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III Scientific Thematic Conference — PKN ORLEN: Catalysis Present and Future”


Our Solar Chemistry Research Group, led by Prof. Dr. Juan Carlos Colmenares at the Institute of Physics PAS, actively participated in the III Scientific Thematic Conference PKN ORLEN:​“Catalysis — Present and Future,” held at The Mazovian Museum in Płock on October 19 – 202023

Prof. Dr. Juan Carlos Colmenares presented a research titled 

  • Light and Sound Energy Combined with Flow Catalysis: A Revolutionary Method for Sustainable Valorization of Lignocellulosic Biomass and Environmental Protection.

The research focused on innovative methods integrating light, sound energy, and heterogeneous catalysis to sustainably process biomass, emphasizing environmental conservation.

Our team’s work is a collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ramón Fernando Colmenares CEO of Engineering Research Institute (In3) at Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (Medellin in Colombia) and CELISE and BERSTIC Networks.

Event was organized by ORLEN Joint Stock Company, a prominent entity in the global energy sector. The ORLEN Group, listed in prestigious Fortune Global 500 and Platts TOP250 lists, operates in multiple countries, including Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Canada, Norway, Pakistan, and Austria. They focus on creating advanced, clean technologies for energy and mobility solutions, aligned with their vision of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The company emphasizes the importance of integrated multi-utility companies in driving sustainable technological advancements and socio-economic transformation, reflecting a global shift towards responsible resource usage.

For more details about the event and Prof. Dr. Juan Carlos Colmenares’s research, visit the conference website and the respective project pages: CELISE Project and OPUS-20 Project.


This work has also received partial funding from the CELISE – Sustainable production of Cellulose-based products and additives to be used in SMEs and rural areas project within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – RISE, with the grant agreement No. 101007733 (https://​phở​to​-cata​ly​sis​.org/​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​s​u​s​t​a​i​n​a​b​l​e​— p​r​o​d​u​c​t​i​o​n​— o​f​— c​e​l​l​u​l​o​s​e​— b​a​s​e​d​— p​r​o​d​u​c​t​s​— a​n​d​— a​d​d​i​t​i​v​e​s​— t​o​— b​e​— u​s​e​d​— i​n​— s​m​e​s​— a​n​d​— r​u​r​a​l​— areas)


Partially by National Science Centre (NCN) in Poland trough the OPUS-20 project nr 2020/39/B/ST5/00076 ( )

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