About the Multidisciplinary Seminar Program

Created in 1995, the Escola Tecnica Superior d'Enginyeria Quimica (ETSEQ) at Universitat Rovira i Virgili aims at becoming an international reference in chemical engineering education and research. The ETSEQ is located in an area that is socially and economically very dynamic, and that is home to one of the most important centers of chemical industry in southern Europe.

The Multidisciplinary Seminar Program is both the seminar series for faculty and researchers in the ETSEQ, and a mandatory class for its graduate students. The Program aims at inviting leading international researchers working on areas that are of interest to faculty and researchers in the School.

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Lignocellulose processing with ionic liquids - the new possibilities! (Jyri-Pekka Mikkola )

Location: Aula 104, ETSEQ
Start time: 12 p.m.

Abstract:

For centuries the Nordic & Baltic countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland; Estonia, Latvia. Lithuania) have been relying on their natural resources, particularly forest, to make value-added products exported throughout the world and, at the same time, helping the societies to create wealth, job opportunities and social welfare. The global changes taking place today have gradually rendered these industries less competitive and profitable upon increasing competition from, particularly, Asia and South America when the consumption of such bulk products like paper and pulp have declined in the western word. The rise of the digital era, i.e. increasing use of electronic information and documentation, has meant that the volumes needed are in the decline in the developed world whereas the developing world still has room for growth in these products. Consequently, the industry has been forced to adapt and change, moving a lot of production capacity to there were the demand is. At the same time, increasing efforts are made to transform and trim the production in the original ‘homeland’ plants towards new, more innovative and more sophisticated products and, importantly, towards production of various bio-based energy, transportation and chemical commodities. This, however, is not easy (the industry is very conservative and stuck to the earlier business models).
For centuries the Nordic & Baltic countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland; Estonia, Latvia. Lithuania) have been relying on their natural resources, particularly forest, to make value-added products exported throughout the world and, at the same time, helping the societies to create wealth, job opportunities and social welfare. The global changes taking place today have gradually rendered these industries less competitive and profitable upon increasing competition from, particularly, Asia and South America when the consumption of such bulk products like paper and pulp have declined in the western word. The rise of the digital era, i.e. increasing use of electronic information and documentation, has meant that the volumes needed are in the decline in the developed world whereas the developing world still has room for growth in these products. Consequently, the industry has been forced to adapt and change, moving a lot of production capacity to there were the demand is. At the same time, increasing efforts are made to transform and trim the production in the original ‘homeland’ plants towards new, more innovative and more sophisticated products and, importantly, towards production of various bio-based energy, transportation and chemical commodities. This, however, is not easy (the industry is very conservative and stuck to the earlier business models).
Ionic liquids and their analogues can offer a new tool to add value to the nature’s molecules by introducing tools to fractionate, solubilize and, in a controlled way, chemically alter the properties of the species to yield industrially and commercially interesting products.

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