Francisco Domínguez, Ph.D

Research Lecturer

Centro de Investigación, Estudios y Desarrollo de Ingeniería (CIEDI)
Facultad de Ingenierías y Ciencias Agropecuarias (FICA)
Calle José Queri s/n entre Av. Granados y Av. Eloy Alfaro.
Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador.
Phone: 00 593 (2) 3981000 ext 232 or 7193
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Research Interests


My main research field focuses on synthesis, characterization and evaluation of catalytic systems and reactive processes on heterogeneous catalysis. The studied reactions include light olefin and paraffin reformation, NOx reduction and syngas production.



The development of my researches has allowed me to gain expertise in the following techniques of characterization of heterogeneous catalysts: TPR, TPO, TPD, FTIR, XRF, TGA, DSC, XRD, XPS, BET surface and adsorbed molecules chemisorption. In addition, I have solid knowledge on gas chromatography analysis and essential laboratory procedures such as titration, distillation, grinding, sieving, drying, weighing, centrifugation, and others.


Philosophal Doctor in Chemical Engineering, specialization in Surfaces and Catalysis (Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (2003). Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Chemical Engineer, 2000. Universidad del Zulia. Maracaibo, Venezuela.


Publications (2009-2015)


Peer-reviewed journal articles


  • Redox behavior and catalytic activity of mixed oxides based on CeO2 over La2O3-Al2O3 . V. Ferrer, D. Finol, D. Gonzalez, F. Espina, M. Cauqui, F. Domínguez. Avances en Química, 10(2), 83-92 (2015).
  • Preparation and characterization of Pt-Ga/HY catalysts with different Si / Al: Study of the support. A. Colmenares, J. Otero, F. Domínguez. CIENCIA (2014) 22.
  • Synthesis and characterization of bimetallic Pt-Ni supported for H2 production in the partial oxidation of methane. E. Petit, G. Ramos, V. Ferrer, J. Zárraga, F. Domínguez. CIENCIA (2014) 22:147-156.
  • Effect of thermal treatments on reducibility and catalytic activity of Pd supported over mixed oxideA. Barroso, J. Bracho, V. Ferrer, D. Finol, R. Solano, F. Domínguez, M. Ramos. CIENCIA (2014) 22:11-20.
  • Chemical characterization and catalytic activity for CH4 partial oxidation of Pd supported on Ce0,5Zr0,5/SiO2. D.Trujillo, F. Ramirez, V. Ferrer, D. Finol, F. Domínguez, M. Ramos. Avances en Química 158 8(3), 157-165 (2013).
  • Effect of support on textural and catalytic properties of supported Pd catalysts. A. Bastos, D. Finol, J. Méndez, F. Domínguez, D. Rodríguez, V. Ferrer. CIENCIA (2013) 21 (1) 25-35.
  • Synthesis and characterization of supported Pt catalysts over CeO2-clays compounds.  J. Zárraga, M. Gudiño, F. Domínguez,V. Ferrer, E. González, D. Finol, A. Moronta, I. Gonzalez. CIENCIA (2012) 20: 86-95.
  • Dehydrogenation of n-butane over Pd–Ga/Al2O3 catalysts. L. Rodríguez, D. Romero, D. Rodríguez, J. Sánchez, F. Domínguez, G. Arteaga. Applied Catalysis A: General (2010) 373: 66-70.
  • Chemical characterization and catalytic activity of Pd-supported catalysts on Ce0.39Zr0.61Ox/SiO2. V. Ferrer, D. Finol, D. Rodríguez, F. Domínguez, R. Solano, J. Zárraga, J. Sánchez. Catalysis Letter (2009) 132:292–298.

Conference Presentations

  • n-butane dehydroisomerization in Pt/Ga2O3/Al2O3 catalysts. F. Domínguez, V. Ferrer, J. Zárraga, J. Sánchez. XIX Venezuelan Catalysis Congress. Maracaibo-Venezuela, 2013.
  • n-butane dehydroisomerization in Pt/Ga2O3/HYcatalysts. F. Domínguez, V. Ferrer y J. Sánchez. XXIII Iberoamerican Catalysis Congress. Santa Fe-Argentina, 2012.
  • n-butane dehydrogenation in Pt-Ga/Al2O3 catalysts. F. Domínguez, D. Rodríguez, V. Ferrer, J. Sánchez y G. Arteaga. 15 º Brasilian Catalysis Congress. Buzios-Brasil, 2009.
  • Effect of thermal treatments over the catalytic activity of supported Ce/Tb mixed oxide. F. Domínguez, M. Da Costa, D. Finol, J. Sánchez, J. Zárraga, V. Ferrer. Brasilian Catalysis Congress. Buzios-Brasil, 2009.


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