The laboratory is organised into two separate areas that are designated to:
- – Pre-treatment and characterisation of raw materials for biofuels;
- – Synthesis of catalytic systems for the hydrogen or syngas production.
The Pre-treatment and Characterisation area is equipped to allow the separation and purification of liquid organic mixtures (vacuum fractional distillation, centrifugation, solvent extraction) and/or organic solid materials (biomasses). This area is also equipped to carry out characterisation activities on liquid solutions in terms of pH, density, fixed residue and ashes.
In the Synthesis area is possible to develop solid catalytic systems through the main techniques of catalytic synthesis (such as wet & dry impregnation, precipitation/co-precipitation, sol-gel, combustion).