Plastic waste to alternative fuels
Mentor: Marta Muñoz Hernández
Phone: (+34) 914888186
University: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Partner Host Institution: CEPSA
Keywords: Plastic waste, valorization, fuels, magnetic nanoparticles, cracking, magnetic heating induction

Plastic waste to alternative fuels

Feedstock recycling by thermal and catalytic pyrolysis is the most studied technology to convert plastic wastes but these processes present limited conversion at low pyrolysis temperature. An alternative and attractive solution for thermal heating is magnetic induction that might represent a way to save energy. Degradation reactions relevant for plastic wastes treatment can be improved by employing directed and localized magnetic heating of catalysts reinforced with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Our proposal is to use magnetic nanoparticles and electromagnetic fields in order to heat just the local active sites of the catalyst, thereby achieving the degradation reaction with a more rapid and lower energy supply than feasible with normal thermal heating processes.

Departament: Applied Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering and Electronic Technology
Research Group: Material Science Group
More Information:
Relevants projects on the area: MISTI Global Seed Funds (award 22.300$) Plastic Wastes for Alternative Fuels Project Period: January 1, 2019–August 31, 2020
Relevants publications on the area: 1.- " Novel PLLA / magnesium composite for orthopedic applications: A proof of concept" S.C. Cifuentes, E. Frutos, J.L. González-Carrasco, M. Muñoz, M. Multigner, J. Chao, R. Benavente, M. Lieblich (2012); Materials Letters; 74, 239-242
2.- "Study of Heating Efficiency as a Function of Concentration, Size, and Applied Field in γ‑Fe2O3 Nanoparticles" P. de la Presa, Y. Luengo, M. Multigner, R. Costo, M. P. Morales, G. Rivero, and A. Hernando(2012); J. Phys. Chem C 116, 25602 ∥