Ricardo Roque is currently a Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering in the field of supercritical fluids.
Since his first class degree graduation in Chemistry he has been working mostly with critical fluids, either supercritical or subcritical.
His research interests lie in the use and development of environmental benign methods with focus on biomass valorisation. The use of subcritical water as part of an organosolv method to hydrolyse lignocellulosic biomass (Miscanthus χ giganteus) in a biorefinery point of view was the basis of his PhD research project. Currently, as part of the research fellowship project Ricardo is optimising the extraction of natural products from lignocellulosic biomass using supercritical CO2 as a green solvent.