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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