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Canada Research Chair in Intensified Mechano-chemical Processes for Sustainable Biomass Conversion

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The objective of the CRC in Intensified Mechano-Chemical Processes for Sustainable Biomass Conversion is to maximize process productivity while minimizing the size and energy requirements of the energy-intensive chemical industry, by applying alternative energy sources such as ultrasound, microwaves and hydrodynamic cavitation. The main expected benefit is the reduction of GHG emissions by shortening the time-to-market of biomass based technologies. The CRC in Intensified Mechano-Chemical Processes for Sustainable Biomass Conversion merges the technological gap between heterogeneous catalysis and process intensification by finding and exploiting synergies that reduce the energy requirements of processes that transform biomass.

Research Themes:

  • Sonocatalysis
  • Synthesis of biofuels and biochemicals
  • Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of catalysts
  • Synergistic intensification processes with ultrasound
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Design and scale-up of ultrasonic equipment


Research Personnel

  • Professors/Researchers: 1
  • Graduate Students: 4
  • Postdoctoral Fellows: 3

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