule obtained from systematic exploration of the surface potential of intermolecular interactions: Advantages: efficient and faster. Disadvantages: some potentials should be calculated for each molecule studied, which are complex and slow, and is not general. The approach presented here is new and unique because the potential Pixel has never been used before for drawing polymorphic predictions and it has shown to present the advantages of all the alternatives combined. This is the first research group which has brought the potential Pixel to this level of calculation. The potential calculations and the applicability of the methode based on pixels have the same quality that the sophisticated ab initio based potential calculations. Besides, this is much faster than DFT (Functional-Based Theory)-based and ad hoc potentials ..