Jorge Gascon, Ph.D.


Center Director, Professor​​ of Chemical Engineering and Lead of the KAUST Circular Carbon Initiative

Research Interests

​​Professor Gascon‘s research interests fall at the interphase of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, including the development and demonstration of new nano-structured materials and composites. Applications comprise multifunctional catalysis, with special emphasis in C1 chemistry, Fischer Tropsch Synthesis, Methanol to olefins, CO2 valorization, photo-catalysis and membrane and adsorbent development.

Selected Publications

  • Metal-organic and covalent organic frameworks as single-site catalysts 
    S.M.J. Rogge, A. Bavykina, J. Hajek, H. Garcia, A.I. Olivos-Suarez, A. Sepúlveda-Escribano...
    Chem. Soc. Rev. 46, (2017)
  • Evidence for a chemical clock in oscillatory formation of UiO-66 
    M.G. Goesten, M.F de Lange, A.I. Olivos-Suarez, A.V. Bavykina, P. Serra-Crespo, C. Krywka,...
    Nature Commun, 7, (2016)
  • Metal Organic Framework mediated synthesis of highly stable and active Fischer-Tropsch catalysts 
    V.P. Santos, T.A. Wezendonk, J.J. Delgado Jaén, A.I. Dugulan, M.A. Nasalevich, H.U. Islam,...
    Nature Commun., 6, (2015)
  • Cobaloxime-derived Metal-Organic Framework-based Composite for Light-driven H2 Production 
    M.A. Nasalevich, R. Becker, E.V. Ramos-Fernandez, S. Castellanos, S.L. Veber, M.V. Fedin, ...
    Energy & Enviromental Sci. 8, 364-375 , (2015)
  • Metal-organic-framework nanosheets in polymer composite materials for gas separation applications 
    T. Rodenas, I. Luz, G. Prieto, B. Seoane, H. Miro, A. Corma, F. Kapteijn, F. X. Llabrés i ...
    Nature Materials, 14, 48-55, (2015)
  • Facile Method for the Preparation of Covalent Triazine Framework coated Monoliths as Catalyst Support: Applications... 
    A. V. Bavykina, A. I. Olivos-Suarez, D. Osadchii, R. Valecha, R. Franz, M. Makkee, F. Kapt...
    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9 (31), pp 2606026065, (2017)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Delft University of Technology, 2006-2008
  • PhD, University of Zaragoza, 2006
  • MSC, University of Zaragoza, 2001
  • BSc, University of Zaragoza, 1999​​

Professional Profile

  • 2014, Full Professor, permanent, Delft University of Technology, Catalysis Engineering
  • 2012, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Catalysis Engineering
  • 2010-2012, Assistant Professor, tenured, Delft University of Technology, Catalysis Engineering
  • 2009-2010, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Delft University of Technology, Catalysis Engineering


  • ​2013, ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award
  • 2013, European Research Council ERC-StG: personal career grant
  • ​2013, NWO (Netherlands National Science Foundation) VIDI career grant
  • 2009, NWO (Netherlands National Science Foundation) VENI career grant
  • Highly cited researcher, 2018-2022


KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Heterogeneous catalysis C1 chemistry Multifunctional solids Reactor engineering Separation processes