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. I am guiding Gastón in his quest of catalysts for CO electrosynthesis, with focus on unveiling performance descriptors from model systems driving to practical synthetic routes. In close relationship, Tatsuya and I are engaged in developing cathodic materials optimized for highly efficient artificial leafs, in the framework of the joint European effort a-leaf.
|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|