Atienzar, Pedro

Pedro Atienzar was born in Valencia, Spain in 1977. He obtained his B.Sc, in Chemical Engineering at the University of Politécnica de Valencia (2002) and did his PhD (2007) at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC) under the supervision of Prof. Hermenegildo García. Afterwards he joined the group of Prof. Jenny Nelson in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London, where he worked as post-doctoral fellow (2007-2009) in the field of hybrid and polymeric photovoltaics devices. In 2009 he joined the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), with several postdoctoral grants JaeDoc (CSIC), Juan de la Cierva and Ramón y Cajal (Spanish Ministry). Since 2016, hi is Tenured Scientific of CSIC (Spanish National Research Council).

During his research collaborate with several companies such as FMC FORET or ABENGOA RENOVABLES; also, he was consultor of SOLARPRESS that is a UK company on the field of polymeric solar cells.

He has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers in high impact international scientific journals and is co-inventor of 6 national and international patents, one of them as individual inventor. He has also attended several international conferences.


Main research lines:

His major research interests are the synthesis and processing of new nanomaterials applied in the fields of photonics, optoelectronics and renewable energy. Combining synthesis of materials, photophysical and electronic studies and their implementation in electrodes and devices.

Blasco Lanzuela, Teresa

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 Zaragoza, Mercedes

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

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.

Botella, Pablo

Dr. Pablo Botella (male): 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 under the supervision of Prof. Avelino Corma at the ITQ, and in 2007 he was appointed as a CSIC Research Scientist at the ITQ.

He has been a Visiting Professor of the University of Vermont (VT, USA) in 2013. He coordinates the Nanomedicine Group at the ITQ, addressing medical nanoscale-structured material and devices for targeted delivery and controlled release of drugs and other biologically active agents. Special interest is dedicated to the development of organic-inorganic nanohybrid-based stimuli-responsive systems, as well as stable radioactive nanoparticles for enhancing diagnostic imaging. Also important in his research is the study of the immune reaction and protein corona formation after nanoparticle systemic administration, as well as its application to new cancer biomarker detection.

He has written more than 70 articles in high impact Scientific Journals and numerous presentations in congresses, with an “h-index” of 32 and is co-inventor of 10 patents, three of them related to a more environmentally benign industrial process currently used in a demonstration plant.

Cantín Sanz, Ángel

Angel Cantin Sanz was born in Valencia in 1971. He obtained the Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1994 at the Valencia University. After, he made a Master’s Degree at the Organic Chemistry Department of the same University supervised by Prof. Antonio Abad. In 1995, he joined the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), inside of the Agricultural Chemical Ecology group, where he carried out his Doctorate in Chemistry supervised by Professors Eduardo Primo-Yúfera and Miguel Angel Miranda. In this work different natural products previously isolated from Penicillium brevicompactum were synthesized as well as several analogs. All of them showed important biological activities against plagues. The Doctorate was finished in 1998 and he moved to Pisa University where he worked with Prof. Gianfranco Denti in supramolecular chemistry. In 2000, he went back to Primo-Yufera’s group during a two years period. Then, he moved to the Avelino Corma’s group inside of the same institution, where he got a permanent position as a technician in 2008. From 2017 he belongs to the scientific staff of ITQ as a Tenured Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

At present, his main research lines includes synthesis and characterization of new organic structure directing agents which provide new porous materials; as well as their utility in different catalytic process.

He has participated in several research projects financed by public institutions as well as private companies. He is co-autor of more tan 35 papers in high impact scientific journals and numerous presentations in congresses. Among his most relevant publications, papers published in Nature (2009) and Science (2010 and 2017) can be mentioned. Also, he is co-inventor of 12 patents related to the synthesis of new microporous materials and their application in different industrial processes. Some of these patents have been licensed to industries.

Chica Lara, Antonio

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

Maria José Climent Olmedo was born in Alginet (Spain).  Currently she is Full Professor at the Chemistry Department of the Technical University of Valencia (ETSII). She obtained her Ph. D. in 1991 at the University of Valencia working on the application of heterogeneous catalysts in organic synthesis. She teaches Chemistry at the Technical School of Industrial Engineers, and in the Master of Sustainable Chemistry and in the Master of Chemical Engineers in the subjects of Fine Chemistry and Biorefineries respectively. She is member of the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) (UPV-CSIC) at the Technical University of Valencia since 1993, working in the group of Prof. Avelino Corma. Her research focuses on green chemistry, as well as the application of heterogeneous catalysts to the synthesis of fine chemicals and biomass transformation. In this area, she is author of more than 90 publications including articles, patents, conference proceedings and book chapters

Concepción Heydorn, Patricia

Patricia Concepción Heydorn, 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.

Avelino Corma Canós

Corma, Avelino

Avelino Corma (Moncofar, Castellón, Spain 1951), Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ-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 has 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 1400 research papers, and is inventor on more than 200 patents. Over 20 of those patents have been applied industrially in commercial processes ofcracking, desulfuration, isomerization, epoxidation, chemo selective oxidation of alcohols and chemoselective hidrogenations. 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.


– Heinz Heinemann Award of IACS – The International Association of Catalysis Societies (2020)
– Academic of Honor, Real Academia Canaria de Ciencias (2019)
– Blaise Pascal Medal for Chemistry, European Academy of Sciences (2018)
– The People’s Republic of China Friendship Award (2017)
– Spiers Memorial 2016/Royal Society of Chemistry (2016)
– 48th W. N. Lacey Lectureship  Caltech (2015)
– The Jacobus van´t Hoff Lecture 2015  TU Delft Process Technology Institute (2015)
– Hoyt C. Hottel Lecture, MIT (2015)
– Prince of Asturias Award for Technical & Scientific Research (2014)
– Honour Medal to the Invention from the Fundación García Cabrerizo (Spain) (2012)
– Grande Medaille de l´Académie des sciences (France), (2011)
– Scientific Merit of Generalitat Valenciana (2011)
– Gold of Medal for Chemistry Research Career 2001-2010 (2010)
– Eni Award (2010)
– Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010)
– Rhodia Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Prize for Science and Industry (2010)
– Bourdart Award in Advanced Catalysis (2009)
– A. V. Humboldt – J. C. Mutis Research Award (2009)
– Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis (2008)
– Karl-Ziegler-Lectureship Max Planck Society (2007)
– National Award on Science and Technology of México (2006)
– Alwin Mittasch of Dechema (2006)
– Paul Sabatier of the French Society of Chemistry (2006)
– Iberoamerican Fedaration of Catalysis Societies (FISOCAT) (2006)
– Cross Canada Lecture Award (2006)
– Gold of Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry os Spain (2005)
– Breck Award of the International Zeolite Association (IZA) (2004)
– Medal of Honor of the García Cabrerizo Foundation (2004)
– The Order of Merit Civil of Spain (2002)
– Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis (2002)
– F. Gault European Award on “Catalysis” (2001)
– Ipatieff Actr at Nortwestern University (2000-2001)
– King Jaime I Award on “New Technologies” (Spain) (2000)
– Iberdrola Science and Technology (Spain) (1998)
– F. Ciapetta award of the North American Catalyst Society (1998)
– CATSA in recognition of research excellence “Dinstinguished Visitor Award of the Catalysis Society of South Africa” (1998)
– Burdiñola Award (Spain) (1997)
– Profesores Visitantes de Iberdrola (Spain) (1996)
– Dupont Award on “Materials Science” (Spain) (1995)
– National Award Leonardo Torres Quevedo (Spain) (1995)
– Dupont Award (Canada)


– Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Perú (2019)
– University Paul Sabatier (2019)
– University of Córdoba (2018)
– University of Cantabria (2016)
– University of Jaen (2015)
– University of Bucharest (2014)
– University Delft University of Technology: TU Delft (2013)
– University of Ottawa (2012)
– Universidad de Alicante (2010)
– Universität Bochum (2010)
– Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Ruhr-University Bochum (2010)
– Universidad de Valencia (2009)
– Universidad Jaime I (2008)
– Technische Universität München (2008)
– Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) (2008)
– Utrecht University (2006)


– PRESIDENT Comité Estratégico de Innovación (CEI) of the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI) (2018)  PRESIDENT Comité Científico de la Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) (2017)
– FOREIGN MEMBER of French Academy of Sciences (2016)
– Member of European Academy of Sciences (2018)
– PRESIDENT of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (2012)
– FOREIGN Member of the Royal Society (2012)
– Member of President´s International Advisory Council of King Abdullah University of Science KAUST (2011)
– Member of Royal Academy of Exact Sciences, Physics and Natural of Spain (2011)
– PRESIDENT of the European Association of Catalysis Societies. (2009-2013)
– Member of National Academy of Engineering NAE (USA) (2007)
– Member of Academia Europea, Chemical Science Section (1996)
– Member of Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain (1994)


– Angewandte Chemie (2014 – Currently)
– ChemSusChem (2012 – Currently)
– Green Chemistry (2010- Currently)
– Catalysis Letters (2012-Currently)
– ChemCatChem (2012- Currently)
– Topics in Catalysis (2010- Currently)
– Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (1997- Currently)
– Journal of Catalysis (1999- Currently)
– Dalton Transaction (2000-2010)-
– Journal of Catalysis (1999- Currently)
– Catalysis Sciences, Technology, and Innovation (1997-1998)
– Chemical Communications (1997-2000)
– Catalysis Technology (1996-Currently)
– Japanese Catalysis Surveys (1996 – Currently)
– J. Molecular Catalysis (1995 – Currently)
– Catalysis Letters (1994- Currently)
– Catalysis Review S.C. and Eng. (1992- Currently)
– Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (1991- Currently)
– Applied Catálisis (1988-1992)