Hydrogen production by aqueous phase reforming of biomass-derived glycerol over cobalt-based catalysts

  1. Reynoso Estévez, Alberto José
Supervised by:
  1. Jose Luis Ayastuy Arizti Director
  2. Miguel Angel Gutiérrez Ortiz Director

Defence university: Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Fecha de defensa: 12 March 2021

  1. Juan Ramón González Velasco Chair
  2. Beatriz De Rivas Martín Secretary
  3. Dmitry Yu. Murzin Committee member
  4. Gwendoline Lafaye Committee member
  5. Antonio Sepúlveda Escribano Committee member
  1. Ingeniería Química

Type: Thesis

Teseo: 153928 DIALNET lock_openADDI editor


In the current context regarding the increase in energy demand and the need to decarbonize the global energy system to avoid even further deterioration of the on-going climate change crisis, hydrogen is a promising energy alternative. The use of hydrogen, produced from biomass, would drastically reduce CO2 emissions, contribute to reducing the current dependence on fossil fuels and, due to its greater availability, would improve the economic situation of many countries that are still plagued by energy poverty. Aqueous-phase reforming (APR) is a suitable and energy-efficient alternative process for hydrogen and other high value-added chemical production.This Doctoral Thesis aims to contribute to a development of new cobalt aluminate-based catalysts for glycerol valorisation through H2 production by APR establishing a structure-activity relationship. This research provides further insight into the aqueous-phase reforming of biomass-derived oxygenated compounds, the effect of operating conditions, the correlation with liquid-phase WGS reaction and the feasibility of crude bioglycerol as a feedstock.