Agriresid ues for ECOMATECH


Countries with economies based on agriculture generate vast amounts of low value wastes which often represent an environmental hazard. This presentation summarises the conversion of agro industrial wastes into renewable low cost liquid substances and materials to decrease pollution, give added value to wastes and work in a sustainable manner in which the wastes of an industry can be used as the raw materials for the same or others, as the “cradle to cradle” philosophy states. Given their origin, these materials can be considered Ecomaterials.

Some applications we have developed up to date are Bio-refinery processes, i.e. preparation of sustainable p-cymene and hydrogen, avoiding the use of petroleum derivatives, synthesis of renewable pharmaceutical and fine chemical intermediates avoiding toxic substances, design of structured materials capable of effluent decontamination, preparation of biomaterials capable to act as pharmaceutical vehicles, scaffolds, etc,.,.

Given its multidisciplinary approach, this work is based on the collaboration among several research groups from Spain, Belgium and England, and several industries interested in the transformation of their residues into “value added materials”, with whom various research projects have been and are being sponsored by the MICINN and CDTI.


to the European Conference on Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Growth website.

ECo MaTech will be held in Bled (Slovenia) from 19th to 21st of September 2013.

Eco MaTech is the third edition of a conference that started in 2009. The aim of ECo MaTech is to gather representatives of academic and R&D institutions, industry, governmental agencies and civil society to:

- present their work, ideas and products, 
- increase fruitful exhanges between all the actors involved in sustainable growth technologies, 
- increase the networking with sustainable growth professionals, 
- establish a general discussion platform on sustainable growth.


The conference excursion will take you to the Alpine lake Bohinj ( and waterfall Savica (
A farewell party will follow the lake trip by a boat. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Only cash is exepted for on-site payment.

The poster panels are 1m wide and 2m high. The standrad A0 size posters are recommended (841mm:1189mm).