TU Delft honorary doctorate for Professor Avelino Corma

17. 1. 2013 | Susan

During the 171st Dies Natalis of TU Delft on January 11, 2013, Prof. Avelino Corma, professor of Heterogeneous and Applied Catalysis at the CSIC-Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, was awarded an honorary doctorate. His honorary supervisor was Prof. Freek Kapteijn and Dr. Jorge Gascon acted as his paranymph.

Kapteijn: “Avelino Corma is one of the most eminent scientists in Catalysis Science and Technology of our time. Through his work he is a role model for younger generations.”

Professor Corma is a highly successful scientist in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Heterogeneous catalysts – usually solid materials – are widely used in the chemical and petrochemicals industry. The catalysts used there are often zeolites, minerals that occur in nature but which can also be artificially produced. In the institute he established, the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ), Corma has developed over the years a whole series of zeolites for use in petrochemical, bulk and fine chemical industry.

His work is an outstanding example of Catalysis Engineering: he develops catalysts by combining his consummate fundamental understanding with the principles of engineering, the results of which are then applied in practice. His activities serve as an example and an inspiration to many researchers in this field, but Corma is also active in other areas, such as metal organic frameworks (MOF’s), crystalline materials with nanopores, catalysis with gold clusters, combined photo- and chemo- cancer therapy, graphene production, solar energy, and separation processes in the petrochemical industry.

Professor Corma’s record is impressive indeed: he has published over 1,000 articles in renowned scientific journals, has been praised internationally for his work and, to top it all off, he has over 100 patents to his name. He has been collaborating with TU Delft since the 1990s. Currently this takes place within the framework of the common (European) projects relating to zeolites, MOFs and sustainable energy sources.

Professor Corma is connected to the Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica, a research institute of the Technical University of Valencia, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. He has received a host of international scientific awards, as well as honorary doctorates from institutions including the University of Utrecht, the Technical University of Munich and the University of Valencia. In 2002 he was admitted to the Order of Civil Merit, a Spanish Royal Order.

The recording of the celebration of the 171st Dies Natalis can be found here.
The ceremony of the honorary doctorate starts at 1.22:45.