Pedro Castaño, Ph.D.


​Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research Interest

​Professor Castaño’s research interests focus on engineering reactions and sustainable catalytic processes. In particular, (1) developing advanced reactors, heterogeneous catalysts and models for these processes; and (2) understanding the fundamental relationships between structure, performance, deactivation of catalysts with the reaction media and reactor performance-dynamics.

Pedro Castaño leads the Multiscale Reaction Engineering Group (MuRE):

Selected Publications

  • Role of Oxygenates and Effect of Operating Conditions in the Deactivation of a Ni Supported Catalyst During the Ste... 
    Ochoa, A., Aramburu, B., Valle, B., Resasco, D.E., Bilbao, J., Gayubo, A.G., Castaño, P.
    Green Chem., 19 (2017) 4315-4333, (2017)
  • Opportunities and Barriers for Producing High Quality Fuels from the Pyrolysis of Scrap Tires 
    Hita, I., Arabiourrutia, M., Olazar, M., Bilbao, J., Arandes, J.M., Castaño, P.
    Renew. Sustain. Energy Rev., 16 (2016) 745-759, (2016)
  • Towards the Electrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Methanol 
    Albo, J., Alvarez-Guerra, M., Castaño, P., Irabien, A.
    Green Chem., 17 (2015) 2304-2324, (2015)
  • Deactivating Species in the Transformation of Crude Bio-Oil with Methanol into Hydrocarbons on a HZSM-5 Catalyst 
    Valle, B., Castaño, P., Olazar, M., Bilbao, J., Gayubo, A.G.
    J. Catal., 285 (2012) 304-314, (2012)
  • Catalyst Testing in a Multiple-Parallel, Gas-Liquid, Powder-Packed Bed Microreactor 
    Van Herk, D., Castaño, P., Makkee, M., Moulijn, J.A., Kreutzer, M.T.
    Appl. Catal. A, Gen., 365 (2009) 199-206, (2009)


  • Postdoc, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), 2007-2009
  • PhD, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2006
  • MSc, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2004
  • BSc, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2002

Professional Profile

  •  Associate Professor, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2013-2019 
  • Assistant Professor, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 2009-2013
  • Postdoc, Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), 2007-2009
  • Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000 and 2001

Scientific and Professional Membership

  •  American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 
  •  American Chemical Society (ACS) 
  • Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) – Member of the Board of the “Chemical Engineering Division”


  • Young Researcher Medal in Chemical Engineering, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAING), 2018.
  • Young Researcher Award, Spanish National Association of Chemists and Chemical Engineers (ANQUE), 2014.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Chemical engineering reaction engineering reactor design catalysis bio- and waste-refinery Catalyst deactivation zeolites and zeotypes multiphase reactors kinetics microreactors periodic reactors spectroscopy coke formation