Lectures and teachers

Rafael Luque

Departamento de Quimica Organica, Universidad de Cordoba, Spain

LECTURE TITLE: Waste-to-wealth: biomass and waste to valuable chemicals, materials and fuels using green chemical tecnologies

Keywords: Green Chemistry, Nanomaterials design, Biomaterials, heterogeneous Catalysis, photocatalysis, biocatalysis, Flow Chemistry, biomass valorisation, waste valorisation, biorefineries.

The design of benign and environmentally sound methodologies has been the driving force of scientists in recent years. Attractive and innovative protocols that nowadays are even part of industrial ventures including biomass-derived porous carbonaceous materials, designer nanomaterials for catalytic applications and catalytic strategies for biomass/waste conversion into useful materials, chemicals and fuels have sustained the research portfolio of leading sustainability research Institutions worldwide in recent years. These topics have extensively covered, among others, the preparation and design of strategies and methodologies for a wide range of applications in biomass and  waste valorisation practises.

In this lecture, we aim to provide an overview of recent (own) efforts and future prospects in research & innovation in sustainable biorefineries as a platform to lead the future of global scientists from chemical engineers to (bio)chemists, environmentalists and materials scientists.

Rafael Luque is Editor-in-chief of Molecular Catalysis from Elsevier. Until December 2017 he was Deputy Head of Department from Departamento de Quimica Organica at Universidad de Cordoba, where he graduated in 2005. Prof. Luque has published over 350 research articles, filed 3 patent applications and edited 10 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. Prof. Luque is Editor of Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical from Elsevier receiving the Marie Curie Prize from Instituto Andaluz de Quimica Fina in Spain (2011), the Green Talents award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (2011), the TR35 Spain from Technology Review and MIT as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain (2012) and very recently the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award (2013) from the Royal Society of Chemistry UK and the 2015 Lu Jiaxi lectureship from the College of Chemistry and Engineering in Xiamen University (China).