Simelys Pris Hernandez Ribullen

Associate Professor
Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT)

  • Member of Interdepartmental Center CWC - CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo


Research interests

advanced oxidation
artificial photosynthesis
co2 reduction
electrochemical cell
wastewater treatment


Simelys Hernández got the degree in Chemical Engineering, with highest honors (Lode) at both Politecnico di Torino (Polito, Turin, Italy) and at Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela) in 2004 and completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Polito in November 2009. She has been Assistant Professor (RTD-B) of the courses of Catalysis for the Energy and the Environment, Industrial Chemistry, Green Chemistry Products and Processes, and Photo-Electro-Catalytic Technologies for a Sustainable Chemical Industry at the DISAT department (Polito) and, from February 2021, she will Associated Professor leading a course on Oil & Gas Processing. She is responsible of the research team: CO2 reduction for a low-carbon economy (CREST group). She is collaborator at the CSFT of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT@Polito), member of the RSC, MRS, ISE and SCI (Electrochemical Division). She is technical coordinator of the EU H2020 project SunCoChem (, principal investigator of the H2020 project OCEAN (, vice-coordinator of the EU H2020 project RECODE ( and has worked in the coordination and scientific teams of other EU Projects (CELBICON, SOLHYDROMICS, MCWAP, ArtipHyction, ECO2CO2 and TERRA) related to the development of Novel Sustainable Photo-Electro-Chemical Processes for the capture and conversion of the CO2 from lab-scale (TRL2/3) to Pilot scale (TRL5/6). She is Associate Editor of the Journals Frontier in Chemistry (section Catalysis and Photocatalysis) and Nanomaterials (mdpi). She is currently co-author of > 87 papers (> 2100 citations) in international peer-reviewed journals, 14 book chapters and her H-index is 31. She is reviewer of high-level international scientific journals such as Nature Catalysis, Appl. Cat. B: Environm., Adv. Energy Mat., ChemSusChem and Green Chemistry, among others.


ERC sectors

PE8_2 - Chemical engineering, technical chemistry
PE4_8 - Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics, sensors
PE4_10 - Heterogeneous catalysis
PE5_5 - Ionic liquids
PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
PE4_15 - Photochemistry
PE4_4 - Surface science and nanostructures
PE5_4 - Thin films


Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Editorial boards

  • NANOMATERIALS (2020-2021), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • CRYSTALS (2020-2021), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE IN SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING (2017-2018), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY (2017-), Director
  • FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY (2017-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series


PhD Boards

  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2018/2019 (35. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO

Courses of Study Boards



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Master of Science

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Bachelor of Science

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Research groups/teams


Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

  • CO2-based electro-synthesis of high added-value products by smart designed electrocatalysts, (2022-2024) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Corporate-funded and donor-funded research
  • SunCoChem - Photoelectrocatalytic device for SUN-driven CO2 conversion into green CHEMicals, (2020-2024) - Responsabile Scientifico
    UE-funded research - H2020 - Industrial Leadership – LEIT - NANOTECHNOLOGIES
  • Oxaclic acid from CO2 using Elcetrochemistry At demonstratioN scale, (2017-2021) - Responsabile Scientifico
    UE-funded research - H2020 - Cross-cutting activities - IND

Projects funded by commercial contracts

  • Stable Noble-Metal-Free Oxygen Evolution Electrodes for PEM Electrolysis , (2022-2025) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research
  • Validazione di un assemblaggio membrana-elettrodo con una membrana anionica per la produzione di H2, (2022-2022) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research
  • Riduzione della CO2 a metanolo - ODL 4310464957, (2021-2022) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research
  • Studio relativo al sistema foto-elettro-catalitico per la conversione dell’acqua e la CO2 a H2 e altri prodotti sostenibili, (2020-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico
  • Riduzione della CO2 e Metanolo per vie Elettrocatalitica e Termocatalitica: Ottimizzazione di Catalizzatori e Confronto Energetico e di Performance fra i due Processi, (2019-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research
  • CO2 Meta, (2019-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research
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Supervised PhD students

  • Giulia Cuatto. Programme in Ingegneria Chimica (cycle 38, 2022-in progress)
  • Mario Gallone. Programme in Ingegneria Chimica (cycle 37, 2021-in progress)
  • Francesco Vanzetti. Programme in Ingegneria Chimica (cycle 37, 2021-in progress)
  • Federica Zammillo. Programme in Ingegneria Chimica (cycle 37, 2021-in progress)
  • Alessia Fortunati. Programme in Ingegneria Chimica (cycle 35, 2019-in progress)


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