Environment Laboratory

Biodegradability studies of organic residues under anaerobic conditions

  • Analysis of methanogenic potential and biogas characterization (%CH4, %CO2, %O2, %N2, %H2S)
  • Characterization of residues and optimization of mixtures for methanation plant.
  • Analysis of short-chain volatile fatty acids (SCFA): Acetic, Propionic, Butyric, Isobutyric, Valeric, Isovaleric, Isocaproic, Hexanoic y Heptanoic.

Nutrient recovery studies from wastewater and agro-livestock through chemical precipitation

  • Crystallization tests for the recovery of N and P in struvite form (slow release fertilizer) and determination of agronomic power

Characterization of materials

  • Test for Material characterization using FTIR.
  • Test for Morphological characterization using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA)

Dispersion studies of atmospheric pollutants

  • Modelling of pollutant emissions from road traffic and fixed points (industries) applying dispersion models, such as ADMS Road, CalRoads or ADMS 3.3.

Monitoring of air quality

  • Continuos monitoring of air quality parameters: humidity, temperature, CO2 (indoors), ozone and particulate matter (PM2,5 y PM10)

Other activities

  • Biomass and residues hydrolysis (ultrasound, cavitation, enzymatic, acid, alkaline)
  • Spray drying studies of aqueous solutions from laboratory scale
  • Determination of the molecular mass distribution of polymers by gel permeation chromatography (GPC).
  • Biofuel production tests. Analysis of raw materials to obtain biodiesel, synthetic diesel, syngas, biochar.
  • Synthesis of catalysts. Design of specific catalysts for different types of reactions: steam reforming, transesterification.
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