The Chemistry Technological Institute (ITQ) is a research center founded in 1990 by the Technical University of Valencia (UPV) and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). The ITQ is a reference center in the area of catalysis, new materials and photochemistry. ITQ is formed by more than 200 scientists between Professors, Senior scientist, Lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral candidates and students, including research and technical staff in close partnership with a number of public and private enterprises in Spain. ITQ has received since 2013 the exclusive award of Center of Excellence Severo Ochoa by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, there being one of the only two centers Severo Ochoa in Chemistry at the National level.

Prof. Hermenegildo Garcia leads a multidisciplinary group at ITQ focused on heterogeneous catalysis and solar photochemistry, with a proven track record in synthesis and testing of materials, such as mesoporous periodic organosilicates, carbon nanotubes, diamond nanoparticles, metal organic frameworks and more recently graphenic materials, among others. In recent years, the group has been more focused on renewable energy, CO2 valorization and green chemistry. The group is well experienced, with a huge knowledge on synthesis and processing of materials, determination of their composition, structure and properties, which is clearly demonstrated by the number of publications (> 700) and citations, with a current h-index of 102.

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