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The Research Group on Materials Technology and Sustainability (MATS) of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Valencia focuses its research activity on the design, development, characterization and validation of technologies for the preparation and functionalization of materials with a multisectoral nature, and with sustainability approach within the concept of circular economy.

The scientific-technical objectives of the MATS group are:

  • Develop technologies for obtaining and functionalizing (nano / micro) fibres and polymeric, composite and hybrid films.
  • Apply and evaluate techniques for surface modification of substrates to control roughness and surface tension.
  • Investigate the correlation between the physical-chemical properties of materials and their performance.
  • Evaluate the alternatives for the recovery of material, chemical, energy and biological waste of plastic origin.
  • Develop advanced reaction media for polymerization processes using supercritical fluids and ionic liquids.
  • Design nanostructured catalysts using electrochemical techniques for the preparation of hybrid membranes.
  • Develop and validate protection strategies against metal corrosion.
  • Develop encapsulation processes of compounds of interest through sol-gel and spray drying for their subsequent incorporation into polymeric matrices.

The research lines of the MATS group are:

  • Design and validation of polymeric and composite materials for membrane technology. Technology for the design of functionalized polymers and composites for the development of flat or fibre format membranes. Control of parameters such as pore size, wettability, chemical affinity, thermal, chemical and mechanical stability.
  • Development of polymeric and composite materials with advanced properties for application in containers and packaging. Development of new polymeric materials and compounds with advanced properties: active, smart, biodegradable, recyclable, edible, nanocomposites and biocomposites, for their application in food and pharmaceutical preservation systems.
  • Recovery of plastic waste through mechanical, chemical, thermal and biological processes. Development of methodologies and physical-chemical analysis of plastic waste to establish the most appropriate recovery strategies.
  • Design and application of ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents as reaction media and catalysts. Synthesis of ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents on demand as reaction media and / or catalysts. Study of the feasibility of the reaction process. Study of the viability of the solvent recovery process.
  • Preparation of materials in supercritical conditions. Obtaining the optimal supercritical operating conditions for the preparation of materials. Modeling and kinetics of the reaction process.
  • Design and characterization of (photo) nanostructured catalysts obtained by electrochemical anodizing of different metals and alloys. Synthesis, modification and characterization of new (photo) nanostructured catalysts obtained by electrochemical anodizing of metals and alloys. Validation in energy, environmental and biomedical applications.
  • Development of hybrid TiO2-polymeric membranes for their application in the decontamination of water and in the purification of compounds. Development of self-cleaning hybrid membranes formed by modified TiO2 nanotubes for application in the removal of emerging pollutants from water and purification of chemical compounds through filtration processes whose driving force is pressure.
  • Modeling and simulation of the transport of properties in polymeric membranes. Development of mathematical models, based on the finite element method (FEM), for the study of the transport of multicomponent matter, coupled or not to the transport of heat energy, through multilayer polymeric structures.
  • Development of encapsulation processes. Design of sol-gel and spray drying strategies for the encapsulation of active compounds, enzymes, drugs and other substances of interest, for application in sectors such as packaging, waste management or biomedicine, among others.

Research group members: 

  • Badia Valiente, José David (Head)
  • Cerisuelo Ferriols, Josep Pasqual
  • Cháfer Ortega, Amparo
  • Fernández Domene, Ramón
  • Sánchez Tovar, Rita

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