Julio Lloret-Fillol graduated in Chemistry from the University of Valencia (2001), where he obtained his PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Pascual Lahuerta and Prof. Julia Pérez-Prieto (2006), focusing on catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Then, he moved to the University of Heidelberg under the supervision of Prof. Lutz Hans Gade as Marie Curie postdoc fellow. He returned to Spain in 2010 thanks to the Ramón y Cajal program, starting his independent career at the University of Girona, researching water oxidation with iron molecular complexes. In 2014, he became a Young Research Group Leader at the Institut de Química Computational i Catàlisi (UdG), and, since late that year, he started as Group Leader at the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ).
In 2015, he was appointed ICREA Professor at the Institución Catalana de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados (ICREA) and received a grant from the European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC-CoG) to investigate photocatalytic reduction and artificial photosynthesis.
His scientific interests include chemical reactivity, synthetic methodology, artificial photosynthesis, catalysis in general, computational chemistry, and the study of reaction mechanisms. He is also interested in automation technologies applied to chemistry. His research group has specialized since 2015 in photo- and electrocatalysis to develop new reactivity in the context of artificial photosynthesis for the synthesis of fuels and fine chemicals, including water oxidation and water and CO2 reduction, as well as exploring these concepts to develop organic reactivity. We have developed new catalysts directly on electrodes to produce green hydrogen through electrolysis, as well as in the design of devices for their study.
Lloret-Fillol has published over 107 articles in high-impact journals and has been invited to more than 85 conferences. He has been active in technology transfer, holding eight patents and co-founding three spin-off companies. He co-founded Treellum Technologies (Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)), Gioxcat (Advisor), and most recently, JOLT Solutions (Chief Scientist (CS)). The later secured Series A investment for industrializing electrode manufacture for Alkaline Electrolyzers. At JOLT, we are applying a new technology that we have patented for the growth of catalysts on surfaces in industrial manufacturing of electrodes to produce green hydrogen with alkaline electrolyzers.
The results of his research have been recognized in several awards, such as the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award, Young Academy of Europe, Young Researcher Award 2015, Young Researcher Award 2014 of the Organometallic Group of the RSEQ and the recent GEQO Award 2023 for Research Excellence.