Climate change and environmental strict laws together to energy supply issues and its high price have led governments and manufacturing companies face many challenges in creating alternative fuels, cleaning the environment, preventing pollution, creating safe products, reducing dangerous by-products in manufacturing processes and reducing energy consumption. It is imperative to develop renewable, cleaner, safer and energy-efficient technologies for a sustainable production in existing chemical processes or to produce new chemicals. In this context, the use of catalysts is one of the keys to overcome the current challenges and researchers have developed alternative catalysts to eliminate toxic chemicals use and by-products formation as well to reduce energy consumption. Thus, the objective of this session is to demonstrate the importance of using catalytic processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, including bio-based products. This session intends to cover all aspects related to the most recent developments in catalysis and catalytic processes that lead to sustainable processes, including catalyst synthesis, characterization and its application, kinetics and mechanisms of reactions, deactivation/regeneration, design of reactors and fuel cells, estimation of process parameters, their modeling and optimization. Air pollution technologies, algal based technologies, biomass conversion, bioprocess engineering, catalytic upgrading of bio-oil, production of syngas, hydrogen and fuels, CO2 conversion into chemicals, fuels and energy, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, environmental catalysis, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, hydrogenation and oxidation processes, nanomaterials, new catalytic routes and processes, as well as other topics related to catalysis for sustainable production will be considered.
Therefore, researchers, chemists, biotechnologists and chemical engineers, from academia and industry, are encouraged to submit their most recent scientific work on this topic.
Prof. Rita Maria Brito Alves
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rita Maria de Brito Alves is Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia - UFBA (1981), with specialization in petrochemical processing - CENPEQ - UFBA / PETROBRAS / PETROQUISA (1981), MSc in Chemical Engineering by the State University of Camipinas – UNICAMP (1994) and DSc in Chemical Engineering by University of São Paulo – USP (2003). She was post-doctoral fellow at ENSIACET - Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - France (2004) and scientific researcher at University of São Paulo (2005-2009). She was Engineer Processes in COPENE Technology Development Center (Current BRASKEM SA) from 1982 to 1989 and later she was Coordinator of the Area of Exploration and Evaluation of Petrochemical Technology Innovation & Corporate Technology (2011-2014). She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo. Her research area is on phase equilibrium thermodynamics and modeling, simulation and optimization of chemical processes and has particular interest in the applications of models to natural gas and CO2 conversion and biorefineries. She is enrolled on the RCGI-Research Centre for Gas Innovation (Shell-FAPESP) as Deputy-Director of the Physical-Chemistry Programme and also as Project Coordinator of the Projects ”Synthesis gas production by methane tri-reforming”, “Advanced catalyst for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis” and Reduction of greenhouse gases emission through integration of power plants and CO2 conversion processes”. On the latter she is participant of the Project “Sustainable gas pathways for Brazil; from microcosm to macrocosm“ (NERC-FAPESP).
Dr. Thiago Hewer
University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Dr. Thiago L. R. Hewer is researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated in Chemistry at São Paulo State University in 2002, and holds a M.Sc. in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at University of São Paulo in 2010. His research interest lies in the understanding of the structure-properties relationship of materials for sustainable process, such as heterogeneous catalysts for clean energy, upgrading of bio-oils, heterogeneous photocatalysis and Fisher-Tropsch synthesis.