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Bridgwater A.V.,Aston University
Biomass and Bioenergy | Year: 2012
This paper provides an updated review on fast pyrolysis of biomass for production of a liquid usually referred to as bio-oil. The technology of fast pyrolysis is described including the major reaction systems. The primary liquid product is characterised by reference to the many properties that impact on its use. These properties have caused increasingly extensive research to be undertaken to address properties that need modification and this area is reviewed in terms of physical, catalytic and chemical upgrading. Of particular note is the increasing diversity of methods and catalysts and particularly the complexity and sophistication of multi-functional catalyst systems. It is also important to see more companies involved in this technology area and increased take-up of evolving upgrading processes. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source
Aston University | Date: 2014-12-31
A biologically active lipid mobilising agent for use in therapy is disclosed which has the properties and characteristics of a Zn-
Aston University | Date: 2013-10-09
The present invention relates to novel compounds of Formula I capable of inhibiting tissue transglutaminase, and uses of the same in medicine. In particular, the invention provides compounds for use in the treatment of prevention of disease and conditions such as fibrosis (e.g. cystic fibrosis), scarring, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimers disease, Huntingtons disease and Parkinsons disease), autoimmune diseases (e.g. multiple sclerosis and coeliac disease), thrombosis, proliferative disorders (e.g. cancers), AIDS, psoriasis and inflammation (e.g. chronic inflammatory diseases).
Aston University | Date: 2014-07-23
A biomass pyrolysis process is provided in which biomass feedstock is mixed with a heat carrier. The heat carrier at least partly comprises char. The ratio by weight of biomass to char is in the range 1:1 to 1:20. The process may be carried out by in a screw/auger pyrolysis reactor in which the solid feedstock components are conveyed along the reactor by a first screw. A second screw conveys at least a portion of the solid products of the biomass pyrolysis back to a heat transfer medium input port. Thus, the heat transfer medium includes char from the biomass pyrolysis.
Aston University | Date: 2012-03-15
There is described a system for testing a sample. The system comprises a microplate, at least one actuator, a plurality of mutually spaced sensors, and a processor. The microplate has a test portion including an interactive substance. The interactive substance is inherently interactive with a specified test substance. The microplate is arranged such that at least the test portion of the microplate may be brought into contact with the sample. The at least one actuator is operable to vibrate the microplate. The plurality of mutually spaced sensors are coupled to the microplate. Each sensor is operable to provide a respective sensory data time series during vibration of the microplate. The microplate and the sensors are arranged such that the provided sensory data time series are not independent from one another. The processor is operable to receive the sensory data time series from the sensors and to process the received sensory data time series so as to provide information about the test substance in the sample based on the sensed interaction between the test substance and the interactive substance on the test portion of the microplate. A corresponding method of testing a sample is also described.