Expression of Interest

Contact Person/Scientist in Charge

  • Name and surname: Jose Aracil
  • Email: jam1SPAMFILTER@quim.ucm.es

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Department / Institute / Centre

  • Name: Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Faculty of Chemical Science - Chemical engineering
  • Address: Avda. Complutense, s/n; Ciudad Universitaria; 28040 - MADRID
  • Province: Madrid

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)

Brief description of the institution:

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a broad-scoped university -the largest in Spain- in which almost every field of knowledge is envisaged. Due to this broad-scoped nature UCM is able to offer 170 official degrees out of which 65 correspond to bachelor degrees and 105 to master degrees. Regarding research activities they are developed through its 21 faculties, 5 university schools, 9 associated centers, 40 university research institutes, 8 schools for professional specialization, 4 university hospitals, and 17 research assistance centers. All these centers host nowadays almost 600 research groups.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group (including URL if applicable):

The Laboratory of Design, Optimization and Scale-up Integrated Processes (DOSIP) is located in the Chem. Eng. Department of Faculty of Chemistry. The Staff of the department is constituted by: 11 professors, 7 Senior lecturers, 5 researchers, 3 administrative, 6 technicians, 11 PhD students, and 6 postdoctoral collaborators. At the moment the DOSIP Lab. engages, on full time basis, 2 Professors, 1 Assistant Lecturer, 2 Post-doctoral and 1 Technician. In the last five years the DOSIP Lab has handled about 700.000 € in research funds from National, European Projects and for Spanish companies. The infrastructure includes also a 5 liters pilot plant. This plant can be use for the production of high quantities of the monoesters of glycerol and diglycerol with fatty acids In details, the team working in the DOSIP laboratory has as specific research interests activities:1.Synthesis, Optimization and Scale-Up of fine chemicals2.Green Chemistry, Renewable Energies and Sustainable Development-Synthesis, Development and Purification of Fine Chemicals using Vegetable Waste-Preparation of Liquid Biofuels from Vegetable Oils (new and used)-Glycerolysis of Vegetable Oils.- Synthesis of Fine Chemicals-Glycerol ValorisationThe DOSIP lab has been develop an own technology for biodiesel production, this technology has been validated in a prototype plant (5.000 Tn/years) in Alcala de Henares City (Spain).Industrial Process: The Dosip-15000Tn/year.

Project description:

The project offers an idea of the one-step extraction of value-added chemicals and the synthesis of biodiesel from an agricultural residue. According to the FAO the total production of avocado in 2013 was 2.81 times higher than that in 1983. Its seed (13 % of total weight of the fresh fruit) is considered as a waste and discarded with no further application. In 2013 alone about 613 thousand tons of seeds were treated as a waste material. The value-added chemicals and their derivatives, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, tocopherols, orange pigments, and oils residing in seeds are of high relevance for the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and fuel industries.
Objectives
1.In-situ extraction of the value-added compounds, and the selective transformation of the extracted lipid/fats into biodiesel via alcoholys is process in a single reactor using only a single solvent/reagent
2.Testing the efficiency of different short-chain alcohols/solvents, such as methanol, ethanol, propanol, and butanol for the extraction of previous mentioned value-added chemicals and biodiesel production
3.Optimization of the extraction-reaction methodology and different operating parameters, such as solvent amount, reaction temperature, and contact time to increase the yield of the targeted compounds
4.Development of a chromatographic or/and a crystallization technique for the separation and isolation of the substances from the post-extraction mixture
5.Structure elucidation of the separated compounds using analytical equipment, such as GC, and GC-MS. Determination of the total amount and the fatty acid profile of the extractable lipid/fats from seeds. Analysis of the physico-chemical properties of biodiesel synthesized from seeds to satisfy the EU and the ASTM biodiesel standards

Applications

- CV
- Motivation letter
- Experience in biodiesel process from agriculture and marine residues.

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