The research activity in the Thermochemical Processes Group is, evidently, focused in the study of processes involving chemical reactions and temperature.
Our research activity in this field started in 1983 within the Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies Department at the School of Engineering and Architecture.
The first GPT studies were related to the thermal decomposition of lignocellulosic residues. Later on, relevant studies on biomass gasification were completed, including the scale-up to a pilot plant. In parallel, another research line was initiated, concerning the thermal degradation of several materials in air atmosphere or with different oxygen percentages. The latter evolved into different studies aiming at studying combustion kinetics in the gas phase, and elimination/reduction of pollutants and undesired species (NOx, hydrocarbons, etc.) in combustion reactions, including the development of kinetic models which explain the phenomena taking place.
Up to date, more than 300 articles on high-impact journals have been published as a result of our research. See our publications list to get a glimpse of all the research carried out in these 4 decades.