Antonio M. Echavarren se doctoró en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, 1982) y tras estancias postdoctorales en el Boston College y en la Colorado State University se incorporó al Instituto de Química Orgánica del CSIC en Madrid como Científico Titular y luego como Investigador Científico. En 1992 regresó a la UAM como Catedrático de Química Orgánica y en 2004 se trasladó a Tarragona como Group Leader del Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ). Es también Profesor de Investigación del CSIC. Es miembro del International Advisory Board de Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, y de Organic Letters, miembro del Editorial Board de Chemistry European Journal, y Editor Asociado de Chemical Communications. Es Fellow de la Royal Society of Chemistry, recibió el Premio Janssen-Cylag 2004 en Química Orgánica y la Medalla de Oro 2010 de la Real Sociedad Química Española y el Premio Arthur C. Cope Scholar de la ACS en 2015. Es el actual presidente de la Real Sociedad Española de Química.
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (UA) where he teaches and leads a world's leading research center on nanomaterials for energy applications. Published extensively in the areas of nanomaterials and energy and is the author of more than twenty five patents. His latest books are "Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge" (Wiley, 2010), “Chemistry Education” (Wiley 2014), and “Mesoporous Zeolites” (Wiley 2015)
Founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the technology he developed during his Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts commercialized by Rive Technology are already used in several US refineries, significantly increasing the production of fuels and the energy efficiency of the process.
His scientific and business leadership has been recognized with some of the most important awards. In 2007, MIT's Technology Review magazine selected him as one of the top innovators of his generation and in 2009 the World Economic Forum recognized him as Young Global Leader. In June 2014, he was awarded the Rey Jaime I Prize in his category of New Technologies and since 2015 he is the first Spanish to receive the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society and the first person to receive the Award for the Best Spanish Innovation in the USA, given at MIT by the Association of Spanish Scientists in the USA. In the summer of 2017, Javier was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best chemistry entrepreneur in the USA. Javier is a member of the Emerging Technologies Council of the World Economic Forum, of the Young Global Academy, of the Executive Committee of the IUPAC, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.