President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, President of the Academia Joven de España, Professor, University of Alicante, Spain
Javier Garcia Martinez is a professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (UA) where he leads an international team working on the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for the production of chemicals and energy.
He is the founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the technology he developed during his Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts that Rive Technology sells are used in several refineries, significantly increasing fuel production and the energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. GRACE acquired Rive Technology.
Founder and President of Celera, a program that identifies young people with exceptional talent in Spain and provides them with the necessary tools to enhance their personal and professional abilities to make the most of their potential.
In June 2014, he was awarded the King Jaime I Award, and in 2015 the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society. In the summer of 2017, Javier was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best US entrepreneur in the chemical sector. Javier Garcia Martinez is a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network and Young Global Leader and Global Young Academy Alumni. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society