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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Fundamental Understanding of the Interfacial Phenomena Involved in the Catalysis at the Water-Oil Interface of Nanohybrid-Stabilized Emulsions, University of Oklahoma


Award Date: 8 Nov 2012

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Experimental Politécnica Antonio José de Sucre


Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

External positions

Group Leader of the Hydrogen Technological Area, Abengoa Research


Program Manager, Catalysis and Materials for H2, Abengoa Research


PhD. Research Intern, Low Carbon H2 Group, Phillips 66

1 May 20121 Sept 2012

Senior Researcher, Chemical Processes Group, Abengoa Research


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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