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Dr. Elmer Ledesma Assistant Professor
Chemistry
713/831-7810
ledesme@stthom.edu
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Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Chemistry - Coal Pyrolysis and Combustion - The University of Sydney - CSIRO Division of Energy Technology (1999)
  • Bachelor of Science - Physical Chemistry - The University of Sydney (1995)

Research

  • Pyrolysis, gasification and combustion of fossil fuels and biomass
  • Combustion of Shale Gas under HCCI Conditions
  • Numerical Simulation of the Partial Oxidation of Shale Gas in Monolithic Reactors
  • Thermochemical Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Renewable Source of Chemicals, Fuels, and Energy

Publications

  • "Lumped Kinetics for Biomass Tar Cracking Using 4-Propylguaiacol as a Model Compound"
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
    American Chemical Society (2015) Vol. 54 Page 5613-5623
  • "Vapor-Phase Cracking of 4-Vinylguaiacol in a Laminar-Flow Reactor: Kinetics and Effect of Temperature on Product Composition"
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
    American Chemical Society (2014) Vol. 53 Page 12527-1253
  • "A Unimolecular Decomposition Pathway for the Vapor-Phase Cracking of Eugenol, A Biomass Tar Compound"
    Energy & Fuels
    American Chemical Society (2013) Vol. 27 Page 6839-6846

Presentations

  • "Tar Cracking during Gasification of Lignocellulosic Biomass using 4-Propylguaiacol as a Model Compound" (2015)
    23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
  • "Vapor-Phase Cracking of Eugenol, a Lignin-Derived Biomass Tar Compound" (2014)
    22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
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