Jorge Gascon

Principal Investigator

Professor and Director KCC​​​​​​​​​



B3/L4 - 4235


​Jorge Gascon (Huesca, 1977) received his MSc. in Chemistry in 2002 and his PhD cum laude in Chemical Engineering in 2006, both at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He was post-doc (2006 to 2009), Assistant Professor (2010 to 2012), Associate Professor (2012 to 2014) and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor (2014-2017) of Catalysis Engineering at TUDelft (NL). Since 2017 he is Professor and Director at the KAUST Catalysis Center.
Gascon is a member of the board of the International Zeolite Association Commission on Metal Organic Frameworks. He has been the recipient of the prestigious VENI (2010), VIDI (2013) and ERC Starting (2013) personal grants and of the 2013 ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award.


Research Interests

​Research interests fall at the interphase of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, including the development and demonstration of new nano-structured materials and composites. Applications comprise membrane and adsorbent development, multifunctional catalysis, Fischer Tropsch Synthesis, Methanol to olefins and photo-catalysis. He has co-authored over 200 publications (H index 57) in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, 9 patents and has edited the book ‘Metal Organic Frameworks as Heterogeneous Catalysts'.

Selected Publications

  • I. Yarulina, K. De Wispelaere, S. Bailleul, J. Goetze, M. Radersma, E. Abou-Hamad, I. Vollmer, M. Goesten, B. Mezari, E. J.M. Hensen, J. S. Martínez-Espín, M. Morten, S. Mitchell, J. Perez-Ramirez, U. Olsbye, B. M. Weckhuysen, V. Van Speybroeck, F. Kapteijn and J. Gascon. Nature Chem. (2018). Structure-performance descriptors and the role of Lewis acidity in the methanol-to-propylene process
  • I. Yarulina, A. Dutta Chowdhury, F. Meirer, B. M. Weckhuysen and J. Gascon. Nature Catal. (2018). Recent Trends and Fundamental Insights in the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Process
  • J. Gascon. Science 358 (2017) 6361, 303. Flicking the switch on a molecular gate
  • ​X. Sun, A. I. Olivos Suarez, M. Meijerink, T. van Deelen, S. Ould-Chikh, J. Zečević, K. P. de Jong, F. Kapteijn, J. Gascon, Nature Commun (2017) 1680, Manufacture of highly loaded silica-supported cobalt Fischer–Tropsch catalysts from a metal organic framework
  • V.P. Santos, T.A. Wezendonk, J.J. Delgado Jaén, A. I. Dugulan, M. A. Nasalevich, H.U. Islam, A. Chojecki, S. Sartipi, X. Sun, A.A. Hakeem, A.C.J. Koeken, M. Ruitenbeek, T. Davidian, G. R. Meima, G. Sankar, F. Kapteijn, M. Makkee and J. Gascon.  Nature Commun 6 (2015) 6451 Metal Organic Framework mediated synthesis of highly stable and active Fischer-Tropsch catalysts. 
  • T. Rodenas, I. Luz, G. Prieto, B. Seoane, H. Miro, A. Corma, F. Kapteijn, F. X. Llabrés i Xamena and J. Gascon. Nature Materials 14 (2015) 48-55 Metal-organic-framework nanosheets in polymer composite materials for gas separation applications. 


  • ​Postdoctoral Fellow, Delft University of Technology, 2006-2008
  • PhD, University of Zaragoza, 2006
  • MSC, University of Zaragoza, 2001
  • BSc, University of Zaragoza, 1999

Professional Profile

  • ​2014 - 2017 - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor, Delft University of Technology
  • 2012 - 2014 - Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology​
  • 2010 - 2012 - Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Non-KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Delft University of Technology, ChemE, Catalysis Engineering

Research Interests Keywords

Catalysis Nanomaterials Gas/Water Purification Heterogeneous Catalysis C1 Chemistry Multifunctional Solids Reactor Engineering Separation Processes