Avelino Corma Canos

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Avelino Corma Canós
Born (1951-12-15) December 15, 1951 (age 66)
Moncófar, Valencian Community, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Alma mater Universidad de Valencia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
Fields chemistry
Institutions Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
Website [1]

Avelino Corma Canós (born December 15, 1951) is a Spanish chemist distinguished for his world-leading work on heterogeneous catalysis.

He received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the Universidad de Valencia (1967-1973) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1976. In 1979 he started working as a researcher at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, and in 1987 he was a full professor. He has been carrying out research in heterogeneous catalysis in academia and in collaboration with companies. He has worked on fundamental aspects of acid-base and redox catalysis with the aim of understanding the nature of the active sites and reaction mechanisms. With these bases has developed catalysts that are being used commercially in several industrial processes.[2]

He has published more than 1000 documents [3] and has more than 100 patents.


  • Spiers Memorial Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2016)
  • Princess of Asturias Awards for Technical & Scientific Research (2014)
  • Honour Medal to the Invention from the Fundación García Cabrerizo (Spain) (2012)
  • Grande Medaille de l´Académie des sciences (France), (2011)
  • Scientific Merit of Generalitat Valenciana (2011)
  • Gold of Medal for Chemistry Research Career 2001-2010 (2010)
  • Eni Award (2010)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize (2010)
  • Rhodia Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Prize for Science and Industry (2010)
  • Bourdart Award in Advanced Catalysis (2009)
  • A. V. Humboldt - J. C. Mutis Research Award (2009)
  • Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis (2008)
  • Karl-Ziegler-Lectureship Max Planck Society (2007)
  • National Award on Science and Technology of México (2006)
  • Alwin Mittasch of Dechema (2006)
  • Paul Sabatier of the French Society of Chemistry (2006)
  • Iberoamerican Federation of Catalysis Societies (FISOCAT) (2006)
  • Cross Canada Lecture Award (2006)
  • Gold of Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry os Spain (2005)
  • Breck Award of the International Zeolite Association (IZA) (2004)
  • Medal of Honor of the García Cabrerizo Foundation (2004)
  • Order of Merit Civil of Spain (2002)
  • Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis (2002)
  • F. Gault European Award on “Catalysis” (2001)
  • Ipatieff Actr at Northwestern University (2000-2001)
  • King Jaime I Award on “New Technologies” (Spain) (2000)
  • Iberdrola Science and Technology (Spain) (1998)
  • F. Ciapetta award of the North American Catalyst Society (1998)
  • CATSA in recognition of research excellence “Dinstinguished Visitor Award of the Catalysis Society of South Africa”. (1998)
  • Burdiñola Award (Spain) (1997)
  • "Profesores Visitantes de Iberdrola" (Spain) (1996)
  • Dupont Award on “Materials Science” (Spain) (1995)
  • National Award "Leonardo Torres Quevedo" (Spain) (1995)
  • Dupont Award (Canada)


  1. ^ Staff. "Professor Avelino Corma Canos ForMemRS". The Royal Society. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  2. ^ "Corma, el químico español de las 100 patentes". RTVE.es. RTVE. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Avelino Corma publication profile"