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The main subject of his research is selective hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis reactions, kinetic modelling, catalytic growth of carbon nanofibers, design of structured (e.g. metal-fibrous and polymer-based) supports and synthesis/characterization of new generation catalysts, e.g. nitrides and carbides, aiming to gain a fundamental understanding of the parameters that control the catalytic response. His research interests span from the design and development of novel catalytic materials, kinetic modelling and new reactor engineering concepts towards sustainable manufacturing processes for the chemical industry.


2013 - 2009 Research Scientist, Sustainable Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Maximising the selective production of high value products is the key challenge facing the chemical sector in the 21st century where the sustainability demands provide the driving force for enhanced selectivity, avoiding costly downstream separations, treatment and disposal.  The development of cleaner alternatives is crucial.  Over the past four years the research activites I have been devoted to have been centred on this necessity.

2005 - 2009 PhD in Chemical Engineering "Catalytic Hydrogenation of Aromatic Nitro compounds", Heriot-Watt University

In the past few years, there has been an increased stringency in environmental legislation.  This has lead to a high demand for the development of environmentally acceptable and sustainable manufacturing processes.  My PhD work deals with catalytic hydrogenation as a cleaner route to commercially important amino derivates.  My model target product, para-chloroaniline, is a high production volume chemical extensively used as an intermediate in several industries (i.e. agricultural chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products).  My results demonstrate that catalytic hydrogenation over a range of transition metals (Ni, Pd and AU) based catalysts in continuous flow gas operation is a more economically viable and process effient alternative.


  • TP Chemical technology
  • Engineering & Product Design
  • Environment & Sustainability

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Research Output

Continuous Furfuryl Alcohol Production via Coupled Dehydrogenation-Hydrogenation over Supported Cu and Au Catalysts: A Consideration of Hydrogen Generation and Transfer

Pischetola, C., Collado, L., Aguado-Molina, R., Martín-Treceño, S., Keane, M. A. & Cardenas-Lizana, F., Aug 2020, In : Molecular Catalysis. 492, 110912.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    N2O Decomposition over Fe-ZSM-5: A Systematic Study in the Generation of Active Sites

    Bromley, B., Pischetola, C., Nikoshvili, L., Cardenas-Lizana, F. & Kiwi-Minsker, L., Sep 2020, In : Molecules. 25, 17, 3867.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Partial Hydrogenation of 2-Methyl-3-butyn-2-ol over Pd/ZnO: Effect of Reduction Temperature on Alloy Formation and Catalytic Response

    Gonzalez Fernandez, A., Pischetola, C., Kiwi-Minsker, L. & Cardenas-Lizana, F., 19 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Production of Benzylamine by Tandem Dehydrogenation/Amination/Reduction over Cu and Au Catalysts

    Li, M., Pischetola, C., Cardenas-Lizana, F. & Keane, M. A., 25 Jan 2020, In : Applied Catalysis A: General. 590, 117368.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Zn-Promoted Selective Gas Phase Hydrogenation of Tertiary and Secondary C4 Alkynols over Supported Pd

    Gonzalez Fernandez, A., Berenguer-Murcia, Á., Cazorla-Amorós, D. & Cardenas-Lizana, F., 24 Jun 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 12, 25, p. 28158-28168 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle