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.
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia posted this:Method for the preparation of linear polyacenes and building blocks of organic electronic components.A new synthetic method to access precursors of linear polyacenes has been developed. The method allows for the preparation of hydrogenated polyacenes which are readily converted into the corresponding polyacene. Prepared materials are useful starting materials in the preparation of organic field effect transistors (OFETs), used in organic electronics. The method paves the way to the preparation of more efficient OFET components.
Fundació URV posted this:Environmentally friendly processing of thermosets by two-stage sequential aza-Michael addition and free-radical polymerization of amine-acrylate mixturesEnvironmentally friendly preparation of thermosets for applications on thermosensitive substrates. A two-step curing process, which consists in an Aza-Michael addition at room temperature, followed by UV radical polymerization of acrylates or methacrylates amine formulations without the need of adding solvents. The presence of amines in the structure suppress the radical inhibition by oxygen, which is a typical drawback in radical polymerizations. The invention allows leading the curing in two separate stages with a stable intermediate material, being the process controlled by the amount of amine in the formulation.
Universidad de Alicante posted this:Novel and simple procedure for dispersing graphene derivatives in chemically curable resins.The Laboratory of Adhesion and Adhesives of the University of Alicante and the company Dental Global Training, have developed a new procedure to incorporate efficiently graphene derivatives (nanofibers, nanosheets, nanoparticles) in chemically cured resins by using an in situ polymerization technique. The method is very simple and fast, it provides an excellent dispersion of the graphene derivatives in both the solid components of the resin and in the cured polymer matrix, and is entirely friendly with the environment. The novel method does not require the use of organic solvents nor water, ultrasounds, and high pressure/temperature. The resulting resin composites show excellent mechanical properties, good wear resistance, easy manipulation and increase the insolubility in oral fluids, and therefor they have special interest in applications in odontology, traumatology and non-medical applications too (automobile, construction, civil engineering, aeronautics, space engineering, electronics and optics). It is looking for companies interested in acquiring this technology for its commercial exploitation.
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia posted this:Crysforma: services in pharmaceutical solid state developmentCrysforma provides complete scientific support for the discovery, analysis and scale-up of polymorphs, hydrates, amorphous phases, salts and co-crystals of active pharmaceutical ingredients or intermediates. Crysforma has developed its own crystallization screening methodology based on the combination of several crystallization procedures. We use high-throughput crystallization systems controlled by highly skilled scientists to maximize the information drawn from each experiment. Our projects are always carried out in close collaboration with the client, adapted to the customer's needs and under strict confidentiality conditions.
uacoopera posted this:Biopolymer based micro- and nanoparticlesA group of researchers from a Portuguese university developed a method for preparing new hybrid materials based on biopolymer and silica, in the form of spherical particles with uniform size and smaller than 1 micrometer for a number of applications in environmental and industrial areas. The method is also effective for coating nanoparticles of variable nature, with a thin shell (tens of nanometers) with composition identical to the hybrids. The materials have been successfully tested in the removal of chemical species in water at laboratory scale, in particular in the removal of organic pollutants dyes and pharmaceutical compounds. Other applications are being considered. The University looks for companies working in the environmental, pharmaceutical or biotechnology areas, or companies in the area of materials for licensing and / or future collaboration in developing new formulations and testing new applications.
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.
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Nanoker Research SL posted this:Inorganic products for inhibiting or controlling the growth of legionellaeNanoker Research SL is seeking industrial partners interested in applying two novel inorganic and environmentally friendly materials in the prevention of Legionella bacteria in water systems such as evaporative cooling systems (cooling towers, evaporative condensers…), hot and cold water systems, spa pools…
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:Carbosilane dendritic compounds homo and heterofunctionalizedA Spanish research group from the Department of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry of Alcala University has developed a highly branched macromolecules called dendrimers or dendrons, with carbosilane structure and functionalized on its periphery with anionic or cationic groups, providing the macromolecule a net negative or positive charge respectively. The invention also concerns the dendrimers’ procurement process and their biomedical applications, particularly as carriers of drugs or nucleic acids (such ODN, siRNA, dsRNA or DNA), or as therapeutic agents with antiviral or antibacterial activity. The group is looking for companies in the biomedical sector to reach licensing agreements, collaboration and commercial agreements with technical assistance.
Centre Technology Transfer CITTRU posted this:Ecological solid fuel additive, which improve fuel combustion efficiency and decrease soot generation.Solid fuel eco-additive reduces soot production and deposition on chimney walls, flues and boiler installation. Moreover it doesn't cause boiler corrosion. Consequently it improves boiler thermal efficiency and fuel combustion effectiveness. That means lower costs of heating. It also modifies soot to be biodegradable, prevents releasing soot-related pollutions and isn't harmful to human health.
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia posted this:ERTFlow: flow reaction technologies and process intensificationERTFLOW is a technology development unit from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), generated by the know-how produced by the research group of Prof. Miquel Pericàs, to develop and implement technical solutions in process intensification. Our goal is to develop propietary technologies related to catalysis and flow chemistry and offering products and services to the fine chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries for the production of new products with high added value and guide them in the paradigm change from batch to flow.
Universidad de Alicante posted this:Research and development into new fertilizers and biostimulantsThe research group Agricultural Chemistry of the University of Alicante has extensive knowledge and experience in the development of new fertilizers, biostimulants, iron chelates and inductors for plant defense system. It also has plant growth chambers, greenhouses and scientific-technological equipment to carry out different types of analysis. We offer our services to companies interested in developing R&D&i, specific training related to the research and any scientific and technical support.
Fundació URV posted this:Catalytic wastewater treatment for organic matter removalThe catalytic technology allows you to remove high concentrations of COD (40.000-200.000ppm) at atmospheric pressure. All kind of organic compunds are removed (biodegradable and non biodegradable ones). The catalyst life is around 2-3 years. It is an exothermic process, so the energy needed for the process is just for the start up. The process works at 250-350ºC.
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI posted this:New organo-metallic catalysts for the manufacture of polymersA research group from the Inorganic Chemistry Department of Alcalá University has developed a technology that presents a range of catalysts based on coordination complexes and organometallic, active in functionalization processes (expoditation, hydrosilylation) and polymerization of different organic substrates (olefins and cyclic esters). They are metal complexes belonging to the first transition groups (groups 4-6) and elements from the main groups (groups 1,2 and 13). Its application is aimed at the synthesis of materials with new properties (silicon polymers, biodegradable plastics, polyesters) and the production of small molecules with high added value, used as starting products in many industrial processes (epoxides, silanes). The group is looking for manufacturing agreements and joint venture agreements with companies from the agrofood industry, construction and petrochemicals.
Centre Technology Transfer CITTRU posted this:Manganese-lactoferrin complex stimulating the growth of probiotic bacteriaThe subject of the offer is manganese-lactoferrin complex with properties stimulating the growth of probiotic bacteria in digestive system. Possible applications of the invention include prevention and treatment of bacterial infections (including sepsis in newborns), chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, dietary supplementation in prevention of bacterial infections and some other indications.