Idoia Hita del Olmo, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist

Research Interests

​My research interests have been focused on engineering sustainable catalytic processes aiming for alternative fuels and chemicals by delving into improving catalyst synthesis and design, chemical reactor development, kinetic modeling of complex reaction schemes and all aspects of catalyst deactivation.  

Selected Publications

  • Revealing the pathways of catalyst deactivation by coke during the hydrodeoxygenation of raw bio-oil 
    T. Cordero-Lanzac, R. Palos, I. Hita, J.M. Arandes, J. Rodriguez-Mirasol, T. Cordero, J. B...
    Appl. Cat. B. Environ., 239, 513-524, (2018)
  • Insight into structure-reactivity relationships for the iron-catalyzed hydrotreatment of technical lignins 
    I. Hita, H.J. Heeres, P.J. Deuss
    Bioresour. Technol., 267, 93-101, (2018)
  • Opportunities and barriers for producing high quality fuels from the pyrolysis of scrap tires 
    I. Hita, M. Arabiourrutia, M. Olazar, J. Bilbao, J.M. Arandes, P. Castaño
    Renew. Sust. Energy Rev., 56, 745-759, (2016)
  • Upgrading model compounds and Scrap Tires Pyrolysis Oil (STPO) on hydrotreating NiMo catalysts with tailored suppor... 
    I. Hita, A. Gutiérrez, M. Olazar, J. Bilbao, J.M. Arandes, P. Castaño
    Fuel, 145, 158-169, (2015)


  • Ph.D., University of the Basque Country, 2015
  • MSc, University of the Basque Country, 2011
  • BSc, University of the Basque Country, 2010 

Professional Profile

  • 2019 - present: Research Scientist, KAUST (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2018 - 2019: Postdoctoral fellow, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
  • 2016 - 2018: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • 2012 (4 months): Visiting PhD researcher, University of Calgary (Canada)
  • 2011 - 2015: Phd researcher, University of the Basque Country (Spain) 

KAUST Affiliations

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


Research Interests Keywords

Heterogeneous catalysis Zeolites Activated carbon Hydrocarbons Catalyst deactivation