Dr. Antonio José Martín Fernández

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI E131
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 36768

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    CO2 valorization

    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
    • Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to 1-butanol on oxide-derived copper
      L.R.L. Ting, R. García-Muelas, A.J. Martín, F.L.P. Veenstra, S.T.-J. Chen, Y. Peng, E.Y.X. Per, S. Pablo-García, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez, B.S. Yeo
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, in press (doi:10.1002/anie.202008289)
      Angew. Chem. 2020, in press (doi:10.1002/ange.202008289)
    • Hybridization of fossil and CO2-based routes for ethylene production using renewable energy
      I. Ioannou, S.C. D'Angelo, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez, G. Guillén-Gosálbez
      ChemSusChem 2020, in press (doi:10.1002/cssc.202001312R1)
    • Selectivity patterns in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 revealed by laser-microstructured copper
      F.L.P. Veenstra, N. Ackerl, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Chem 2020, 6, 1707-1722 (doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2020.04.001)
    • Structure sensitivity and evolution of nickel-bearing nitrogen-doped carbons in the electrochemical reduction of CO2
      S. Büchele, A.J. Martín, S. Mitchell, F. Krumeich, S.M. Collins, S. Xi, A. Borgna, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 3444-3454 (doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b05333)
    • The volcano trend in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction activity over atomically-dispersed metal sites on nitrogen-doped carbon
      J. Li, P. Prslja, T. Shinagawa, A.J. Martin, F. Krumeich, K. Artyushkova, P. Atanassov, A. Zitolo, Y. Zhou, R. García-Muelas, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez, F. Jaouen
      ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 10426-10439 (doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b02594)
    • Heading to distributed electrocatalytic conversion of small abundant molecules into fuels, chemicals, and fertilizers
      A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Joule 2019, 3, 2602-2621 (doi:10.1016/j.joule.2019.09.007)
    • Nitride-derived copper modified with indium as a selective and highly stable catalyst for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide
      F.L.P. Veenstra, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemSusChem 2019, 12, 3501-3508 (doi:10.1002/cssc.201901309, very important paper, cover feature)
    • Electrocatalytic reduction of nitrogen: from Haber-Bosch to ammonia artificial leaf
      A.J. Martín, T. Shinagawa, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Chem 2019, 5, 263-283 (doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2018.10.010)
    • Origin of the selective electroreduction of carbon dioxide to formate by chalcogen modified copper
      R. García-Muelas, F. Dattila, T. Shinagawa, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez, N. López
      J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 7153-7159 (doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b03212)
    • Microfabricated electrodes unravel the role of interfaces in multicomponent copper-based CO2 reduction catalysts
      G.O. Larrazábal, T. Shinagawa, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Nat. Commun. 2018, 9:1477 (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03980-9, highlighted in C&EN)
    • Sulfur-modified copper catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formate
      T. Shinagawa, G.O. Larrazábal, A.J. Martín, F. Krumeich, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 837-844 (doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b03161)
    • Elucidating the distribution and speciation of boron and cesium in BCsX zeolite catalysts for styrene production
      A.J. Martín, S. Mitchell, O. Scholder, R. Verel, R. Hauert, L. Bernard, C. Jensen, M. Schwefer, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemPhysChem 2018, 19, 437-445 (doi:10.1002/cphc.201701086)
    • The building blocks for high performance in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction: materials, optimization strategies, and device engineering
      G.O. Larrazábal, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 3933-3944 (doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01380)
    • D. Curulla-Ferré, C. Drouilly, O. Martin, C. Mondelli, J. Pérez-Ramírez, A. J. Martín
      Process for methanol synthesis using an indium oxide based catalyst
      2017, Patent #: WO2017118573
    • D. Curulla-Ferré, C. Drouilly, O. Martin, C. Mondelli, J. Pérez-Ramírez, A.J. Martín
      Supported indium oxide catalyst and process for methanol synthesis using the same
      2017, Patent #: WO2017118572
    • Visualising compositional heterogeneity during the scale up of multicomponent zeolite bodies
      A.J. Martin, S. Mitchell, K. Kunze, K.C. Weston, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Mater. Horiz. 2017, 4, 857-861 (doi:10.1039/C7MH00088J, inside front cover)
    • Solvothermally-prepared Cu2O electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction with tunable selectivity by the introduction of p-block elements
      G.O. Larrazábal, A.J. Martín, F. Krumeich, R. Hauert, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemSusChem 2017, 10, 1255-1265 (doi:10.1002/cssc.201601578)
    • Enhanced reduction of CO2 to CO over Cu-In electrocatalysts: catalyst evolution is the key
      G.O. Larrazábal, A.J. Martín, S. Mitchell, R. Hauert, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 6265-6274 (doi:10.1021/acscatal.6b02067)
    • Indium oxide as a superior catalyst for methanol synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation
      O. Martin, A.J. Martín, C. Mondelli, S. Mitchell, T.F. Segawa, R. Hauert, C. Drouilly, D. Curulla-Ferré, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6261-6265 (doi:10.1002/anie.201600943, front cover, highlighted in C&EN)
      Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 6369-6373 (doi:10.1002/ange.201600943)
    • Synergistic effects in silver-indium electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide reduction
      G.O. Larrazábal, A.J. Martín, S. Mitchell, R. Hauert, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      J. Catal. 2016, 343, 266-277 (doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2015.12.014)
    • Towards sustainable fuels and chemicals through the electrochemical reduction of CO2: lessons from water electrolysis
      A.J. Martín, G.O. Larrazábal, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Green Chem. 2015, 17, 5114-5130 (doi:10.1039/C5GC01893E, front cover)
    • Mechanisms for the growth of thin films of WO3 and bronzes from suspensions of WO3 nanoparticles
      A.J. Martín, C. Maffiotte, A.M. Chaparro
      ECS Trans. 2015, 64, 43-56 (doi:10.1149/06429.0043ecst)
    • Influence of operation parameters on the response of a PEMFC with electrodeposited Pt-WO3 cathode
      A.J. Martín Fernández, A.M. Chaparro
      Fuel Cells 2014, 14, 742-749 (doi:10.1002/fuce.201300242)
    • Preface for the Special Issue "CONAPPICE 2012 (selected papers)
      A.J. Martín, L. Daza
      Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 2014, 39, 3963-3963 (doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.02.014)
    • A portable system powered with hydrogen and one single air-breathing PEM fuel cell
      J.Fernández Moreno; G.Guelbenzu; A.J. Martín, M.A. Folgado, A.M. Chaparro, P. Ferreira Aparicio
      Appl. Energy 2013, 109, 60-66 (doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.03.076)
    • Dry reforming of methane to syngas over La-promoted hydrotalcite clay-derived catalysts
      A. Serrano Lotina; A. J. Martín; M. Antonia Folgado; L. Daza
      Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 2011, 37, 12342-12350 (doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.06.041)
    • Biogas reforming over La-NiMgAl catalysts derived from hydrotalcite-like structure: Influence of calcination temperature
      A. Serrano-Lotina, L. Rodríguez, G. Muñoz, A.J. Martin, M.A. Folgado, L. Daza
      Catal. Comm. 2011, 12, 961-967 (doi:10.1149/1.3005191)
    • Catalyst layers for proton exchange membrane fuel cells prepared by electrospray deposition on Nafion membrane
      A.M. Chaparro, M.A. Folgado, P. Ferreira-Aparicio, A.J. Martín, I. Alonso-Álvarez, L. Daza
      J. Power Sources 2010, 196, 4200-4208 (doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2010.09.096)
    • Single cell study of electrodeposited cathodic electrodes based on Pt–WO3 for polymer electrolyte fuel cells
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, I. Alonso-Álvarez, L. Daza
      J. Power Sources 2010, 196, 4187–4192 (doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2010.09.015)
    • EQCM study of the electrodeposition of Pt-WO3 and its catalytic activity towards the ORR
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2010, 33, 309-320 (doi:10.1149/1.3484529)
    • Microstructure of electrospray deposited catalyst layers for PEMFC electrodes
      A.M. Chaparro, M.A. Folgado, P. Ferreira-Aparicio, B. Gallardo, A.J. Martín, L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2010, 26, 197-205 (doi:10.1149/1.3428989)
    • Testing of catalyst coated membranes for PEMFC, prepared by electrospray deposition
      A. M. Chaparro, I. Alonso-Álvarez, P. Ferreira-Aparicio, M. A. Folgado, A. J. Martín and L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2010, 33, 267-273 (doi:10.1149/1.3484524)
    • Theoretical analysis of the limiting diffusion current at a ‘particulate rotating disk electrode’
      A.M. Chaparro, A.J. Martín, L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2010, 25, 125-133 (doi:10.1149/1.3328517)
    • Characterization and single cell testing of Pt/C electrodes prepared by electrodeposition
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, B. Gallardo, M.A. Folgado, L. Daza
      J. Power Sources 2009, 192, 14-20 (doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2008.10.104)
    • PEMFC electrode preparation by electrospray: Optimization of catalyst load and ionomer content
      A.M. Chaparro, B. Gallardo, M.A. Folgado, A.J. Martín, L. Daza
      Catal. Today 2009, 143, 237-241 (doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2008.12.003)
    • Properties of catalyst layers prepared by electrospray deposition
      A.M. Chaparro, M.A. Folgado, A.J. Martín, B. Gallardo, L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2009, 25, 1221-1227 (doi:10.1149/1.3210677)
    • Pt-Co electrodeposited electrodes: surface distribution and depth profile
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, C. Guillén, M.A. Folgado, L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2009, 25, 2039-2047 (doi:10.1149/1.3210760)
    • Rotating disk electrode analysis of oxygen reduction at platinum particles under limiting diffusion conditions
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, M.A. Folgado, J. Rubio, L. Daza
      Electrochim. Acta 2009, 54, 2209–2217 (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2008.10.036)
    • Electrodeposition of Platinum on Carbon Black for Fuel Cell Application
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, M.A. Folgado, B. Gallardo, L. Daza
      ECS Trans. 2008, 13, 13-18 (doi:10.1149/1.3005179)
    • Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance study of the electrodeposition of Co, Pt and Pt–Co alloy
      A.J. Martín, A.M. Chaparro, L. Daza
      J. Power Sources 2007, 169, 65-70 (doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2007.01.043)