Portrait of Dr Marta Granollers Dr Marta Granollers

m.granollers@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472180


Marta Granollers studied Chemical engineering at the University of Barcelona. After graduating in 2006 she carried out her Master’s degree in Experimental Chemical Engineering (2007) with the Consolidated research group of Applied Catalysis and Kinetics of the University of Barcelona and subsequently obtained her PhD with honours at the same university with the same research group (2012).

After obtaining her PhD she took on undergraduate teaching as an Assistant Professor being a member of the Teaching improvement and innovation group of Chemical reaction engineering at the University of Barcelona. Marta first joined the University of Huddersfield in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr Gareth Parkes being involve in characterisation of porous materials by microcalorimetry. In September of 2014 she started her academic post as lecturer in Chemical Engineering being involved in the development of the new Chemical Engineering course and teaching Chemical Reaction Engineering modules.

Research and Scholarship

Refineries are constantly adapting to environmental and market demands and are seeking to eagerly investigate low cost processes which make profit of low valuable streams or surplus by-products, and processes that integrate the production of bioethanol in the refinery streams. Besides, these processes require the use of efficient and active low cost catalysts. The environmental concerns associated with safe handling and disposal of corrosive mineral acids have encouraged the development of safer and non-waste producing alternatives for applications in catalysis.

Marta’s research area has largely focused on heterogeneous porous materials to catalyse reactions producing gasoline and diesel fuels, and to incorporate bioethanol in refinery streams. She has expertise in reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, kinetic modelling, porous material characterisation, and the design and start-up of experimental continuous and batch reactor devices. She also collaborates with the Catalysis Centre of the University of Huddersfield.

Marta’s research area is focused in development of catalysts for industry, from catalyst synthesis to close-to-operational testing in two important areas of chemical engineering: green chemistry and sustainability.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Osastiashtiami, A., Lee, A., Granollers, M., Brown, D., Olivi, L., Morales, G., Melero, J. and Wilson, K. (2015) ‘Hydrothermally Stable, Conformal, Sulfated Zirconia Monolayer Catalysts for Glucose Conversion to 5-HMFACS Catalysis , 5 (7), pp. 4345-4352.

Beerthuis, R., Granollers, M., Brown, D., Salavagione, H., Rothenberg, G. and Shiju, N. (2015) ‘Catalytic acetoxylation of lactic acid to 2-acetoxypropionic acid, en route to acrylic acidRSC Advances , 5 (6), pp. 4103-4108. ISSN 2046-2069


Morales, G., Osatiashtiani, A., Hern�ndez, B., Iglesias, J., Melero, J., Paniagua, M., Brown, D., Granollers, M., Lee, A. and Wilson, K. (2014) ‘Conformal sulfated zirconia monolayer catalysts for the one-pot synthesis of ethyl levulinate from glucoseChemical Communications , 50 (79), pp. 11742-11745. ISSN 1359-7345


Granollers, M., Izquierdo, J., Fit�, C. and Cunill, F. (2013) ‘Kinetic study of methyl-butenes dimerization and trimerization in liquid-phase over a macroreticular acid resinChemical Engineering Journal , 234, pp. 266-275. ISSN 1385-8947


Granollers, M., Izquierdo, J. and Cunill, F. (2012) ‘Effect of macroreticular acidic ion-exchange resins on 2-methyl-1-butene and 2-methyl-2-butene mixture oligomerizationApplied Catalysis A General , 435-43, pp. 163-171. ISSN 0926-860X


Granollers, M., Izquierdo, J., Tejero, J., Iborra, M., Fite?, C., Bringue?, R. and Cunill, F. (2010) ‘Isoamylene Trimerization in Liquid-Phase over Ion Exchange Resins and ZeolitesIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research , 49 (8), pp. 3561-3570. ISSN 0888-5885