Scaiano Group

Hermenegildo Garcia

Hermenegildo García (Canals 1957) graduated in Chemistry at the Universidad de Valencia in 1979 (degree award) and got his PhD in the Organic Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Pharmacy under the supervision of Professor Miguel A. Miranda working on preparative Organic Photochemistry in 1983 (PhD award). In 1983 he became Assistant Professor at the Chemistry Department of the Technical University of Valencia chaired at that time by Professor Jaime Primo, and became Full Professor at the same University in 1996. He is staff member of the Instituto de Tecnología Química, a joint center of the Technical University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council chaired by Professor Avelino Corma, since it was founded in 1991. He made postdoctoral stays at the University of Reading with Professor Andrew Gilbert (1987) and several sabbatical leaves joining the Laser Flash Photolysis group of Professor J. C. Scaiano at the University of Ottawa with who has continuously collaborated since 1992.

Prof. Garcia has been active in the field of photochemistry and heterogeneous catalysis where he has applied materials such as carbon nanotubes, diamond nanoparticles and metal Organic frameworks among others. García has published over 450 papers in scientific journals of the area of Chemistry, Materials and Environment and has supervised 32 Thesis. He has filed over 25 patents, from which one is under used and two more in pre-industrial stage. He has given over 40 plenary and invited talks and is member of the advisory board of Energy and Environmental Science, Photochemical and Photobiological Science and Journal of Molecular Catalysis.

Prof. García has been the recipient of the 2011 Janssen-Cilag award in Organic Chemistry given by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and the 2008 Alpha Gold of the Spanish Society of Glass and Ceramics.

Prof. Garcia is Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bucharest and VIP Visiting Professor of the University of Ottawa.