Professor Lourdes F. Vega is a Professor in Chemical Engineering and Director of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and H2 (RICH Center) at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as well as an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the company ERCROS, SA, in Spain. She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Molecular Liquids.
She is a member of different International Scientific Advisory Boards, including the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (CNIE) at the University College of London and the Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya, IREC). She is a Corresponding (elected) Academician of the Academy of Mathematics, Physical Chemistry and Natural Sciences of Granada and a Member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Sciences in the UAE.
Professor Vega obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Seville, Spain, in collaboration with the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Southern California, USA. She has developed her career between academia and industry, with academic positions in the USA (Cornell University, University of Southern California), Spain (Universitat Rovira I Virgili, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC) and the UAE. She was the General Director of MATGAS, R&D Director of Carburos Metálicos, Technology Director of Air Products and Chemicals, Founder and CEO of AlyaTech (Alya Technology & Innovation, SL).
Professor Vega is an internationally recognized expert in clean energy and sustainable products. Her scientific work combines fundamental and applied research to sustainable processes and products, including CO2 capture and utilization, nanomaterials for different applications, development of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, hydrogen production, storage and applications and water treatment. She is the sole author of the book: “CO2 as a resource: from capture to industrial uses”. With more than 200 publications and 5 patents under exploitation, she is also recognized for her contributions in molecular thermodynamics applied to engineering and industry.
The impact of her research has been acknowledged by the reception of several prestigious awards. In 2020, she received the Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) Medal for Scientific Distinguishment for her contributions in clean energy and sustainable products, being the first non-arab scientist in receiving the prestigious award. Other awards include “Physicist of Excellence,” by the Collegiate of Physicists of Spain in 2010 and the “Physics, Innovation and Technology” Prize awarded by the BBVA Foundation and the Royal Spanish Society of Physics in 2013, among others.