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MACC Researchers
Alicia Pascall Alicia Pascall
Alumna
Supervised by Dr. Thomas Adams II

Start date
September 2011

Email
pascalaa@mcmaster.ca

Education
B.Sc. Chemical and Process Engineering, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago (2005 - 2008)

Work Experience
Process Engineer - BHP Billiton (2008-2011)
University Intern (Engineering) - BHP Billiton (May - August 2007)
University Intern (Projects) - BHP Billiton (May - August 2006)

Research Title
Semicontinuous Biomass to Dimethyl ether production

Research Objectives
Dimethyl ether (DME) is a clean fuel which can be used as a fuel additive or alternative to diesel and liquefied petroleum gas. This clean fuel when produced from biomass is of considerable interest as it presents both a solution to mitigating climate change and reducing dependency on petroleum fuels. However, the process by which it DME is produced form biomass must be economical for its use as a fuel.

Semicontinuous separation systems which allow for the combination of multiple separation steps using a single distillation column integrated with one or more middle vessels have shown to be economical at intermediate production rates. The goal of our research is to develop a dynamic model and control system for the semicontinuous process and use it to help assess its profitability and commercial suitability.

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