Jesús Esteban

Jesús Esteban
The University of Manchester · Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

PhD, MEng, BEng
Reaction Engineering and Sustainable Chemistry

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Introduction
Jesús Esteban currently works at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research approaches chemical transformations and separations with a strong focus on Reaction Engineering, Process Intensification and Green Chemistry.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
The University of Manchester
Position
  • Lecturer
February 2018 - June 2020
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
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  • PostDoc Position
May 2017 - November 2017
Technische Universität Dortmund
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (38)
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In this paper, the synthesis of glycerol carbonate from glycerol and dimethyl carbonate is studied. First, operating conditions and a catalyst were selected after screening of different alkali metal salts, resulting K2CO3 the most active species. Afterwards, given the low degree of miscibility between the reactants, a study of the phase change from...
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The biodiesel industry has been dealing with the issue of glycerol oversupply for some time, leading to blossoming research regarding its valorisation to yield value-added derivatives. This work presents the production of glycerol carbonate through the transesterification of glycerol with dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and ethylene carbonate (EC), also o...
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As the availability of fossil-based resources declines, there is an impending necessity of finding alternative feedstock able to secure the production of fuels and chemicals. Exploitation of biomass as renewable source of chemicals is an attractive possibility, in particular the one derived from food waste (FW). Every year, large amounts of waste a...
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A wide overview of the biphasic production of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and furfural from lignocellulosic sugars is presented together with a screening of solvents following a methodology based on COSMO-RS and section guides.
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The increasing discharge of metal-associated waste not only causes growing concerns on the environment and human health but also accelerates the depletion of natural metal resources. Within this context and...
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Succinic acid has attracted much interest as a key platform chemical that can be obtained in high titers from biomass through sustainable fermentation processes, thus boosting the bioeconomy as a critical production strategy for the future. After several years of development of the production of succinic acid, many studies on lab or pilot scale pro...
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Lignocellulosic biomass appears as an attractive bio-based substrate for platform chemicals, such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfural (Fur). These furans are produced by the dehydration of C6 sugars (glucose, fructose) and C5 sugars (xylose), respectively, with acidic media. Production of these platform chemicals are plagued by undesired...
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As a way to valorise glycerol, the main by-product of biodiesel, this study is focused on the production of esters of p-methoxycinnamic acid and glycerol. These esters can replace hazardous octylmethoxycinnamate in the cosmetic industry, which is thought to act as an endocrine disruptor and can interfere with thyroid function. Several sulfonated me...
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Food loss and waste (FLW) is becoming a general environmental and societal problem as well as an opportunity for its valorisation to a plethora of energy vectors, chemicals and bio-based materials. Food loss is related to the primary and industrial sectors (i.e., farms and fish farms, factories), while food waste is produced by retailers and consum...
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The review presents spectroscopic and mathematical tools to perform operando investigations of mechanisms and deactivation pathways in homogeneous catalysis. Their potential is shown in two case studies, hydroformylation and asymmetric hydrogenation.
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Digitalization provides access to an integrated network of unexploited big data with potential benefits for society and the environment. The development of smart systems connected to the internet of things can generate unique opportunities to strategically address challenges associated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to...
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The Taylor‐Couette reactor (TCR) is an apparatus that capitalizes on the Taylor‐Couette flow, which allows many flow regimes and conditions to perform (bio‐)chemical conversions with precise control of various reactor characteristics. With the possibility to continuously perfuse the reactor with a reaction medium, the TCR becomes interesting for ch...
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Nanosized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) have been employed as molecular weight enlarged structures for different purposes owing to their ease of synthesis and modification. In this work, the commercially available...
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Orange peel waste (OPW) (peels, pulp and seeds) is an underutilised residue coming from the orange juice industry. Its classical applications are cattle feeding and composting, while they cannot ensure a total use of OPW, so landfilling is also common practice. On the other side, OPW is very rich in sugars, polysaccharides, essential oils and polyp...
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Biomolecule separation is critical to the field of biotechnology. Biomolecules include a broad diversity of primary and secondary metabolites with distinct structures and functionalities that provide an excellent platform for production of pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, food additives, cosmetics, and advanced materials. However, efficient isolati...
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The hydroformylation of 1-decene was conducted in a gas-liquid-liquid system featuring a deep eutectic solvent to enable recycling of the noble metal catalyst. Operation using different phosphine-based ligands was analyzed (Biphephos, Sulfoxantphos and TPPMS) testing five deep eutectic solvents (DES) as polar phases. These were based on choline chl...
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Glycerol carbonate has gained attention as a value-added product from reacting glycerol and dimethyl carbonate. This work studies the dispersion in non-reacting conditions of the two compounds under conditions relevant to the production of glycerol carbonate. Images were acquired to obtain droplet size distributions and Sauter mean diameters (d3,2)...
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Biphasic liquid-liquid and particularly gas-liquid-liquid (GLL) environments are used in many chemical transformations performed by homogeneous catalysts where they have proven very effective for catalyst recycling, greatly improving the economy of using costly organometallic catalyst complexes such as for hydroformylation. Reacting GLL systems suf...
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The biphasic hydroformylation of 1‐octene using a lean aqueous phase as solvent phase for catalyst recycling is discussed here. The gas‐liquid‐liquid reaction was homogeneously catalyzed by industrial standard catalytic system with [Rh(cod)Cl]2 as precursor and TPPTS as ligand. This work summarizes investigations addressing different aspects of the...
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Biomass is a plentiful renewable source of energy, food, feed and chemicals. It fixes about 1–2% of the solar energy received by the Earth through photosynthesis in both terrestrial and aquatic plants like macro- and microalgae. As fossil resources deplete, biomass appears a good complement and eventually a good substitute feedstock, but still need...
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Glycerol carbonate (GC) is a value-added product originating from the valorization of widely available glycerol (Gly), a side stream from the production of biodiesel. Here we approach the production of this chemical comparing two reactions based on the transesterification of Gly with dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and ethylene carbonate (EC). When using...
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Recently, solketal (Sk) and glycerol formal (GF) have appeared as alternatives for the chemical valorization of glycerol (Gly), a by-product derived from the biodiesel industry. Sk and GF are versatile products with increasing interest in several industries due to their attractive properties, particularly in foods, pharmaceuticals and products of t...
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Citrus essential oils are complex hydrocarbon mixtures mainly composed of terpenes and terpenoids and are widely used as raw materials in food, pharmaceutical, and fine chemical industries. However, essential oil deterpenation (i.e., separation of terpenes and terpenoids) is required to preserve the quality of the final product for practical applic...
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Glycerol carbonate has mostly been synthesized by transesterification of glycerol with dimethyl carbonate and ethylene carbonate. We propose to obtain it using propylene and butylene carbonate as co-substrates with Na2CO3 as catalyst, also generating 1,2-propanediol and 1,2-butanediol. The reactants exhibit thermomorphic behavior, so we capitalized...
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Fatty acids have a great importance in several industrial activities like the manufacture of ingredients for foods, paints, soap, detergents and a wide array of other products in the fast moving consumer goods industry. Processing of fatty acids requires a good knowledge of transport properties, such as viscosity. This work presents a compilation o...
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Porous solid materials commonly undergo coating processes during their manufacture, where liquids are put in contact with solids for different purposes. The study of liquid penetration in porous substrates is a process of high relevance in activities in several industries. In particular, powder detergents are subject to coating with surfactants tha...
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As a consequence of the surplus of glycerol generated from the development of the biodiesel industry, making valuable products from it has been an ongoing subject for the past few years. In previous work, several products have been synthesized from glycerol, such as solketal, with a proven value as an additive to different types of fuels. On the ot...
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The enzymatic esterification of glycerol and ibuprofen in different organic media to obtain a monoester of ibuprofen was studied in an open and close system, selecting an adequate kinetic model in both cases. The solubility of ibuprofen was tested in various solvents, leading to the selection of toluene as the most appropriate organic medium. Preli...
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Due to the current scenario of biodiesel industry facing a challenge in the management of its by-product glycerol, its conversion into value-added products is of the greatest significance. This work presents an experimental and modelling approach to the simultaneous production of glycerol carbonate and ethylene glycol, two highly valuable chemicals...
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As a means to valorize glycerol, the synthesis of solketal through a ketalization reaction with acetone was performed. Mild solventless conditions were applied to test the activity of different commercially available sulfonic ion exchange resins that had already been used for other applications, namely: Amberlyst 35dry, Amberlyst 36dry, Purolite CT...
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Synthesis of solketal from acetone and glycerol is approached in this work through a batch process in the absence of solvents. A heterogeneous catalysis approach was employed using the resin Lewatit GF101 as catalyst after selection from a few other sulphonic ion exchange resins. An initial study of the external mass transfer revealed that a stirri...
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This study focuses on the thermal reaction between glycerol and ethylene carbonate to obtain glycerol carbonate and ethylene glycol under solventless homogeneous operation, the process being a transcarbonation of glycerol or a glycerolysis of ethylene carbonate. As the two reagents constitute an immiscible system at 40 °C evolving into a single pha...
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Experimental measurements of the liquid–liquid equilibrium of the ternary system consisting of acetone + solketal + glycerol were made. The conditions selected for this study were (303.2, 313.2, and 323.2) K at 101.3 kPa, relevant for the synthesis of solketal from glycerol and acetone through a ketalization reaction. The data obtained were correla...
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The measurements of the liquid-liquid equilibria implied in the reaction system to yield glycerol carbonate from ethylene carbonate and glycerol were performed. First, data for the ternary systems consisting of ethylene carbonate + ethylene glycol + glycerol as well as ethylene carbonate + glycerol carbonate + glycerol at 313.2, 318.2 and 323.2 K a...
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Liquid-liquid equilibria of multicomponent systems involved in the synthesis of glycerol carbonate from dimethyl carbonate and glycerol were experimentally measured. Particularly, data for the ternary systems dimethyl carbonate + methanol + glycerol and dimethyl carbonate + glycerol carbonate + glycerol and the quaternary system dimethyl carbonate...
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The thermal processes of the esterification of glycerol with cinnamic acid and with p-methoxycinnamic acid in the absence of organic solvents to obtain monocinnamoyl glycerols were studied. Esterification runs were performed batchwise, changing the initial molar ratio of acid to glycerol from 1:3 to 1:9, and temperature from 150 to 200 °C. Under su...

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Work package 6: Appearance and flow Understanding the interactions between liquid surfactants and porous media relevant in the formulation of powder detergents