Prof. Avelino Corma
|Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ-CSIC-Polytechnical University of Valencia),
Avelino Corma 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 he 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 is inventor on more than 100 patents. Over 12 of those patents have been applied industrially in commercial processes ofcracking, desulfuration, isomerization, epoxidation, chemo selective oxidation of alcohols and chemoselective hydrogenations.
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Prof. Guy Bertrand
Chemistry Professor at the University of California, San Diego.
Bertrand obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Montpellier in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, in 1979. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Sanofi Research, France, in 1981.
Prof. Michel Che
Professor and Boris Imelik Chair of Surface Reactivity and Catalysis (Institut Universitaire de France, Paris, France)
His main scientific interest has largely been devoted to catalysis processes involving gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces. He has pioneered a molecular approach to heterogeneous catalysis, based on transition elements taken as probes, specific isotopes and physical techniques, which endow him with an original position in the field. His work has led to the emergence of interfacial coordination chemistry at the junction of colloidal, electro-, supramolecular, geo- and solid-state chemistries. His studies have largely contributed to improve our understanding of the elementary processes involved in laboratory/industrial catalysis, and particularly water-mediated assemblies in catalysts preparation.
Prof. Gadi Rothenberg
Professor at Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (University of Amsterdam, Holland)
Gadi Rothenberg was born in Jerusalem in 1967, and immediately (well, twenty-six years later) was awarded a BSc in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then studied Applied Chemistry, obtaining a PhD summa cum laude in 1999. After two years as a Marie Curie fellow at The University of York, he moved to Amsterdam, where he is now professor and chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry. Gadi teaches courses on catalysis, thermodynamics, and scientific writing. He has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and discovered two new catalysts, for which he received the Marie Curie Excellence Award in 2004 and the Paul Rylander Award in 2006. He has also co-founded the companies Sorbisense and Yellow Diesel, as well as the Write it Right project.