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Isolation, Characterization and screening of environmental applications of Bio-Organic substances obtained from urban biomasses (EnvironBOS)

Objective

The organic fraction of urban wastes can represent a rich source of bio-organic substances (BOS) easily available from urban facilities performing aerobic or anaerobic biodegradation of biomass residues; they may provide a large variety of BOS fitting a wide range of uses. The aim of the project is to explore the valorization of these residues by their use in the detoxification of other aqueous wastes. In particular, three research lines are of our interest:
1- Determination of the photophysical and photochemical properties of BOS and main reactive species that are able to generate.
2- Use of BOS as solar photocatalysts, possible participation in the self cleaning of the effluents and other related strategies for waste minimization.
3- Use as templates for the synthesis of materials for environmental purposes, such as mesoporous titanium dioxide or nanoparticles of Ag, Si or Au.
Four multidisciplinary groups from Argentina (Laboratorio de Especies Altamente Reactivas, from Universidad Nacional La Plata), with research lines focused on environmental chemistry and materials science, Brazil (Instituto de Química; Universidade de Sao Paulo) with research interests in laboratory and pilot waste treatment and development of industrial simulation procedures, Italy (University of Torino) with research interests in photochemistry, environmental and analytical chemistry as well as material science and Spain (Grupo Procesos de Oxidación Avanzada, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia), that investigates in solar photocatalysis, photophysics and textile engineering, will collaborate to carry out this group. A training program focused on early researchers and a diffusion program for the obtained results will also be implemented. With this background a exchange program to benefit the synergies between the groups is planed, as explained in detail at section B.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/physical chemistry/photochemistry
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/physical chemistry/photochemistry/photocatalysis
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 60 900
Administrative Contact
José Antonio Pérez García (Mr.)

Participants (1)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 58 800
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Bianco Prevot (Prof.)