Julio Mata studies the mechanisms of chemical and biochemical reactions, in particular of acyl transfer reactions, heterogeneous and enzymatic catalysis, hydrophobic effects, the biochemistry of post-harvest processes and the rational use of energy and development of source materials. vegetable, alternative to petroleum derivatives.
President of the Costa Rican Association of Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry (1983-88), Director of the Science and Technology magazine (2006-2008). In addition, he is a Member of the Organizing Committee of the 6th. Central American Congress of Microbiology (1985), Member of the Organizing Committee of the 6th. National Congress of Microbiology, Parasitology and Clinical Pathology (1987), Member of the Scientific Committee of the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Health (1987-9), Member of the Latin American Commission for Organic Physicochemistry (2000-present), Member of the committee for select the winner of the National Science and Technology Award "Clodomiro Picado Twight" (1982, 1984), Member of the Board of Directors of the Scientific College of San Pedro (1989-90), Member of the National Biofuels Commission (2006-2009).
He has received the following awards: Researcher from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research of Costa Rica (Conicit) (1979-1989), National Prize for Science and Technology "Clodomiro Picado Twight" (1980), Scholarship and Matsumae medal, Tokyo (1982 ), Fullbright Scholarship (1986 ?? 87), Designated Member of the National Academy of Science of Costa Rica (1992-present), Inaugural lecture of the Master's Program in Library Science and Information Studies, University of Costa Rica. June 3, 2003, ?? Information for accreditation in laboratories: A new challenge for librarianship ??, Inaugural conference of the XIV Costa Rican Symposium of Psychobiology and II Costa Rican Symposium of Applied Behavioral Analysis.