RESEARCH AREAS

PROCESSES OF INTEREST:

  • Electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis
  • Adsorption and ion exchange
  • Electrosorption and capacitive deionization
  • Electrosynthesis
  • Electrodeposition / electrocoagulation / electrodialysis
ELECTROCHEMIAL ENGINEERING
  • Treatment of water and industrial effluents
  • Recovery and removal of heavy metals
  • Degradation of organic pollutant compounds
  • Electrosynthesis

  • Flow reactors with packed or consolidated beds
  • Fluidized bed reactor
  • Circulating bed reactors: spouted and vortex
  • Flat plate electrode reactors with optimized mass transfer

ENVIRONMENTAL ELECTROCHEMISTRY

Development of electrodes and electrochemical processes applied to topics of environmental interest with emphasis in sustainability concepts:

  • Removal/recovery of heavy metals from industrial effluents
  • Degradation of organic pollutant compounds
  • Water reuse in industrial processes
  • Conversion of CO2 to chemicals

  • Electrodeposition and electrocoagulation to remove heavy metals
  • Electrooxidation of organic pollutants and water recovery for reuse
  • Electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis for CO2 conversion to chemicals of commercial interest

ADSORPTION AND ION EXCHANGE Development of adsorbents and processes for:
  • Treatment of water and wastewater
  • Recovery of molecules of commercial interest
  • Coupling with electrochemical processes at low concentrations

  • Development of magnetic adsorbents to facilitate solid/liquid separation
  • Separation of amino acids using activated carbons
  • Development of activated carbons with high surface area and customized pore size distribution
  • Adsorption of phenolic compounds from oil wastewater
  • Recovery of metals

ELECTROSORPTION AND CAPACITIVE DEIONIZATION Development of electrodes and processes for:
  • Water desalination and softening by capacitive deionization
  • Separation of amino acid by electrosorption

  • Development of customized activated carbons
  • Development of deionization cells
  • Production of drinking water through desalination of brackish water
  • Separation of the amino acid lysine
  • Water softening for use in boilers

ELECTROCATALYSIS, PHOTOCATALYSIS, AND PHOTOELECTROCATALYSIS Development of catalysts and processes for:
  • Treatment of water and wastewater
  • Electrochemical reactions of industrial interest
  • Photo(electro)catalytic reactions of industrial interest
  • Development of photo(electro)catalytic reactors

  • Development of semiconductor oxides for photo(electro)catalytic applications
  • Development of electrode materials for Electrocatalysis
  • Electrocatalytic and photo(electro)catalytic processes for CO2 conversion to ethanol, methanol and formic acid
  • Electrocatalytic conversion of methane to methanol
  • Electrocatalytic and photo(electro)catalytic flow reactors