PHOTO-ELECTRO-CHEMISTRY AND NATURE-INSPIRED SYSTEMS

This group is devoted to ground-breaking advancement and novel approaches and methodologies in clean energy production and sustainable chemical synthesis using photochemical processes mostly assisted by optical semiconductors, as well the development of electrochemical technologies for energy conversion and storage, and the study of advanced materials and systems for biomedical applications. Its main research lines include:

Photocatalytic Production of Chemicals and Fuels. Optical semiconductors, mostly based on graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) for the production of hydrogen from water and from biomass, for the synthesis of aromatic aldehydes, and for the production of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Perovskites for the production of imines. Photocatalytic reactors with different configurations designed for water decontamination, chemical synthesis, hydrogen production, and oxygen evolution, with optimization achieved through 3D-printed structures and CFD tools.

Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells and Electrolysers. Sustainable carbon-based electrocatalysts as alternatives to noble metals. N-coordinated single-atom iron on carbon optimized for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR), and single-atom Fe-N active centers produced using inexpensive precursors. High-performing nickel and cobalt carbon materials for oxygen evolution reactions.

Materials and Systems for Biomedical and Health-Care. Biocompatible carbon-based materials for photothermodynamic therapy (PTT) for cancer treatment, proteins (nucleic acids and enzymes) purification and drug delivery. Photo-responsible textile materials with self-cleaning and antimicrobial properties. Immobilization of enzymes for biocatalytic applications.


Major research areas in the group include:

Solar Fuels and Chemicals

Electrochemical Technologies for Energy Convertion and Storage

Advanced Materials and Systems for Biomedical Applications