My research focuses on the valorization of CO2 into fuels and chemicals. This relatively unexplored field shows evident environmental and pecuniary interests, which have not been realized mostly due to a lack of active and selective catalysts for such a stable molecule. In this regard, understanding structure-performance relationships and unveiling mechanistic aspects and activity descriptors are still pending tasks. To this goal, I develop a strategy based on cross-linking concepts from apparently distant disciplines such as electro-, photo-, and heterogeneous catalysis. This approach allows identification of promising novel materials whose performance is explored under industrially-relevant conditions, and further characterized by harmonizing in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques, aiming to distill a refined understanding which may be translated to other systems. In the framework of the joint European effort a-leaf, I am guiding Florentine in her quest of efficient electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction, with focus on unveiling performance descriptors from model systems studied under real operation conditions, driving to practical synthetic routes. In close relationship, Tatsuya and I are engaged in exploring and optimizing cathodic materials and electrodes for highly efficient artificial leafs.
|2014–now||Scientist in the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland|
|2014||Research associate in ICP-CSIC, Spain|
|2011–2014||Postdoc in CIEMAT, Spain|
|2009–2010||Project leader in OLEA MADRID, s.l. (private company)|
|2005–2009||PhD student, Autonomy University of Madrid|
|2002–2004||Junior power plants designer in ABENER Mexico (private company)|
|2002||BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Seville, Spain|