Salvador Sayas Valero,Ph.D

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist

Research Interest

​My research interests are focused on the developing of heterogeneous catalysts for different processes, from catalysts testing, use of characterization techniques to reactor and process design. Some of the processes that growing interest are Renewable Energy, CO2 utilization, and the use of Green Chemistry to replace, at least partially, conventional processes, with higher impact on the environment. 

Selected Publications

  • Natural sepiolite promoted with Ni as new and efficient catalyst for the sustainable production of hydrogen by steam reforming of the biodiesel by-products glycerol
    M. Menor, S. Sayas, A. Chica
    Fuel, 193, 351-358, (2017)
  • Furfural steam reforming over Ni-based catalysts. Influence of Ni incorporation method
    S. Sayas, A. Chica
    Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 39, 5234-5241 , (2014)
  • Effective and stable bioethanol steam reforming catalyst based on Ni and Co supported on all-silica delaminated ITQ-2 zeolite
    S. Sayas, A. Chica
    Cat. Today, 146, 37-43 , (2009) 


  • Ph.D., Sustainable Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)-Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Valencia, Spain, 2018.
  • Sustainable Chemistry Master. Interuniversity (UV, UPV, UN, UCLM, UJI), Spain, 2012.
  • Industrial Management Engineer, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain, 2007.
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineer, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 2004.

Professional Profile

  • 2019-2020: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2007-2018 Senior laboratory Technician. Institute of Chemical technology, UPV, Valencia, Spain

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Heterogeneous catalysts renewable energy reactor design Hydrogen production CO2 utilization Green Chemistry Catalyst characterization