Manuel Moliner, researcher of the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) has been awarded with the TR35 Spain 2011 prize.

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Málaga 26-27 of October 2011.- Manuel Moliner, researcher of the ITQ, joint centre of the UPV and CSIC, has been awarded with one of the TR35 Spain 2011 prizes given by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

TR35 Spain prizes, given for the first time by the MIT in collaboration with the Technology Review journal in Spanish, want to recognize the most innovators and brilliant young scientist under 35.

The purpose of this initiative is to recognize the work done by young Spanish researchers that open new opportunities in the technology field, with new ideas in biotechnology, materials, computer science, telecommunications, energy, transport, internet or business.

Manuel Moliner, researcher at the ITQ, a joint centre of the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) has focused his research career to the synthesis of selective nanomaterials and new alternatives to decrease the actual dependency on carbon, gas and petroleum.

90% of the chemical products are obtained, today, by means of catalytic processes, therefore it is an important challenge to improve these catalysts. This is what this researcher has done by designing new inorganic catalysts – among them the ITQ-33 zeolite -, that has been able to improve the efficiency of refining and cracking processes of fuels into gasoline and diesel, to economize natural resources and to minimize the generation of non desirable products as well as CO2 emissions.

His research was of the multinational oil company ExxonMobile interest that has filed four patents related to the ITQ-33, a catalyst developed at the ITQ by a group headed by Avelino Corma in which Moliner is part of it.

The research group of which Manuel Moliner is part has achieved, also, the way to synthesize zeolites using pioneer technologies that come from scientific hypothesis instead of combinatorial procedures (combining different variables to see what it is obtained).