About Dr Alejandro Montoya

Dr. Alejandro Montoya is an active researcher who studies the links between structure and reactivity of chemical species with the macroscopic properties of chemical processes.

Dr. Montoya expertise lays in computational chemical modeling, which is a fundamental technique that helps to find the most cost-effective experimental conditions of chemical processes to maximize selectivity and minimise the formation of unwanted by products. Dr. Montoya interest is to determine the properties of chemical species at an atomic level and to use this information for building microkinetic models that can be used as a guide for process optimization.

Dr. Montoya completed his Ph.D in Chemical Sciences in 2002. He joined The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2003. He received the prestigious Sesqui Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003-2006) and he was appointed Associated Lecturer in 2007 in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.Dr. Montoya has made significant contributions to the description of the mechanism of carbon oxidation processes. His work in this area has led to new methodological insights as well as to specific thermodynamic and kinetic predictions on previously unstudied chemical reaction systems. He has proposed new approaches for theoretically determining rate constants based on dynamic methods for carbon oxidation processes that have potential application in coal gasification and combustion process studies. Dr. Montoya has also made original contributions to homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic reactions of practical interest, including studies on methanol dehydrogenation on silver and ammonia oxidation on cobalt catalyst.

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