Ivan Rodriguez Rosello posted this:
Licensing Manager at Universidad de Alicante
University of Vigo posted this:New sustainable adsorbent for bleaching efficient industrial effluentsMany industries, such as those belonging to the textile, wine, and paper industry, consume huge volumes of water and, as a result, generate a large amount of contaminated water containing persistent colour pollutant compounds. These compounds represent an environmental and health threat due to their well-known associated problems, such as carcinogenicity, toxicity and mutagenicity. Furthermore, they entail a great environmental impact when discharged in aquatic environments, perceptible at very low concentrations, creating an undesirable visual impact, which, in many cases, does not meet the degree of conformity under the current directives on the wastewater treatment for industrial effluents (Directive 91/271 / EEC). The solution proposed by the research group Chemical Engineering at the University of Vigo, is the use as adsorbent of peat, or a similar lignocellulosic material, immobilized in calcium alginate beads. This process is efficient, cheap and environmentally friendly, unlike other processes and technologies. In fact, the utilization of peat instead of activated carbon as industrial adsorbent has the advantage that peat requires no activation, unlike activated carbon, reducing operating costs. In addition, the low cost of the adsorbent would be translated into significant economic benefits. Moreover, depending on the contaminant removed from the waste effluent, the exhausted adsorbent may be used as soil fertilizer at its end of life.
uacoopera posted this:System for the collection , storage and exhaled alveolar air conditioning for clinical analysisA group of researchers from Portuguese university developed a device that allows the collection and storage of the exhaled alveolar air by humans. The invention aims simultaneously to overcome some of the technical difficulties in the current state of the art, such as i) little or no response in the selective collection of alveolar air fraction ii) the inability to couple systems that allow concentration/extraction of analytes of interest iii) the inexistence of systems to the storage of the collected biofluid under controlled conditions and iv) the inability to collect exhaled air in liquid or vapor state. The university is looking for companies interested in the industrial production of the equipment and its commercialization.
DIT Hothouse posted this:iSeal: Advanced Surface Treatment for Protection against TribocorrosionThis invention is based on the application of a hybrid organic/inorganic treatment onto an exposed surface – either as a stand-alone treatment or as a sealant. The treatment is applied using an electrochemical deposition technique, allowing for the development of conformal coatings, irrespective of design complexity. Layer thicknesses are low (10-100nm) but resistance in corrosive marine environments indicate corrosion rates comparable to technologies currently employed by the aerospace and automotive industries. Corrosion rates are reduced by between 103 and 105 times, dependant on the nature of the porous coating. Tests on metallic coatings indicated a reduction in corrosion rates of approximately 103-104 while tests on ceramic coatings indicated a reduction in corrosion rates of approximately 105. By applying the hybrid treatment as a sealant treatment onto a porous wear resistant coating, concerns regarding the effect of mechanical damage are dramatically reduced. In addition, surface roughness levels are similar to electropolished finishes.
Universidad de Alicante posted this:New catalyst that eliminates efficiently chlorinated volatile organic compounds in gaseous streamsThe new mixed oxide catalyst of cerium-praseodymium (CexPr1-XO2) allow the efficient combustion of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (especially 1,2-dichloroethane). These new catalytic systems are able to work in gas streams at temperatures between 250-500 º C in an dynamic and continuous way without suffering a significant deactivation process. In recent years, environmental legislation has restricted the air emissions permissible levels, and particularly the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) harmful for both the environment and human health There is a wide variety of VOCs, of different chemical nature (aliphatic, aromatic, oxygenated and halogenated compounds) and consequence of different emission sources (waste gases from chemical plants, soil and water decontamination, solvents evaporation , etc..), but 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE, C2H4Cl2) is the most lasting, dangerous and commonly used in industry (used, for example, massively in the process of polyvinyl chloride production and consequently chemical plants produce significant amounts of waste that require efficient treatment). Until a few years ago, VOCs were usually eliminated by thermal incineration. However, new legislation on VOC emissions has originated significant improvements on treatment technologies. This is the case of the catalytic oxidation that in recent years has shown its ability to destroy VOCs at temperatures below those used in thermal incineration and has also produced a significant reduction of secondary pollutants (nitrogen oxides). Currently, catalytic oxidation processes require heating large gas flows that contain a small amount of VOCs and put the gas in contact with solid catalysts that can either be • Those containing noble metals as active phase: they have a excellent oxidation efficiency, although their cost is very high and gradually lose their activity with the presence of chlorine in the reaction mixture. • Those containing transition metals: they have a lower cost and are more stable and durable, although less active than those containing noble metals.