Metal-organic Frameworks as versatile solar photocatalysts for the production of renewable fuels

Seminar Subject: Metal-organic Frameworks as versatile solar photocatalysts for the production of renewable fuels
Event Category: Departments Seminar Program (Webinars)
Speaker Name: Hermenegildo García
Speakers Affiliation: Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)
Seminar Room: Seminar Hall
Event Date: Wed, Jan 12 2022, Time: 17:00 - 19:15 (Athens, Greece Time)

After a short introduction on the interest of solar fuels, the current state of the art and the properties of metal-organic frameworks, the talk will present some of the contribution of the Valencia group to the development of the field for hydrogen generation from water and CO2 reduction. The final part will provide some hints for future development of the field.

Speakers Short CV

Hermenegildo García: Degree in Chemistry (Universidad de Valencia, 1979, degree award) and PhD in Organic Photochemistry (Universidad de Valencia, 1983, PhD award). In 1983 he joined the staff of the Universidad Politécnica de València (UPV), becoming full Professor in 1996.

Scientific Publications:

Total: 832 articles in international scientific journals indexed in the ISI and SciFinder Scholar databases in the areas of Chemistry, Environment and Materials. Starting date of first publication: 1980. The H factor (Sep 2021) is 108 (Web of Science, 116 according to Google Scholar). The average citation per paper is 61.71. Total number of citations (WoS, Sep 2021) 51413.

Publication in the last 5 years (2016-2021): 220 (average citation per paper for the paper published in this last period 31.95). The number of published articles with over 100 citations is 116. The current position in the list of most cited chemists worldwide in the period 2011-2021 based on the Essential Science Indicators is 523. In addition, HG is also in the list of the most-cited scientists in Materials Science.

Listed in eight consecutive years as “Highly Cited Researcher”, ranking that is issued by Thomson Reuters and the Center for World Class Universities Shanghai Jiao Tong since 2013.

Highly-Cited/Hot Papers and Research Fronts:

Over the years many articles co-authored by HG have appeared as Highly-Cited and Hot papers, some of them defining research fronts, as defined by WoS, being recognized by a given field as seminal paper opening this field. They included: catalysis by gold nanoparticles, catalysis by metal-organic frameworks, plasmon photocatalysis by Au nanoparticles, photocatalytic activity of metal-organic framework. At the present (Sep 2021), HG has according to WoS 22 highly-cited papers on Chemistry, plus one paper in Materials Science and another in Environment (Energy Environmental Science), making a total of 24 papers receiving more citations than the 1 % of each area.


International Association of Advanced Materials Medal (2021). For contribution to the field of “Photocatalysis and Electrocatalysis”.

VDGOOD Professional Association, India. International Scientist Award, Trivandrum (2021). Lifetime Achievements Award.

Rey Jaime I Award of New Technologies (2016). The highest Award at Spanish National level for researchers in Spain.

Janssen-Cilag given by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2011) 

Alpha Gold from the Spanish Society of Glass and Ceramics (2009)



  • Yueqi Award Chinese University of Mining Technology, Xuzhou, 2021
  • International Association for Advanced Materials Medal lecture, 2021
  • ChemPubSoc elected member 2018.
  • Lee Hsun Lecturer, Chinese Academy of Science at Shenyang, 2015
  • Distinguished Professor, King Abdullah University (Saudi Arabia), 2013
  • Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson-Reuters/Shanghai Jiao Tong University) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • VIP Visiting Professor, University Ottawa, 2012
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Bucharest (Romania), 2011
  • Distinction of the Technical University of Valencia for dedication to the research, 2010
  • Fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2009