ITQ researchers participate in a project that generates hydrogen energy from alcohol residues

The objective of the LIFE 15CCM / ES / 000080 Ecolectricity project in which ITQ researchers participate, Dr  Antonio Chica, Tenured Scientific and Dr Javier Da Costa, is producing hydrogen with alcoholic waste and generating electricity with it, fueling a fuel cell.

This demonstration project of Research and Development (R&D) has allowed a wine alcohol company in Cariñena, San Valero Distilleries, has become – say the promoters of the initiative – the first that generates hydrogen energy from waste from alcohol.

The project has the technical name of LIFE 15 CCM / ES / 00008 Electrocity, it was launched in 2016 and should be completed in December of this year, although the facilities were reviewed two weeks ago by a European delegation.

Since the presentation of the project, its promoters have added their knowledge and equipment to classify and treat the alcoholic fractions available for the use they wanted to give them, build a pilot plant based on catalytic reforming technologies, patented by the ITQ, to produce gaseous streams Rich in hydrogen, integrate the process with a fuel cell for the production of electricity and heat and evaluate the operation of the prototype.

This experimental project that started three years ago has a budget of one and a half million euros, financed at 60% by the EU Life program. The objective is to establish a technically and economically viable system to use the residues of alcoholic distillation as an energy source.

The essential raw materials are the so-called “purges”, the low quality alcoholic residues that are produced in the process of distillation of alcohols from the wine industry. In addition to wine, this industry also generates low-quality alcohols, which are those that are used to produce hydrogen that is subsequently transformed into electrical energy through a fuel cell.

Predoctoral position available (FPI-2019) in Heterogeneous (photo)catalysis using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Deadline 20th September

Predoctoral position available (FPI-2019) in Heterogeneous (photo)catalysis using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for the production of Solar Fuels at the Chemistry Department of the Technical University of Valencia (Valencia, Spain). The student will be integrated in the research group of Prof. Hermenegildo García and co-supervised by Dr. Sergio Navalón.

Applications should be addressed to Sergio Navalón ( and Belén Ferrer ( in a single PDF including:

  1. a)  Motivation Letter
  2. b)  Curriculum vitae

If you have any question please contact to Sergio Navalón ( Tentative deadline 20th September 2019

José Manuel Serra, ITQ researcher, awarded with the 2018 Scientific Challenge Award from the multinational Air Liquide

The multinational company Air Liquide, world leader in the industrial production of gases, has made public the three winning works of the Scientific Challenge 2018. One of them, focused on the production of low CO2 hydrogen, has fallen to José Manuel Serra Alfaro, professor of the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) The proposed research, entitled Lower-CO2 H2. How to produce cost competitive hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas emissions ?, focuses on obtaining hydrogen in a very energy efficient and economically competitive way while minimizing the emission of greenhouse gases. The work has as its starting point a previous development made by the ITQ team – led by Jose M. Serra – in collaboration with the Norwegian multinational Coorstek M.S.

The three winners will receive the Air Liquide Scientific Award endowed with 50,000 euros. The winners have signed an association agreement with Air Liquide that will allow them to receive 1.5 million euros in funds, shared among the three projects, in order to develop their scientific proposals and transform them into applicable technologies in the market.

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Manuel Moliner (ganador Young Researcher Award), Valentin Valtchev (Presidente de la IZA) y Mark Davis (ganador del Breck Award)

Manuel Moliner, researcher at ITQ has received the “Young Researcher Award” from the “International Zeolite Association” (IZA)

Manuel Moliner, ITQ researcher received the “Young Researcher Award” from the “International Zeolite Association” (IZA) during the “International Zeolite Conference”  held in Perth (Australia).

The IZA established a Young Researcher Award with the objective to recognize the young active researcher for outstanding contribution to the Science and Technology of zeolites and related nanoporous materials.

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Manuel Moliner (Young Researcher Award), Valentin Valtchev (IZA President) y Mark Davis (Breck Award)

Manuel Moliner (Young Researcher Award), Valentin Valtchev (IZA President) y Mark Davis (Breck Award)

A project led by ITQ researchers will transform CO2 from the industry into jet fuel

eCOCO2 will directly transform CO2 emitted by large industrial sectors, such as cement or refinery industries, and transform it into jet fuel, using renewable electricity and water vapor, with unprecedented efficiency.

This is the main objective of eCOCO2, a European research project, led by a team from the ITQ, which will run for the next four years. The ITACA Institute from the UPV also participates in the project.

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PhD position in Heterogeneous Catalysis/ Synchrotron Spectroscopy. Before 1st September 2019


A predoctoral contract (1 year, extendable to 4 years) to carry out a PhD at the interface of catalysis and spectroscopy. The project will be jointly implemented by the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ, Valencia) and the ALBA-CELLS Synchrotron Light facility (Barcelona, Spain).

The research institutions

The Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) is a joint research center of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), located in the excellent and vibrant UPV Campus at the coast side in Valencia (Spain). It is an international reference center in the area of catalysis and new materials which hosts 33 staff scientists alongside >75 PhD and postdoctoral researchers, and holds the Severo Ochoa Excellence Accreditation, which recognizes and supports Spanish research institutions, from all scientific and technological areas, which demonstrate international scientific leadership through high-impact scientific innovations. The institute has also a long tradition of R&D and technology transfer activities in cooperation with industrial partners. The center is a multidisciplinary institute which offers high-quality training and outstanding research facilities. Web:

The ALBA-CELLS Synchrotron Light facility is the largest research infrastructure in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. ALBA is a 3rd generation Synchrotron Light facility located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), being the newest source in the Mediterranean area. It is a complex of electron accelerators to produce synchrotron light, which allows the visualization of the atomic structure of matter and thus rationalize its properties. ALBA is an internationally oriented facility committed to scientific excellence. Web:

The project. The 4-year research project is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It is a research effort at the interfaces of material science, chemistry and physics. The major goal is the fundamental understanding of the structure and dynamics of metal species as active centers for catalytic reactions in the gas phase to valorize carbon raw materials alternative to petroleum. The selected candidate is going to spend research periods at both the ITQ (precision materials synthesis, characterization and catalytic testing) and ALBA (commissioning and optimization of spectroscopic cells, X-ray absorption-diffraction experiments and atomic level structural analysis at the newest NOTOS beamline). The PhD thesis is going to be associated to the “Sustainable Chemistry” doctorate program of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Web:

Candidate qualifications. Candidates should hold a BSc degree in Chemistry, Material Science/Physics, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline. The average BSc grade should be equal to or higher than 8/10 (or equivalent according to foreign rating systems). Candidates should also hold (or be about to obtain) a MSc degree. Skills in material science and spectroscopy are valuable, but not mandatory. Good written and oral communication skills in English are necessary.

Conditions: Salary ca. 17000 €/year (Netto), 1 year extendable to 4 years.

Contact. CV, academic transcript (including Bachelor) and motivation letter should be sent per email to Dr. Gonzalo Prieto ( before 1st September 2019.

Researchers at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) have developed a new zeolite catalyst which could have potential industrial applications in the production of propylene

Researchers at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ/ UPV-CSIC) have developed a new zeolite catalyst which has been shown to remain stable at high temperatures and which could have potential industrial applications in the production of propylene, one of the chemical compounds most widely used at the moment. The results from their investigation, which have been published in the journal Nature Materials, have already been licensed.

Zeolites are microporous crystalline materials with well-defined structures that allow the capture of tiny molecules inside them. Different chemical reactions can be obtained depending on the chemical composition and the typology of these microporous structures. Avelino Corma, lead investigator from the CSIC in the Instituto de Tecnología Química has explained that “one of the greatest challenges for zeolite synthesis is to localize the active sites inside the structure of pores and cavities of varying dimensions. When we insert metals with catalyst properties such as platinum inside a zeolite, these tend to distribute in a random fashion. Hence, the selective location of the active sites in a specific type of pore or cavity is a key challenge with important implications for their catalyst applications”.

Researchers at the Instituto de Tecnología Química faced a triple challenge that involved generating subnanometric metal clusters, which are small clusters of a few atoms inside a zeolite; achieving their stability through the control of their reactive properties; and obtaining all this in a pure silica MFI zeolite to avoid the presence of acids in the resulting material.

“The synthesis of subnanometric metal clusters at high temperatures above 500ºC remains problematic. In other words, this means they tend to cluster in groups, a fact that reduces their use as catalysts. That is why we think that zeolites could constitute an ideal way to stabilize subnanometric metal catalysts” explains Corma.

Scientists at the Instituto de Tecnología Química have succeeded in localizing highly stable platinum subnanometric clusters in the sinusoidal channels of purely siliceous MFI zeolite. What is more, they have achieved it by employing electron microscopy techniques and integrated differential phase contrast imaging techniques.

As Corma has stated: “The catalysts we have created display a high stability, selectivity and activity for the industrial process of dehydrogenation of propane to form propylene, as one of its multiple industrial applications. What is more, we also believe that this stabilization strategy could also be applied to other metals and to other crystalline porous materials”.

Researchers from the Universidad de Cádiz and Synchrotron ALBA have also collaborated in this study

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4 scholarships from the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades for postgraduate students in the Student Residence for the 2019-2020 academic year

Difusion Becas 2019MCIU

Publication of the provisional list of admitted and excluded scholarships of collaboration for introduction to research “JAE Intro SOMdM 2019”


Avelino Corma, Doctor Honoris Causa by the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, June 25

Professor Avelino Corma, researcher at the ITQ, was conferred on June 25, Doctor Honoris Causa by the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France.

On the occasion of this event, the Coordination Chemistry Laboratory of the CNRS and the Physics and Chemistry Laboratory of Nano-objets organized on June 24, a “Scientific Day on Catalysis” with the participation of Philippe KALCK, Bruno CHAUDRET, Piet van LEEUWEN (LPCNO Toulouse), Luis ORO (Zaragoza University), Carmen CLAVER (Universitat Roviri i Virgili, Tarragona), Hélène OLIVIER-BOURBIGOU (IFPEN), Hermenegildo GARCIA (ITQ Valencia) and Avelino CORMA (ITQ Valencia).