Dr. Jesús Esteban Serrano earned his BEng and MEng degrees in Chemical Engineering at the Complutense University of Madrid after spending a year at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2015, he completed his PhD in Madrid after a stint at the Technical University of Dortmund. As postdoctoral researcher, he joined the University of Birmingham before returning to Dortmund in 2017. Currently, he is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Germany.
His research vision focuses on Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering through the production of value-added products derived from chemicals of renewable origin as well as modeling of the phenomena occurring in the corresponding reactions and their kinetics. An example is glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel, whose transformation gives novel chemicals with promising applications in the food, cosmetics and fuel industries.
He is a true believer in the power of collaboration among different disciplines. As such, he has enriched his knowledge and output by interacting and partnering with chemists, engineers and other scientists from different countries in leadership programs like the Green Talents Award for Researchers in Sustainable Development of the German Ministry of Education and Research (2016) and the CAS SciFinder Future Leaders Program of the American Chemical Society (2018).
Additionally, Jesús has participated in scientific divulgation events for school students and collaborated with the National Association of Chemists of Spain chairing and organizing workshops for early stage researchers on how to obtain funding for international exchange in conferences like the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering.
His work has further been acknowledged with the Award to the best thesis of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain (2015) and the Excellence Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (2018). His greatest ambition is to gain independence in academia establishing his own research group and continue further research in Sustainable Chemical Engineering and biorefinery-related endeavors to expand his contribution to the responsible production of chemicals and clean energy.