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Dr. Víctor A. de la Peña

Senior Researcher & Head of Unit
Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP-CSIC)-Autonoma University of Madrid. Madrid. Spain
Production of fuels and industrial products of interest through photocatalytic reduction of CO2; Hydrogen production by water photo-splitting and fossil fuels decarbonisation
Short Bio: 

He got his master degree in physical-chemistry from Autonoma University of Madrid (Spain) in 2000, working on the development of theoretical studies of the photophysical behaviour of molecular dye sensitizers. He obtained his PhD in 2003 at Catalysis and Petrochemistry Institute under the supervision of Prof. J.L.G Fierro working on the preparation, characterization and testing of cobalt and iron supported catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. After his PhD he worked on several projects, all of them revolving around the two main research lines: Theoretical studies applied to catalysis; and VOCs elimination processes. In 2004, he was awarded a “Juan de la Cierva” fellowship at the Barcelona University as a research fellow to develop catalysts for the selective transformation of biomass derived products into H2. Since 2009 to 2013 he was developing his scientific career at the IMDEA Energy Institute awarded with a “Ramon y Cajal” Fellow. Currently, his research interest is focused on Heterogeneous Catalysis, Theoretical Chemistry, in-situ characterization and Surface Science fields and their application on selective reactions of Energetic interest for the sustainable fuels production (biofuels and H2), Energy Storage and artificial photosynthesis (CO2 Valorization). He is member of the Executive Board of Spanish CO2 Technology Platform and member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific World Journal and  the Open Catalysis Journal. He is co-author of more than 55 publications, 2 patents and 70 contributions to scientific congresses. Besides, he has participated in 15 research projects funded by different institutions, among which he is the principal investigator of  7 of them. Furthermore, he has supervised 2 Ph.D. theses, five master thesis and several undergraduate students projects.