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Dr. Héctor Hernando

Postdoctoral Researcher
Development of catalysts, production of fuels and fine chemicals from different types of biomass and plastic waste through thermochemical processes
Short Bio: 

Héctor Hernando is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Thermochemical Processes Unit since January 2020. His research lines are catalysis and thermochemical processes, especially focused on alternative fuels production.

Ph.D. received from Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid (2019), with a mention “cum laude” and “International Doctor”, and awarded with the “III Social Council Award for Young Researchers”. His doctoral thesis, entitled “Catalytic fast-pyrolysis of lignocellulosic residues for advanced biofuels production: development of multifunctional catalysts, optimization and bench-scale demonstration” was developed in both IMDEA Energy Institute and the Rey Juan Carlos University itself. His thesis was located within the framework of the European Project CASCATBEL (FP7 / 2007-2013) under the supervision of Dr. Javier Fermoso and Prof. David Serrano, having completed a research stay at Utrecht University in 2017. In addition, he has been a Visiting Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University from 2018-2020.

As a researcher, he is the author of 18 articles published in high-impact scientific journals, 9 of them as the first author, with more than 350 citations and an h index > 10.

In January 2020, he re-joined the IMDEA Energy staff, developing his main activity in the European Project NONTOX (H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020), studying the production of alternative fuels with a low CO2 footprint through thermochemical and catalytic processes from plastic waste, on a laboratory and pilot plant scales.