University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Title: Biological Cell Inspired Reactors for an Increasing Population World
Biography: Garcia Garcia Francisco
Dr Francisco R. García–García research seeks sustainable solutions to today’s emission control and energy production challenges by mimicking biological cell strategies. Biological cells can be seen as enhanced multifunctional reactors specifically designed to solve fundamental chemical engineering issues such as thermodynamic limitations, catalyst deactivation, and product separation. For example, cells can overcome the thermodynamic limitations because the reaction sites are enclosed within the cell membrane, which is permeable to some of the reaction products. Likewise, cyclic vs linear pathways allow a quick and economic solution to chemical problems. While these approaches are common in cells, they are only sporadically applied technologically in a purposeful manner. The aim of Dr Francisco R. García–García research group is to design, develop and fabricate multifunctional catalytic reactors inspired by how biological cells work, which allows the integration of multi-processes in a single device. The integration of multi-process (reaction, regeneration and separation) in a single reactor enables the intensification of the overall process, making it safer, cleaner, smaller and cheaper. So far the difficulty of combining chemistry, materials science and engineering knowledge in a single unit has prevented the full development of this concept. In this respect, Dr Francisco R. García-García is recognized for his knowledge in the area of gas phase heterogeneous catalysis, new materials development, membrane technology and chemical looping in the interphase between chemistry and chemical engineering.
Recent Publications :
- F.R. García-García, E. Gallegos-Suarez, M. Fernández-García, A. Guerrero-Ruiz and I. Rodríguez-Ramos (2017) Understanding the role of oxygen surface groups; the key for a smart ruthenium-based carbon-supported heterogeneous catalyst design and synthesis. Applied Catalysis A: General (in press)
- N. Subramanian, A. Caravaca, F.R. García-García. M. Bowker (2016) Modern Developments in Catalysis Chapter I: Sustainable Hydrogen and/or Syngas Production: New Approaches to Reforming. UK Catalysis Hub Book ISBN-978-1-78634-121-1
- L. Torrente-Murciano and F.R. García-García (2015) Effect of nanostructured support on the WGSR activity of Pt/ceria catalysts. Catalysis Communications 71, 1-6.
- F.R. García-García and K. Li. (2013) New catalytic reactors prepared from symmetric and asymmetric ceramic hollow fibres. Applied Catalysis A: General 456, 1-10.
- J.A. Medrano, I. Julián, F.R. García-García, K. Li, J. Herguido and M. Menendez (2013) Two-zone fluidized bed reactor (TZFBR) with palladium membrane for catalytic propane dehydrogenation: Experimental performance assessment. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52, 3723-3731