Department (s)
Chemical Engineering

Knowledge area
Chemical Technologies, Catalytic processes
PI: Juan Ramón González Velasco Co-PI: Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Ortiz


The TQSA group is made up of 4 Full Professors, 6 Associate Professors, 1 Permanent Research Fellow, 1 Marie-Curie Research Fellow, 3 Postdoctoral Fellows, and 1 Associate Lecturer. This staff is currently supervising 13 predoctoral fellows in training who develop their doctoral theses.


Structured materials, advanced catalyst design, heterogeneous catalysis, environmental sustainability, climate change, energy production and storage, off-gases control emissions, design and operation of chemical reactors, process intensification, waste recovery


The areas of research of the TQSA group include the development of advanced materials and the exploitation of new manufacturing technologies for greater efficiency in the use of resources and for the reduction of environmental impact, dealing with the formulation and synthesis of new catalysts, the treatment of off-gases from mobile and chemical plants and urban waste incinerators, the use of biorefinery waste, the production of clean energy based on high purity hydrogen for its application in fuel cells, and the use of methane and CO2 as a renewable source of carbon for the synthesis of high added value products. In addition, with funding from the Administration and / or companies in the chemical, energy and environmental sectors, new processes for technology transfer are optimized and/or developed.

Lines of Research

  1. Structured catalysts for process intensification
  2. Catalysis for the control of exhaust gases from mobile sources
  3. Catalytic strategies for the removal of recalcitrant pollutants
  4. Development of catalysts and processes for the production of clean energy
  5. Valorization of CO2 towards methane (synthetic natural gas) and as a renewable carbon source
  6. Environmental Health: Evaluation and control of air quality in urban environments


  • Automated reaction set-ups for gas / liquid catalytic processes with multi-configuration reactors coupled to multi-detector continuous analysis systems.
  • Infrastructure for the preparation and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.
  • Access to unique equipment in the laboratories of other national and international Research Groups with which the TQSA group maintains close collaboration.

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