Agustín Martínez was born in Alzira (Valencia) in 1961 and received the degree in Chemistry at the University of Valencia in 1984. His Ph.D. studies were performed at the Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica (ICP-CSIC) in Madrid under the guidance of Prof. Avelino Corma in the subject of zeolite catalysts for catalytic cracking. He got the Ph.D. degree in 1990. In 1988 he moved to the Research Centre of the refining company CEPSA in Madrid where he acquired industrial experience in different refining and petrochemical processes. In 1991 he joined the group of Prof. Avelino Corma where he obtained a permanent position at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ). In 2009 he has been promoted to Professor of Research of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
In the ITQ he was initially engaged in different research projects aiming at developing more efficient and environmentally-friendly heterogeneous catalysts for producing fine chemicals via selective liquid-phase oxidations, petrochemicals (transformation of alkylaromatics), and clean-burning fuels through different catalytic processes including isoparaffin/olefin alkylation, olefin and paraffin isomerizations, hydrocracking, aromatics hydrogenation, and selective ring-opening of naphthenes. Since 2000 his main research interests were focused in the study of heterogeneous catalysts for the conversion of natural gas and biomass via synthesis gas (syngas) to clean fuels, including second-generation biofuels (diesel via Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, bio-ethanol, and bio-dimethyl ether).
In relation to these topics he has leaded as principal researcher 8 national and 3 european projects and has participated in different R&D contracts with major chemical companies (Repsol, Eni, IFP, ICI, Rhodia, Conoco-Philips, Lurgi, Petrobras, Abengoa Biotechnology). He is co-author of about 100 articles published in peer-reviewed reputed international SCI journals and several chapters in international scientific books and encyclopedias. His papers have received more than 3000 citations (h-index= 32). He is also co-inventor of more than 10 patents and has about 80 contributions in international congresses and meetings including several plenary lectures and keynotes. At present, he is member of the Catalysis Commission of the International Zeolite Association (IZA) and of the International Advisory Board of UniCRE research centre in the Czech Republic.
In 1996 he was awarded with the CSIC-Volkswagen National Research Prize for young scientists for his contributions in the field of clean automotive fuels.