member · Faculty · Autohydrolysis, Bioeconomy, Bioethanol, Biofuels, Biomass, Bioreactor design, Biorefineries, Biorefinery, Enzymatic hydrolysis, Enzyme, Fermentation, High added value compounds, Hydrothermal processing, Macroalgae, Microalgae, Process intensification, Sustainability, Thermochemical processing, Xylooligosaccharides, Yeast
Dr. Héctor Arturo Ruiz Leza
Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz is a Full Professor in the School of Chemistry
Autonomous University of Coahuila since 2013 and principal coordinator of Biorefinery Group.
Ph.D., Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal, 2011
B.S., Chemical Engineering (with Honours), Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico, 2004
Postdoc, University of Minho (Portugal) and University of Vigo (Spain), 2012
Honors and Awards
Member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI), Conacyt (SNI II distinction), 2019
Editor-in-Chief of BioEnergy Research Journal, Springer, 2018 https://www.springer.com/journal/12155
Research Award for Young Scientist in Engineering and Technology Area from the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2021
Prize “Dr. Carlos Casas Campillo” of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2016
Young Scientist Award at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, 2019
Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2019
Member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico, 2021.
Leader of biomass pretreatment, Cluster of Bioalcoholes, Mexican Centre for Innovation in Bioenergy (CEMIE-BIO), 2016
Member of the Mexican Delegation in the Ibero-American Vanguard within the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State, Portugal, 2009.
Distinction as undergradute student in Chemical Engineering at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, 2004.
Scholar Google: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aPtCZMoAAAAJ&hl=en
Web of Science ResearcherID: https://publons.com/researcher/1180510/hector-a-ruiz/
Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz obtained his B.S in Chemical Engineering with Honours from the Autonomous University of Coahuila (2004, Mexico) and his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Centre of Biological Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal in 2011 and was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Minho (Portugal) and University of Vigo (Spain). Dr. Ruiz worked as lead operating engineer in the chemical industry at Magnelec Industries (Subsidiary of Peñoles Group, Mexico, Feb 2005- Sep 2007). He is currently Full Professor in the School of Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, founder of Biorefinery Group and principal coordinator of the biorefinery pilot plant in the Food Research Department (Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico) and leader of the biomass pretreatment stage in the Cluster of Bioalcoholes in the Mexican Centre for Innovation in Bioenergy (Cemie-Bio) from the Secretary of Energy in Mexico.
Dr. Ruiz is Editor-in-Chief of BioEnergy Research Journal (Springer Publishing), he was Editor of the book “Hydrothermal Processing in Biorefineries” by Springer Publishing in 2017, Guest editor of the special issue “Recent Advances in Hydrothermal Treatment of Biomass”, 2021, Bioresource Technology (Elsevier Publishing), and Editor of the special issue “BioEnergy in Mexico” in 2016, BioEnergy Research Journal (Springer Publishing). Dr. Ruiz was awarded with the Mexican Prize “Dr. Carlos Casas Campillo” of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering in 2016. This award aims to give recognition and encourage young researchers for their contribution to the development of biotechnology and bioengineering in Mexico. The National Prize of Research Award for Young Scientist in Engineering and Technology Area from the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2021. Young Scientist Award at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in 2019. Dr. Ruiz is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences 2019, and member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico since 2021. Member of the National Researchers Council in Mexico (CONACYT, Level 2 distinction of 3).
Dr. Ruiz works to advance lignocellulose and algal (micro-macro) biomass biorefining science and technology for the production of high added-value compounds and biofuels, hydrothermal processing, biochemical and sugar platform approaches to biomass conversion and bioreactor design in the context of the circular bioeconomy. He has authored or co-authored of more than 100 publications including papers and chapters, with > 4000 citations and H-index of 35 (Google Scholar Citations). Dr. Ruiz has conducted several research stays and technical visits: at University of North Texas (USA), Federal University of Sergipe (Brazil), Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory-CTBE (Brazil), in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (Canada), CIEMAT- Renewable Energy Division, Biofuels Unit (Spain), University of Jaén (Spain), Sadar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy (India), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Univeristy of Concepción (Chile), Umeå University (Sweden), National Laboratory of Energy and Geology – LNEG (Portugal), Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), Stan Mayfield Biorefinery Plant (USA), CSIR- NIIST (India),
Lignocellulose and algal biorefining, hydrothermal processing (high pressure technology under subcritical and supercritical water), bioreactor design for bioprocessing, process intensification for biomass fractionation, circular bioeconomy, fermentation/microbial conversion strategies, microalgal cultivation, enzymatic hydrolysis and biofuels production
Teaching in the Faculty of Chemistry Sciences
• Undergraduate Courses: Food Biotechnology, Industrial Instrumentation, Digital Process Control, Process Dynamics and Control, Reactors I
• Postgraduate Courses: Food Engineering, Biotechnology of Fermentations, Experimental Design, Seminary III, Seminary IV