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Associate Professor

Member of Interdepartmental Center (CWC - CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo)

+39 0110904774 / 4774 (DISAT)

Simelys Hernández got the degree in Chemical Engineering, with highest honors (Lode) at both Politecnico di Torino (Polito, Turin, Italy) and at Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela) in 2004 and completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Polito in November 2009. She has been Assistant Professor (RTD-B) of the courses of Catalysis for the Energy and the Environment, Industrial Chemistry, Green Chemistry Products and Processes, and Photo-Electro-Catalytic Technologies for a Sustainable Chemical Industry at the DISAT department (Polito) and, from February 2021, she will Associated Professor leading a course on Oil & Gas Processing. She is responsible of the research team: CO2 reduction for a low-carbon economy (CREST group). She is collaborator at the CSFT of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT@Polito), member of the RSC, MRS, ISE and SCI (Electrochemical Division). She is technical coordinator of the EU H2020 project SunCoChem (, principal investigator of the H2020 project OCEAN (, vice-coordinator of the EU H2020 project RECODE ( and has worked in the coordination and scientific teams of other EU Projects (CELBICON, SOLHYDROMICS, MCWAP, ArtipHyction, ECO2CO2 and TERRA) related to the development of Novel Sustainable Photo-Electro-Chemical Processes for the capture and conversion of the CO2 from lab-scale (TRL2/3) to Pilot scale (TRL5/6). She is Associate Editor of the Journals Frontier in Chemistry (section Catalysis and Photocatalysis) and Nanomaterials (mdpi). She is currently co-author of > 87 papers (> 2100 citations) in international peer-reviewed journals, 14 book chapters and her H-index is 31. She is reviewer of high-level international scientific journals such as Nature Catalysis, Appl. Cat. B: Environm., Adv. Energy Mat., ChemSusChem and Green Chemistry, among others.

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-6722-0273
Scopus Author ID: 23978104200
WoS ResearcherID: I-7042-2016
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Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_2 - Chemical engineering, technical chemistry PE4_8 - Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics, sensors PE4_10 - Heterogeneous catalysis PE5_5 - Ionic liquids PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles PE4_15 - Photochemistry PE4_4 - Surface science and nanostructures PE5_4 - Thin films


Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 13: Climate action Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


Advanced oxidation Artificial photosynthesis Carbon capture and utilisation Co2 reduction Electrochemical cell Electrolysis Hydrogen Metal oxide nanomaterials Photocatalysis Wastewater treatment
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Editorial boards

  • NANOMATERIALS (2020-2021), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • CRYSTALS (2020-2021), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE IN SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING (2017-2018), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY (2017-), Director
  • FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY (2017-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series