Gabriel Morales obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (1995–2000) and received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain, working on the synthesis and characterization of sulfonic acid-functionalized mesostructured materials. He has occupied several teaching positions at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Technology, starting in 2000 as Teaching Assistant, becoming Assistant Professor in 2005, and Associate Professor since 2008. He has been Visiting Researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, in 2004 and 2006 under the supervision of Professor Brad F. Chmelka and at the Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, under the supervision of Professor Peter Cormack. His main research lines are focused on the synthesis, characterization, and catalytic application of organically functionalized mesostructured materials, enzyme immobilization on silica mesoporous supports, valorization of glycerol to obtain oxygenated additives for fuel blendings, the production of biodiesel over heterogeneous acid catalysts, and more recently the catalytic valorization of lignocellulosic biomass.
Biography Updated on 4 June 2012