Jorge Antonio Moncada Vivas


Since I was a Chemistry BS student, I was interested in acquiring fundamental knowledge in the chemistry field. During my time working for the oil industry as a chemist, I learned that a deep knowledge in Chemical Engineering would be the key that connect my fundamental knowledge with applied research for the industry.

Improving the quality of crude oil and fuels to accomplish today’s environmental requirements becomes a more challenging task. Heterogeneous catalysis has been a
reliable and solid science where several industrial technologies have found support. My main research goal will be focused on the evaluation of novel materials for the catalytical removal of heteroatoms – mainly sulfur – from hydrocarbons. In parallel, I’ll use Operando Raman & FITR Spectroscopy to get new mechanistic insights and establish new strategies to develop quantitative structure-activity/selectivity relationships in heterogeneous (both gas-solid and liquid-solid) catalysis.

Oral & Poster Presentations

  • In situ/Operando Raman Spectroscopy to Characterize Catalytic Materials / Auburn University Chemical Engineering Open House, April 2017




Awards and Memberships

  • Member, Electrochemical Society – Auburn University Students Chapter. 2016 – Present.
  • First place mention “Embryonic Idea” in the First Contest for Research and Technological Development in Oil, Gas and Energy of PDVSA – 2010: Three concurrent processes: reduction of emissions (CO2, NOx and SO2), synthesis gas production and electricity generation in fuel cells solid oxide.
  • Award to Editorial Production Mention Young Author – 2009, PDVSA Intevep Editorial Committee.

Hobbies and extracurricular activities

  • Running

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