ESR positions are open with ITQ researchers groups. The deadline is extended until January 31, 2020.

Graphene foam incorporating photoactive molecular complexes as photoelectrodes

The ERS will be trained in the preparation and characterization of doped graphenes and graphene-like photoanodes capable of absorbing visible light for oxidation reactions. Then, the immobilization of molecular catalysts supplied by NUIG, UCAm and JM, and the study of their photoelectrochemical properties as photoanodes.

In this project, the main objective is the preparation of nanostructured 3D graphene foams to anchor metal complexes of earth-abundant elements (Co, Fe, Mn, Ni) capable to generate oxygen and hydrogen peroxide from water, or promote organic transformations such as C=C double bond epoxidation and alcohol oxidation to aldehydes and ketones. The purpose of using hybrid 3D photoelectrodes is to obtain high surface area in a small footprint combining the electrical conductivity and striking optoelectronic properties of doped graphenes with high activity molecular catalysts.

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Ya está abierta la matrícula para la II Escuela de Fotólisis de Destello Láser

Duración de la Escuela:

Del 3/02/20 al 7/02/20

Preinscripción desde el 24/10/19
Matrícula desde el 20/12/19 21:30

Sede: Salón de actos del ITQ, sala de reuniones y laboratorios laser del Instituto Universitario Mixto de Tecnologia Química. ( Primera clase en Salón de actos). VALÈNCIA


40 horas presenciales,
4 Créditos ECTS


El objetivo principal de esta Escuela es mostrar el potencial de la técnica de fotólisis de destello láser para investigar diferentes mecanismos de reacción, tanto fotofísicos como fotoquímicos.

Objetivos específicos:
– Entender los experimentos basados en la técnica de fotólisis de destello láser.
– Discutir los mecanismos basados en experimentos de fotólisis de destello láser descritos en la literatura.
– Emplear la técnica de fotólisis de destello láser en investigación propia (Máster, Tesis Doctoral, etc) para elucidar mecanismos de reacción.


The TANDEng project, led by Gonzalo Prieto, a researcher ITQ, has been awarded by the Consolidator Grants program of the European Research Council (ERC)

The TANDEng project, led by Gonzalo Prieto, a researcher at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), has been awarded by the Consolidator Grants program of the European Research Council (ERC).

The prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants are part of the most competitive and prestigious program of support to individual researchers in the European Union. Its objective is to endorse young researchers, who have demonstrated excellence and a high degree of originality in their activities, to consolidate their teams and continue to develop their scientific career in Europe by implementing a project considered ambitious and highly innovative in any scientific discipline. Each awarded project receives funding for an amount of ca. 2 million euro.

The project’s goals: to decipher and control the cooperation of two catalysts in so-called tandem chemical processes.

TANDEng (Engineering catalyst interoperability in next-generation tandem reactions for intensified chemical processes), is going to extend until 2024 and has as the major purpose to fundamentally study, and on this basis to gain control over, the cooperation of couples of solid catalysts –materias which accelerate and steer chemical reactions to the products of interest – in so-called tandem catalytic processes, i.e. processes in which several chemical transformations take place sequentially in a single reactor.

As Prieto explains “tandem catalytic processes, in which two catalysts are integrated to direct sequential chemical reactions in a cooperative manner, are considered an stepping stone towards the intensification of processes in the chemical industry. Potentially, they can significantly reduce the energy needs and environmental footprint of existing processes, eliminating separation and purification stages and achieving higher yields to the desired products. But they can also enable other selective transformations which are out of reach at this point in time».

“Our objective”, explains the ITQ researcher, “is to understand and control spatial, thermal and chemical distances between the active centers of the catalysts integrated in tandem, to open the door to selective and highly intensified conversion processes that are not possible at present». As Prieto explains, the project aims to develop catalysts and processes for the valorization of unconventional carbon sources and therefore contribute towards a more sustainable chemical industry. “In order to convert carbon resources alternative to petroleum, such as unconventional natural gas, carbon dioxide waste streams or biomass-derived gases into products of interest, a complete re-design of current chemical processes is necessary, including their intensification and miniaturization to make them compatible with the small scale and spatial delocalization of these new raw materials. Contributing to this transition is the ultimate goal of the project».

“The project is inspired by preliminary results obtained during my time as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung in Germany, and after the recent relocation of the group to the ITQ in Valencia, it is going to mean a decisive endorsement to consolidate and expand our activities,” he concludes.







Avelino Corma, awarded with the Heinz Heinemann Award of the International Asociation of Catalysis Societies (IACS)

Avelino Corma, ITQ researcher, awarded with the Heinz Heinemann Award of the International Asociation of Catalysis Societies (IACS). The award recognizes the work of people or groups that have made significant contributions in the science and technology of catalysis. On this occasion, the prize has been awarded “for its innovative achievements in the transition from the molecular design of solid catalysts to its industrial applications”.




eCOCO2 presents its first video so you know the main objectives of the project

We want to help meet the world’s demand for energy closing the loop, with a revolutionary approach to use the CO2 coming from industrial sources as an alternative source of energy.

We present our project in the following video:



Six UPV researchers (two from ITQ) are among the most influential in the world

Researchers Avelino Corma (ITQ), Amparo Chiralt, Hermenegildo García (ITQ), María Vargas, Luis Guanter and Pedro Luis Rodríguez, who develop their scientific work at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), are among the most influential scientists of the world. The six researchers have been included in the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) 2019 list, prepared by Clarivate Analytics and which recognizes the most cited researchers internationally.

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iCAREPLAST, a project in which ITQ researchers participate, celebrates the first year of implementation

Since October 2018, the interdisciplinary consortium behind the iCAREPLAST project has been working hard to deliver its first results and lay the ground for successful future activities. The iCAREPLAST Newsletter has for objective to provide you with the latest updates on the project progress, as well as an overview of the ongoing activities.

First newsletter iCAREPLAST

Second newsletter iCAREPLAST

The CSIC participates in the Science Week, an annual activity celebrated in the month of November in Spain

The Week of Science and Technology is the most important initiative of scientific dissemination in many autonomous communities. Since 2001 it is organized with national character with the objectives of bringing science to the public of all ages, stimulating the interest for scientific knowledge and the participation in scientific activities in museums, universities, research centers, technology parks, etc.

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Predoctoral contract: “Repair of DNA by multifotonic irradiation (MultiRepair)”. Deadline November 7

Contrato predoctoral en el Instituto de Tecnología Química de Valencia (UPV-CSIC)

Título del Proyecto: “Reparación del ADN por irradiación multifotónica (MultiRepair)”

Referencia: PGC2018-096684-B-I00


Descripción del proyecto de tesis:

El proyecto planteado tiene como objetivo principal investigar los procesos clave implicados en el daño fotoquímico al ADN y en su reparación. Los resultados asociados son relevantes tanto por el interés del problema desde el punto de vista fundamental como por su aplicabilidad en la comprensión del potencial efecto fotocarcinogénico de la radiación solar.

El (la) estudiante de doctorado adquirirá una experiencia multidisciplinar basada en técnicas como RMN, HPLC o técnicas fotofísicas y fotoquímicas específicas (fluorescencia en tiempo resuelto, fotólisis de destello láser en la escala de nanosegundos, etc) así como en técnicas más novedosas como lo son la espectroscopía de absorción transitoria en la escala de femtosegundos o la espectrometría de masas de alta resolución (XevoQ-TOF) que le resultará muy útil en su futuro profesional.


Tareas a realizar:

– Síntesis de los fotosensibilizadores

– Caracterización (RMN, espectrometría de masas, etc.)

– Estudio espectroscópico: UV-Vis, fluorescencia /fosforescencia (estado estacionario y con resolución temporal), fotólisis de destello láser, etc.

– Estudios analíticos por HPLC o UPLC con detección UV o MS

– Síntesis de oligonucléotidos

– Comunicación de los resultados a través de presentaciones en congresos y seminarios


Características del contrato:

4 años (contrato asignado al proyecto con referencia PGC2018-096684-B-I00)


Requisitos y perfil del candidato:

– Titulado en química, farmacia o ingeniería química

– Se valorará experiencia previa en laboratorio, máster e idiomas

– Se valorará también experiencia en síntesis orgánica y en química de las biomoléculas


Documentación a presentar:

– Expediente académico.

– Currículum Vitae.

– Justificantes de los méritos citados en el CV.


Persona de contacto:

Dra Virginie Lhiaubet (

Instituto de Tecnología Química, UPV-CSIC

Universitat Politècnica de València (Edificio 6C)

Av. de los Naranjos s/n

46022 Valencia


Fecha límite: 7 de noviembre de 2019


Predoctoral offer: “Candidate predoctoral contract for the training of Doctors 2019”. Deadline November 7


«Candidato contrato predoctoral para la formación de Doctores 2019»

Se busca candidato/candidata para un contrato predoctoral en un tema de investigación centrado en la síntesis de nuevos catalizadores sólidos basados en silicatos microporosos, principalmente zeolitas, activos en procesos químicos de interés industrial.

El candidato se integrará en un grupo de investigación de carácter multidisciplinar formado por un grupo de investigadores de calidad científica contrastada en el área de síntesis de materiales y catálisis.

El tema de investigación está integrado en un Proyecto concedido recientemente por el Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Molecular Recognition in Solid Catalysts; ref: PGC2018-101247-B-100), el cual se encuadra dentro del Área de Ciencia y Tecnologías Químicas y dentro de una de las áreas lideradas por empresas incluidas en el programa europeo HORIZON H2020 (Nanotecnologías, Materiales Avanzados, Procesos y Manufactura Avanzada y Biotecnología).

– Tener una nota media igual o superior a 7 y no tener el título de doctor, además de cumplir los requisitos de la convocatoria en el siguiente enlace: “Ayudas para contratos predoctorales para la formación de doctores 2019”:

Información complementaria de la oferta:
Interesados enviar CV y expediente académico a la Dra. Ma Jose Sabater-Picot
( y Ma Jose Diaz Cabañas (

Incluir en el asunto «Candidato predoctoral»