Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Award 2013 Winner


Dr Rafael Luque
Dr Rafael Luque
University of Cordoba, Spain

For his outstanding work in the multidisciplinary areas of nanomaterials, green chemistry and energy.

About the Winner


Dr Rafael Luque (Ph.D 2005 from Universidad de Cordoba, Spain) has a significant experience on biomass and waste valorisation practises to materials, fuels and chemicals over the past 10 years after spending a 3-year postdoctoral placement in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York with Professor James Clark (2005-2008). 

From 2009, he has been Ramon y Cajal Fellow at UCO in Spain and spent sabbatical periods at the EPA at Cincinnati (with Dr Rajender Varma), at the Max Planck in Berlin (with Professor Markus Antonietti) and at City University of Hong Kong (with Professor Carol Lin). 

He has also published over 160 research articles, filed 3 patent applications and edited 7 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest and keynote lectures worldwide in the areas of (nano) materials science, heterogeneous (nano) catalysis, microwave and flow chemistry, biofuels and green chemical methods in synthetic organic chemistry. 

Rafael is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of several reputed journals including Chemical Society Reviews (RSC), Catalysis Communications (Elsevier), Current Organic Synthesis (Bentham Publishers), Current Green Chemistry (Bentham Publishers), Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy (LifescienceGlobal), Materials (MPI) and Sustainable Chemical Processes (Chemistry Central), being appointed as Editor in chief of the Section "Porous Materials" of the journal Materials (MPI) in 2012.

Among recent awards and recognition to his scientific career to date, Rafael was awarded 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) and the TR35 Spain 2012 from MIT (USA) as one of the top 10 innovative young entrepreneurs of Spain last year. 

He has also been recently appointed as Visiting Professor and Distinguished Engineering Fellow of the Departament of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBME) from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

Professor Luque combines his academic duties with his activities as young entrepreneur after co founding the spin-off companies StarbonŽ Technologies at York, UK (2011), which markets novel biomass derived carbonaceous materials and Green Applied Solutions S.L. (GAS), in Cordoba, Spain (2012) as a R&D and consultancy on renewable energies and waste valorisation. He is also part of the Executive committee of the Institute of Innovative and Industrial Technologies (IIIT, Polish/Czech venture).


Related Links

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University of Cordoba, Spain

Link icon StarbonŽ Technologies, York
Dr Luque is co founder of StarbonŽ Technologies


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