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Reference Number EP/W019221/1
Title Nature-inspired bio-Syngas Technologies for Olefins Synthesis
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr M Materazzi

Chemical Engineering
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 May 2022
End Date 30 April 2025
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £1,168,549
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Manufacturing
Region London
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M Materazzi , Chemical Engineering, University College London (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor M Coppens , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr P Lettieri , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Catal International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Particulate Solid Research Inc. (PSRI), USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation), Saudi Arabia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wood Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Advanced Biofuel Solutions LTD (0.000%)
Project Contact , IFP Energies nouvelles (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dummy Organisation (0.000%)
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Abstract Environmental and economic concerns related to the excessive use of fossil fuels, together with opportunities in circular economy and carbon negative technologies are paving the way for a fundamental reorganisation of the chemical industry. Oil refineries are being redesigned to couple petrochemical processes with bio-based productions and new thermo-chemical technologies more suited for small-scale operation. In this context, the invention of new (or restructured) processes for the synthesis of renewable intermediates, such as olefins generated from biomass is of crucial importance, since these molecules are fundamental building blocks for polymers, fuels and chemical industry. In order to unlock the transition to bio-substitutes in energy and manufacturing sectors, resource efficiency, process flexibility and intensification are of critical importance. To achieve these goals, we propose to employ a Nature-Inspired Solution (NIS) methodology, as a systematic platform for innovation and to inform transformative technology. The NIS methodology will be used to design and optimise modular bio-syngas conversion methods to manufacture "green" chemical products, including bio-olefins, at a scale suitable for decentralised applications. The research will focus on the novel concept of Sorption Enhanced Olefin Synthesis (SEOS), and the integrated design and performance of key system components (Synthesis Reactor - Catalysts Configuration - Life Cycle Analysis) to provide information on the underpinning reaction mechanisms, engineering performance and system dynamics that will facilitate deployment of future bio-based manufacturing plants.
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Added to Database 25/05/22