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 as well as nanoscale chemistry adquired 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 Prof. James Clark. From 2009, he has been Ramon y Cajal Fellow at UCO in Spain and spend sabbatical periods at the EPA at Cincinnati (with Dr. Rajender Varma), at the Max Planck in Berlin (with Prof. Markus Antonietti) and City University of Hong Kong (with Dr. Carol Lin).
He has published over 210 research articles, filed 3 patent applications and edited 7 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. He is also heavily involved in Chemical Education and promoting Science in Developing Countries. Prof. Luque is also member of the Editorial Advisory Board of prestigious journals including Chemical Society Reviews (RSC), Catalysis Communications (Elsevier), Current Organic Synthesis (Bentham Publishers), Sustainable Chemical Processes (Chemistry Central) and Current Green Chemistry (Bentham Publishers) as well as Editor-in-Chief of the Porous section of the journal Materials and Series Editor of Topics in Current Chemistry (Springer).
Among recent awards, Rafael has received 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), the TR35 Spain from Technology Review and MIT as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain (2012) and very recently the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award (2013) from the Royal Society of Chemistry UK.
Rafael has also been recently honored as 2013 Distinguished Engineering Fellow and Visiting Professor from CBME at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong and currently Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry of the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry.
Prof. Luque combines his academic duties with his activities as young entrepreneur after co founding the spin-off companies Starbon® Technologies at York, UK (2011, http://www.starbon-technologies.com/) which markets novel biomass derived carbonaceous materials and Green Applied Solutions S.L. (GAS, http://greenappliedsolutions.com/) in Cordoba, Spain (2012) as a R&D and consultancy technological company on waste valorization to marketable products.
(Nano) Materials science; Heterogeneous (nano) Catalysis; Microwave and Flow chemistry; Biofuels and green chemical methods in synthetic organic chemistry.