member · Faculty · Biofuels, Bioreactor design, Biorefineries, circular bioeconomy, Enzymatic hydrolysis, Hydrothermal processing, Macroalgae, Microalgae, Photobioreactors, Process intensification, Xylooligosaccharides
Dr. Héctor Arturo Ruiz Leza
Phone: (+52) 844 416 12 38
Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz is a Full Professor in the School of Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Coahuila since 2013
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
Young Scientist Award 2021-2022 from the International Bioprocessing Association – IFIBiop, 2022. https://www.ifibiop.org/
Research Award for Young Scientist in Engineering and Technology from the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2021
Highly Cited Researcher (Top 2% in the World). The Stanford University and Elsevier BV (2021 and 2022), 2022. https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw
Researcher of the Year Award at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, 2022
Member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico, 2023. https://ai.org.mx/
Young Scientist Award at the Autonomous University of Coahuila, 2019
Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, 2019. https://amc.edu.mx/amc/
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
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, founder of Biorefinery Group (www.biorefinerygroup.com) and head of the Biorefinery Pilot Plant for Biomass Fractionation at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in Mexico, and coordinator 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), Associate Editor of Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts (Springer) and Editorial board member of Industrial Crops and Products Journal (Elsevier), Bioresource Technology (Elsevier) and Biofuel Research Journal. Book Editor of Hydrothermal Processing in Biorefineries by Springer. Guest editor of the special issue “Recent Advances in Hydrothermal Treatment of Biomass”, 2021, Bioresource Technology (Elsevier), and Editor of the special issue “BioEnergy in Mexico” in 2016, BioEnergy Research Journal (Springer).
Dr. Ruiz has been awarded several prizes such as the Research Award for Young Scientist in the Engineering and Technology field of the Mexican Academy of Sciences; Mexican Prize “Dr. Carlos Casas Campillo” of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Dr. Ruiz was a highly cited researcher (Top 2% in the world) within the report of Stanford University and Elsevier BV, 2021,2022. He is author or co-author of more than 135 publications, including peer-reviewed articles and chapters with > 5,700 and 4,150 citations and h-index of 42 and 36 (Google Scholar Citations and Scopus), respectively. He is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in the engineering section, and member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico, also Dr. Ruiz is member of the national system of researchers level 2.
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 (bioethanol), biomass fractionation using hydrothermal and high-pressure processing (steam explosion, liquid hot water, CO2), Biochemical Engineering, sugar platform approaches to biomass conversion and bioreactor design.
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), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza (Italy), University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy),
University of Michigan (USA).
Biorefinery, Biochemical Engineering, Biomass, Microalgae processing, Hydrothermal Pretreatment, Process Engineering Photobioreactors
Teaching in the School of Chemistry
• Undergraduate Courses in Chemical Engineering: Food Biotechnology, Industrial Instrumentation, Digital Process Control, Process Dynamics and Control, Reactors I, Reactors I, BioEnergy Systems, Catalysis in Biorefining
• Postgraduate Courses: Food Engineering, Biotechnology of Fermentations, Experimental Design, Seminary III, Seminary IV