Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Juan Antonio Melero studied chemistry in Complutense University of Madrid (1988-1993) and received his Ph D. in 1998 working on the synthesis and applications of zeolitic materials for redox and acid-catalyzed reactions. He undertook a postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. G. Stucky and B. F Chmelka at California University in Santa Barbara for one year working on the synthesis and applications of organically modified mesostructured materials. Currently, he is Full Professor in Chemical Engineering at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. His research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of porous solids with enhanced properties and their catalytic application in Fine Chemistry, Environmental Catalysis and Biomass Valorization. He has written around 100 scientific articles and several book chapters on these subjects in international journals and participated in more than 40 research projects supported by public and private institutions. He is leader-researcher of several active projects related with wastewater treatment and the design of sustainable processes for the transformation of biomass into fuels and bio-products. He has an H index of 34 (April, 2016).
Understanding the role of mediators in the efficiency of advanced oxidation processes using white-rot fungi

Vasiliadou, I. A.; Molina, R.; Pariente, M. I.; Christoforidis, K. C.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.


Rational optimization of reaction conditions for the One-Pot transformation of Furfural to ?-Valerolactone over Zr-Al-Beta zeolite: Toward the efficient utilization of biomass

Melero, J. A.; Morales, G.; Iglesias, J.;Paniagua, M.; Lo´pez-Aguado, C.


ZrO2-SBA-15 catalysts for the one-pot cascade synthesis of GVL from furfural

Iglesias, J.; Melero, J. A.; Morales, G.; Paniagua, M.; Hernández; Osatiashtiani, A.; Lee, A. F.; Wilson, K.


Zr-USY zeolite: Efficient catalyst for the transformation of xylose into bio-products

López-Aguado, C.; Paniagua, M.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.; García-Fierro, J. L.; Melero, J. A.


Low-cost Fe/SiO2 catalysts for continuous Fenton processes

Martínez, F.; Molina, R.; Pariente, M. I.; Siles, J. A.; Melero, J. A.


Efficient production of 5-ethoxymethylfurfural from fructose by sulfonic mesostructured silica using DMSO as co-solvent

Morales, G.; Paniagua, M.; Melero, J. A.; Iglesias, J.


Isosorbide production from sorbitol over heterogeneous acid catalysts: Screening and kinetic study

Morales, G.; Iglesias, J.; Melero, J. A.; Moreno, J.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.; Peral, A.; Cubo, A.


Efficient one-pot production of ?-valerolactone from xylose over Zr-Al-Beta zeolite: rational optimization of catalyst synthesis and reaction conditions

Melero, J. A.; Morales, G.; Iglesias, J.; Paniagua, M.; López-Aguado, C.; Wilson, K.; Osatiashtiani, A.


Catalytic upgrading of furfuryl alcohol to bio-products: Catalysts screening and kinetic analysis

Paniagua, M.; Melero, J. A.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.; Hernández, B.; López-Aguado, C.


Dehydration of sorbitol to isosorbide in melted phase with propyl-sulfonic functionalized SBA-15: Influence of catalyst hydrophobization

Cubo, A.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.; Melero, J. A.; Moreno, J.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.


Modeling the integrated heterogeneous catalytic fixed-bed reactor and rotating biological contactor system for the treatment of poorly biodegradable industrial agrochemical wastewater

Vasiliadou, I. A. ; Pariente, M. I.; Martinez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Molina, R.


Wastewater sludges pretreated by different oxidation systems at mild conditions to promote the biogas formation in anaerobic processes.

Segura, Y.; Puyol, D.; Ballesteros, L.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J.A.


Comparative life cycle assessment (LCA) study of heterogeneous and homogenous Fenton processes for the treatment of pharmaceutical wastewater

Rodríguez, R.; Espada, J. J.; Pariente, M. I.; Melero, J. A.; Martínez, J. A.; Molina, R.


Biological removal of pharmaceutical compounds using white-rot fungi with concomitant FAME production of the residual biomass

Vasiliadou, I. A.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.; Molina, R.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Bautista, L. F.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.


Dehydration of Xylose to Furfural in alcohol media in the presence of solid acid catalysts

Iglesias, J.; Melero, J. A.; Morales, G.; Paniagua, M.; Hernández, B.


Simple and efficient treatment of high-strength industrial waste water using commercial zero-valent iron

Segura, Y.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.


Efficient production of Triacetin from Glycerol over Arenesulfonic acid-modified SBA-15 catalyst

Morales, G.; Paniagua, M.; Melero, J. A.; Vicente, G.


Acid-catalyzed production of biodiesel over arenesulfonic SBA-15: Insights into the role of water in the reaction network

Melero, J. A.; Bautista, L. F.; Morales, G.; Iglesias, J.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.


Zero valent iron (ZVI) mediated Fenton degradation of industrial wastewater: Treatment performance and characterization of final composites

Segura, Y.; Martínez, F.; Melero, J. A.; Fierro, J. L. G.


Xylose Isomerization with Zeolites in a Two-Step Alcohol–Water Process

Paniagua, M.; Saravanamurugan, S.; Melian-Rodriguez, M.; Melero, J. A.; Riisager, A.


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