CATALYSTS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
The efficient and economically viable production of fuels and chemicals from biomass is one of the great challenges of this century, which includes the availability of residual biomass and the scientific and technological capacity to develop efficient and economically viable processes to transform biomass into products of industrial interest.
There are various types of biomass and mechanisms for their transformation, both by chemical and biological routes. The great challenge lies in the development of cheap catalysts that promote high conversion of the starting reagent and selectivity to the product of interest. The effective way of studying a catalyst is under operating conditions, i.e., simulating the catalytic preparation, activation and reaction process together with the structural, electronic and superficial analysis, as well as the rapid detection of the changes that are occurring. The only possibility to fully meet all these requirements is the use of high-brightness synchrotron radiation.