MatGas Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues


Director of the School of Chemical Engineering - University Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain



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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)

• Prof. Jan V. Sengers, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Statistical Physics, Institut for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland (USA)


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. Ricard Garcia-Valls is an Associate Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (URV), Spain. He got the PhD in Chemistry in 1995 at University Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and Joint the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Boston, MA, USA, for a 2 year postdoctoral period (1996-1998). Since 1998, is at the Systemic/Meteor Research Group where he started the membrane research area of the group, after doing most of his research in membranes (since 1991)

The research developed is on membrane synthesis and characterisation, and membrane processes, also related to microencapsulation. In that sense he has advised 4 PhD students in the topics of black liquors filtration, polymeric membrane synthesis and characterisation, membranes for fuel cells and the modelling of the synthesis of polymeric membranes and microcapsules. As a result, he has more than 50 publications including articles at international journals, some book chapters in the fields of Membranes and also Teaching in Chemical Engineering, and some articles at national level in the field of microreactors and Chemical Production. At the present time is advising 4 PhD theses and 2 master projects in the field of microtechnology, microencapsulation and membrane technology.

Nowadays, he is the Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering at URV, after being Vice-Dean for 4 years and the coordinator of a new Bologna Master in Chemical and Process Engineering in collaboration with the INPL-Nancy (France) and ICTP-Prague (Czech Republic), the representative of FP6 IP IMPULSE at Tarragona (Spain), a member of several commissions of URV.

Since July 2008 he is the Director of METEOR, a technology transfer innovation centre funded by the Catalan Government for 3 years..