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 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)
Editor-in-Chief of BioEnergy Research Journal, Springer: https://www.springer.com/journal/12155
Prize “Dr. Carlos Casas Campillo” of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Young Scientist award at the Autonomous University of Coahuila
Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences
Leader of biomass pretreatment, Cluster of Bioalcoholes, Mexican Centre for Innovation in Bioenergy (CEMIE-BIO)
Scholar Google: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=aPtCZMoAAAAJ&hl=en
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 85 publications including papers and chapters, with > 2800 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).
Lignocellulose and algal biorefining, hydrothermal processing (high pressure technology under subcritical and supercritical water), bioreactor design for bioprocessing and hydrothermal processing, biomass fractionation, bioeconomy, fermentation/microbial conversion, 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