Catalysis Science & Technology Emerging Investigator- Ana C. Alba-Rubio

Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. Her research focuses on the rational design and synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable processes, such as CO2 and biomass conversion.

Dr. Alba-Rubio has been recognized as one of the 2022 Catalysis Science & Technology Emerging Investigators, 2022 Energy & Fuels Rising Stars, 2021 Nanoscale Emerging Investigators, and 2020 Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Class of Influential Researchers. She has also been named 2023 Early Career Fellow by the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Find out more about Ana’s work on her webpage

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Read Ana’s Emerging Investigator Series article, ‘Soluble and reusable polymer-based catalysts with Brønsted and Lewis acidity for the one-pot synthesis of hydroxymethylfurfural from glucose‘, DOI: 10.1039/D2CY01619B

1. How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish research on this topic?

Catalysis Science & Technology is a well-respected journal in our community; therefore, I am proud to see our work published there.

2. What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

It is exciting to be a chemical engineer during the climate crisis because we are tackling important issues. However, dealing with complex problems requires deep thought and time, and current funding models seem to benefit those who explore new trends every few years.  

3. Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

Always trust your gut.

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