Profile (CV) of the research teaching staff

Peña Llorente, José Ángel
Department: Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Tecnologías del Medio Ambiente
Field: Ingeniería Química
Faculty: Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura


UNESCO codes
  • Cinética química
  • Termoquímica
  • Gravimetría
  • Métodos termoanalíticos
  • Hidrógeno
  • Tecnología de la catálisis
  • Procesos químicos
  • Ingeniería de procesos
  • Fuentes no convencionales de energía

Number of 6-year periods of research productivity evaluation
  • CNEAI research evaluation. 01/01/15
  • CNEAI research evaluation. 01/01/09
  • CNEAI research evaluation. 01/01/03
  • CNEAI research evaluation. 01/01/00
Academic position: Cated. Universidad
ORCID number: 0000-0002-8383-4996

Research interests
  • Catálisis
  • Evaluación de riesgos
  • Ingenierías
  • Simulación de procesos
  • Integración de fuentes de energías renovables

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(November 2019)

José Angel Peña is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Architecture (Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura -EINA-) of the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) since June 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree (Licenciado) (1989) and a master's (Tesina) (1990) in Science (Chemistry) in Technical/Industrial Chemistry and a doctorate from the same university (1994) in Chemical Engineering.

Along his PhD Thesis, his research originally focused on the deactivation of catalysts by coking and the safety of out-of-control reactors (runaway reactions) (postdoctoral). Since 2002 he has been working in fields related to the production, purification and use of hydrogen by unconventional methods from natural gas, biogas and bio-oil pyrolysis products as raw materials, and in the production of biofuels (biomethane, biogasoline, biodiesel) from agricultural, livestock and urban wastes. He is co-author of more than forty indexed articles (JCR), mostly Q1, and more than a hundred contributions to congresses (mostly international). He has participated in 32 institutional research projects, of which he has directed 10. He is also co-author of a USPO patent in industrial operation (2000). He has conducted predoctoral research stays at the University of Salford (UK) and postdoctoral studies at Fauske & Asoc. (IL USA). He accredits 4 consecutive 6 years research awards (sexenios) (last 2014).

From the teaching standpoint, he has taught subjects of the bachelor's degrees in Chemical Sciences (Fac. of Sciences), in Food Science and Technology (Fac. of Veterinary) and Chemical Engineering (School of Engineering and Architecture) (pre-Bologna). He has also taught at national and European university master's degrees, and monographic courses in UNIZAR's Doctoral Program of Chemical and Environment Engineering (accredted as Quality Doctoral Programme since 2005). His specialization covers the subjects of Simulation and Optimization of Chemical Processes and Safety and Risk Analysis in the Chemical Industry. He has so far obtained 5 consecutive 5 teaching years awards (quinquenios) (last 2016). Prof. Peña has also dedicated an important part of his university work to management, having been Professor Secretary of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies (2000-2002), Associate Director of the Higher Polytechnic Center (now School of Engineering and Architecture -EINA-)(2002-2007), both of UNIZAR. Associate Director (2008-2011 and 2019 -) and First Associate (2011-2015) of the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research (Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón -I3A-), and coordinator of the Process and Recycling Division within the same Institute (2008-2015 and 2019-). He has participated as a consultant for several research and prospective agencies, both domestic and international (South American, European and Near Eastern), and participated in quality assessment and accreditation processes and standardization since 2005, both for private institutions (AENOR) and public (ANECA and MadrI+D Foundation). He has also been Vocal (technical areas) of the Research Commission of the University of Zaragoza (1998-2002 and 2020-), Chairman of the Commission for the Degree of Chemical Engineering, Chairman of the Commission of Research and the Quality Commission of the I3A. He is a member of the EINA School Board (2004-) and the senate of UNIZAR (2012-).

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