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Javier García Martínez returns to Princeton

Javier García Martínez returns to Princeton

Posted May 29, 2013 by Stephanie Landers


Javier Garcia Martinez
The Keller Center is pleased to welcome back to campus Dr. Javier García Martínez, professor of inorganic chemistry and director of the Nanotechnology Molecular Laboratory at the University of Alicante, Spain.

Javier is also co-founder of Rive Technology, a technology start-up commercializing advanced catalyst technology.  During his post-doc at MIT, Javier discovered a process which makes traditional zeolite catalysts more accessible to large hydrocarbon molecules.   Recognizing the value of a new, commercially feasible to a long-standing challenge, Javier patented the process and went on to found Rive Technology.  The company has subsequently raised over $48M in venture funding and employs over thirty technical team members in Princeton, NJ, from leading universities, catalyst manufacturers, and oil companies.  The team is bringing its technology to the petroleum refining industry in collaboration with W.R. Grace, a global chemical manufacturing firm. 

Javier is vice-chair of the World Economic Forum General Assembly Council on Emerging Technologies and received the TR 35 Award from MIT's Technology Review magazine.   In 2009 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where he continues to support to support others' spirit of innovation and the entrepreneurism of start-up initiatives.

Javier will be a guest of the Keller Center until September 13. While at Princeton, he will be available to meet with undergraduate and graduate students interested in creating their own business or spinning out their technologies from the lab to the market place.  He will also will serve as an advisor to a select group of students who have been accepted into the second year of the Keller Center's eLab Summer Accelerator Program.

To make an appointment to meet with Javier, visit this page for his contact information.