Circular Economy: Can Pollution Be Turned Into Resources?
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Patricia´s expertise is in general combustion and especially flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems, relating to the chemistry of inorganic trace pollutants and to the reuse of solid by-products. Aside from these main areas of focus, her research has been spread across different industrial processes for the assessment and management of residues .


Circular Economy: Can Pollution Be Turned Into Resources?

Coal combustion for energy generation has traditionally been associated with environmental pollution since the onset of the Industrial Revolution. A waste stream (Flue Gas Desulfurization, FGD) derived from coal combustion in modern power plants is particularly enriched in chemical elements . Using a biologically and environmentally friendly approach, FGD can be cleaned up, generating resources and profit at the end of the pipe . Although coal is considered a “dirty” fuel, its abundance and high energy density make it a...

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