Rafael Huirache Acuña
Dr. Rafael Huirache Acuña studied chemical engineering at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering (1995-2000), and obtained his Master Degree in metallurgy and materials science (Institute of Metallurgical Research, Mexico) (2001-2003) at Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, Mexico. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in materials science at the Advanced Materials Research Center (CIMAV, S.C.), Mexico (2007). Subsequently, as a postdoctoral researcher he visited the Center of Applied Physics and Advanced Technology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (CFATA-UNAM) (2008-2010). In 2010 he reached staff position as professor and researcher at the Chemical Engineer Faculty of Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, Mexico. His research interests are mainly focused on catalytic processes for heteroatom elimination from fuels, and synthesis and application of nanomaterials. His expertise includes: (a) design and preparation of catalysts and nanomaterials, (b) atmospheric and high-pressure reactor tests to evaluate catalyst performance, and (c) catalyst and nanomaterials characterization techniques such as high resolution transmission microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), DRS UV VIS spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, temperature programmed reduction (TPR), temperature programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), TG and volumetric chemisorption of probe molecules over sulfide, reduced and oxide materials. Most of his research has been published in prestigious specialized journals such as Applied Catalysis A and B, Catalysis Letters, Nanotechnology, Fuel, Catalysis Today. He also contributed with two invited chapters to specialized books. He was the director of 3 doctoral theses, 17 master theses and 11 bachelor thesis. So far he has been a research advisor of six doctoral theses, five master theses and five bachelor theses in total, and had configured a strong research team based on those activities. In summary, Dr. Huirache Acuña is author or co-author of 41 publications spread in renowned specialist journals devoted to heterogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials, chemical engineering and materials science, and 4 book chapters. Awards and distinctions include: National System of Researchers (Mexico), State Merit Award for Youth 2007 (Michoacan, Mexico), Morelia Award for Youth 2007, IMC16/IFSM Scholarship Award for Young Scientists 2006 Sapporo, Japan. He serves as reviewer in: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (Elsevier), Applied Catalysis A: General (Elsevier), Journal of Molecular Catalysis A (Elsevier), Materials Characterization (Elsevier), Materials Research Bulletin (Elsevier), Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters (Springer), Journal of Physical Chemistry (ACS Publications), Australian Journal of Chemistry (CSIRO Publishing), Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (American Scientific Publishers), Talanta (Elsevier), Journal of Inorganic Materials (Elsevier), Catalysis Communications (Elsevier), Journal of Materials Science (Springer), Chemical Engineering Communications (Taylor and Francis), Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (Springer), Optical Materials (Elsevier), Journal of Solid State Chemistry (Elsevier).