Dr. Héctor A. Ruiz obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Centre of Biological Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal. He is currently Full Professor, founder of Biorefinery Group (www.biorefinerygroup.com) and head of the Biorefinery Pilot Plant for Biomass Fractionation at the Autonomous University of Coahuila in Mexico, leader of the biomass pretreatment stage in the Cluster of Bioalcoholes in the Mexican Centre for Innovation in Bioenergy. Dr. Ruiz is Editor-in-Chief of BioEnergy Research Journal (Springer), Associate Editor of Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts (Springer), editorial board member of Bioresource Technology (Elsevier), Industrial Crops and Products (Elsevier), Biofuel Research Journal (Green Wave Publishing) and Book Editor of Hydrothermal Processing in Biorefineries (Springer). Dr. Ruiz has been awarded several prizes such as the Research Award for Young Scientist in the Engineering and Technology field of the Mexican Academy of Sciences; Mexican Prize “Dr. Carlos Casas Campillo” of the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Dr. Ruiz was a highly cited researcher (Top 2% in the world) within the report of Stanford University and Elsevier BV, 2021. He is author or co-author of more than 105 publications, including peer-reviewed articles and chapters (h-index of 36 and more than 4,400 citations). He is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in the engineering section, and member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico, also Dr. Ruiz is member of the national system of researchers level 2.
Dr. Ruiz works to advance lignocellulose and algal (micro-macro) biomass biorefining science and technology for the production of high added-value compounds and biofuels (bioethanol), biomass fractionation using hydrothermal and high-pressure processing (steam explosion, liquid hot water, CO2), Biochemical Engineering, sugar platform approaches to biomass conversion and bioreactor design.