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Faculty Profile

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Name: Julia A. Valla
Title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Center for Clean Energy Engineering
Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
E-Mail: valla@engr.uconn.edu
Personal/Lab Website: http://juliavalla.research.uconn.edu/
Program/Department Website: http://www.cbe.engr.uconn.edu/julia-valla
Office Telephone: (860) 486-1199

Keywords | Categories: biomass pyrolysis, Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, desulfurization, fuel processing, hierarchical pore structure zeolites, hydroprocessing, Institute of Materials Science

Professional Summary

Dr. Valla’s research has focused on the nanoscale engineering of catalysts (mainly zeolites) for the production of advanced bio(fuels) and bio(chemicals). Our objectives are: a) Development of hierarchical pore structure zeolites (e.g ZSM-5, USY) with reduced diffusion limitations for easy access of heavy molecules and less coke formation; b) Development of multifunctional zeolites by encapsulation of metals for improved selectivity towards targeted products.

Our industrial applications include: a) Catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass and waste for advanced biofuels and bio chemicals; b) catalytic removal of poly aromatic hydrocarbons (tars) from synthesis gas derived from biomass gasification; c) Hydroprocessing and hydroreforming of hydrocarbon streams; d) Desulfurization of diesel/biodiesel fuels.