Gonzalo Rocha Aguilera Ph.D



Gonzalo joined Coanda in 2021. His areas of expertise include heterogenous catalysis, oil and bio-oil upgrading, and bench and pilot scale work including design, construction, operation and troubleshooting.

Prior to coming to Canada, Gonzalo completed his master’s degree at the University of Las Americas – Puebla (UDLA-P). He obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta; both degrees being in the area of chemical engineering. During his PhD, Gonzalo thoroughly investigated the chemical properties of a natural zeolites as a potential oil upgrading catalyst

Before completing his master’s degree, Gonzalo worked for the specialty chemical industry as a plant support engineer. This experience allowed him to be aware of the challenges and needs of the industry. Previous to joining Coanda, he worked for CanmetENERGY in Devon supporting pilot plant projects for the oil industry.