Dr. Pedro Castano -
 
Research Associate Professor
Image: Carbon nanotube formation upon the steam reforming of bioethanol on Ni catalyst
© Pedro C.

My research focuses on engineering fuels and chemicals sustainably, converting pollutants and wastes (carbon dioxide, biomass, lignin, plastic wastes, used tires or refinery residues) into useful products (hydrogen, olefins, platform chemicals or fuels).

My specific goals are: (1) enhance the understanding and viability of sustainable routes for waste valorization and pollutant elimination, (2) engineering and development of heterogeneous catalyst implicated in sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, (3) understanding the fundamental relationships between structure, performance and deactivation of heterogeneous catalyst, (4) design and engineering of advanced systems for conversion (reactors and catalyst), analysis and modeling; accounting kinetics, hydrodynamics, deactivation and regeneration phenomena.

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Previous Employers:

  1. BulletDelft University of Technology, TUDelft

  2. BulletThe University of Western Ontario, UWO

  3. BulletMassachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT


Research interests:

Catalysis science & engineering, chemical reactor design, new sources of fuels and chemicals, bio-refinery, catalyst deactivation, fluid catalytic cracking, waste-refinery, zeolites, catalyst characterization, multiphase reactors, modeling reactor kinetics and hydrodynamics, fluid dynamics, zeolites, high throughput experimentation (HTE), bifunctional catalyst, hydrocracking, hydroprocessing, spectroscopy and spectroscopic techniques for characterizing surfaces, catalyst and adsorbates, transport phenomena, new synthesis routes of catalyst, low sulphur and low aromatic gasoline and diesel, coke formation, ...


Teaching

  1. BulletChemical Reactor Design (BSc, ChemE & BioTech, 3rd year)

  2. BulletControl and Instrumentation of Chemical Processes (BSc, ChemE, 3rd year)

  3. BulletProduct and Process Engineering (BSc, ChemE, 3rd year)

  4. BulletNumerical Methods for Chemical Engineers (BSc, ChemE , 2nd year)

  5. Bullet...


Memberships:

  1. BulletAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)

  2. BulletSpanish Society of Catalysis (SECAT)

  3. BulletAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

  4. BulletSpanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ)

  5. BulletAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)