Instituto de Tecnología Química
The Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) is a joint research centre created in 1990 by the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) located at the UPV Campus.
The ITQ is an international reference centre in the area of catalysis and new materials (specially zeolites) and also in photochemistry. Due to its excellent fundamental and oriented research level and to its multidisciplinary character, the ITQ has the possibility to develop research in different disciplines having an extraordinary flexibility and capability to adapt itself to new research challenges.
The ITQ has specialized personnel as well as forefront facilities for research development in the field of chemical technology and materials. It has close to two hundred researchers from all over the World including CSIC and UPV research professors, tenured scientists, invited professors but also engineers, technicians, administrative staff and finally many post- and pre-doctoral students.
The research at ITQ is carried out through Regional, National and European funded grants and also through some projects funded by own resources. Besides, ITQ obtains a substantial part of its funding from R&D agreements with multinational companies from all around the World. Finally, it is to be mentioned that part of the revenues of ITQ come from royalties of licensed technologies developed at the institute.
ITQ also offers an appropriate environment for the formation of technician and scientists through doctoral theses, masters in science, final year projects, and postdoctoral stays, both in the fields of basic and applied research.
Prof. Avelino Corma
Avelino Corma, Professor and founder of the Instituto de Tecnología Química (CSIC-UPV) in Valencia (Spain), he has been carrying out research in heterogeneous catalysis in academia and in collaboration with companies for nearly 35 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 900 research papers, and inventor on more than 130 patents. 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.
Prof. Hermenegildo García Gómez
Hermenegildo García Gómez (Canals, Spain 1957), Degree in Chemistry (Universidad de Valencia, 1979, degree award) and PhD in Organic Photochemistry (Universidad de Valencia, 1983, PhD award). In 1983 he joined the staff of the Universidad Politécnica de València (UPV), becoming full Professor in 1996. He belongs to the Instituto de Tecnología Química, joint Center of UPV and CSIC, since its foundation (1991). Prof. Garcia has maintained a continued activity of technology transfer to small, medium and large companies in the field of catalysis, photocatalysis, environment and nanotechnology. During the last 30 years he has tried to combine basic research of excellence with an intense technology transfer activity. A recent successful case is the developments in graphene technology in which two patents for the synthesis of graphene inks and films are currently under industrial evaluation and upscaling.
He is an internationally recognized expert in production and applications of graphene, Renewable Energies: Solar fuels (production of H2 and CO2 reduction) and solar cells; Environment: Atmospheric pollution abatement and waste water treatment; Biomedicine: nanomaterials against oxidative stress; Consumer Products: Resins for construction, ceramics, hair dyes, graphene for metalized paints, electroless plating, additive of plastics, of asphalts and for tanning.
He has published more than 640 research papers, and inventor on more than 27 patents.
His Annual evolution of the citation number has grown exponentially, indicating the increasing impact of the scientific production.