Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Rafael Garcia is Full Professor at Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department of Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid since 2017. Author of 68 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 3 book chapters, 2 patents and more than 100 international congress participations. Director of 8 doctoral theses and 3 under development. Researcher in 60 investigation projects, regional, national, European, and in collaboration with industry, being the main researcher in 48. One of his research field of interest is aimed to the synthesis and characterization of polyolefins, mainly polyethylene, polypropylene and their copolymers. Another field of Rafael García research is focused on the nanoscience area, particularly in the preparation of zeolites and mesostructured materials and their application in catalysis and biomedical applications. He is the general manager of the Polymer Technology Laboratory (LATEP), which is a polymer laboratory of reference in the Madrid region, which collaborations with several privates companies like REPSOL, the first Spanish petrochemical company; the US petrochemical Phillips Chevron Company, etc. LATEP is also involved in the conservation of Cultural Heritage, in collaboration with the National Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute. Generated incomes of more than 6 MM €.
In the university period, from 2002 to 2015, Rafael García was the Deputy Director-General for Research of the Sciences and Technological School, Head of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and the Vice-rector for Research of the Rey Juan Carlos University. From 2015-2019 Rafael Garcia was Deputy Director for Research in Madrid Regional Community (Comunidad de Madrid).

  • Water Sustainable Point of Use Treatment Technologies (WATERSPOUTT)

    Funding : European Commission, Horizon 2020 (GA 688928)
    Start / End Years : 2016 - 2020
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    Principal Investigator : Marugán Aguado, Javier
    Research Team : - García Muñoz, Rafael A. - García Gil, Ángela - Marugán Aguado, Javier - Pablos Carro, Cristina 
    Summary : WATERSPOUTT aims at providing safe drinking water to communities who rely on unsafe sources. The consortium is carrying out a technological development programme to advance three applications based on Solar Disinfection (SODIS), which can make water safe to drink after it has been collected. In parallel, a social science programme has been structured to make sure that the technologies are adopted by the target communities in rural Africa, with the support of the local authorities and in an economically sustainable way.

Solar water disinfection in high-volume containers: Are naturally occurring substances attenuating factors of radiation?

García-Gil, A.; Valverde, R.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; McGuigan; K. G.; Marugán, J.

Material selection and prediction of solar irradiance in plastic devices for application of solar water disinfection (SODIS) to inactivate viruses, bacteria and protozoa

García-Gi, A.; Pablos, C.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; McGuigan, K. G.; Marugán, J.

Strain hardening test on the limits of Slow Crack Growth evaluation in high resistance polyethylene resins: Effect of comonomer type

Domínguez, C.; Robledo, N.; Paredes, B.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Effect of the dual incorporation of fullerene and polyethyleneimine moieties into SBA-15 materials as platforms for drug delivery

Morales, V.; Martín, A.; Ortiz-Bustos, J.; Sanz, R.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Modelling the adsorption and controlled release of drugs from the pure and amino surface-functionalized mesoporous silica hosts

Martín, A.; Morales, V.; Ortiz-Bustos, J.; Pérez-Garnes, M.; Bautista, L. F.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; Sanz, R.

Synthesis of hierarchical Beta zeolite with uniform mesopores: Effect on its catalytic activity for veratrole acylation

Escola, J. M.; Serrano, D. P.; Sanz, R.; García, R. A.; Peral, A.; Moreno, I.; Linares, M.

Influence on properties and phase structure of single gas-phase reactor made impact polypropylene copolymers

Pastor-García, M. T.; Suárez, I.; Expósito, M. T.; Coto B.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Properties of hierarchical Beta zeolites prepared from protozeolitic nanounits for the catalytic cracking of high density polyethylene

Caldeira, V. P. S.; Peral, A.; Linares, M.; Araujo, A. S.; Garcia-Muñoz, R. A.; Serrano, D. P.

Surface-functionalization of mesoporous SBA-15 silica materials for controlled release of methylprednisolone sodium hemisuccinate: Influence of functionality type and strategies of incorporation

Ortiz-Bustos, J.; Martín, A.; Morales, V.; Sanz, R.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Effect of hierarchical porosity in Beta zeolites on the Beckmann rearrangement of oximes

Linares, M.; Vargas, C.; García, A.; Ochoa-Hernández, C.; Cejka, J.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; Serrano, D. P.

Catalytic cracking of LDPE over nanocrystalline HZSM-5 zeolite prepared by seed-assisted synthesis from an organic-template-free system

Figueiredo, A. L.; Araujo, A. S.; Linares, M.; Peral, A.; García, R. A; Serrano, D. P.; Fernandes, V. J.

Hierarchical ZSM-5 zeolite with uniform mesopores and improved catalytic properties

Serrano, D. P.; Escola, J. M.; Sanz, R.; García, R. A.; Peral, A.; Moreno, I.; Linares, M.

Chemical adhesion of polyalkenoate-based adhesives to Hydroxyapatite

Sezinando, A.; Linares, M.; Morales, V.; García-Muñoz, R. A.; Ceballos, L.; Perdigâo, J.

New Drug-Structure-Directing Agent concept: Inherent pharmacological activity combined with templating solid and hollow-shell mesostructured silica nanoparticles

Morales, V.; Gutiérrez-Salmerón, M.; Balabasquer, M. ; Ortiz-Bustos, J.; Chocarro-Calvo, A.; García-Jiménez, C.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Correlating surface-functionalization of mesoporous silica with adsorption and release of pharmaceutical guest species

Morales, V.; Idso, M. N.; Balabasquer, M.; Chmelka, B.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Molecular structure and local dynamic in impact polypropylene copolymers studied by preparative TREF, solid state NMR spectroscopy, and SFM microscopy

Fernández, A.; Expósito, M. T.; Peña, B.; Berger, R.; Shu, J.; Graf, R.; Spiess, H. W.; García-Muñoz, R. A.

Remarkable catalytic properties of hierarchica zeolite-Beta in the epoxide rearrangement reactions

García-Muñoz, R. A.; Serrano, D. P.; Vicente, G.; Linares, M.; Vitvorova, D.; Cejka, J.

Polyethyleneimine-functionalized large pore ordered silica materials for poorly water-soluble drug delivery

Martín, A.; García, R. A. ; Sen Karaman, D.; Rosenholm, J. M.

Synthesis of helical and supplementary chirally doped PMO materials. Suitable catalysts for asymmetric synthesis

García-Muñoz, R. A.; Morales, V.; Linares, M.; Rico-Oller, B.

Volatile organic compounds analysis in breath air in healthy volunteers and patients suffering epidermoid laryngeal carcinomas

García, R. A.; Morales, V.; Martín, S.; Vilches, E.; Toledano, A.