Jose Luis Santos, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Interests

My research interests are established in the knowledge of nanomaterials and environmental catalysis in general, and in the development of heterogeneous catalytic systems for their potential use in applications of waste biomass valorization, cleaning and production of hydrogen streams, and biofuel refining in particular.

Selected Publications

  • Chemical CO2 recycling via dry and bi reforming of methane using Ni-Sn/ Al2O3 and Ni-Sn/CeO2-Al2O3 catalysts. T. Stroud, T.J. Smith, E. Le Saché, J.L. Santos, M.A. Centeno, H. Arellano-Garcia, J.A. Odriozola, T. R. Reina.  Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 224, 125-135, (2018).
  • Unravelling the Role of Oxygen Vacancies in the Mechanism of the Reverse Water–Gas Shift Reaction by Operando DRIFTS and Ultraviolet–Visible Spectroscopy. Luis F. Bobadilla, José L. Santos, Svetlana Ivanova, José A. Odriozola and Atsushi Urakawa. ACS Catalysis 8, 7455-7467, (2018).
  • Structure-sensitivity of formic acid dehydrogenation reaction over additive-free Pd NPs supported on activated carbon. Jose Luis Santos Muñoz, Cristina Megías-Sayago, Svetlana Ivanova and Miguel Angel Centeno, Chemical Engineering Journal, 420, 127641, (2021).
  • Gold promoted Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts prepared from hydrotalcite precursors: Advanced materials for the WGS reaction. J.L. Santos, T.R. Reina, S. Ivanova, M.A. Centeno, J.A. Odriozola. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 201, 310-317, (2017).
  • Functionalized biochars as supports for Pd/C catalysts for efficient hydrogen production from formic acid. JL Santos, C Megías-Sayago, S Ivanova, MÁ Centeno, JA Odriozola. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 282, 119615 (2021).
  • Metal catalysts supported on biochars: Part I synthesis and characterization. Jose Luis Santos, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Antonio Monzón, Dmitry Yu Murzin, Miguel Ángel Centeno. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 268, 118423 (2020).
  • Hydrodeoxygenation of vanillin over noble metal catalyst supported on biochars: Part II: Catalytic behaviour. Jose Luis Santos, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Johan Wärnå, Antonio Monzón, Miguel Angel Centeno, Dmitry Yu. Murzin. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 268, 118425 (2020).


  • Ph.D., Science and Technology of New Materials, Seville, Seville, Spain, 2019.
  • M. Sc., Material Science, Seville, Seville, Spain, 2014.
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Seville, Seville, Spain, 2013.

    Professional Profile

    • 2009-2013- B.Sc., Chemistry, Seville, Seville, Spain.
    • 2013-2014- M. Sc, Material Science, Seville, Seville, Spain.
    • 2015-2019- Ph.D., Science and Technology of new materials, Seville, Seville, Spain.
    • 2020-2022- Post-doctoral Researcher, BioScience Engineering, Leuven, Flandes, Belgium.
    • 2022-Present- Post-doctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

    KAUST Affiliations

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

    Research Interests Keywords

    Heterogeneous Catalysis Hydrogen production Bio Oil refining Biomass valorization Material synthesis and characterization