Chemistry for control of by-products in Smart Energy Carrier conversion

Challenge: Pollutants monitoring and control


  • Compile inventories of pollutants emitted from the combustion of SECs in practical systems.
  • Increase understanding of the kinetics of combustion by-product for a sustainable use of SECs.
  • Assess control strategies for the mitigation of pollutant formation and emission.
  • Develop tools to detect and quantify chemical, physical and morphological properties of combustion-generated pollutants, particularly of particulate matter.

Detailed description of the WG2 activities can be found here (extract from the Action’s Memorandum of Understanding)

Advancement of the activities

Research activities during 1st year and 2nd year are mainly focused on:

  1. Kinetics of soot and nano-particle formation/destruction in smart carrier conversion:

Modelling of soot formation in diesel sprays using tabulated Conditional Moment Closure.

Analysis of the soot precursor hydrocarbons (acetylene, cyclopentadiene) oxidation processes.

Study of soot formation process in very low sooting low pressure methane flames.

  1. Kinetics of (oxygenated) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons:

Analysis of PAH and oxy-PAH by gas-chromatography – mass spectroscopy.

Kinetic modelling study of propyne and allene pyrolysis: C1-C6 and PAH products.

Contribution of alternate PAH production routes in transportation fuel combustion.

Formation of PAH during biomass combustion in a drop tube furnace.

  1. Morphological, physical and chemical characterization of soot and nano-particles:

Analysis of surface composition of soot using heterogeneous kinetics of reactive probe gases.

Quantification of nano-structure properties of carbonaceous materials using HRTEM images.

Analysis of size, number, morphology, and chemical features of soot from a dual-fuel ethanol-diesel combustion system.

Surface composition and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) genation for the evaluation of soot.

Cytotoxicity analysis of C2H2 soot samples.

Analysis of complex carbonaceous material structure by Mass Spectrometric Tools.

  1. Identify the interaction of hydrocarbon chemistry with trace elements:

Impact of methyl butanoate oxidation on NO formation in low pressure flames.

Impact of calcium and potassium on combustion behaviour of biomass.

Analysis of the kinetics of thermal NO formation.

Alkali metal ions role in steam assisted pyrolysis of xylan.

Analysis of the vanadium catalyzed oxidation of SO2 to SO3.

Marìa Alzueta

Working Group Leader

Universidad de Zaragoza Aragon Institute for Engineering Research Zaragoza, Spain

e-mail: uxue@unizar.es

Marìa Albian

Working Group Vice-Leader

Instituto de Carboquímica (ICB) – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Zaragoza, Spain

e-mail: Mabian@unizar.es