Beilby Medal and Prize 2014 Winner
For his outstanding contribution to catalysis engineering.
About the Winner
Javier Pérez-Ramírez FRS (Benidorm, Spain, 1974) has been Full Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich since 2010, and chairman of the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences since 2012.
He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante (1997) and earned his PhD at the Delft University of Technology (2002). Subsequently he worked for Norsk Hydro and Yara International (2002-5) and was appointed ICREA research professor at ICIQ (2005-9).
Prof Pérez-Ramírez's research tackles the major concerns facing today's society, such as the energy crisis and the need for environmental protection. His team focus on the fundamental design and technical development of new catalytic materials and reactor engineering concepts, favouring more efficient and sustainable manufacturing within the chemical industry.
He has published over 250 articles and is co-inventor of 13 patents, several of which are under industrial exploitation. His scientific contributions have been recognised by several awards, most recently the Otto-Roelen-Medal (2012) and the EFCATS Young Researcher Award (2013). He is Associate Editor of Catalysis Science and Technology, RSC's flagship catalysis journal.