Didilia ILEANA Mendoza-CastilloInstituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes/ Conacyt, Cátedras Jóvenes Investigadores
Didilia ILEANA Mendoza-Castillo
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To define the knowledge of the global technology for the production of microfibers with technical properties and composite materials using these fibers. We are defining the polymerization process for to obtain special polymers using different monomers, procesing the polymer and adding nanoaditives in a wet extrusion machine for to obtain microfibers at pilot level. For the composite materials We are using several presentation of the microfibers and estructures. The applications are in farming, construction, biodegradable materials and technical textiles (energy, reaction to external agents, antiseptic and high performance mechanical properties).
Bio-based economy in Europe involves 22 million people and turns over roughly 2.4 billion €. The full realization of its huge potential, however, requires expert knowledge and synergy of different competencies. In particular, key questions and bottlenecks awaiting clear answers are: - How to design and integrate flexible and product-tailored processes for the available biomass feedstocks? - How to integrate chemical and biochemical routes into sustainable biorefining of the given feedstocks? - How to relate the biomass extraction and separation processes with the properties of the desired products and the sustainable utilization of the depleted matrices? - How the production processes can be integrated into closed loop production? The overall goal of this action is to exchange complementary theoretical and experimental knowledge of research Staff while looking for innovative answers to such important questions. Alternative technological pathways will be related to availability and properties of feedstocks and their conversion into value added products economically and at reduced energy consumption and environmental impact. For each pathway, an initial flowsheet will be developed. Its performance, along with the key design, operating and product criteria will be evaluated by computer-aided simulations of various scenarios. Mass and energy integration studies will be performed to reduce the consumption of material and energy utilities, improve environmental impact, and enhance profitability. Life cycle analysis will determine the net contribution of the alternative pathways to environmental pollution. Acquiring reliable experimental phase equilibria data, complemented by quantitative chemical structure–properties relationships for real and virtual molecules, and their modeling, will be an essential step in the process design. The proposed staff exchange will create new networks establishing long-lasting collaborations among experienced and early stage researchers.