Prof. Lourdes F. Vega
Director, Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and H2 (RICH Center)
Dr. Lourdes F. Vega is a Full Professor in Chemical Engineering and Director of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and hydrogen (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 one of the 20 individuals first awarded of the Golden Visa in the UAE, granted by the UAE Cabinet to grow the country's status as an incubator of talent and innovation, and the recipient of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal to the Scientific Distinguishment, for her contributions in clean energy and sustainable products. 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. She is also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Molecular Liquids.
Prof. Vega obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Seville, Spain, in collaboration with the Chemical Engineering Department of the 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, and Founder and CEO of AlyaTech.
Prof. 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, hydrogen production, storage and applications, nanomaterials, development of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and water treatment. She has led several public-private R&D consortia in hydrogen production and applications, as well as CO2 capture and utilization, for a total of more than $40M. With more than 200 publications and five patents under exploitation, the impact of her research has been acknowledged by the reception of several prestigious international awards.
25 November 2020 | 14:00 - 14:45 | Virtual Panel: How to control risks introduced by new sustainable technologies, hydrogen case study
The use of hydrogen as a primary source of power is one of the most promising technological enablers on the path towards sustainable aviation. Introduction of hydrogen-based technologies will bring new risks in aircraft design, production, operation, maintenance and recycling. The panel will discuss these risks, their impact throughout the aviation ecosystem and how the aviation industry can collaborate and draw from other industries to control them.