Irene Pinilla Herrero

Research Interest

My research is focused on heretogeneous catalysis, specifically on the conversion of methanol to hydrocarbon reactions.

During my PhD period, I worked on the preparation and the optimization of the properties of zeolitic catalysts for methanol to olefins transformation, and currently at the University of Oslo I am investigating the mechanism of the methanol to aromatics transformation (MTA). MTA reaction is normally catalyzed by transition metal containing zeolites. Within AROMEX project we aim to understand how the metal active sites work and how the reaction can be lead through a pathway in which the production of undesired by-products of the aromatization (such as alkenes) is minimized. On the other hand, considering the strong industrial component of the project, we also aim to find the process optimal conditions. In this sense, the exothermicity of the MTA process and the need for a continuous regeneration of the catalyst due to cooking, point towards the use of a fluidized bed reactor. To reach this second goal, we have set up a reactor able to operate at high pressure and to change from fixed bed to fluidized bed operation mode.



PhD in Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Science. Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP-CSIC/ Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) (2016)

Master Degree in Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2012)

Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2011)



I. Pinilla-Herrero, L. Gómez-Hortigüela, C. Márquez-Álvarez, E. Sastre, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 219 (2016) 322.

I. Pinilla-Herrero, C. Márquez-Álvarez, E. Sastre, Catalysis Today, 277, Part 1 (2016) 29.

M. Sánchez-Sánchez, Á.A. Romero, I. Pinilla-Herrero, E. Sastre, Catalysis Today, (2017).

I. Pinilla-Herrero, U. Olsbye, C. Márquez-Álvarez, E. Sastre, Journal of Catalysis, 352 (2017) 191.

I. Pinilla-Herrero, C. Marquez-Alvarez, E. Sastre, Catalysis Science & Technology, 7 (2017) 3892.


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  • Pinilla Herrero, Irene; Marquez-Alvarez, Carlos & Sastre, Enrique (2017). Complex relationship between SAPO framework topology, content and distribution of Si and catalytic behaviour in the MTO reaction. Catalysis science & technology.  ISSN 2044-4753.  7(17), s 3892- 3901 . doi: 10.1039/c7cy01250k

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