19 Nov 2013
Prof Francisco Rodriguez-Reinoso delivered the 6th Ubbelohde Lecture on 'The uniqueness of activated carbon for gas separation and storage,' at Imperial College London on 6 November 2013.
Prof Rodriguez-Reinoso has won an international reputation for his research into a wide range of carbon materials (structural, porous, catalysts, etc). He has been supervisor of 50 PhD theses (20 on activated carbon/adsorption, eight on carbon-related catalysts, nine in structural carbon materials, five on non-carbon catalysts, three on composites and five on miscellaneous materials).
He has been responsible for a total of over 120 research projects and industrial contracts at the University of Alicante. He has over 350 articles published in refereed journals and has given a large number of plenary and invited lectures. Among these he has received awards from the Japan Carbon Society in 2008 and from the American Carbon Society in 2010. He has had a long-standing relationship with the carbon industry and has received much funding from EU projects. He was an Editor of Carbon from 1991 to 2012.
He was presented with a certificate by Prof Malcolm Heggie, Chairman of the British Carbon Group to mark the occasion (pictured). Prof Heggie noted that the Ubbelohde Lecture was founded by the BCG to honour the memory of one of the leaders in carbon science in Great Britain in former years.
About the Ubbelohde Lecture
Prof A R Ubbelohde had a distinguished academic career, initially at Oxford but then at Queen's University, Belfast and finally at Imperial College, in the Dept of Chemical Engineering. He had a wide range of active research interests, and his pioneering work on Highly Orientated Pyrolytic Graphite was carried out while he was at Imperial College.
He was a founder of SCI's Industrial Carbon and Graphite Group, one of the precursor groups of the British Carbon Group and was the inspiration behind the famous London Carbon and Graphite conferences, which together with those that his friend and colleague Prof Mrozowski at Buffalo, organised in the United States, became the International Carbon Conferences we have today.
The BCG inaugurated the Ubbelohde Lectures to honour his name, the first of which was given by Sir Harry Kroto at Carbon 2006 at Aberdeen.