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.