Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Gabriel Morales (05/20/1977) obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Chemical Engineering at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1995-2000) and received his Ph.D. in 2005 (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos) working on the synthesis and characterization of sulfonic acid-functionalized mesostructured materials. He has occupied several teaching positions in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Technology, starting in 2000 as teaching assistant, becoming assistant professor in 2005 and associate professor since 2008. He has been visiting researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering in the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA) in 2004 and 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Brad F. Chmelka; at the Department of Applied Chemistry in the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Cormack. His main research lines are focused on the synthesis, characterization and catalytic application of organically-functionalized mesostructured materials, enzyme immobilization on silica mesoporous supports, valorization of glycerol to obtain oxygenated additives for fuel blendings, and more recently the production of biodiesel over heterogeneous acid catalysts.












Production of sorbitol via catalytic transfer hydrogenation of glucose

García, B.; Moreno, J.; Morales, G.; Melero, J. A.; Iglesias, J.


Glycerol valorization: conversion to lactic acid by heterogeneous catalysis and separation by ion exchange chromatography

Arcanjo, M. R. A.; da Silva Jr, I. J.; Cavalcante Jr, C. L.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, J.; Paniagua, M.; Melero, J. A.; Vieira, R. S.


Comparative life cycle assessment of glucose production from maize starch and woody biomass residues as a feedstock

Blanco, J.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.; Melero, J. A.; Moreno, J.


Oxidation of lignocellulosic platform molecules to value-added chemicals using heterogeneous catalytic technologies

Arias, P. L.; Cecilia, J. A.; Gandarias, I.; Iglesias, J.; López Granados, M.; Mariscal, R.; Morales, G.; Moreno-Tost, R.; Maireles-Torres, P.


Sustainable catalytic conversion of biomass for the production of biofuels and bioproducts

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


Stable continuous production of -Valerolactone frombiomass-derived Levulinic Acid over Zr–Al-Beta zeolite catalyst

López-Aguado, C.; Paniagua, M.; Melero, J. A.; Iglesias, J.; Juárez, P.; López Granados, M.; Morales, G.


Life-cycle sustainability of biomass-derived sorbitol: Proposing technological alternatives for improving the environmental profile of a bio-refinery platform molecule

Moreno, J.; Iglesias, J.; Blanco, J.; Montero, M.; Morales, G.; Melero, J. A.


Ru-ZrO2-SBA-15 as efficient and robust catalyst for the aqueous phase hydrogenation of glucose to sorbitol

Melero, J. A.; Moreno, J.; Iglesias, J.; Morales, G.; Fierro, J. L. G.; Sánchez-Vázquez, R.; Cubo, A.; García, B.


Sn–Al-USY for the valorization of glucose to methyl lactate: switching from hydrolytic to retro-aldol activity by alkaline ion exchange

Iglesias, J.; Moreno, J.; Morales, G.; Melero, J. A.; Juárez, P.; López-Granados, M.; Mariscal, R.; Martínez-Salazar, I.


Transformation of Glucose into Sorbitol on Raney Nickel catalysts in the absence of molecular hydrogen: Sugar disproportionation vs catalytic hydrogen transfer

García, B.; Moreno, J.; Iglesias, J.; Melero, J. A.; Morales, G.


From levulinic acid biorefineries to ?-valerolactone (GVL) using a bi-functional Zr-Al- Beta catalyst

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


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.; López-Aguado, C.


Transformation of glucose into sorbitol on Raney nickel catalysts in the absence of molecular hydrogen: sugar disproportionation vs catalytic hydrogen transfer

García, B.; Moreno, J.; Iglesias, J.; Melero, J. A.; Morales, G.


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

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


Progress in the design of zeolite catalysts for biomass conversion into biofuels and bio-based chemicals

Serrano, D.P.; Melero, J.A.; Morales, G.; Iglesias, J. ; Pizarro, P.


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.


ß-galactosidase covalent immobilization over large-pore mesoporous silica supports for the production of high galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)

González-Delgado, I.; Segura, Y.; Martín, A.; López-Muñoz, M. J.; Morales, G.


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

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


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.


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