Education Profile

  • Postdoc, Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), 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

Research Interests

Castano's group engineer catalytic reactions by using a systematic multiscale approach, developing advanced reactors and catalysts while modeling the collective process dynamics. MuRE group target environmental and waste-valorization processes such as the transformations of small- (carbon dioxide, methane, paraffins, methanol) or big-molecules (refinery residues, crude, biomass, lignin, plastic wastes, used tires) into hydrogen, light olefins, platform chemicals or high-quality fuels.

Selected Publications

  • Ochoa, A., Aramburu, B., Valle, B., Resasco, D.E., Bilbao, J., Gayubo, A.G., Castaño, P., Role of Oxygenates and Effect of Operating Conditions in the Deactivation of a Ni Supported Catalyst During the Steam Reforming of Bio-oil, Green Chem., 19 (2017) 4315-4333. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC01432E.
  • Hita, I., Arabiourrutia, M., Olazar, M., Bilbao, J., Arandes, J.M., Castaño, P., Opportunities and Barriers for Producing High Quality Fuels from the Pyrolysis of Scrap Tires, Renew. Sustain. Energy Rev., 16 (2016) 745-759. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.11.081.
  • Albo, J., Alvarez-Guerra, M., Castaño, P., Irabien, A., Towards the Electrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Methanol, Green Chem., 17 (2015) 2304-2324. DOI: 10.1039/C4GC02453B.
  • Valle, B., Castaño, P., Olazar, M., Bilbao, J., Gayubo, A.G., Deactivating Species in the Transformation of Crude Bio-Oil with Methanol into Hydrocarbons on a HZSM-5 Catalyst, J. Catal., 285 (2012) 304-314. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2011.10.004.
  • Van Herk, D., Castaño, P., Makkee, M., Moulijn, J.A., Kreutzer, M.T., Catalyst Testing in a Multiple-Parallel, Gas-Liquid, Powder-Packed Bed Microreactor. Appl. Catal. A, Gen., 365 (2009) 199-206. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2009.06.010.