Month: November 2017

  • The 5th International Scientific Conference on Pervaporation, Vapour Pervaporation and Membrane Distillation.

    The 5th International Scientific Conference on Pervaporation, Vapour Pervaporation and Membrane Distillation.

      The “5th International Scientific Conference on Pervaporation, Vapour Pervaporation and Membrane Distillation” has been held in June 2017 in Torun, Poland. This event has been combined with the “2nd Workshop on ABE Fermentation and Recovery” which was very fruitful as these membrane processes are promising techniques for a cost- and energy-efficient recovery of solvents […]

  • The 2nd Workshop on ABE Fermentation and Recovery

    The 2nd Workshop on ABE Fermentation and Recovery

      The “2nd Workshop on ABE Fermentation and Recovery” followed an event in July 2015 in Vienna but basically is the continuation of work initially started by Nasib Qureshi, Ian Maddox and Anton Friedl back in 1989 in New Zealand. Around 15 researchers attended this workshop and discussed ongoing projects, potential developments, implementation barriers and […]

  • The 9th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management

    The 9th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management

    he 9th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management has been held from 6th to 9th of September 2017 in Bologna, Italy. The main topics focused on environmental sustainability and ways towards a circular economy. At the conference, a wide range of fields where those aspects are of increased importance was represented. The practical research […]

  • The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering

    The 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering

    From October 1st to October 5th 2017, the “10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering” was held in Barcelona, Spain. More than 3000 delegates presenting and listening to more than 1500 oral communications led to the event that managed to represent the chemical engineering and its thriving ideas and innovation as a whole. Due to the […]

  • WP3_Follow up on activities

    WP3_Follow up on activities

      Under the WP3 (ABE fermentation and solvent recovery), since the last status update, TU Wien has conducted extensive research regarding different membrane materials as well as potential membrane module designs for the separation of ABE from fermentation broth. The focus was put on commercially available PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) and newly developed POMS (polyoxymethylsiloxan) membranes by […]

  • WP6_Follow up on activities

    WP6_Follow up on activities

      Under the WP6, Industrial Scale-up, TU Wien is supporting WP 6 with simulation tasks for the overall process in Aspen Plus. Up to now, the focus was put mainly on potential in-situ recovery methods. The results generated in other work packages were used to develop simulation models for adsorption, stripping, pervaporation, distillation as well […]

  • WP1 _ Follow up on activities

    WP1 _ Follow up on activities

      Under the WP1, (Selection of renewable feedstock for ABE fermentation), the following tasks have been performed: Between two and three pretreatment methods have been proposed by ITACyl for each of the four agro-food wastes. These methods allow equilibrium between maximal sugar release and minimal generation of fermentation inhibitors in the hydrolysates. Common fermentation inhibitors […]

  • WP4_Follow up of activities

    WP4_Follow up of activities

      In the WP4 (Catalytic conversion of ethanol to butanol), bio-ethanol can be catalytically converted into butanol through alcohol dimerization called Guerbet reaction. This reaction is promoted by catalysts with a suitable combination of both acid and basic sites. Furthermore, the addition of an active metal can favour the initial dehydrogenation of the alcohol to […]