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Dr. Lourdes F. Vega

Dr. Lourdes F. Vega


Bu Hasa Building, Room 204
Office: +971 2 607 5626
Email:  lourdes.vega@ku.ac.ae

Dr. Lourdes F. Vega holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Seville, Spain (1992) in collaboration with the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Southern California, USA. She is currently the Joint Chair Professor of the Gas Research Center at Khalifa University (Sas Al Nakhl campus). She has developed her career between academia and industry, with academic positions in the USA (University of Southern California, Cornell University), Spain (University of Sevilla, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, National Research Council of Spain) and the UAE. She has also been an Invited Visiting Professor at several universities in Europe and America. In the industrial sector she has been the General Director of MATGAS (public-private research center), Technology Director of Air Products and Chemicals, Founder and CEO of AlyaTech and Independent Member of the Board of Directors of ERCROS, SA. She is an Elected Corresponding Member of the Academy of Mathematics, Physical-Chemistry and Natural Sciences of Granada (Spain) since 2017.

Professor Vega’s scientific work has been directed towards the combination of fundamental and applied research focused on sustainable processes and products. Recent work includes materials for different applications (new refrigerants, catalytic and adsorbent materials, water treatment, removal of contaminants and CO2 capture and utilization). She is sole author of one book, co-author of 5 books, 170+ papers in referred journals (5200+ citations, h-index: 39 – google scholar) and 5 industrial patents under exploitation. She has participated in several competitive and industrial projects, leading 40+ of them, supervised 20+ Master’s theses, 11 Ph.D. students and 20 postdoctoral researchers. She serves as an editorial board member in three journals. She is also serves a member of several scientific boards in companies and research institutes as well as international conference committees. Her work has been internationally recognized with different research and teaching awards.

  • Ph.D. Physics, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain (1988–1992). In collaboration with the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Southern California (1990-1992), Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • M.S. Physics, Statistical Mechanics, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain (1988–1990)
  • B.S. Physics (5 years degree), Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain (1983–1988)
  • Thermodynamics: classical and advanced
  • Molecular simulations
  • Polymer science and technology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Communication skills for scientists and engineers
  • Combined molecular thermodynamics, computational modeling and machine learning with advanced experimental techniques applied to sustainable processes and products. Focused on:
    • CO2 capture and utilization
    • New generation low global warming potential refrigerants
    • Sustainable, clean energy: energy storage, hydrogen, biomass, others
    • Catalytic and adsorbent materials
    • Water treatment
    • Alternative solvents: supercritical fluids, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents

    Improved oil & gas processes

  • F. Llovell; M. B. Oliveira; J. A. P. Coutinho; L. F. Vega. Solubility of greenhouse and acid gases on the [C4mim] [MeSO4] ionic liquid for gas separation and CO2 conversion, Catalysis Today, 255, 87–96 (2015).
  • D. Bahamon, L.F. Vega. Systematic evaluation of materials for post-combustion CO2 capture in a Temperature Swing Adsorption process,  Chemical Engineering Journal, 284, 438–447 (2016).
  • W. A. Fouad, L.F. Vega, Phase and Interfacial Properties of Azeotropic Refrigerants:  Prediction of Aneotropes from Molecular Theory, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19 (13), 8977-8988 (2017)
  • D. Bahamon, L. Carro, S. Guri, L. F. Vega, Computational Study of Ibuprofen Removal from Water by Adsorption in Realistic Activated Carbons, Journal of Colloidal Science and Interfaces, 498, 323-334 (2017)
  • D. Bahamon, L.F. Vega, Pharmaceuticals separation from Water Effluents by adsorption in Activated Carbons: a Monte Carlo simulation study, Langmuir, 33 (42), 11146-11155 (2017)
  • W. A. Fouad, L.F. Vega, Next Generation of Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants: Thermodynamic Properties Molecular Modeling, AIChE Journal 64 (1), 250-262 (2018)
  • D. Bahamon, A. Díaz-Márquez, P. Gamallo, L.F. Vega, Energetic evaluation of swing adsorption processes for CO2 capture in selected MOFs and zeolites: effect of impurities. Chemical Engineering Journal 342, 458-473 (2018)
  • L.M.C. Pereira, F. Llovell, L.F. Vega, Thermodynamic Characterisation of Aqueous Alkanolamine and Amine Solutions for Acid Gas Processing by Transferable Molecular Models, Applied Energy,  222, 687–703 (2018)
  • L. F. Vega, Perspectives on molecular modeling of supercritical fluids: From equations of state to molecular simulations. Recent advances, remaining challenges and opportunities (invited review paper). Journal of Supercritical Fluids 134, 41-50 (2018)
  • W.A. Fouad, M.IL Abutaqiya, K. Mogensen, Y.F. Yap, A. Goharzadeh, F.M. Vargas, L.F. Vega, A Predictive Model for PVT Properties and Asphaltene Instability of Crude Oils Under Gas Injection, Energy & Fuels, (2018)

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