Dr. Pedro Castano -
Associate Professor
Image: Methylbenzene trapped within SAPO-34 structure
© Pedro C.

Short biography: MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/ EHU) in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Hired as a postdoc at TU Delft, Catalysis Engineering department in 2007. After some voluntary work, I was promoted to Ramon y Cajal fellow in 2009 and Associate Professor in 2013 at the UPV/EHU. Besides, I have also worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Western Ontario (UWO), Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP-CSIC) and University of Utrecht (UU).

Short research statement: I engineer reactions and sustainable processes converting carbon dioxide, biomass, lignin, plastic wastes, used tires or refinery residues into hydrogen, light olefins, platform chemicals or high quality fuels. Specifically, my goals are: (1) developing advanced reactors, catalysts and models for these processes; (2) understanding the fundamental relationships between structure, performance, deactivation of heterogeneous catalysts with the reaction media and reactor performance-dynamics. For more info click here.

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Previous Employers:

  1. BulletDelft University of Technology, TUDelft

  2. BulletThe University of Western Ontario, UWO

  3. BulletMassachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT

Research interests:

Chemical engineering, reaction engineering, reactor design, catalysis, bio-refinery, waste-refinery, catalyst deactivation, catalyst characterization, methanol-to-olefins (MTO), fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), zeolites and zeoltypes, multiphase reactors, modeling reactor kinetics, high throughput experimentation (HTE), microreactors, periodic reactors, hydrocracking, hydroprocessing, spectroscopy, low sulphur and low aromatic gasoline and diesel, coke formation

Principal Investigator

  1. BulletResearch lines related with catalyst deactivation by coke in sustainable chemical processes like steam reforming of oxygenates, cracking of oxygenates using zeolites, dimethyl-ether synthesis using CO2, waste hydrocracking among others: CTQ2010-19623 & CTQ2013-46172-P

  2. BulletResearch lines related with plastic and tire valorization using revamped refinery processes targeting high quality fuels and chemicals: S-DI11UN004 & SA-2013/00173


  1. BulletBasics of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (BSc, ChemE & BioTech, 1st year)

  2. BulletChemical Reactor Design (BSc, ChemE & BioTech, 3rd year)

  3. BulletRefinery and Petrochemical Technology (MSc, ChemE, 1st year)

  4. BulletControl and Instrumentation of Chemical Processes (BSc, ChemE, 3rd year)

  5. BulletProduct and Process Engineering (BSc, ChemE, 3rd year)

  6. BulletNumerical Methods for Chemical Engineers (BSc, ChemE , 2nd year)

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  1. BulletAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

  2. BulletAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)

  3. BulletSpanish Society of Catalysis (SECAT)

  4. BulletSpanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ)

Consultancy, advising and coordination:

  1. BulletDNV GL - Business Assurance, Industrial R+D Project Consultant

  2. BulletEQA, Industrial R+D Project Consultant

  3. BulletAdvising a research group of about 1-2 Postdocs, 3-4 PhDs, 1-3 MSc and 1-3 BSc

  4. BulletCoordinator of 1st year of ChemE BSc