The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) acts as a focus for pan-European activities on scientific and technological aspects of biomass conversion and utilisation of products for renewable power, heat, transport fuels, hydrogen and chemicals. For more information on the different research activities within EBRI, please click here.
Surface, Materials and Catalysis Group
Catalysis is a core area of science and technology and key contributor to the UK economy, with the potential to transform society through addressing energy, climate change, water purification and sustainability. Research is focused within a new £2.5M suite of state-of-the-art laboratories for the synthesis, characterisation and testing of advanced porous and nanoparticle catalysts for sustainable chemical processes and energy production. Projects include the development of bifunctional nanocatalysts for biorefinery applications, green technologies for the selective hydrogenation and oxidation of key fine chemical intermediates, novel photocatalysts for the direct production of solar fuels and chemicals from CO2 as a sustainable feedstock, and innovative analytical methods for the understanding the mechanism of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts in action.
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Bio-Energy Research Group
Aston is the UK leader in thermal processes for biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, applying chemical engineering science and technology to the development of advanced processes for the production of liquid fuels, gaseous fuels, chemicals and electricity from natural resources and wastes. Research encompasses both intermediate and fast pyrolysis, which convert solid biomass into a valuable liquid energy carrier or fuel (bio-oil), or readily upgraded into higher value second generation biofuels/chemicals, alongside gasification, biomass pre-treatment, product upgrading, characterisation and analysis, chemicals production, system design, and techno-economic evaluation of bioenergy and biofuels production and biorefineries. We also have extensive expertise in particle engineering and computational modelling of multiphase systems.
The Group is a leading broad-based polymer research group of national and international standing with expertise in basic and applied multidisciplinary research into polymers and biomaterials; from novel design and synthesis, to melt processing and the role of specialty additives and antioxidants, through to their performance in service for industrial, biological and medical applications.
For more information on the different research activities within Polymers and Advanced Materials Group, please click here.