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UA researcher Javier García wins American Chemical Society's 2018 entrepreneurial award

Mr García becomes the first non-American recipient of this award, run by the world’s largest scientific society, with over 161,000 members


  Javier García receiving the award from the American Chemical Society president and awards director

Photo by Peter Cutts


Alicante. 26 March 2018

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, director of the University of Alicante molecular nanotechnology laboratory and founder of the technology-based firm Rive Technology Javier García has received the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success 2018 (an award recognising the best entrepreneur in the USA chemical industry) from the American Chemical Society (ACS). The awards ceremony took place on 20 March 2018 during the Society’s annual meeting, held in New Orleans.

Back in 2015 the ACS, the world’s largest scientific society with over 161,000 members, gave the UA researcher the Emerging Researcher Award. This new award further establishes Mr García as a first-rate scientist at the international level.

This is the first time a non-American scientist receives this award, which, according to Javier García, “recognises those who create wealth regardless of their origin.”

“This award honours not just one person, but all those who have made Rive Technology possible, a company I founded more than ten years ago to improve chemical process efficiency by means of the latest advances in nanotechnology. It is also a recognition to the University of Alicante, my alma mater and where I am working now, for others to have the same opportunities I had,” the UA researcher adds.

The Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success comes with a $20,000 cash prize. Previous award recipients include some of the best scientists who have marketed their discoveries, like David R. Walt, Terry L. Brewer and Joseph M. DeSimone.


ACS annual meeting

As part of this recognition, the American Chemical Society has organised a two-day symposium to celebrate and promote Javier García’s work. Highly renowned chemistry professionals will take part in the event, such as the Prince of Asturias Award winner Mark Davis or the International Zeolite Association president Valentin Valtchev.

During his acceptance speech, Mr García described the work involved in discovering and marketing catalysts designed to improve chemical process efficiency which have been employed in several USA refineries since 2012. “The catalysts we market allow users to reduce CO2 emissions and more efficiently produce fuels. They are a prime example of how nanotechnology can be used to produce more and better energy in a more environmentally friendly way,” he explains. 


Javier García

Javier García is a professor of Inorganic Chemistry and director of the University of Alicante molecular nanotechnology laboratory (NANOMOL), a leading research centre specialising in nanomaterials for energy applications.

The UA researcher's scientific and entrepreneurial excellence has earned him many prestigious awards. Besides becoming the first Spaniard to receive the Emerging Researcher Award and the Best Innovation Award, he won the Rey Jaime I Award in the New Technologies category. He belongs to the Executive Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the Valencia Region Government’s Senior Advisory Council, the World Economic Forum’s Council on Emerging Technologies, the Global Young Academy, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.


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