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Guest speakers

Regina Palkovits

Regina Palkovits

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Regina Palkovits is Full Professor for Heterogeneous Catalysis & Chemical Technology at RWTH Aachen University. She graduated in Chemical Engineering from Technical University Dortmund in 2003 and carried out her PhD under supervision of Prof. Ferdi Schüth at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung until 2006. Afterwards, she joined the group of Prof. Bert Weckhuysen at Utrecht University as postdoctoral fellow. In 2008, she return as a group leader to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and since 2010 she is Professor at RWTH Aachen University. Her research focusses on the design of catalysts and processes for the efficient valorisation of renewable resources.

Catalyst design for the valorization of CO2 and biomass

Javier Pérez Ramírez

Javier Pérez-Ramírez

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Javier Pérez-Ramírez studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 2002. Following a period in industry at Norsk Hydro and Yara International (2002-2005), he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia as an ICREA Professor before being appointed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as the Professor of Catalysis Engineering in 2010. His research focuses on the design of catalytic materials tackling current and future energy, resource, and environmental challenges of society. The main topics of interest include the selective conversion of renewables, carbon dioxide, and natural gas into valuable products using tailored nanostructured materials. These encompass supported single atoms, hybrid nanoparticles, hierarchically structured materials, and reducible oxides with controlled vacancy chemistry. He has published over 450 articles and is co-inventor of 17 patents, 4 of which are exploited industrially. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and his contributions have been recognized by several awards.

Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts for Sustainable Technologies

Graham Hutchings

Graham Hutchings

Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Graham Hutchings is Regius Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute. He studied chemistry at University College London. His early career was with ICI and AECI Ltd where he became interested in gold catalysis. In 1984 he moved to academia and has held chairs at the Universities of Witwatersrand, Liverpool and Cardiff. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009, and he was awarded the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 2013, the Menelaus Medal of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017 and the ENI Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize in 2017.

Catalysis using carbon-based nanomaterials

Pablo Beato

Pablo Beato

Haldor Topsoe, Denmark

Pablo Beato studied Chemistry at the Philipps University Marburg, Germany. For the PhD he moved to the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin, Germany and completed his thesis in 2005, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Schlögl.

Pablo joined Haldor Topsøe A/S, in 2005 and started to work mainly on the field of zeolites and synfuel technologies. In 2010, he took over the responsibility for the optical spectroscopy laboratories at Haldor Topsøe’s R&D, which is a job position he is still holding today. As the head of a group of technical and scientific staff he dedicates much of his time to the development of spectroscopic tools to obtain fundamental understanding of the synthesis and the working principles of heterogeneous catalysts. In 2011 he was appointed Senior Scientist and in 2017 Lead Scientist in Haldor Topsøe’s Atomic Scale AnalysisDepartment.

His technical experiences cover refinery catalysts for hydrotreating and hydrocracking, syngas catalysts for reforming and methanation, catalysts for the synthesis of sulfuric acid and environmental catalysts, i.e. metal-containing zeolites for NH3-SCR and nanoporous materials for the methanol conversion to hydrocarbons.

Cu-CHA catalysts for environmental applications

Luigi Crema

Luigi Crema

Vice-Chair for Energy to Hydrogen, Hydrogen Europe

Luigi Crema is head of ARES – Applied Research on Energy Systems, research unit of FBK
CT Leader in Hydrogen Europe Research (FCH JU), Vice Chair Energy Pillar, Hydrogen Production, distribution, storage
Vice President H2IT, Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Crema is coordinating the scientific activity on the Energy topic in FBK, where he is hear of a multidisciplinary team involved in research and innovation actions in the field of energy systems. He is the coordinator of several EU projects, including the FP7 DiGeSPo (Concentrated Solar Power), FP7 EDEN (Hydrogen Storage) and H2020 CH2P (Hydrogen production).
He is a member of EERA Joint Programme Concentrated Solar Power, of Hydrogen Europe Research, member of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, At the National level, he is Vice President of H2IT and member of the National Extended Board on Energy research for H2020 set up by MIUR and MISE.
He is involved in several projects and initiatives related to energy topics such as Stage STE (Integrated Research project on CSP), on Stirling dish technology, on hydrogen storage and high temperature fuel cells, on organic flow batteries. For FBK, he is coordinating the participation to the FET Flagship Graphene project, where the institute is a core partner.
He is participating to the development of National and European initiatives in the fields of sustainable mobility, hydrogen-based technology solutions, in concentrated solar power, redox flow batteries. In this last topic, he is supporting an innovative start up incubated in FBK, Green Energy Storage.

Materials for H2 applications: the EU Hydrogen Europe Research, tmain priorities and case studies

Jaime Martín Juez

Jaime Martín Juez

Repsol, Spain

Jaime Martín Juez is the Technology and New Ventures Corporate Director in Repsol, in charge of the R&D portfolio and the corporate venture capital investment fund of the Company.

Global executive with almost 20 years of experience in international management in energy sector and with a long track record of identifying, researching and delivering new energy solutions through the strategic application of innovative business models, venturing and technology.

He joined Repsol in 1998 and has since held different management positions. For more than nine years, he has been in charge of the company’s climate change strategy. Previous to the current position he was Director of Technology and Sustainability.

Among other international institutions, Mr. Martin Juez was member, from 2010 to 2013 of the CDM Panel at the United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change (UNFCCC), and from 2009 to 2011 of the Oil & Gas technical group in the Global Gas Flaring Reduction program (GGFR) of the World Bank.

Currently, Mr. Martin Juez represents Repsol as member of the Climate Investments Executive Committee in the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI).

He holds a PhD Chemical and Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, a BSc (Honours) degree in Physics from Madrid Complutense University. He holds a Program for Leadership Development from IESE Business School.