Jesús Campos Manzano (Seville, 1987) is a researcher employed by the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at Universidad de Sevilla. Among the recognition he has received is a grant from the European Marie Curie program.
This project aims to develop a new type of catalyst to extract as much use as possible from biomass, for example increasing its energy value as a biofuel.
Nature produces 170,000 million tons of biomass every year through photosynthesis, and in the last decade there has been a surge of interest in the development of new chemical strategies for using this material.
The catalysts proposed by Campos are ‘metal supramolecular intercluster compounds’ formed by groups of different molecules (clusters of ruthenium, nickel and iridium) and will be applied in processes such as the depolimerization of lignin, which favor the use of biomass as a biofuel.