Dr. Pedro Castano -
Associate Professor
Image: Methylbenzene trapped within SAPO-34 structure
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Short biography: BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2002, 2004 and 2006, respectively. Hired as Postdoc at TUDelft, Catalysis Engineering department in 2007. After some voluntary work, I received the prestigious Ramon y Cajal fellow in 2009 and tenured to Associate Professor in 2013 at the UPV/EHU. In 2019 I was appointed as Associate Professor in the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) where I lead the Multiscale Reaction Engineering (MuRE) group. 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: In my group, we engineer catalytic reactions using a systematic multiscale approach: (1) developing advanced reactors and catalysts and (2) modeling the collective process dynamics. We target environmental and waste-valorization processes such as the transformations of small- (carbon dioxide, methane, paraffins, methanol) or big-molecules (refinery residues, crude, biomass, lignin, plastic wastes, used tires) into hydrogen, light olefins, platform chemicals or high-quality fuels.

You can have an overview of the different communication platforms I use here.

Previous Employers:

  1. BulletDelft University of Technology, TUDelft

  2. BulletThe University of Western Ontario, UWO

  3. BulletMassachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT

  4. BulletUniversity of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Research interests:

Chemical engineering, reaction engineering, reactor design, catalysis, refinery, bio-refinery, waste-refinery, catalyst deactivation, catalyst characterization, zeolites and zeoltypes, multiphase reactors, modeling reactor kinetics, microreactors, priodic reactors, methanol-to-hydrocarbons (MTH), fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), oligomerization, high throughput experimentation (HTE), hydrocracking, hydroprocessing, hydrotreating, spectroscopy, reforming, 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 & CTQ2016-79646-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 Chemical Society (ACS) – Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division

  2. BulletAmerican Insitute of Chemical Engineeris (AIChE), Senior Member – Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division

  3. BulletSpanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) – Member of the Board of the Chemical Engineering Division

Consultancy, advising and coordination:

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

  2. BulletEQA, Industrial R+D Project Consultant

  3. BulletAENOR, Industrial R+D Project Consultant

  4. BulletCoordinator of 1st year of ChemE BSc