Three researchers, Dr Attila Egedy, Zoltan Varga & Janos Soja from the University of Pannonia, Hungary visited Hebei University, China over the Summer 2017. They worked on the pyrolysis-gasification of waste and biomass, including experimental work and modelling. They met-up with University of Hull researcher Dr Chunfei Wu and University of Leeds researcher Julius Gane. The secondments will further the close collaboration between the Universities of Hebei, Hull, Leeds and Pannonia to deliver the aims of the EU HORIZON2020 FLEXI-PYROCAT project.
Dr Chunfei Wu from The University of Hull has visited Hebei University of Technology in August and September 2107. He tested a new pressurized reactor for plastic pyrolysis, which will provide extra valuable facility for this project. In addition, co-pyrolysis and co-gasification of biomass components (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) were tested using an advanced in-situ DRIFTs reactor.
PhD researcher Julius Gane from the University of Leeds visited Hebei University, Tianjin, China for a one month secondment July-August 2017. Julius was trained in the preparation of a novel MnTiO2 catalyst which can be used in his research into the upgrading of waste biomass pyrolysis oils to produce a gasoline like product and/or chemicals. He also gained experience in how Hebei University researchers analyse the product oils using FTIR and GC/MS. Julius also gave a presentation of his PhD research to the research group at Hebei University.
PhD researcher Kenneth Eboatu from the University of Leeds visited Tsinghua University, Beijing for a three month secondment from June 2nd to September 1st 2017. Kenneth worked on the development of a new reactor system for the catalytic pyrolysis-gasification of waste urban wood. He also gained knowledge in the preparation of a bifunctional catalyst for simultaneous syngas production with CO2 capture to enhance the concentration of hydrogen in the syngas.