Dr. Begoña Puértolas

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI D129
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 39311

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    Catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels

    The development of cost-efficient pathways to deoxygenate crude bio-oil will contribute greatly to the sustainable production of biomass-derived fuels. My current research interests are centered around the development of efficient base catalysts to exploit the intrinsic reactivity of aldehydes for deoxygenation via aldol condensations.

    2014-present Post-doctoral researcherin the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    2013 Exchange student in the group of Prof. Hutchings, Cardiff University, UK
    2010-2014 PhD studentship in the group of Prof. Mastral, Instituto de Carboquímica (ICB-CSIC), Zaragoza, Spain 
    2009 Master of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, Centro Politécnico Superior, Zaragoza University, Spain 
    2008 Erasmus exchange student, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
    2002-2008 BSc and MSc studies in Chemical Engineering, Centro Politécnico Superior, Zaragoza University, Spain
    • Halogen type as a selectivity switch in catalysed alkane oxyhalogenation
      G. Zichittella, B. Puértolas, V. Paunović, T. Block, R. Pöttgen, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Catal. Sci. Technol. 2018, 8, 2231-2243 (doi:10.1039/C8CY00122G)
    • Activated TiC-SiC composite for natural gas upgrading via catalytic oxyhalogenation
      G. Zichittella, B. Puértolas, S. Siol, V. Paunović, S. Mitchell, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemCatChem 2018, 10, 1282-1290 (doi:10.1002/cctc.201701632, cover feature)
    • Determining bio-oil composition via chemometric tools based on infrared spectroscopy
      T. García, A. Veses, J.M. López, B. Puértolas, J. Pérez-Ramírez, M.S. Callén
      ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 2017, 5, 8710-8719 (doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b01483)
    • Operando spectroscopy of the gas-phase aldol condensation of propanal over solid base catalysts
      A.M. Hernández-Giménez, J. Ruiz-Martínez, B. Puértolas, J. Pérez-Ramírez, P.C.A. Bruijnincx, B.M. Weckhuysen
      Top. Catal. 2017, 60, 1522-1536 (doi:10.1007/s11244-017-0836-7)
    • On the influence of Si:Al ratio and hierarchical porosity of FAU zeolites in solid acid catalysed esterification pretreatment of bio-oil
      A. Osatiashtiani, B. Puértolas, C. Olivera, J.C. Manayil, B. Barbero, M. Isaacs, J. Pérez-Ramírez, E. Heracleous, A.F. Lee, K. Wilson
      Biomass Convers. Biorefin. 2017, 7, 331-342 (doi:10.1007/s13399-017-0254-x)
    • Hybrid palladium nanoparticles for direct H2O2 synthesis: the key role of the ligand
      G.M. Lari, B. Puértolas, M. Shahrokhi, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 1775-1779 (doi:10.1002/anie.201610552, hot paper, front cover)
      Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 1801-1805 (doi:10.1002/ange.201610552)
    • Platform chemicals via zeolite-catalyzed fast pyrolysis of glucose
      B. Puértolas, Q. Imtiaz, C.R. Müller, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemCatChem 2017, 9, 1579-1582 (doi:10.1002/cctc.201601052)
    • Hierarchical NaY zeolites for lactic acid dehydration to acrylic acid
      G.M. Lari, B. Puértolas, M.S. Frei, C. Mondelli, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 1507-1514 (doi:10.1002/cctc.201600102, inside back cover, highlighted in Chemistry Views)
    • Understanding the structure of cationic sites in alkali metal-grafted USY zeolites
      T.C. Keller, M. Položij, B. Puértolas, H.V. Thang, P. Nachtigall, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 4954-4960 (doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b12413)
    • Deoxygenation of bio-oil over solid base catalysts: From model to realistic feeds
      B. Puértolas, T. Keller, S. Mitchell, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Appl. Catal., B 2016, 184, 77-86 (doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.11.017)
    • Porosity-acidity interplay in hierarchical ZSM-5 zeolites for pyrolysis oil valorization to aromatics
      B. Puértolas, A. Veses, M.S. Callén, S. Mitchell, T. García, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemSusChem 2015, 12, 2383-3293 (doi:10.1002/cssc.201500685)
    • Catalytic upgrading of biomass derived pyrolysis vapors over metal-loaded ZSM-5 zeolites: effect of different metal cations on the bio-oil final properties
      A. Veses, B. Puértolas, M.S. Callén, T. García
      Microporous Mesoporous Mater. 2015, 209, 189-196 (doi:10.1016/j.micromeso.2015.01.012)
    • High temperature stable gold nanoparticle catalysts for application under severe conditions: the role of TiO2 nanodomains on structure and activity
      B. Puértolas, A. Mayoral, R. Arenal, B. Solsona, A.M. Moragues, S. Murcia-Mascaros, P. Amorós, A.B. Hungría, S.H. Taylor, T. García
      ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 1078-1086 (doi:10.1021/cs501741u)
    • In-situ synthesis of hydrogen peroxide in tandem with selective oxidation reactions: a mini-review
      B. Puértolas, A.K. Hill, T. García, B. Solsona, L. Torrente-Murciano
      Catal. Today 2015, 248, 115-127 (doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2014.03.054)
    • Optimizing the performance of catalytic traps for hydrocarbon abatement during the cold-start of a gasoline engine
      B. Puértolas, M. Navlani-García, T. García, M.V. Navarro, D. Lozano-Castelló, D. Cazorla-Amorós
      J. Hazard. Mater. 2014, 279, 527-536 (doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.07.042)
    • Au deposited on CeO2 prepared by a nanocasting route: a high activity catalyst for CO oxidation
      J.M. López, R. Arenal, B. Puértolas, A. Mayoral, S.H. Taylor, B. Solsona, T. García
      J. Catal. 2014, 317, 167-175 (doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2014.06.021)
    • Bifunctional Cu/H-ZSM-5 zeolite with hierarchical porosity for hydrocarbon abatement under cold-start conditions
      B. Puértolas, L. García-Andujar, T. García, M.V. Navarro, S. Mitchell, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Appl. Catal., B 2014, 154-155, 161-170 (doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.02.013)
    • BETA zeolites thin films supported on honeycomb monoliths with tuneable properties as hydrocarbon traps under cold-start conditions
      M. Navlani-García, F.J. Varela-Gandía, A. Bueno-López, D. Cazorla-Amorós, B. Puértolas, J.M. López, T. García, D. Lozano-Castelló
      ChemSusChem 2013, 6, 1467-1477 (doi:10.1002/cssc.201300215)
    • CuH-ZSM-5 as hydrocarbon trap under cold start conditions
      M. Navlani-García, B. Puértolas, D. Lozano-Castelló, D. Cazorla-Amorós, M.V. Navarro, T. García
      Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 5851-5857 (doi:10.1021/es304880b)
    • Shape-dependency activity of nanostructured CeO2 in the total oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
      L. Torrente-Murciano, A. Gilbank, B. Puértolas, T. García, B. Solsona, D. Chadwick
      Appl. Catal.,B 2013, 132-133, 116-122 (doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2012.10.030)
    • Molecular simulation design of a multisite solid for the abatement of cold start emissions
      B. Puértolas, M. Navlani-García, J.M. López, T. García, R. Murillo, A.M. Mastral, M.V. Navarro, D. Lozano-Castelló, A. Bueno-López, D. Cazorla-Amorós
      Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 6571-6573 (doi:10.1039/C2CC30688C)
    • Modelling the heat and mass transfers of propane onto a ZSM-5 zeolite
      B. Puértolas, M.V. Navarro, J.M. López, R. Murillo, A.M. Mastral, T. García
      Sep. Purif. Technol. 2012, 86, 127-136 (doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2011.10.036)
    • Total oxidation of naphthalene using mesoporous CeO2 catalysts synthesized by nanocasting from two dimensional SBA-15 and three dimensional KIT-6 and MCM-48 silica templates
      A. Aranda, B. Puértolas, B. Solsona, S. Agouram, R. Murillo, A.M. Mastral, S.H. Taylor, T. García
      Catal. Lett. 2010, 134, 110-117 (doi:10.1007/s10562-009-0203-9)
    • The catalytic performance of mesoporous ordered cerium oxides for the total oxidation of naphthalene
      B. Puértolas, B. Solsona, S. Agouram, R. Murillo, A.M. Mastral, A. Aranda, S.H. Taylor, T. García
      Appl. Catal.,B 2010, 93, 395-405 (doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2009.10.014)