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Rafael Luque

Prof. Rafael Luque


Rafael Luque (Ph.D 2005 from Universidad de Cordoba, Spain) has a significant experience on biomass and waste valorisation practises to materials, fuels and chemicals as well as nanoscale chemistry (400+ publications, h-index 72, >22,000 citations, 7 patents, >10 edited books) as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. He is also heavily involved in Chemical Education and promoting Science in Developing Countries. Among recent awards, Rafael received the Marie Curie Prize from Instituto Andaluz de Quimica Fina in Spain (2011), the Green Talents award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (2011), the TR35 Spain from Technology Review and MIT as one of the top 10 young entrepreneurs in Spain (2012), the RSC Environment, Sustainability and Energy Early Career Award (2013) from the Royal Society of Chemistry UK, the 2015 Lu Jiaxi lectureship from the College of Chemistry and Engineering in Xiamen University (China) and very recently the 2018 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship award. Prof. Luque also combines his academic duties with his activities as entrepreneur after co‑founding Green Applied Solutions S.L.U. in Spain.

From January 2018, Prof. Luque is Editor-in-chief of Molecular Catalysis (Elsevier, i.f. 5.0), also serving in the Advisory/Editorial Board of over 10 Q1 RSC, Wiley, ACS and Elsevier Journals. Prof. Luque was named 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics) and is currently Director of the Center for Molecular Design and Synthesis of Innovative Compounds for Medicine at RUDN University in Moscow, Russia and Chair Professor at Xi´an Jiaotong University in Xi´an, China.




King Saud University, College of Science, Department of Chemistry, Building (5).

Office: 2A 136

Telephone: 4675999

Research Interests

Biomass/Waste Valorisation, Nanoscale Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysts

Editorial Activities

  • Editor Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical (Elsevier)
  • Series Editor Topics in Current Chemistry (Springer)
Project Title

Mechanochemical design of bionanoconjugate nanomaterials for energy production and storage

Project Summary

Renewable energy technologies have represented an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional routes. Energy applications based on low-cost materials including nanocomposites, carbon-based nanomaterials, MOFs, and recently bioconjugates will be developed based on previous work. In order to prepare such materials, mechanochemistry will be employed as a powerful tool for nanomaterials design in the preparation of nano(bio)conjugates for electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER) and Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER).