Logroño, (EFE).- The president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Javier García, hopes to “live up to” the distinction that the University of La Rioja (UR) has awarded him, which has been named Doctor Honoris Causa.
The rector of the UR, Juan Carlos Ayala, offered a press conference this Wednesday together with the chemist from La Rioja, in which the two referred to this distinction, which will be awarded to him this year at the La Rioja university.
With this appointment, the UR wants to recognize the work of this chemist, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, the University of Alicante, who works with the main institutions in the world on issues such as the language of Artificial Intelligence or climate change.
Javier García Martínez (Villamediana -La Rioja-, 1973) is also director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante; He also collaborates with the Research Group ‘Molecular Organometallic Materials’ (MATMO) of the Department of Chemistry of the UR, with which he has developed various scientific projects related to nanotechnology and its application in photocatalysis and obtaining clean energy.
Ayala recalled that the chemist from La Rioja is the first Spaniard to chair the IUPAC and stressed that his appointment as Doctor Honoris Causa by the UR “is motivated by many reasons due to his extensive curriculum, in which he has known how to combine the facet of entrepreneur and that of a scientist” and “he is one of the people who has best managed to make science reach society.”
The rector also recalled that García treasures “a long list of distinctions” including that of Riojano de Honor, in 2022, and that of having been recognized in 2017 as the best entrepreneur in the US by the American Chemical Society.
In addition, Ayala has made reference to the fact that García has written 140 articles in prestigious international publications, has directed more than 50 research projects and has registered 55 patents “but the most outstanding are his excellent communication skills and his humility to bring to La Rioja and to the UR in his heart».
“This is a very special day, for accepting this honor and joining a university that I have always felt as my own, because I have been collaborating with it for 15 years”, assured García, for whom “more than an honor, this distinction is a commitment of service”. EFE