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Dr Inaki Gandarias

Dr Inaki GandariasInaki graduated in 2007 from the Univiersity of the Basque Country with a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering (Master thesis: “From Biomass to Fuels: Hydrotreating of oxygenated compounds”). In 2008 we worked for one year as a Junior Engineer at Maxam, in two different projects in Ghana and Brasil. In January 2009 he decided to go back to the academia and he started his PhD at the University of the Basque Country under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Luis Arias (PhD thesis: “Glycerol hydrogenolysis by in-situ generated hydrogen: development of novel catalytic reactive systems”). In 2011 he carried out a six month research stay at the Leibiniz Institut for Catalysis (Rostock, Germany) in the research group of Dr. Andreas Martin.  He got his PhD in 2012. In 2013 he joined the group of Prof. Mark Mascal at the University of California Davis. In January 2014 he started working at Cardiff Catalysis Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His work focuses on the selective oxydation of biobutanol. 

Research interests

  • Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) reactions
  • Chemical conversion of biomass into fuels and value added products.
  • Selective oxidation of biomass.
  • Process simulation and characterization.

Selected publications
“Hydrodeoxygenation of the Angelica Lactone Dimer, a Cellulose- Based Feedstock: Simple, High-Yield Synthesis of Branched C7–C10 Gasoline-like Hydrocarbons”.
M. Mascal, S. Dutta, I. Gandarias.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 126, 1885-1888.

“Production of furfural from pentosan-rich biomass: Analysis of process parameters
during simultaneous furfural stripping”.
I.Agirrezabal-Telleria, I.Gandarias, P.L. Arias.
Bioresource Technology, 2013, 143, 258-264.

 “Liquid phase glycerol hydrogenolysis by formic acid over Ni-Cu/Al2O3 catalysts”.
I. Gandarias, J. Requies, P.L. Arias, U. Armbruster and A. Martin.
Journal of Catalysis, 2012, 290, 79-89.

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