Diego Zapater Bes

Previous members

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Research Interests

Reactor technologies, oxygenates to hydrocarbons, heterogeneous catalysis (special interest in zeolites and zeotypes).

Selected Publications

1. MTO with SAPO-34 in a Fixed-Bed Reactor: Deactivation Profiles. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. Volume 60, Issue 45, Pages 16162 – 16170 (2021).

2. Temperature and dilution effects on MTO process with a SAPO-34-based catalyst in fluidized bed reactor. Catalysis Today (Corrected proof).

3. Counteracting SAPO-34 catalyst deactivation in MTO process using a two zone fluidized bed reactor: Reactor testing and process viability. Catalysis Today. Volume 362, Pages 155 – 161 (2021).

4. Water effect on MTO performance in fluidized bed reactors: conventional and two zone. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (accepted).


Chemical engineering and environmental technologies degree, master and PhD at University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Scientific and Professional Membership

Spanish Society of Catalysis (since 2018).


Best oral presentation at 2019 National Congress of Chemical Engineering (Spain).

KAUST Affiliations

  • Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

C-H activation Crude to chemicals Hydroprocessing Oxygenates to hydrocarbons Waste Upgrading Catalyst deactivation Deactivation resistant catalyst Gas-solid reactors Zeolites Fluidized beds Catalyst synthesis