Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain

UAM was founded in 1968. It is a public institution focused on teaching and research, being one of the few Spanish universities that are among the 100 best European universities in research. UAM hosts one of the largest scientific communities in Spain and the alliance with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) was recognized as International Excellence Campus. The cluster of Chemical Engineering is part of the Faculty of Sciences, which is a multidisciplinary organization with more than 700 people in staff and more than 5000 students. The cluster of Chemical Engineering comprises 18 full time professors, 2 assistant professors, 3 part time professors, 4 postdoctoral researchers and 19 PhD students. The main research interests in the cluster of Chemical Engineering include preparation of carbon materials (activated carbons, templated carbons, carbon blacks, graphite, etc.), preparation and characterization of catalysts, catalytic hydrotreatment of water (hydrodechlorination and hydrodenitrification), catalytic hydrodechlorination in gas phase, catalytic wet/advanced oxidation of wastewater and molecular simulation and application of ionic liquids. The facilities of the department include pressure reactors (fixed beds, basket, autoclaves, ATR), thermal characterization (TGA, high pressure TGA, TPR, TPD, TPO, DSC), textural properties characterization (N2/CO2/Ar adsorption, mercury porosimetry), CO and H2 chemisorption, pyrolysis/activation reactors and common analysis techniques (HPLC-DA, GCMS, IC, UV-vis, etc.). The research facilities at the Faculty of Sciences provide other techniques of interest for the proposal such as SEM, TEM, DRX, FTIR, XPS, Raman and AFM.

Key people involved

The group involved in the proposal includes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Prof. Luisa Calvo, Dr. Eng. Jorge Bedia, Prof. Asunción Quintanilla, Prof. José A. Casas, Prof. Ángel F. Mohedano and Prof. Juan A. Zazo. The group has an outstanding record of publications in peer reviewed journals in topics related with carbon materials, catalysts preparation, ionic liquids and catalytic applications. The members of the group have expertise in academic management and in the management of national and international research programs.

Major role in the project

UAM covers in WP1 the colloidal synthesis of metal nanoparticles with tuned properties and their immobilization on carbon supports prepared by othe partners.