Urbano Díaz, Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC), Spain
Urbano Díaz is permanent Scientist of CSIC at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) from 2004. Born in Valencia, he studied chemistry at the University of Valencia, Spain, gaining his PhD in 2002 on synthesis and characterization of novel delaminated zeolites (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia). He was awarded with a post-doctoral European Marie Curie fellowship at EniTecnologie in Italy on the catalytic applications of organic-inorganic hybrid materials from functional silsesquioxanes. In 2004, he returned to the ITQ where he has since worked in the field of multisites hybrid materials, layered solids, nanocomposites and biomaterials with a particular focus on the effective combination between organic and inorganic structural components. He has more than 60 papers and 10 patent applications on different aspects of inorganic, organic and materials chemistry and he has been Chief Investigator in regional, national and European projects. In 2010, he was awarded with the VI Idea Prize in Technology from Generalitat Valenciana.