• Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Málaga, Spain in 2007. She then moved to the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain to pursue her doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Manuel López Granados. Her Ph.D. focused on base and acid catalysis for the production of biodiesel from vegetable oils. As a doctoral student, she enjoyed two short research stays in Brazil and the Netherlands. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Alba-Rubio joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to conduct postdoctoral research under the supervision of Profs. James Dumesic and Manos Mavrikakis. She focused on the controlled synthesis of metal, bimetallic and bifunctional catalysts for reactions of interest in biomass conversion and the direct synthesis of H2O2 from H2 and O2. In 2015, she joined the University of Toledo as a faculty, and her current research interests involve the rational design and synthesis of nanomaterials for catalysis and sensing applications, with a particular interest in producing fuels and materials sustainably and improving the human condition. She has authored 24 publications in peer-reviewed journals with more than 1400 citations (h=18), one book chapter, 4 patent applications, and 60 contributions to national and international conferences. She has also received numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2018 UToledo President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in Scholarship and Creative Activity, and the 2019 UToledo College of Engineering Excellence in Supervision of Undergraduate Research Award. 

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