Jorge Gascon

Circular Carbon Initiative Lead

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

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 membrane and adsorbent development, multifunctional catalysis, Fischer Tropsch Synthesis, Methanol to olefins and photo-catalysis. He has co-authored over 200 publications (H index 79) in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, 9 patents and has edited the book ‘Metal Organic Frameworks as Heterogeneous Catalysts'.

Selected Publications

  • Metal-organic frameworks in heterogeneous catalysis: Recent progress, new trends, and future perspectives. Bavykina, A., Kolobov, N., Khan, I. S., Bau, J. A., Ramirez, A., & Gascon, J. Chemical Reviews, 120(16), 8468-8535, (2020).  
  • Acidity modification of ZSM-5 for enhanced production of light olefins from CO2. Dokania, A., Dutta Chowdhury, A., Ramirez, A., Telalovic, S., Abou-Hamad, E., Gevers, L., ...Gascon, J. Journal of Catalysis, 381, 347-354, (2020).
  • Heterogeneous catalysis for the valorization of CO2: Role of bifunctional processes in the production of chemicals.Dokania, A., Ramirez, A., Bavykina, A., & Gascon, J. ACS Energy Letters, 4(1), 167-176, (2019).
  • Effect of zeolite topology and reactor configuration on the direct conversion of CO2 to light olefins and aromatics. Ramirez, A., Dutta Chowdhury, A., Dokania, A., Cnudde, P., Caglayan, M., Yarulina, I., ...Gascon, J. ACS Catalysis, 9(7), 6320-6334, (2019).  
  • Maximizing ag utilization in high-rate CO2 electrochemical reduction with a coordination polymer-mediated gas diffusion electrode. Wang, R., Haspel, H., Pustovarenko, A., Dikhtiarenko, A., Russkikh, A., Shterk, G., ...Gascon, J. ACS Energy Letters, 4(8), 2024-2031, (2019).
  • Single cobalt sites in mesoporous N-doped carbon matrix for selective catalytic hydrogenation of nitroarenes.Sun, X., Olivos-Suarez, A. I., Osadchii, D., Romero, M. J. V., Kapteijn, F., & Gascon, J. Journal of Catalysis, 357, 20-28, (2018).
  • Recent trends and fundamental insights in the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process. Yarulina, I., Chowdhury, A. D., Meirer, F., Weckhuysen, B. M., & Gascon, J. Nature Catalysis, 1(6), 398-411, (2018).


  • ​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 - 2017 - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor, Delft University of Technology
  • 2012 - 2014 - Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology​
  • 2010 - 2012 - Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology

KAUST Affiliations

  • Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)
  •  Chemical Engineering Program