By Prof. Ramon Alcubilla
Director of the CRNE (Center for Research in Nanoengineering), Electronic Engineering Departament at the UPC.


March 12, 2012 – 15:30 h, MATGAS conference room (Download Brochure)

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Short Bio


Prof. Alcubilla received the Telecommunication Engineer degree from the Technical University of Catalunya in 1981 and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse (France). He joined the Electronics Engineering Department of the Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain as a research fellow in 1985 where he became Professor in 1996. He is the Director of the Director CRNE (Center for Research in Nanoengineering) at the Technical University of Catalunya (UPC), and member of the Group of Investigation in Micro and Nanotechnologies of the UPC.

His research is focused in semiconductor technology including new solar cell structures and materials, thin film transistors, sensors and MEM'S. His scientific production has more than 120 articles in scientific journals and 172 abstracts or presentations. Regarding the teaching environment, he has published 2 books, almost 10 articles in magazines and 2 presentations in congresses.

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:
• Dr. J. Ángel Menéndez, INCAR-CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain) - Carbon Materials as Catalyst Supports
• Prof. Ken Seddon, University of Belfast (UK) - Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids
• Prof. Alain Demourgues, ICMCB-CNRS-University of Bordeaux 1 (France) - The Impact of Solid State Chemistry in Reactivity of Solids Redox and Lewis Acid-base Properties in Rare-earth, Transition Metals and AL-based Compounds for Applications in Heterogeneous Catalysts
• Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, University of Nottingham, Director of the Center for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (UK) - Carbon Management programmes at the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage
• Dr. Charles Coe, Air Products and Chemicals - An Integrated Microbalance System to Evaluate Adsorbents and Catalysts in the Presence of Steam
• Prof. Mikhail Anisimov, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland (USA) - Thermodynamics of Mesoscopic Fluctuations in Soft Matter
• Dr. Santiago Sabugal, president of the Spanish CO2 Platform (Spain) - La captura y almacenamiento en el mix energético del 2030
• Prof. Dr. José Luis García-Fierro, Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry, ICP-CSIC, (Spain) - An Outlook on the Carbon-free Hydrogen Production Technologies
• Prof. Robert C. Armstrong, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy Initiative (USA) - The Energy/Environment Challenge and the MIT Energy Initiative
• Dr. Roberta Pacciani, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge University (UK) - An Improved Ca-based Solid Sorbent for Clean Energy from Coal
• Prof. Jordi Marquet, Vice-rector for Strategic Projects and Director of the Parc de Recerca, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) - Knowledge and Technology Transfer in the UAB Sphere. The model of “Parc de Recerca UAB”
• Prof. Joan Ramon Morante, Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (Spain) - Tailoring Metal Oxides and other Semiconductors Nanostructures for Enhancing their Interactions with Chemicals and Photons
• Dr. Jara Imbers Quintana, University of Nottingham (UK) - Mathematical Modelling, from Nanotechnology to Mediterranean Lakes
• Dr. Thomas Roussel, Centre de Recherche en Matière Condendée et Nano-Sciences (CRMCN) (France) - How can we Control the Porosity of Carbon Materials?
• Prof. Dr. Vicente J. Cortés, Director, CO2 Capture Programme CIUDEN, Fundación Estatal Ciudad de la Energía, Ponferrada (Spain) - CO2 Capture Technologies
• Dr. Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Department of Fundamental Physics, University of Barcelona, (UB) (Spain) - Control and Structure Formation in Internally Driven Colloids
• Dr. Óscar Prado, Department of Chemical Engineering (UAB) and MATGAS 2000 AIE (Spain) Biofiltration - A Reliable and Economical Technology for the Treatment of Gaseous Pollutants
• Dr. Mario Garma, Process Engineer at Carburos Metálicos – Air Products Group (Spain) - A Gas Company’s View on CO2-Manufacturing: Process Descriptions and Requirements for the Food Grade Market
• Dr. J.S. Dennis, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, (UK)
• Prof. Rafael Moliner, Research Professor and Coordinator: Chemical Science and Technology Area, CSIC (Spain) - Using Hydrgen/Natural Gas Mixtures: A Strategy to Introduce Hydrogen into the Transport Sector
• Dr. Jan V. Sengers, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in Statistical Physics, Institute for Physical Science and Technology – University of Maryland (USA) - Non-asymptotic Critical Phenomena in Fluids and Fluid Mixtures
• Prof. Ricard García-Valls, Director of the School of Chemical Engineering – University Rovira i Virgili (URV), Spain - The Art of Membranes
• Dr. J.Carlos Abanades, Spanish National Carbon Institute (INCAR-CSIC),Spain - Calcium Looping for CO2 Capture
• Dr. Mª Rosa Palacín, Researcher at ICMAB (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona), Spain - Batteries as Energy Storage Devices: Concepts, Applications and State of the Art
• Dr. Roger Gadiou, Researcher at the Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, France – Nanostructured Carbon and Hybrid Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Performances in Energy and Environmental Applications
• Dr. Andrés Pérez-Estáun, Research Professor, CSIC, Director of the programme Geological CO2 Storage, CIUDEN, Barcelona, Spain – The Geological Storage Programme of the Foundation “Ciudad de la Energía”
• Dr. Gara Villalba, Associate Professor at the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona), in the department of Chemical Engineering, Barcelona, Spain – Greenhouse Gases at the City Level
• Dr. Pedro Gómez-Romero, Research Professor, CIN2, Center of Investigation for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain – From Nanometers to Terrawatts. Pending Revolutions in Materials Science
• Dr. Andreas Podias, Researcher at the Lab. of Alternative Energy Conversion Systems, University of Thessaly, Volos (Greece) – Performance Testing, Modelling & Simulation in PEM Fuel Cells
• Dr. Niall MacDowell, Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering - Imperial College, London, (UK) – Integrated solvent and process design for CO2 capture processes
• Dr. Francisco Cuadros, Professor in Applied Physics, University of Extremadura, (Spain) – Project BIOGASOL. Hybridization of Biogas and Concentration Thermal Solar Energy.
• Prof. Bruce Logan, Kappe Professor, Penn State University, (USA) – Bioelectrochemical hydrogen gas production using microbial electrolysis cells.
• Prof. Lidia Lombardi, researcher at the Dipartimento di Energetica “Sergio Stecco” – University of Florence (Italy) – Up-grading of biogas and CO2 capture.
• Prof. Juan Pedro Bolívar, Vice-Rector of Masters and Doctorates – University of Huelva (Spain) – The valorization of inorganic wastes; the case of the TiO2 production industry.
• Prof. Richard Noble, Alfred T. & Betty E. Look Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado (USA) - Separations Using Room Temperature Ionic Liquids and Membranes
• Prof. Christoohe Müller, Head of the Energy Science and Engineering Lab, ETH, Zurich (Switzerland) - Sustainable production of hydrogen using novel chemical cycles
• Dr. Alicia Arce, Research Associate - Advanced Control Technologies: Applications on PEM Fuel Cell Systems and CO2 Capture Systems
• Prof. João A.P. Coutinho, CICECO, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal - Minimizing interactions: An heterodox strategy of designing ionic liquids for gas sweetening
• Prof. Felipe J. Blas, Professor on Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) - On perturbative Monte Carlo methodologies for determining the fluid-fluid Surface tension. Application to molecular models
• Prof. Jesús Arauzo, Professor on Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) - Pyrolysis of biomass and wastes. A perspective under the biorefinery concept.
• Dr. Jordi Riudavets, Director of the Entomology subprogram at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) - “CO2 modified atmospheres: commercial alternative for the control of pests in food products
• Dr. Almudena García, Research Associate in MATGAS to work on molecular modeling and simulations of materials for trace removal for air purification - “Using molecular modeling tools to design specific adsorbents"
• Dr. Mariana Belo, Research Associate in MATGAS to work on the modeling of interfacial and derivatives properties of selected families of ionic liquids - “Phase Equilibria Modeling for Biofuels Production "

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