Dr. habil. Pablo Domínguez de María

Sustainable Momentum, SL
Av. Ansite 3, 4-6. 35011 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Dr. habil. Pablo Domínguez de María (m) holds BSc´s in Pharmacy and Chemistry, and a PhD in Biocatalysis (2002). He worked in industry for 6.5 years (2003-2009, two years at Evonik AG, in Germany, and 4.5 years at AkzoNobel BV in the Netherlands) being involved in different projects regarding sustainable chemistry, organocatalysis, neoteric solvents and white biotechnology. In 2009 he joined RWTH Aachen University (Technical Chemistry Department, ITMC) as Group Leader. In 2015 he successfully defended his Habilitation (Thesis: Bio-based catalysis for petroleum-free biorefineries and fine chemicals). Since 2014 he is the Founder, CSO and CEO of Sustainable Momentum, SL., a consultancy firm providing technical support and competitive intelligence reporting on Sustainable Chemistry. He has co-authored >140 scientific publications and book chapters (h-index 50, > 8200 citations), and several patents and books. Dr. Domínguez de María is Co-Chair of Dissemination and Exploitation Board (DEB), and will be mentor of some of the PhDs.

Company: Sustainable Momentum, S.L. (SusMom).
Sustainable Momentum, S.L. is a young consultancy firm established in 2014, upon the identification of an increasing worldwide demand for providing technical support for activities related to Sustainable (industrial) Chemistry, Competitive Intelligence Analysis, Intellectual Property, and the edition of technical documents (e.g. patent reports, books, etc.). On a regular basis and to different academic and industrial customers, Sustainable Momentum SL provides interdisciplinary expertise in areas like biotransformations, white biotechnology, industrial catalytic processes, lignocellulose and biomass biorefineries, ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents, to cite some specific core competences. Emphasis is always put on the (quantitative) sustainability of the entire process, providing a holistic view, advisory, and a fresh vision to client´s projects.

Previous and Current Involvement in Research and Training Programs
During his work as Group leader at the RWTH Aachen University, Dr. habil. Domínguez de María led a group with 5 PhD students and several post-docs, and was involved in two research networks such as the DFG Research Training Group “BioNoCo” (Biocatalysis in non-conventional media) as well as in the DFG Cluster of Excellence “TMFB” (Tailor-made fuels from biomass”. Within Sustainable Momentum, S.L., he has been involved in several European projects related to biocatalysis, such as H2020 CarbaZymes (www.carbazymes.com Grant Num.: 635595, and H2020 RADICALZ (www.radicalz.eu Grant Num.: 101000560). Likewise, the firm has been involved in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) ITN INTERfaces (www.h2020interfaces.eu, Grant Num.: 860414), providing strategic support to the Exploitation and Innovation activities, and contributing to the training of the Early Stage Researchers, in particular in areas related to IP development, sustainability metrics, and application-driven activities.

Relevant Publications and/or Research / Innovation Product

  • Domínguez de María. “On the need for gate-to-gate environmental metrics in biocatalysis: Fatty acid hydration catalyzed by oleate hydratases as a case study”. Green Chemistry 2022, 24, 9620.
  • Semproli, S.N. Chanquía, J.P. Bittner, S. Müller, P. Domínguez de María, S. Kara, D. Ubiali. “Deep Eutectic Solvents for the enzymatic synthesis of sugar esters: A generalizable strategy?”. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2023, 11, 5926.
  • Domínguez de María, N. Guajardo, J. González-Sabín. “Recent granted patents related to Deep Eutectic Solvents”. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 2022, 38, 100712.
  • Guajardo, P. Domínguez de María, R. Canales. “Integrating biocatalysis with viscous Deep Eutectic Solvents in Lab-on-a-chip microreactors”. ChemSusChem 2022, 15, e202102674.
  • P. Domínguez de María (Ed). “Industrial Biorenewables, a practical viewpoint”. John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken, US). 2016.
  • G. de Gonzalo, P. Domínguez de María (Eds). “Biocatalysis – an industrial perspective”. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). 2017.