Blasco Lanzuela, Teresa
Scientific Researcher (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 387 78 12
Dr. Teresa Blasco studied Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid. She carried out her PhD studies at the Catalysis and Petroleochemistry Institute in Madrid (CSIC) under the supervision of Prof. J. Soria, and gained her PhD in Chemistry in 1988 (Complutense University of Madrid). During her doctorate she investigated the strong metal-support interactions on supported metal catalysts, using EPR as the main technique Subsequently, she joined the research group of Prof. Michel Che during two years, from 1988 to 1990 at the Laboratoire the Reactivité de Surface et Structure at the Université P. et M. Curie in Paris as a Post Doctoral Fellow. During her post-doctoral stay she became a user of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy techniques using Synchrotron Radiation facilities. She returned to Spain at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) in Valencia in 1990 as responsible researcher of the new solid state NMR spectrometer, and got a permanent position as Tenured Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in 1991. During this period she made a short stays of three months with the research group of Prof. J. Klinowsky at the University of Cambrigde, and of Prof. J. Sanz at the Material Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC). She was promoted to Scientific Researcher in 2006. The main research activity of Dr. Teresa Blasco is mostly focused on the characterization of solid catalysts and the investigation of reaction mechanisms in heterogeneous catalysts using in situ techniques, principally solid state NMR spectroscopy. Dr. Teresa Blasco is co-author of about 70 papers in high impact scientific journals and numerous communications in national and international conferences and has supervised four PhD works. She has recently published a tutorial review: “Insights into reaction mechanisms in heterogeneous catalysis revealed by in situ NMR spectroscopy” T. Blasco, Chemical Society Reviews (2010), 39(12), 4685-4702.
Boronat Zaragozá, Mercedes
Tenured Scientist (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 387 94 45
Mercedes Boronat Zaragozá, was born in Canals (Valencia). She obtained her bachelor in Chemistry (1987-1992) and completed her PhD in 1999 at University of Valencia. She joined the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) with a post-doctoral grant (1999-2001). Junior Researcher in CEAM Foundation (2001-2003) and Laboratory Research Technician at the ITQ (2003-2007). At the present she is a Tenured Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Her work is focused on the theoretical study of reaction mechanisms, mostly heterogeneous catalyzed reactions. This includes modeling, by means of quantum chemical methods, the electronic and structural properties of the solid catalysts (zeolites, metallic nanoparticles, transition metal oxides etc.), the interactions between catalyst and reactants, and the identification and characterization of the active sites involved in each reaction step, with the aim of developing more efficient catalysts. The studied reactions include acid catalyzed reactions of hydrocarbons, hydrogenations and selective oxidations catalyzed by metals, and also C-C forming reactions catalyzed by metals and metal oxides.
She has published fifty scientific papers in international journals and has participated in research projects in collaboration with companies like BP and Repsol-YPF.
Boscá Mayans, Francisco
Research Scientist (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 387 78 15
Francisco Boscá, native from Oliva (Spain), completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Valencia in 1992. After postdoctoral periods at the University of Illinois (1994) and at the University of Wales (1995), he joined the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), joint research centre of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) as postdoctoral researcher. He is currently a Research Scientist (since 1999) at ITQ as member of the CSIC.
His research focus is in the study of photophysical and photochemical properties of different types of photosensitisers looking for possible applications in the development of solar cells and phototherapeutic agents, and in the design of new nanomaterials for synthetic applications.
Pablo Botella Asunción was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1965. He graduated in Pharmacy at the University of Valencia in 1988, received his PhD from the same university in 1993, and was awarded with honors in 1994. In 2003 he was selected as a Ramon y Cajal researcher and in 2007 he was appointed as a Tenured Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
His research in the last five years has focused on the design and development of drug and biomolecule delivery systems based in nanostructured organic-inorganic materials, and on their applications in therapeutics and diagnostic.
Main topic: Nanomedicine, addressing medical nanoscale-structured material and devices, biotechnology devices for controlled release and delivery of drugs and other biologically active agents.
Current specific research topics:
– Silica-based nanostructured materials for intracellular delivery and controlled release of antitumoral and antibiotic drugs.
– Biodegradable synthetic polymers for intracellular delivery and controlled release of biomolecules.
– Nanostructured materials for the development of novel bioactive body implants.
Research is devoted to the preparation of organic-inorganic nanohybrids for the delivery of antitumor drugs, genes and proteins. Special interest is dedicated to nanobiotechnology approaches for developing biomimetic materials. Stimuli-responsive nanostructured systems and organic solvent-free new technology for the development of stable magnetic nanoparticles are also targets of current research.
He has written more than 50 articles with an h-index=20 and is co-inventor of 9 patents, three of them related to a more environmentally benign industrial process currently used in a demonstration plant.
Honors and distinctions:
1994 Honor Doctorate Award, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia (Spain).
2009 Who’s Who in the World biographee, Marquis Who’s Who 2009 ed., New Providence, NJ (USA).
Other: Researcher ID (WOK) http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-2707-2011
Chica Lara, Antonio
Tenured Scientist (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 387 70 00
Antonio Chica Lara native from Fuensanta (Jaén), studied Chemistry at University of Granada (1987-1992) and received the Ph. D. “with honours” at the Chemical Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in 2008. From September 2002 to September 2004 he was working in U.C. Berkeley as Fulbright Fellowship Postdoc under the supervision of Prof. Enrique Iglesia. The development of new catalysts and processes for clean fuels production was the focus of his postdoctoral research. Recently he has got a permanent position in the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) as Tenured Scientific of CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), where he is working on different projects related to hydrogen production from biomass derived compounds.
He has been involved in the study for novel catalyst isomerization of light and long paraffin and the details modeling of kinetic and transports processes in this reaction. He has also studied catalytic reforming, alkylation and cracking reactions. His last works include combinatorial catalysis, neuronal network and genetic algorithm applied to chemical reactions. He has collaborated with enterprises like UOP, EXXON-Mobil, IFP, ENI, BP-Amoco, Johnson Matthey PLC and CEPSA, and he has contributed with more than a thirty publications in international journals. He is also co-author of 17 world patents, two of them in industrial exploitation. He is member of SECAT (Spanish Catalysis Society), ACS (American Chemical Society), HeA (Hydrogen Spanish Society) and PEHPC (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Spanish Platform).
Main research areas:
Hydrogen production from biomass derived compounds. Revalorization of industrial wastes. Sulfur removal from liquid fuels and natural gas. Development of catalytic materials and their application in reactions of industrial interest (isomerization, steam reforming, autothermal reforming, liquid phase reforming, water gas shift, methanation, desulfurization, etc)
He has been awarded with the Extraordinary UPV Thesis Award 2002 and the First Valencia Idea Award 2009 (Energy and Environment)
Climent Olmedo, Maria José
Associated Professor (UPV)
Tel: +34 96 387 78 07
Maria Jose Climent Olmedo was born in Alginet (Spain). After studying Pharmacy at the University of Valencia (Spain) she obtained her Ph. D. in 1991, working on the application of heterogeneous catalysts in organic synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Jaime Primo and Prof. Hermenegildo García. From 1988 to 1991 she held a position as Associated Professor in the Chemistry Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) and in 1992 she obtained her permanent position as Professor in Organic Chemistry at the same University. Since 1991 she is member of the Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC), working in the group of Prof. Avelino Corma.
Her current research involves the application of heterogeneous catalysts to the synthesis of fine chemicals and catalytic biomass transformation.
Concepción Heydorn, Patricia
Tenured Scientist (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 387 78 00
Patricia Concepción Heydorn (1969) did her PhD work under the supervision of Prof. Jose Manuel López Nieto on the synthesis, characterization and catalytic properties of vanadium containing aluminophosphate catalysts (1992-1996) at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ). Between 1997-1998 she has worked as a postdoc in the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max Planck Geselschaft Berlin under the supervision of Prof.Karge, and between 1998-1999 in the Institut für Physikalische Chemie, LMU, München under the supervision of Prof. Knözinger. In 1999 she returned to the ITQ, Valencia, Spain, achieving a permanent position as Tenured Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in 2002.
Her research area is focused on catalyst characterization under reaction conditions in order to develop structure-activity relationships. Systems of interest are supported metal nanoparticles, metal oxide catalyst and zeolites. The main spectroscopic tools used are infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy.
She is author of more than 40 publications and 3 patents on different aspects of inorganic, organic and material chemistry.
Personal Website: www.avelinocorma.com Avelino Corma (Moncofar Castellón, Spain 1951), Professor at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (CSIC-Polytechnical University of Valencia), has been carrying out research in heterogeneous catalysis in academia and in collaboration with companies for nearly 30 years. He has worked on fundamental aspects of acid-base and redox catalysis with the aim of understanding the nature of the active sites, and reaction mechanisms. With these bases have developed catalysts that are being used commercially in several industrial processes. He is an internationally recognized expert in solid acid and bifunctional catalysts for oil refining, petrochemistry and chemical process, especially in the synthesis and application of zeolite catalysts. He has published more than 900 research papers, and inventor on more than 100 patents. Corma earned his BS in Chemistry at Valencia University, PhD at Madrid under direction of Prof. Antonio Cortes, and spent two years postdoc at Queen´s University. He has received the Ciapetta and Houdry Awards of the North American Catalysis Society, the F. Gault Award of the European Catalysis Society, the M. Boudart Award on Catalysis by the North American and European Catalysis Societies, the G. J. Somorjai ACS Award on Creative Catalysis, the Breck Award of the International Zeolite Association, the National Award of Science and technology of Spain, the ENI Award on Hydrocarbon Chemistry, the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize, Rhodia Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Prize for Science and Industry and Gold Medal for the Chemistry Research Career 2001-2010 in Spain, La Grande Médaille de l’Académie des sciences de France 2011 and Honour Medal to the Invention from the Fundación García Cabrerizo in Spain 2012. Avelino Corma was conferred with the Honoris Causa by the Utrecht University, the UNED, the Technische Universität München, the University of Jaime I de Castellón, the University of Valencia, the University of Bochum, the University of Alicante, the University of Ottawa and Delf University of Technology. He is member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, European Academy, the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Spain, the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of United Kingdom.
Díaz Cabañas, Mª José
Tenured Scientist (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 377 78 00
Dr. Maria Jose Díaz Cabañas studied Chemistry in the University of Valencia and, after some years working in the industry, she received his Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de València (1999). She got a postdoctoral fellowship from Iberdrola (1999-2000) in the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) with Professor Avelino Corma and later she continues working in the ITQ until 2003 when she reached a permanent position in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Since 2007 she works as Research Scientist in CSIC.
Her research is focused in chemistry in the area of synthesis of microporous materials as catalysts important to industry to develop new products and to improve oil refining. Her work includes the synthesis and characterization of microporous materials, mainly zeolites. Besides to participate in several projects, she has worked in collaboration with companies as ExxonMobil, BASF, TOTAL, IFP, Albemarle Catalysts and TOPSOE.
Her main working areas are:
– Synthesis and characterization of new microporous materials
– Development of High-Throughput techniques applied to the synthesis of zeolites
– Synthesis of microporous materials at room temperature in biomimetic conditions.
She has published 70 papers mainly in Journals of high impact factor, among whom stands out 3 papers in Nature and 1 in Science. Besides she is coauthor of 28 worldwide patents, some of them transferred to companies.
She is member of the Spanish Society of Catalysis (SECAT) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Díaz Morales, Urbano M.
Tenured Scientist (CSIC)
Tel: +34 96 387 78 11
Urbano Díaz is permanent Scientist of CSIC at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) from 2004. Born in Valencia, he studied chemistry at the University of Valencia, Spain, gaining his PhD in 2002 under Prof. Vicente Fornés on synthesis and characterization of novel delaminated zeolites. He was subsequently awarded with a post-doctoral European Marie Curie fellowship with Prof. Giusseppe Bellussi at the EniTecnologie Center (Eni SpA) in Milan, Italy, on the catalytic applications of porous organic-inorganic hybrid materials from functional silsesquioxanes. In 2004, he returned to the ITQ where he has since worked in the field of multisites hybrid materials, layered solids, nanocomposites and biomaterials with a particular focus on the effective covalent combination between organic and inorganic structural components.
U. Díaz has more than 30 papers and 10 patent applications on different aspects of inorganic, organic and materials chemistry and he has been Chief Investigator in regional, national and European projects. In 2010, he was awarded with the VI Idea Prize in Technology from Generalitat Valenciana.