Chemical Technology

We use chemical technology to meet the needs of sectors as diverse as cosmetics, consumer goods and medicine, and also to develop pilot plants and devices in the pre-commercial stage.


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Development of new synthetic and catalytic methods

Sustainable energy product sourcing to deliver solutions to industry needs.

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Membrane technology and encapsulation

Preparation and characterisation of different types of membranes and capsules to design or assist in engineering processes.

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Polymer chemistry and technology

Research into new, more environmentally-sustainable polymer synthesis processes and polymer product improvement processes.

Sustainable chemistry

  • Catalysts and process development for sustainable chemical production.

  • Precise control of the nanomaterials physical and chemical properties.

  • Innovative ionic liquids for more sustainable chemistry.

  • Multifunctional tailored materials design and development.

  • Process development for sustainable chemical production.

  • Chemical production from biomass.

  • Nanomaterial design, synthetic fuels, energy carrier, fine chemicals, monomers, etc.

  • Substitution of an oil-based plastic (PET) by plastics obtained from renewable resources (PEF).

  • Photoelectrochemical CO2 conversion.

  • Transition metal phosphides as catalysts for fuel cells.

  • Solar cells absorbers prepared by low-cost spray deposition process (solar paint).

Membrane technology and encapsulation

  • Encapsulation of solids, liquids, anti-bacterial, lubricants, dyes, fragrances and medical treatments.

  • Encapsulation technologies via polymerization, sprays, electrosprays or induced precipitation.

  • Customise membranes for selective compounds separation.

  • Membrane contacting system for CO2 capture – artificial leaf. Polysulfone membranes for CO2 capture.

  • Conversion of captured CO2 in bicarbonate form to fuels (or other organic compounds) in electrochemical reactors.

  • Preparation of membrane electrode assembly for specific fuels (methanol, formic acid, ethanol).

  • Electrical energy generation with carbon-based fuels in fuel cells.

  • Smart membranes, sensitive to light and temperature.

  • Smart encapsulation, sensitive to light and temperature.

  • Sustainable encapsulation by natural and biodegradable polymers.

  • Electrochemical sensoring for industrial or health applications.

  • Chemical reactors manufactured by SLA and FDM 3D printing technologies.

Polymer chemistry and technology

  • Characterisation techniques to understand the physical, thermal and mechanical properties of polymers for quality control purposes, materials’ supply and developing and processing of your materials or industrial process.

  • Synthesis of resins and monomers from renewable resources.

  • Design of polymeric materials with specific characteristics.

  • Rheology applied to adhesives, 3D-printing ink, wood resins or coatings.


  • Metallic catalysts

  • Nanocatalysts

  • Design membranes

  • Organic and smart microcapsules

  • Air samplers

  • Electro/photocatalysis

  • Prototype design

  • Scale-up processes

OCA-WAS, the Eurecat control body accredited according to the UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17020 standard in the field of major accidents

Eurecat offers companies the OCA-WAS control body with the aim of supporting the professional activity of companies through the evaluation of safety reports (SI) and Quantitative Risk Analysis reports (QRA).

We have the necessary technical means to prevent accidents involving hazardous substances, thus limiting their consequences on human health and the environment.


Key projects

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Development of light hydrocarbon-based olefins and aromatics by implementing new innovative catalyst synthesis methods and designing and processing new reactors.

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Development of a tandem photoelectrocatalytic reactor for producing oxo-products from CO2, water and sunlight by integrating energy capture and conversion in a single unit.

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Training scheme for PhD students in membrane technology, including disciplines ranging from advanced material synthesis to membrane production.

Most representative sectors

Chemical Technology Team

Ricard Garcia Valls

Director of the Chemical Technology Unit at Eurecat

He has a PhD in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1995) and was a Chemical Engineering researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996-1998). A lecturer at Rovira i Virgili University (URV) since 1998 and a researcher for two decades in membrane technology and encapsulation, he has led many public and industrial projects in his field of research and in chemical technology more generally, both at the URV and also at the Chemistry Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTQC) until the merger with Eurecat.