I joined EBRI-CEAC in Aston University as a Reader in Chemical Engineering in Nov 2015, after specializing in the Netherlands (Assistant professorship and Post-doc) and Spain (PhD) in the fields of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Chemical Engineering.
As Assistant Professor in Groningen (2005-2015, Green Chemical Reaction Engineering group) I have been able to work closely with industrial partners, understand their needs and translate those needs into academic targets. My research focus was directed towards combining material science aspects (texture, morphology, ordering) with catalysis, trying to correlate texture and acidic properties of meso- and micro porous materials/catalysts with catalytic performances such as activity, selectivity and stability.
The main applications were: alternative (chemo)catalytic routes of commodities, such as styrene (oxidative dehydrogenation), caprolactam, C6-sugar derived compounds, polyols (glycerol, 1,6-hexanediol); secondly, the pyrolysis oil upgrading via alcoholysis, hydrotreatment and recovery of valuable compounds. Another area of research is more fundamentally focused on the self-assembly routes to control the morphology at nano-scale and its consequence on the stability of e.g. aluminas. Ample expertise is available in materials synthesis, characterization, as well as catalyst testing.
I have also been extensively engaged in teaching. Of special interest is the development of the track on industrial catalysts including two modules discussing engineering and catalytic aspects.
Output: 52 publications in peer-reviewed Journals (14 submitted or in preparation), 57 conference proceeding papers, 1 WO granted patent, 7 completed PhDs and 24 MSc supervised, total raised research funds > 2 M€.
As a Postdoc at Delft University of Technology (Prof. Kapteijn/Moulijn group), I applied high-throughput parallel flow microreactor technology (HTPF) to the catalyst development for an environmentally related application: the mitigation of N2O emissions from nitric acid plants. HTPF technology allows the screening of a large number of catalytic materials at different conditions (model and industrially relevant conditions) in a short time frame. This resulted in a number of papers in Chemical Communications, Journal of Catalysis as well as two patent applications.
Output:12 publications in peer-reviewed Journals, 16 conference proceeding papers, 2 patent applications, 1 book chapter (in “Novel Concepts In Catalysis And Chemical Reactors”, WILEY-VCH, 2010). Advanced professional courses: Catalysis: An integrated approach (Dutch NIOK) and Advanced Catalysis Engineering (Dutch NIOK).
During my PhD (Madrid), I specialized on catalyst preparation, chemical reaction testing and characterization, through a number of advanced physico-chemical techniques, of heterogeneous catalysts for methanol synthesis using CO2 rich feedstocks.
Output: 12 publications in peer-reviewed Journals.
Total raised research funds > 2 M€
The complete list of publications can be found at Research Gate.