Núria López (Barcelona, 1972) graduated in Chemistry with honours at the University of Barcelona, Spain (1995) and got her PhD degree in Theoretical Chemistry “cum laude” at the same university (1999), in the group of Prof. F. Illas. She then moved to the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Physics for her post-doc in the group of Prof. Jens K. Nørskov (Denmark).
In 2001 she moved back to the University of Barcelona as a Ramón y Cajal fellow. In 2004 she was appointed Distinguished Professor by the DURSI in the Junior category (under 41 years old).
In November 2005 she took a position at ICIQ, where she currently leads a research group with focus on the theoretical research heterogeneous catalysis. She is also a part-time professor at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the URV. Núria has co-authored over 70 scientific publications.
In September 2010 her “Tenure Track” period was sucessfully evaluated by an experts committee and she became a “Senior Group Leader” at ICIQ.
In 2010 Prof. López was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to carry out the 5-year project “Bio2chem-d: Biomass to chemicals: Catalysis design from first principles for a sustainable chemical industry”, funded by the European Research Council. In 2015 she got an ERC Proof-of-concept grant, also funded by the European Research Council, to develop the project “BigData4Cat”. The goal of the project is to store, structure and search the Catalysis Big Data resources in a sustainable manner that can be adapted to different problems at academic, editorial and industrial levels. This will be achieved through the platform www.iochem-BD.org
In April 2015 she was awarded a “Prize for Excellence” by the Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ)