Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila

Food Research Department. Faculty of Chemistry Sciences – Autonomous University of Coahuila

BioEnergy Research Journal.


Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz

Dr. Héctor Arturo Ruiz Leza

E-mail: hector_ruiz_leza@uadec.edu.mx

Phone: (+52) 844 416 12 38

Biorefinery lab


Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Chemistry Sciences at the

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 distinction), 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

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

Associate Editor of Biotechnology for Biofuels, Springer Nature, 2017

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.


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Scholar Google: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aPtCZMoAAAAJ&hl=en

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hectoraruiz/

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Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz obtained his B.S in Chemical Engineering with distinction 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 Faculty of Chemistry Sciences 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 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. 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).

He has authored or co-authored of more than 85 publications including papers and chapters, with > 3000 citations and H-index of 31 (Google Scholar Citations), currently, Dr. Ruiz is Editor-in-Chief of BioEnergy Research Journal (Springer Publishing), Associate Editor of Biotechnology for Biofuels  (BioMed Central – Part of Springer Nature) [https://biotechnologyforbiofuels.biomedcentral.com/], and participates in the Editorial Advisory Board of the Industrial Crops and Products (Elsevier Editorial) [https://www.journals.elsevier.com/industrial-crops-and-products] and Biofuel Research Journal [https://www.biofueljournal.com/], he was Editor of the book “Hydrothermal Processing in Biorefineries”  by Springer Publishing in 2017 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. Dr. Ruiz is member of the Mexican Academy of Science since 2019. Young Scientist award at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in 2019. Member of the National Researchers Council in Mexico (SNI- CONACYT, Level II distinction).


Research Interests

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