The main goal of its research activity is to prevent and minimize the environmental impact of toxic metals in industrial processes, with special attention to energy generation processes. The scientific-technical objectives are:
- Development of sustainable sorbents for the removal of metals and other gaseous pollutants. This objective is a continuation of the group's promoting line. Although the group has been focused on controlling mercury emissions for years, it has recently expanded its research to additional pollutants. The use of by-products for the development of these solid sorbents introduce this research line in a circular economy scenario.
- Development of sustainable sorbents for the removal of metals and other pollutants in water and aqueous effluents. This objective has been initiated as a collaboration with another research group. The obtained results and the high volumes of water from industrial processes for treatment, become this topic in a research goal.
- By-products and waste valorization. This aim constitutes a new challenge for the group. Both the experience and the equipment of the group in addition to the growing concern about the problem of waste generated motivate this challenge.
- Decontamination and soil remediation. The group has participated occasionally in projects related to this topic. The objective for the next years is to develop technologies that allow the remediation of soils, focusing especially on stabilization techniques.