MatGas Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Statistical Physics
Institut for Physical Science and Technology - University of Maryland (USA)



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MatGas, a non-profit, research organization, born as a joint venture among Carburos Metálicos- Air Products Group, the National Research Council of Spain (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona-UAB) holds a Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues since the end of 2007, on monthly basis. This is one of the actions taken since the new focus, with the objective to become a center of excellence in CO2. MatGas aims at contributing at different levels in the research and development of technologies for CO2 capture and utilization, working in the improvement of green technologies, friendly with the environment.

The objective of this series of seminars is to acquire and divulgate a solid knowledge of the state of the art in the field of CO2 capture, utilization and energy issues associated to environmentally benign energy technology.

Several international experts on CO2 capture, sequestration, utilization and energy connected issues (including hydrogen) have been and will invited to participate at this series. Their expertise gives a broad perspective to the subject: from fundamental knowledge to well-developed technologies. The complementary approach will enlighten the issues and challenges on this relevant topic.


The seminar series was inaugurated on December 2007. A list of invited speakers who already participated includes:

•    Prof. Alain Demourgues, ICMCB-CNRS-University of Bordeaux 1 (France),

•    Dr. J. Ángel Menéndez, INCAR-CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain),

•    Prof. Ken Seddon, University of Belfast (UK),

•    Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, University of Nottingham (UK), Director of the Center for Carbon Capture and Sequestration

•    Dr. Santiago Sabugal, president of the Spanish CO2 Platform (Spain)

•    Prof. Bob Armstrong, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy Initiative (USA)

•    Dr. Roberta Pacciani, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge University (UK)

•    Prof. Joan Ramon Morante, Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (Spain)

•    Prof. Jordi Marquet, Vice-rector for Strategic Projects and Director of the Parc de Recerca, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

•    Dr. Jara Imbers, University of Nottingham (UK)

•    Prof. Vicente Cortés, Director, CO2 Capture Programme CIUDEN, Fundación Estatal Ciudad de la Energía, Ponferrada (Spain)

•    Dr. Óscar Prado, Department of Chemical Engineering (UAB) and MATGAS 2000 AIE (Spain)

•    Dr. Mario Garma, Carburos Metálicos – Air Products Group (Spain)

•   Prof. Jose Luis Garcia-Fierro, Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC (Spain)

• Dr. J.S. Dennis, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, (UK)

• Prof. Rafael García-Moliner, Research Professor and Coordinator: Chemical Science and Technology Area, CSIC (Spain)


These seminars are held on monthly basis at the MatGas building (Campus Universitat Autonoma de  Barcelona), if you want to receive information, please contact Ms. Montse Salas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Short Bio



Prof. Jan V. Sengers was born and educated in the Netherlands, where he obtained his PhD in physics in 1962 at the Van der Waals Laboratorium of the University of Amsterdam in 1962. In 1963, he and his wife emigrated to the United States, where they assumed research positions at the National Bureau of Standards, presently the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Since 1968, he has been a faculty member at the University of Maryland (USA), where he became a Distinguished University Professor in 1997. Prof. Sengers currently holds a position as Distinguished University Research Professor at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland.

Prof. Sengers has worked on various aspects of thermophysical properties of fluids and fluid mixtures, particularly near critical points. In particular, his work on non-classical theories received worldwide appreciation in the scientific community. He is author of over 200 scientific publications, is author of over 30 book chapters and books, and made numerous contributions to scientific meetings.

Prof. Sengers received many honors and awards for his scientific work, of which most significant is his honorary doctorate of Delft University of Technology. He is also a correspondent of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.