Advanced Materials and Processing Technology
Our principal areas of knowledge are focused on locating market needs and establishing a series of technological processes and the creation or improvement of advanced materials. Our main objective is to find real and customized technological solutions for the needs of our clients adapted to each sector.
Catalysis and Photocatalysis
Our research in catalysis enhances the creation value in our customers’ pipelines. We use this process to produce fine chemicals like Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF), Covalent Organic Frameworks (COF) and Porous Organic Polymers (POP). We also use metallocene catalysts, bimetallic catalysts and photocatalysts, this last one based on TiO2, ZnO2 or SnO2 and mixtures. Our purpose is to ensure an efficient use of new and recovered raw materials in the production of chemicals, polymers and materials with embedded nanotechnology. The new challenge for the industry is to provide chemicals based on cost effective solutions.
Green Chemical Synthesis
We design chemicals and new chemical processes to deliver environmental concerned solutions to the industry. Trought the optimization of synthetic routes, we are creating differents types of synthetic methods: using CO2 as feedstock, synthesis of small organic molecules (bio monomers, chromophores, dyes, etc.), synthesis of polymers: (bio polymers, polyamides, polyimides, polyesters, polyurethanes, porous organic polymers, geo polymers, etc.), synthesis of mesoporous nanoparticles (SBA 15 and similar). All of these applied researchs aims to obtain alternatives to hazardous substances while reducing waste and energy consumption and preserving performance.
Sensors and Electrochemistry
We transform the electrochemical energy and the chemical energy to produce: dye sensors for medical and energy applications, electrochemical sensor (MIP, enzymatic and ISE) for multi analyte detection and prediction (electronic tongue/nose), an inkjet printed electrodes: configuration of system, design and optimization, doped electrodes for electrocatalysis. We also research in electrosynthesis: production of inorganic and organic chemicals, water splitting and materials for fuel cells.
Water treatment and industrial waste revalorization
We use these technologies for water and air treatment (photocatalysis) and chemical transformation of biomass or bio based feedstocks (bio diesel, fatty acids, seaweed, etc..) into high added value products. We enhance properties of materials used in traditional water management operations and we improve the value of several final products.
Functional Coatings, Resins
We develop several technologies to protect differentes sufarces like: synthesis of functional coatings for wood and plastic composites based on biopolymers obtained from renewable sources, synthesis of functional coatings for glass and metal based on sol-gel chemistry, water based polyurethane resins with high solid content and improved performances, powder coatings for wood applications with enhances adhesion properties and deposition of coatings by dipping, spin coating, spraying or electrodeposition.
Food technology and packaging
We are working to produce products and materials applicable to the food industry. So we formulate edible films and coatings with antimicrobial and antioxidant and barrier to gases proprieties, micro and nanoencapsulation of ingredients. We also execute food ingredients extraction (from natural origin) Active and recyclable packaging Electrochemical sensor devices for toxic compounds detection Technologies for removal of chemical compounds in air and water and we develop and alternative and natural methodologies to extend the food shelf life.