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Paula Helena Blanco Sanchez

Dr.

    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    • The Trianlge, Aston University, MB184-b

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    20142018
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    Personal profile

    General

    Since September 2017, I am a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Aston University in the Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry department (CEAC). My research focuses on biomass conversion and biorefineries.
    In 2014, I completed my PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. During my PhD I worked under the supervision of Professor Paul T. Williams, on the synthesis and characterization of metal-based catalysts, to be used during catalytic steam reforming processing of refuse-derived fuel.

    Previously in 2007, I completed my B Eng. in Chemical Engineering in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Then I worked as a chemical engineer in an environmental consultancy in collaboration with the oil industry in Mexico for one year, at the Engineering Tower. Afterward, I worked in the application and development of chemical products for the paper industry. 


    During my Ph.D., I was awarded a World University Network Scholarship to visit the University of Sydney in Australia, working in catalysts preparation. I also was awarded a grant from the KHT Royal Institute of Technology/Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge (BRISK), to carry out experiments at the ECN in Petten, Netherlands as part of the BRISK initiative. I also received funding twice from the Leeds for Life Foundation, to present results from my research at International Conferences in Portugal and Denmark. I have more than 10 Journal publications related to biomass conversion, hydrogen production from solid wastes, and I participated in a project supported by the White Rose Collaboration Fund. I am also a registered Ambassador of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Network (STEMNET) in the UK.
     

    Qualifications

    2010-2014 PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering (Research Excellence), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

    2002-2007 BEng in Chemical Engineering (8.5/10), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico.

    Higher Education:

    Fellow of the Higher Education, UK.

    Teaching Activity

    Module Owner:

    CE3019 ADVANCED REACTION ENGINEERING

    CE3104 PROCESS AND POLLUTION CONTROL

    Module contributor:

    CE4026 INDUSTRIAL CATALYSIS

    Module Contributor:

    CE3003 Final Year Design Project

    CE4011 MEng Research Project

    Research Interests

    Homogeneous & Heterogeneous Catalysts: synthesis, development, and characterisation for gas-solid, liquid-liquid, and solid-liquid reactions.

    Biomass thermal conversion: pyrolysis, gasification, pyrolysis/gasification.

    Design reactors for gasification: Circulating fluidised bed, fluidised bed, fixed-bed.

    Upgrading of biomass conversion products to obtain high-value fuels and chemicals.

     

    Research Interests

    Biomass pyrolysis and gasification

    Tars formation, sampling, analysis and reduction in thermal processes 

    Biorefineries

    Lignocellulosic materials

    Acid catalysts

    Hydrolysis

    Anhydrosugars

    Biofuels

    Bioethanol

    PhD Supervision

    Miss Sarah Asplin: Thermal conversion of inedible vegetable oil into aromatics (2nd year)

    Administrative Roles

    CEAC Memberships:

    CREST - CEAC Retention and Engagement Team

    WAC - CEAC Walls and Corridors

    EAS Memberships:

    EAS Well-being team

    ECR Forum

    Other activities:

    Open-Days

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 4399
    Email:  p.blanco-sanchez@aston.ac.uk 
    Room Number: MB184-B 

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Leeds

    18 Oct 201022 Dec 2014

    BSc

    1 Sep 200223 Feb 2007

    Keywords

    • Q Science (General)
    • Chemical engineering
    • Bioenergy
    • Gasification
    • Biomass
    • Hydrogen
    • Tar reduction
    • Bio-oil upgrading

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    Research Output 2014 2018

    • 8 Article
    • 1 Chapter
    • 1 Conference contribution
    • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
    Open Access
    File
    Gasification
    Computational fluid dynamics
    Biomass
    Spatial distribution
    Hydrodynamics

    Production of glucose from the acid hydrolysis of anhydrosugars

    Blanco, P. H., Lad, J., Bridgwater, A. V. & Holm, M. S., 1 Oct 2018, In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry Engineering. 6, 10, p. 12872–12883

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
    Glucose
    hydrolysis
    Hydrolysis
    glucose
    Acids

    Reaction Chemistry and Kinetics of Corn Stalk Pyrolysis without and with Ga/HZSM-5

    Huang, B., Xie, X., Yang, Y., Rahman, M. M., Zhang, X., Yu, X., Blanco Sanchez, P. H., Dong, Z., Zhang, Y., Bridgwater, A. V. & Cai, J., 7 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Pyrolysis
    Kinetics
    Chromatography
    Mass spectrometry
    Biomass

    The impact of biomass feedstock composition and pre-treatments on tar formation during biomass gasification

    Corton, J., Blanco Sanchez, P., Khan, Z., McCalmont, J. P., Yu, X., Fletcher, G., Croxton, S., Sharp, J., Watson, I. & Donnison, I. S., 17 Jan 2017, Biofeedstocks and their processing. Kumar Singh, L. & Chaudhar, G. (eds.). Vol. 1. p. 33-53 21 p. (Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels; vol. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Tar
    Gasification
    Feedstocks
    Biomass
    Chemical analysis

    Ultrasound assisted extraction of anthocyanins and total phenolic compounds from dried cob of purple waxy corn using response surface methodology

    Muangrat, R., Pongsirikul, I. & Blanco Sanchez, P. H., 11 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. 42, 2, 11 p., e13447.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Anthocyanins
    waxy corn
    response surface methodology
    Zea mays
    anthocyanins

    Activities 2016 2016

    • 1 Invited talk

    The Energy Solutions Show or TESS19

    Paula Helena Blanco Sanchez (Speaker)
    5 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk