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Prof. Hermenegildo García Gómez

Research Group Leader

UPV, Valencia

Hermenegildo García Gómez is a full Professor of the Institute of Chemical Technology at the Technical University of Valencia. His group has expertise in CO2 utilization developing catalysts for CO2 conversion to methanol and C2+ products. He has published over 800 papers, has received over 50.000 citations, has an H index of 110 and his name is included continuously since 2015 in the annual list of the most cited Scientists published by the Shanghai-Tomson Reuters. He is the recipient of the Janssen-Cilag award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2011) and the Rey D. Jaime I award in New technologies (2016). He is doctor honoris causa by the University of Bucharest and Honorary Professor at the King Abdulaziz University since 2015. He was awarded by the Lee Hsun lecturership of the Chinese Academy of Science at Shenyang. He has participated in over 20 EU funded projects and is member of the panel of ERC Consolidator Grant as well as other Comissions and panels. He is President of the international advisory editorial board of ChemCatChem. Several of his publications have constituted research fronts in Chemistry (as defined by Essential Science Indicators) Database, such as Photocatalytic CO2 reduction by non TiO2 photocatalysis, catalysis by MOFs, etc.

Dra. Ana Primo Arnau

Tenured Scientist

UPV, Valencia

Dra. Ana Primo received her Ph.D. in chemistry at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) in 2006. From 2007 to 2009, she did a postdoctoral stay in the Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier, France. Currently, she is tenured scientist in the “Instituto de Tecnología Química” (UPV-CSIC). Her research interests include the synthesis of 2D materials (graphene, boron nitride, molybdenum sulphide, MXenes) and their application in catalytic and photocatalytic processes as CO2 reduction for obtaining methanol or water splitting for H2 production. She has published more than 100 papers, received more than 5000 citations, and has an h-index of 38.


Dr. Josep Albero Sancho

Dr. Josep Albero Sancho

Dr. Josep Albero graduated in Chemical Engineering in the Jaume I University in 2005. He obtained his Ph. D. about the study of photo-induced charge transfer reactions in quantum dots based solar cells under the supervision of Prof. Palomares at ICIQ in 2012. He has conducted his postdoctoral research in the Prof. Garcia group at ITQ and in Prof. Antonietti group at MPI-KG. His research interests include the preparation of advanced multifunctional materials and their application in the fields of energy conversion and storage. Dr. Albero is also interested in the study of the charge transfer reactions that limit the materials efficiency in these fields.

Dr. Abdessamad Grirrane

Dr. Abdessamad Grirrane

Dr. Abdessamad Grirrane received his Ph.D. in chemistry at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) in 2005. His research interests includes homogeneous catalysis by Au (I) and Cu(I) complexes, single crystal XRD and cascade reactions.

Dra. Sara Goberna

Dra. Sara Goberna

Dra. Sara Goberna obtained her PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2013 from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili working at the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) under the supervision of Prof. J.R. Galán-Mascarós. Her PhD work focused on the development of molecular inorganic materials as catalysts for water oxidation.

She has conducted several postdoctoral stays; at Oregon State University (2014-2016, USA), at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (2016-2018, France), at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre (2018-2019, France), and at the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (2020-2021, Barcelona).

She is currently a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Prof. Garcia group at ITQ. Her research project focuses on the development and optimization of atomically precise metal nanoclusters as catalysts for the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction.

Sara has published more than 20 papers, received more than 980 citations, and has an h-index of 15.


Esther Domínguez Torres

Esther Domínguez Torres

Esther Domínguez Torres is a technician, her work delved into synthesis of materials for industry and their use for photocatalysis since 2008. She obtained her Master’s degree in Green Chemistry from Universitat de València, Universitat Politécnica de València, Universitat Jaume I and Universidad de Extremadura in 2011. During her study, he was working on removal of atmospheric pollutants (NOx). Futhermore, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of Valencia (2001).

Amparo Forneli Rubio

Amparo Forneli Rubio

Amparo Forneli Rubio is a member of the research staff of Prof. Hermenegildo García since 2010 as a laboratory engineer at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ-UPV). She has more than 20 years of professional experience, previously developed in research centers of international relevance such as the Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol) and the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ). Amparo is specialized in synthesis and characterization of new materials, specially graphene-based ones.

PhD students

Ana García Mulero

Ana García Mulero

Ana García Mulero is a PhD student focused on the synthesis of doped 3D graphenic materials and their application on catalysis and photocatalysis for obtaining sustainable fuels (scholarship for Training of University Teachers (FPU) from the Spanish Government). She joined to this researching group in order to develop her Master Thesis of the Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2018. In the same specialization, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Universidad de Murcia (2016) where she worked in solvent-free biosynthesis of cetyl esters.

Horatiu Szalad

Horatiu Szalad

Horațiu Szalad (born 1996, Făgăraș, Romania) obtained both his bachelor’s (2018) and master’s (2020) degrees at the University of Bucharest. During the master years, he was employed in the research group of Prof. Vasile Pârvulescu, with a main focus on fine chemical processes employing MOFs as catalysts and chemoselective hydrogenations catalyzed by supported metals. In the present, Horațiu is a PhD student at ITQ (Instituto de Tecnología Química UPV-CSIC) under the tutelage of Prof. Hermenegildo Garcia. Moreover, he is an early stage researcher in the SOLAR2CHEM project (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement Nº 861151) with the main objective of synthesizing hybrid molecule/semiconductor photoelectrodes for the generation of valuable chemical products.

Alberto García Baldoví

Alberto García Baldoví

Alberto Garcia Baldovi is a PhD student in Prof. Hermenegildo Garcia’s group at the ITQ (Instituto de Tecnologia Química) since July 2020. His research is focused on the design of metallic catalysts for hydrogen storage, production and use. Moreover, another attractive application for which Alberto employs these metallic systems is CO2 reduction to valuable products, such as alcohols. After 3 years of studying general chemistry at Universitat de València, he widened his perspective by approaching a degree in Enviromental Science at the Universitat Politècnica de València (2018). Alberto obtained his Master’s degree at the same university in 2019. In the past, his research focused on the wet oxidation of secondary sludges from urban waste water (Bachelor’s) and the formation of alginic acid nanometric films and its conversion to graphene with infrared laser (Master’s).

Rubén Ramírez Grau

Rubén Ramírez Grau

Rubén Ramírez Grau is a PhD student in Prof. Hermenegildo García’s group at the ITQ (Instituto de Tecnología Química) since Octuber 2020. Rubén received his degree and Master degree in Chemical Engineering at UPV in 2018 and 2020, repectively. Now he is studying 2D materials called MXenes and their possible applications for his Ph.D. In the past, his research focused on pesticide removal by photoelectrocatalysis (Bachelor’s) and the application of MOF in order to obtain demanded industrial products (Mater’s).

Andrés Felipe Uscategui Linarez

Andrés Felipe Uscategui Linarez

Andres Uscategui Linares is a doctoral student in the group of Professor Hermenegildo Garcia at the ITQ since October 2020. His study is based on the design of 2D MOFs based on porphyrins for the reduction of polluting CO2. Graduated in Chemistry from Universitat de València in 2016. In 2018 he obtained his master’s degree in Sustainable Chemistry. In his previous research, he has been focused mainly on the subject of catalysis with mesoporous materials.

Manuel Molina Muriel

Manuel Molina Muriel

Manuel Molina is a PhD student at the Instituto of Tecnología Química (ITQ) of Valencia. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Málaga in May 2017. In 2018 he received his Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Universitat de València, and started his Ph.D. studies under professor Hermenegildo García direction in 2019. His research is focused on the synthesis, characterization of layered double hydroxide materials and its application as photo and electrocatalysts for energy conversion.

Jiajun Hu

Jiajun Hu

Jiajun Hu is a PhD student at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) and Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He received his Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Science in 2020 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2017. His research interests focus on energy storage application, such as the fabrication of graphene-based supercapacitors and photothermal catalytic conversion research.

Dawid Daniël Kruger

Dawid Daniël Kruger

Dawid Daniël Kruger obtained a bachelor’s degree (2016) and his master’s degree (2019) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. His bachelor’s research thesis investigated the conversion of citronellal over sulphonated polystyrene resin catalysts. Under the supervision of Prof. Jack C.Q. Fletcher, his master’s project focused on the prevalence of mass and heat transport effects during reaction kinetics testing of heterogeneous catalysts for syngas processing. From 2019 to 2021 he worked as a researcher in Prof. Fletcher’s group, working on steam-reforming systems, catalytic combustion, and hydrogenation reactions. Currently, under the supervision of Prof. Hermenegildo García, he is studying MXenes modified with different terminal groups and metals, and their applications as energy materials, and photo- and electrocatalysts.

Joan Truyols Vives

Joan Truyols Vives

Joan Truyols Vives have a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lleida. He studied two official master’s degrees, one at the University of Barcelona called “Medicine Research, Development and Control” and another at the University of the Balearic Islands on “Biomedical Research”. During one year Joan was hired as a personal researcher in a project related to SARS-CoV-2 in bioaerosols and he is currently doing the doctoral program in Global Health, Health Services and Social and Health Care at the University of the Balearic Islands and co-directed by Institute of Chemical Technology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. His thesis is multidisciplinary since it combines chemistry, chemical engineering and microbiology. The topic of his thesis covers the detection and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 in the air; and also the reduction of viral load in closed environments by advanced oxidation methods, which is carried out at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Old Members

Hermenegildo Garcia Group World

Many thanks for your contributions!

Dra. Sara Iborra_Full Professor UPV, Valencia

Dra. María José Climent_Full Professor UPV, Valencia

Dra. Mercedes Álvaro_Full Professor UPV, Valencia

Dra. Vicenta Baldoví_Full Professor Secondary School, Valencia

Dr. Sergio Navalón_Associate Professor UPV, Valencia

Dr. Emilio José Palomares_Director of ICIC, Tarragona

Dr. José Raul Herance_Researcher, Hospital  Vall d´Hebron, Barcelona

Dra. Belén Ferrer_Associate Professor UPV, Valencia

Dr. Antonio Leyva_Tenured scientist(CSIC)_ITQ, Valencia

Dr. Francesc X. Llabrés y Xamena_Tenured scientist (CSIC)_ITQ, Valencia

Dr. Pedro Atienzar_Tenured scientist (CSIC)_ITQ, Valencia

Dr. Iván Esteve_Associate researcher ITE, Valencia

Dr. Marcos Latorre_R&D project manager at IMECAL, Valencia

Dra. Mireia Buaki_Group leader in ITE, Valencia

Dra. Raquel Juarez_R&D staff SPB, Valencia

Dr. Roberto Martin_ Associate Researcher, University of Salamanca

Dra. Laura Teruel_Research Technician_UPV, Valencia

Dr. Pedro Manuel Montes_Secondary School teacher, Valencia

Dr. José Francisco Cabeza_Research staff, Servyeco, Valencia

Dra. María Isabel Soriano_R&D responsible, AITEX, Valencia

Dr. Alberto Abad_R&D staff, Valencia

Dra. Miriam Benitez_Researcher, Castellón

Dra. María de Sales Galletero_Responsible of Mass Spectrometry, UV, Valencia

Dra. Pilar Formentín_Staff technician, Universidad Tarragona

Dr. Juan Francisco Blández_Associated researcher_UPV, Valencia

Dra. Ana Sanjuan_Secondary school teacher, Valencia

Dra. Elvira Armengol_Secondary school teacher, Valencia

Dra. María Luz Cano_Secondary school teacher, Valencia

Dra. Sara García_Secondary school teacher, Valencia

Dr. Vicente Martí_Company Manager, Valencia

Dra. Encarna Peris_Secondary school teacher, Valencia

Dra. Sonia Remiro_Associated Researcher_ITQ, Valencia

Dr. Maykel de Miguel_Researcher Salamanca

Dra. María Gonzalez Bejar_Researcher ICMOL, Valencia



Dr. Carlos Baleizao_Professor Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lisboa, Portugal

Dra. Claudia Gómez_Associate Professor_University Oporto, Portugal

Dra. Barbara Gigante_University of Lisboa, Portugal

Dr. Marco Serra_Researcher Sofer group, University of Chemistry and Technology of Praga, Czech Republic

Dr. Sana Frindy_Researcher at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Dra. Carmela Aprile_Full profesor University of Namur, Belgium

Dra. Esther Carbonell_Associate researcher, University of Namur, Belgium

Dr. David Fabuel_R&D staff Artificial vision, Belgium

Dra. Karen Lews_Shent University, Belgium

Dr. Francisco Cirujano_Researcher Leuven, Belgium

Dra. Cristina Lavorato_Associate profesor, University of Catania, Italy

Dra. Tiziana Marino_Researcher staff, CNRI, Rende, Italy

Dr. Manfredi Caruso_Researcher Politecnico de Milan, Italy

Dr. Luca Maretti_Researcher Milan, Italy

Dr. Francesc Sastre_Research staff, NTO, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Dr. Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy_UGC Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Products Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Dr. Ji-Nan Niu_Associated Professor in School of Materials Science and Physics, University of Mining and Technology, China

Dr. Jinbao He_Lecturer in Jiangxi Agriculture University_Nanchang, China

Dr. Chuanzhi Sun_Associate Professor in Shandong Normal University, China

Dr. Zhaohui Li_Full professor University of Fuzhou, China

Xiangze Du_ PhD student Sichuan University

Dr. Diego Mateo_Post doc Kaust, Saudi Arabia

Dra. Alejandra Rendón-Patiño_ Post doc Kaust, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Stephan Neatu_Associate Professor, Technical University of Bucharest, Romania

Dr. Bogdan Cojocaru_Associate Professor, University of Bucharest, Romania

Dr. Fran Lozens_Full Professor Halifax, Canada

Dra. Lourdes Hurtado_Associate researcher, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Emilio I. Alarcón_Researcher University of Ottawa, Canada

Dra. Marie Laferriere_Researcher University of Ottawa, Canada

Dra. Michele N. Chretien_Researcher Conestogac Inc., Ontorio, Canada.

Dr. Gonzalo Cosa_Full Professor McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Dra. Sonia Corrent_Researcher University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Jeffrey Banks_Researcher Acadia University, Saint John, Canada

Dra. Isabel Inés Casades_Central Hospital London, United Kingdom

Dr. Patricio Cancino_Researcher, Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Dr. Heinz Roth_Full Professor Rutgers University, USA

Dr. Roberto Galiaso_Full Professor Minnesota University, USA

Dr. Ignacio Luz_Researcher, Virginia, USA

Dra. Natividad Reyna_Researcher Toluca, Mexico

Dr. Edilso Reguera_Researcher Instituto Politécnico Nacional Mexico

Dra. Alma García Ortiz_Researcher Instituto Politécnico Nacional México

Dra. Liliana Beatriz Gimenez_Researcher Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dra. Nancy de Lucas_Full Professor Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Dr. Jose Carlos Netto Ferrera_Researcher Universidad Federal de Sao Paulo, Brasil

Dra. Saba Daliran_Associate Professor Bu-Ali Sina University, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Ali Morsali_Professor Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Dr. Ahmed Moussaif_Staff researcher, Rabat, Morocco

Dr. Mostafa El Gohul_Professor Fes University, Morocco

Dra. Aicha Anouar_Euro Mediterranean University of Fes_Marroco

Gr. Tugce Gunay_PhD Student Kirklareli University, Turkey

Dra. Lu Peng_ Post doc  Institute Max Planck of Colloids and interphases_Germany