Rafael Huirache Acuña

Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

Dr. Rafael Huirache Acuña studied Chemical Engineering (1995–2000) and attained his master’s degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the Institute of Metallurgical Research-UMSNH, Mexico, in 2003. He obtained his PhD in 2007 in Materials Science at the Advanced Materials Research Center (CIMAV, SC) working on the synthesis, characterization, and testing of trimetallic catalysts for HDS reactions, with a stay in ICCOM Florence. After his PhD, he started postdoctoral research devoted to mesoporous supports for HDS catalysts at the Center of Applied Physics and Advanced Technology of UNAM (2008–2009). In 2010 he reached the staff position of professor and researcher at the Chemical Engineering Faculty of UMSNH, Mexico. His research interests are focused mainly on heterogeneous catalysts and materials for environmental applications.

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Nowadays, microporous and mesoporous materials are versatile solids of great interest due to their structures and pore sizes, which allow their application in many areas. Accordingly, with IUPAC, materials with pore sizes smaller than 2 nm are called microporous and with pore sizes between 2 and 50 nm are called mesoporous. The pore size has an important impact on the material properties and affects their applications. In addition, high surface area, and their ability to incorporate functional groups on the framework are of great relevance for commercial and science applications. This book intends to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of recent improvements in the microporous and mesoporous materials field.

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