Vice-rector for Research

Jordi Llorca Piqué


Jordi Llorca Piqué

Jordi Llorca Piqué has a doctoral degree in Chemistry (1995) from the University of Barcelona. He joined the UPC as an associate professor in 2005 and has been a full professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, affiliated with the Barcelona East School of Engineering (EEBE), since 2014. He has also taught at the Barcelona College of Industrial Engineering (EUETIB), the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB), the Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB) and the Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB).

He leads the Nanoengineering of Materials Applied to Energy (NEMEN) research group, which works on developing catalysts and photocatalysts in the field of energy and the environment. His research is reflected in more than 400 publications in JCR journals and over 30 book chapters. He has an h-index of 56. He has supervised 16 doctoral theses, is the co-author of 10 patents and has participated in the creation of two spin-offs. He is a member of the editorial committee of various international journals and has participated in more than 40 national and European competitive research projects and numerous technology transfer contracts. He received the Humbert Torres Award (2003), the Government of Catalonia’s Distinction for the Promotion of University Research (2003) and, on three occasions, the ICREA Acadèmia Award (2009, 2014 and 2019). Since 2017 he has been a full member of the Institute of Catalan Studies, in the Science and Technology section.

He was the director of the Institute of Energy Technologies (2011-2014), the director of the Nanoengineering Research Centre (2014-2016) and the director of the Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering (2016-2021).


  • Promotion, evaluation and monitoring of projects (H2020, FP9, etc.).
  • Promotion, evaluation and monitoring of UPC research groups.
  • Research initiation grants (in coordination with the vice-rector for Teaching and Research Staff Policy)..
  • Campus of Excellence and other specific projects.
  • Research grants.
  • Discretionary research staff.
  • Relations with CERCA research centres.
  • Ethics committee.
  • Research dissemination.
  • Doctoral School (in coordination with the vice-rector for Academic Policy):
    • Planning and programming of doctoral degrees.
    • Industrial doctorates.