José Ignacio García, University of Zaragoza. Spain

José I.García received the Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Zaragoza in 1986 (Ph.D.Thesis Award). After a post-doctoral stage in the CNRS-Université de Paris VII, and one year as Assistant Professor in the University of Zaragoza he obtained a position of Tenured Scientist in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) in 1990.

In 2002 he was promoted to a position of CSIC Research Scientist, and in 2007 to CSIC Research Professor. He has been an invited professor in the universities of Caen (France), Pavia (Italy), and La Rioja (Spain). His research activity focuses on the application of catalytic methods to selective organic syntheses, with special interest in the mechanistic and molecular modelling aspects.

He also displays a continuous interest in the study of solvation effects on organic reactivity, as well as in the synthesis and characterization of greener solvents derived from renewable sources. He is author or co-author of over 200 scientific papers, book chapters and reviews on subjects directly related with his research.


 

Carles Estévez Company, Inkemia-IUCT. Spain

Carles Estévez is co-founder of InKemia-IUCT and Vice-President of Research. He is also in charge of the Green Chemistry Program. Co-founder and now President of the Green Chemistry Network of Spain. Since 2005, he is member of the Governing Council of SUSCHEM-Spain, where he coordinates the “Reactions & Processes Design” Area. In 2001 he was appointed international member of the Governing Board of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute where he served until 2010. Coordinator of industrial consortiums partially funded by the EU (SOLVSAFE, GRAIL) for the systematic research of safer chemicals.

C. Estévez has been invited to join international initiatives such as the Chemistry Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN) meeting in Boulder (Colorado, USA), the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO) meeting in Trieste (Italy), the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Tokyo (Japan), and the G8 Carnegie Group in Venice (Italy).

His main research interests encompass a variety of green chemistry topics ranging from the design of safer and environmentally benign functional products to the development of green chemical syntheses and processes. Specific projects under his direction include the reduction/elimination of persistent, bioaccumulating and toxic by-products in industrial syntheses, the design of safer solvents and its application in reactions, processes and chemical formulations, the design of new biofuels and bio-based transformations of renewable feedstocks. His research and development contributions led to the publication of 17 patents and the launch of a spin-off company.


 

Magín Lapuerta, University of Castilla-La Mancha. Spain

Magín Lapuerta is Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, since 1995. Previously, he was assistant professor at the University Politécnica de Valencia, also in Spain. He has leaded the Fuels and Engines Group since its foundation in 1996. The research lines of this group are mainly focused on diesel combustion and emissions, with particular attention to the effect of the use of residual and renewable fuels from different feedstoks on the engine gaseous and particulate emissions. He spent a sabbatical year in the Pennsylvania State University (2010-2011) collaborating with prof. Boehman in the same topics.

He has advised doctoral theses, presented more than 80 congresses, published more than 70 scientific articles in international journals, collaborated with around 50 companies in the area of fuels and engines and received funds from 20 competitive projects from institutions. He was awarded with theprize from Castilla-La Mancha government to the technological innovation in 2005.He is member of the Spanish Scientific Committee for standardization in Fuels and Lubricants (AENOR) and of the Biofuels Committee from the Spanish Association of Renewable Energy Producers (APPA).


 

Sergio Gómez, Spain

Sergio Gómez, with Degrees in Physics (1990) and Mathematics (1995), obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) in 1994. After a short period at the high technology company Aplicaciones en Informática Avanzada (AIA), he joined in 1995 the Department of Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain), where he holds a Professor permanent position.

His research started in the field of Artificial Intelligence, mainly the theory and application of Artificial Neural Networks to problems of prediction, classification and clustering. Since 2006 he is working in Complex Networks, an interdisciplinary field which tries to understand the structure and function of systems as diverse as e.g. social, biological, molecular, physical and technological networks. He is author of about 50 research articles, and Academic Editor of the scientific journal PLOS ONE. He has been the director of several Lifelong Learning courses, including a Master and four Postgraduate courses, and currently organizes both traditional and e-learning courses oriented to obtain official certifications from the main software companies.


 

Joaquín García Álvarez. Spain

Joaquín García Álvarez studied chemistry at the University of Oviedo and received his PhD degree in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. J. Gimeno and Dr. Victorio Cadierno studying the coordination of iminophosphorane-phosphine and bis(iminophosphorane)methane ligands in arene-Ru(II) fragments. He then joined the group of Prof. Robert E. Mulvey at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland, United Kingdom) working for two years and a half in the field of main group chemistry (alkali-metal-mediated-metallation).

He returned to the University of Oviedo in 2008 where he is currently a “Ramón y Cajal” postdoctoral researcher. The current focus of his research is the chemistry of transition metal complexes (i.e. Ru, Re, Cu, Ag, Pd and Au) containing iminophosphorane ligands and their applications in homogeneous catalysis using environmentally friendly solvents (water, ionic liquids and Deep Eutectic Solvents) as reaction media, being co-author of 39 publications and four chapters of book in the field of homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry.


 

Santiago Luís, Univesitat Jaume I de Castelló. Spain

BSc in Chemistry, Univ. Zaragoza, Spain (1978) and Ph. D. in Chemistry, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain (1983), Since 1995, Prof. of Organic Chemistry at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Orgánica. Head of the group of Sustainable and Supramolecular Chemistry. Postdoctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh (USA, 1985) with Prof. J. Rebek.

Research areas involve biomimetic chemistry, new functional polymeric materials, catalysis and new solvents as tools for Sustainable Chemistry. The work in catalysis involves development of new ligands for enantioselective catalysis, new organocatalytic processes and biocatalytic systems for organic synthesis and biodiesel production. Supported chemo and biocatalysts have been prepared on nanostructured functional materials developed for our group, in particular supported Ionic Liquids and applied to achieving efficient and sustainable processes using green solvents under flow conditions. The work in biomimetic chemistry is based in the use of simple pseudopeptides as starting materials for recognition, self-assembling and catalytic systems, as well as for development of molecular devices. More than 40 funded research projects, 4 patents and around 250 publications in international journals, including book chapters in reference works. Recent publications include journals in the area of chemistry (Angew. Chem.; JACS; Chem. Eur. J., Chem. Commun….) organic chemistry (JOC, EJOC, OBC..) inorganic chemistry (Inorg. Chem., Dalton…) catalysis (J. Catal., Adv. Synth. Catal., CatChemCat) and green chemistry (Green Chem., ChemSusChem). Author of several book chapters and editor of a book on flow chemistry for the RSC. Director of about 30 PhD theses. Coordinator of the Spanish Interuniversity Posgraduate Programs (Master and PhD) in Sustainable Chemistry for more than 10 years. Strong participation in international educational forums in Sustainable Chemistry. Member of the GREEN CHEMISTRY network of Spain, executive committee, American Chemical Society, Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry, American Association the Advancement of the Science, Royal Society of Chemistry and IUPAC; Spanish representative at the Division of Chemistry and the Environment and at the Working Party of Green Chemistry of EuCheMS.


 

Philip Jessop , Queen’s University. Canada

Dr. Philip Jessop is a professor of green chemistry at Queen’s University in Canada and the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada. His research interests include green solvents and the chemistry of CO2 and H2. Recent distinctions include the NSERC Polanyi Award (2008), a Killam Research Fellowship (2010), Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award (2012) and the Eni Award for New Frontiers for Hydrocarbons (2013). He has chaired two major international conferences and helped create GreenCentre Canada, a centre for the commercialization of green chemistry technologies. For the 2013-14 academic year, he is the Landolt-Cie Professor in Innovations for a Sustainable Future at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Ignaci Cubiná , Eco Intelligent Growth. Spain

Co-founder and Director, Biologist, with 15 years of previous experience in the food industry (ingredients and processes). Bachelor degree in Biology by the University of Barcelona, with higher education in Marketing and Sales, he is a visionary and enthusiastic communicator. His experience in business and as a member of the team in multinational companies gives him the perspective to understand and help companies of any sector. With a cross-sectional and integrating vision, he is one of the main people responsible of introducing concepts like Cradle to Cradle® and Circular Economy in Western Europe, through numerous conferences, seminaries, interviews and several publications, for public and private organizations.