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Catalyst for synthesis gas (syngas) production using carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) as precursors

The CSIC, in collaboration with CONICET, has developed a novel catalyst with high porosity, high dispersion of the active phase and high resistance to temperature, for being used in water gas shift reaction and in partial oxidation of methane. The solid catalyst exhibits a high activity per mass unit, decreasing therefore the amount of solid required for the reaction.
An industrial partner interested in the use of this catalyst for syngas production, under patent licence, is sought.

Procedure to obtain Biodiesel from oils with high fatty acid concentration using poly-styrensulphonic acid as a catalyst.

CSIC has patented a process for the production of biodiesel using an acid catalyst. This catalyst has the advantages of (1) being soluble in polar solvents (water, methanol), which makes it very active in a homogeneous phase and (2) being reusable, because the catalysts could be recovered by ultra-filtration. It has been tested in the biodiesel synthesis from oils with high content in free fatty acids, triglycerides trans-sterification and for the production of furfural by dehydration of xylose.   

Method for production of maleic acid from renewable sources

The Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry has developed a novel method for maleic acid synthesis from furfural, which, at the same time, can be obtained from lignocellulose or plant dry matter (biomass). The method uses a solid titanium silicate as catalyst for the oxidation of furfural with hydrogen peroxide; this solid can be re-used several times. Companies interested in applying this method at industrial scale for the manufacture of maleic acid, under a patent license, are sought. 
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