Jimmy Alexander Faria Albanese

, PhD. Chemical Engineering, Bsc. Chemical Engineering

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Jimmy's curriculum vitae is the result of combining industrial (Phillips 66 and Abengoa) and academic (University of Twente and University of Oklahoma) experiences in R&D on heterogeneous catalysis, chemical engineering, and physical-chemistry. During my PhD, He worked in a novel catalytic system based on amphiphilic catalysts that simultaneously stabilized water-oil emulsions and perform reactions at liquid-liquid interfaces, which created a new paradigm in liquid-solid-liquid catalytic systems. Before graduation, I did a PhD internship at Philllips66’s Researcher Center working on production of renewable hydrogen. After this experience, he moved to Spain to work in the corporate R&D center of Abengoa (Seville), where he started as researcher on the Chemical Processes Group developing catalytic conversion routes for bioethanol and lignin valorization. This work was instrumental in the development of commercial lignocellulosic bioethanol technology. Then, he moved to the Hydrogen Technological Area, where he led the research team that gave technical support for the compact H2 production units based on bioethanol that will be used in the next generation of S-80 submarines of the Spanish Navy.

Jimmy joined the University of Twente as Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Chemical Process and Materials group of Prof. Leon Lefferts in May of 2017, where he is working in the study of heterogeneous catalytic materials for conversion of biomass using multi-functional and bio-inspired catalysts working in gas-liquid and liquid-liquid systems. At the moment, his group consists of one PhD student and several master students working on the development of innovative catalytic materials for renewable energies and complex multi-phasic reaction systems.


Research interests

Jimmy's research is centered at the development of “smart” multifunctional catalysts and reaction systems that can operate at liquid-gas and liquid-liquid interfaces to improve mass transport and chemical selectivity of catalytic reactions. By combining fundamental studies of reaction chemistry and kinetics with atomic-characterization of the catalyst textural, chemical, and electronic properties, it is possible to stablish solid structure-activity-selectivity relationships that enable deeper understanding of catalytic process at molecular level. Leveraging this fundamental knowledge for the development of advanced catalyst formulations allows us to create innovative reaction technologies for biomass conversion, green chemistry, CO2 valorization, renewable H2 production, and improve existing processes in the oil and chemical industries.


Advanced Catalysts, University of Twente, The Netherlands


Fundamental Studies of the Dynamics of Smart Catalytic Materials in Liquid Environments Using in-situ ATR Spectroscopy

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Oklahoma




External positions

Group Leader of the Hydrogen Technological Area


Program Manager, Catalysis and Materials for H2


PhD. Research Intern, Low Carbon H2 Group

1 May 20121 Sep 2012

Senior Researcher, Chemical Processes Group


Research Assistant, University of Oklahoma



  • TP Chemical technology
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Liquid Phase
  • emulsions
  • gas phase
  • foams
  • nanotechnology
  • biomass
  • QD Chemistry
  • aldol-condensation
  • ketonization
  • hydrogenation
  • oxidation
  • hydrodeoxygenation
  • hydrogenolysis

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    Process intensification education contributes to sustainable development goals: Part 1

    Fernandez Rivas, D., Boffito, D. C., Faria Albanese, J. A., Glassey, J., Afraz, N., Akse, H., Boodhoo, K. V. K., Bos, R., Cantin, J., van den Berg, H. & al., E., 18 May 2020, In : Education for Chemical Engineers.

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    Process Intensification education contributes to sustainable development goals: Part 2

    Rivas, D. F., Boffito, D. C., Faria-Albanese, J., Glassey, J., Cantin, J., Afraz, N., Akse, H., Boodhoo, K. V. K., Bos, R., Chiang, Y. W., Commenge, J-M., Dubois, J-L., Galli, F., Harmsen, J., Kalra, S., Keil, F., Morales-Menendez, R., Navarro-Brull, F. J., Noël, T., Ogden, K. & 9 others, Patience, G. S., Reay, D., Santos, R. M., Smith-Schoettker, A., Stankiewicz, A. I., den Berg, H. V., van Gerven, T., van Gestel, J. & Weber, R. S., 23 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Education for Chemical Engineers.

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  • Synthesis of α,β- and β-Unsaturated Acids and Hydroxy Acids by Tandem Oxidation, Epoxidation, and Hydrolysis/Hydrogenation of Bioethanol Derivatives

    Santhanaraj, D., Ruiz, M. P., Komarneni, M. R., Pham, T., Li, G., Resasco, D. E. & Faria, J., 4 May 2020, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 59, 19, p. 7456-7460 5 p.

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    Catalytic performance of Ni/CeO2/X-ZrO2 (X = Ca, Y) catalysts in the aqueous-phase reforming of methanol

    Goma, D., Jose Delgado, J. J., Lefferts, L., Faria, J., Juan Calvino, J. & Ángel Cauqui, M., Nov 2019, In : Nanomaterials. 9, 11, 1582.

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