The Group
Photoactivated Processes Unit, IMDEA Energy

SENIOR RESEARCHER & HEAD OF UNIT

Dr. Víctor A. de la Peña O'Shea

Photoactivated Processes Unit Leader and ERC CoG Grantee

Position: Head of the Photoactivated Processes Unit
Research topics: Hybrid multifunctional materials, Inorganic semiconductors, Conductive Polymers, Advanced Characterizations, Modelling, Photo- and Photoelectro- catalytic devices. CO2 uses and Solar Fuels..
PhD: Insitute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
ResearcherID
ORCID
Research Gate

Research: Production of fuels and industrial products of interest through photocatalytic reduction of CO2; Hydrogen production by water photo-splitting and fossil fuels decarbonisation.

Short Bio:Víctor A. de la Peña is the Head of the Unit of photoactivated processes of IMDEA Energy. He got his master degree in physical chemistry from Autónoma University of Madrid (Spain) in 2000, working on the development of theoretical studies of the photophysical behaviour of molecular dye sensitizers. He obtained his PhD (2003) at Catalysis and Petrochemistry Institute working on the preparation, characterization and testing of cobalt and iron supported catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. After his PhD he worked on several projects, all of them revolving around the two main research lines: Theoretical studies applied to catalysis; and VOCs elimination processes. In 2004, he was awarded a Juan de la Cierva fellowship at the Barcelona University (UB) as a research fellow to develop catalysts for the selective transformation of biomass derived products into H2. During his stay in UB he got the grade on MSc in Physics. Since 2008 he was developing his scientific career at the IMDEA Energy Institute and during these years he has been awarded with a Ramon y Cajal (RYC-2008-02069). His research interest is focused on heterogeneous catalysis, theoretical chemistry, in-situ characterization and reactor design and built-up applied to energy and environmental technologies such as CO2 uses and artificial photosynthesis, sustainable fuels production and energy storage. He is co-author of more than 91 achieving a h-index of 33 with more than 2520 citations. He is co-author of 4 book chapters and 3 patents. He has participated in more than 100 conference communications with 15 invited talks. During the last years he has participated in about 30 projects funded by Regional, National, European programs and Private sector acting as Principal Investigator in 15 of them. including those funded by: Madrid Regional Government FotoArt-CM: New generation of multifunctional materials for artificial photosynthesis (P2018/NMT-4367); the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology though the National Excellence Program (FOTOVALVO2 (ENE2009-09432), HybridLeaf (CTQ2014-51487-ERC), Solar Fuels (ENE2014-55071-JIN, as supervisor) and Ra-Phuel (ENE2016-79608-C1-2-R). She is also PI of the following Excellence Networks funded by the Spanish Government; FOTOFUEL New Challenges in the Solar Fuels production (ENE2016-82025-REDT). In 2015 she was awarded with a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant given by the European Research Council (ERC) to develop Hybrid Multifunctional materials for artificial photosynthesis (HyMAP project, Ref: 648319). He is the Spanish node in one of the six approved European CSA-FETFLAG H2020 project (SUNRISE project, Ref: 816336). He is also PI of a project awarded by the Ramon Areces Foundation (Art-LEAF) and several contracts with chemical and energy companies such as Repsol, Abengoa, Acciona, and Gas Natural, among others. During her career she has supervised more than 14 post-doctoral researchers and directed or codirected 1 PhD Thesis already defended and 6 more are currently being developed under her supervision. Currently, he is the chair of the CO2 uses Group in the Spanish technological platform of CO2 (PTECO2), leader of the Inter-Platform Group of CO2 uses and coordinator of the Spanish excellence network of solar-fuels. In 2018, he received the prize of Comunidad de Madrid to the best ERC project.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Víctor A. de la Peña

Research: Light harvesting multifunctional Hybrid materials for Energy and reactivity. Víctor A. de la Peña O’Shea received his B. S. degree in chemistry from Universidad Automoma de Madrid (1999) and got his master degree in physical-chemistry from the same institution (2000), working on the development of theoretical studies of the photophysical behaviour of molecular dye sensitizers. He obtained his PhD in 2003 at Catalysis and Petrochemistry Institute (ICP-CSIC) under the supervision of Prof. J.L.G Fierro working on the preparation, characterization and testing of cobalt and iron supported catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. After his PhD he worked on several projects, all of them revolving around the two main research lines: Theoretical studies applied to catalysis; and VOCs elimination processes. In 2004, he was awarded a “Juan de la Cierva” fellowship at the Barcelona University as a research fellow to develop catalysts for the selective transformation of biomass derived products into H2. Since 2009 to 2013 he was developing his scientific career at the IMDEA Energy Institute awarded with a “Ramon y Cajal” Fellow. Currently, his research interest is focused on Heterogeneous Catalysis, Theoretical Chemistry, in-situ characterization and Surface Science fields and their application on selective reactions of Energetic interest for the sustainable fuels production (biofuels and H2), Energy Storage and artificial photosynthesis (CO2 Valorization). He is member of the Executive Board of Spanish CO2 Technology Platform and member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific World Journal and the Open Catalysis Journal. He is co-author of more than 65 publications, 2 patents and 70 contributions to scientific congresses. Besides, he has participated in more than 20 research projects funded by different institutions, among which he is the principal investigator of 9 of them including an ERC-CoG Grant. Furthermore, he has supervised 2 Ph.D. theses and 5 in course.

victor.delapenya@imdea.org

Senior Assistant Researcher

Dr. Marta Liras Torrente

PhD

PhD : (UCM) Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
ResearcherID K-8093-2014.
ORCID
Research Gate
Research: Light harvesting multifunctional Hybrid materials for Energy and reactivity.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Marta Liras

Marta Liras obtained her master degree in Chemistry Science (Organic Chemistry) by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 1999 for her studies in the photoreactivity of aza-di-π-methane compounds. She obtained her PhD in 2003 in UCM for her work developed between both Instituto de Química Orgánica General (IQOG-CSIC) and Instituto Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (ICTP-CSIC) in collaboration with Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano (IQFR-CSIC). Her thesis was about the synthesis of monomers, polymers and copolymers based on BODIPY dyes and their evaluation as solid state laser dyes. During 2004 she has a Comunidad de Madrid (CAM) postdoctoral fellow and she obtained a contract into the Juan de la Cierva Programme (2005-2007). During this step she researched about red and blue laser dyes as well as organic inorganic hybrid dyes with the aim to used them in biomedical applications. During 2008 she went to University of Ottawa (Canada) as postdoctoral fellow in the Prof. J. C. Scaiano group with a contract funded by INTEL Coorp. with the two photon process for photolithography topic and in parallel she acquired knowledge in the synthesis and characterization of luminescence nanoparticles such as quantum dot and up conversion nanoparticles. Afterward, she returned to ICTP-CSIC with a JAE-Doc contract (2010-2013). During this time she developed new strategies to the polymeric coating of several kinds of nano objects (QD´s, UCNP´s, graphene, carbon nanotubes and so on) developing new smart nanomaterials. During the last two year she has been part of the Heterogeneous Catalysis group in the IQOG-CSIC, inside Consolider Ingenio Project leadership by Prof. A. Corma, where she has use Porous Organic Polymers (POPs) such as heterogeneous photocatalyst. She is co-author of more than 55 papers, 1 invention patent and 40 contributions to scientific congress. During the last years she has participated in 16 research projects funded by several national and international institutions public and privates. She has supervised three master thesis and several undergraduate student projects.


marta.liras@imdea.org

Dr. Fernando
Fresno

PhD

PhD: Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP-CSIC)-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
ResearcherID E-1671-2012.
ORCID
Research Gate
Research: Photocatalytic processes for energy applications: CO2 reduction and hydrogen production. Synthesis and characterisation of inorganic photocatalysts.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Fernando Fresno

Fernando Fresno is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Group of Photoactivated Processes at the IMDEA Energy Institute, where he is working on the development of inorganic and hybrid photocatalysts for the production of fuels from carbon dioxide and water. He has previously worked as a Research Associate and Assistant Professor the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, from April 2012. He has conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of the Spanish National Research Council (ICP-CSIC, Madrid), 2010-2012, and the Spanish Centre for Research on Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT, Madrid), 2007-2010. He got his PhD in Chemistry in 2006 at the Autónoma University of Madrid (UAM), Spain, in 2006, working with a national doctoral grant at the Inorganic Chemistry Department of UAM and at ICP-CSIC. He has worked as a visiting researcher in the University of Niigata (Japan), University of Aberdeen (UK) and IRCE Lyon (France). His research interests focus on photocatalytic processes for environmental and energy applications: Synthesis of new, more efficient photocatalytic materials; study of photocatalytic reactions; self-cleaning and superhydrophillic surfaces; and structure-activity relations in heterogeneous catalysts. He is currently PI of 2 funded research projects and has participated in 12 more. He has published 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored and co-edited the book “Design of Advanced Photocatalytic Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications” (Springer 2013, ISBN 978-1-4471-5060). He has contributed with 50 communications to national and international conferences and is co-inventor in one patent. He has acted as an expert reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals and is a member of the editorial board of ISRN Nanomaterials and Journal of Energy.


fernando.fresno@imdea.org


Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Mariam Barawi Morán

PhD

PhD: Energies and Fuels for the Future. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Madrid. Spain.
ResearcherID .
ORCID
Research Gate
Research: Semiconductor materials for energy conversion. Metal sulfides. Transparent metallic oxides. Photoelectrochemistry of semiconductors. Electrochromic materials, "Smart Windows" devices. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)..

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Mariam Barawi Morán

Mariam Barawi obtained the degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Salamanca (USAL) in 2009. In the academic year 2010/2011, he completed a master's degree in Energy and Fuels for the Future at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), through which he completed a research period at CIEMAT in Madrid to obtain the final Master's work. This work was about a study of self-cleaning materials with applications in solar thermal collectors. She received shes doctorate from the UAM university in June 2015, under the PhD program "Energies and Fuels for the Future", with the thesis titled "Metal Sulphides for Energy Conversion: Synthesis, Characterization and Use in Photoelectrochemical Cells for Hydrogen Generation”. During this period, she worked on the synthesis of metal sulphides, as well as on their structural and morphological characterization through techniques such as XRD, SEM, FEG or BET. In addition, she focused on the study of electro and photoelectrochemical behavior of these materials for use as photoanodes in hydrogen photogeneration cells. During the doctoral thesis he made a research stay in Paris, France, in Equipe de Chimie Métallurgique des Terres Rares (CMTR) Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux, where she worked on the possibility of using titanium sulphides as materials for the hydrogen storage. In June of 2015 she moved to Italy (Lecce) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) where she carried out the project called Development of colloidal metal Oxide-Based nanostructures with Tailored Crystal Structure and Geometric To be exploitable in Photoelectrochemical devices. In this period, she worked on the study of the optical, electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties of different transparent metal oxide nanocrystals in order to develop Smart Windows devices. These devices are capable of selectively filtering solar radiation. In January of 2017 she has joined to the photoactivated process unit of Imdea Energía to collaborate with the ERC Hymap Hybrid Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis project. She is the co-author of 17 scientific publications and has attended 8 congresses. During the last years she has participated actively in 4 research projects financed by different national and international institutions, both public and private. He has collaborated in supervising several master's degree jobs.

mariam.barawi@imdea.org

Dr. Ignacio J. Villar García

PhD

PhD: The University of Nottingham. U.K
ResearcherID .
ORCID
Research Gate
Research: Advanced characterization of photo- and photoelectro-catalytic processes.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ignacio J. Villar García

Nacho received his Chemical Engineering Degree and Masters from the University of Oviedo, Spain, and obtained his PhD: “XPS of ionic liquids” from the University of Nottingham (2009). Then, he moved to Ethiopia as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Addis Ababa University where he directed and co-directed master and PhD projects (2009-2011). In 2011 he moved back to UK, Imperial College London, where he worked initially at the chemistry department in the group of Prof. Tom Welton (specialised in ionic liquids) and from 2013, in the materials department where he managed the high pressure XPS service. He has authored 32 publications (≥1000 citacions, h-index = 12). Nacho joined IMDEA Energy in March 2017.

ignacio.villar@imdea.org






Miguel Gómez Mendoza

PhD

PhD: University of Valencia
ORCID
Research: Solar fuels production in wide-spectrum photoactivated catalytic devices.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Miguel Gómez Mendoza

Miguel Gómez Mendoza obtained his B. Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Valencia (2008). In 2013, he received his PhD in Photochemistry Organic (European Doctorate) under the guidance of Prof. Miguel Angel Miranda at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), supported by a FPU fellowship from the Spanish Government. During this time, he focused his interest in the study of the bile acids and their importance in the enterohepatic circulation. For this purpose, he prepared photoactive probes to be used in photophysical experiments, acquiring expertise in characterization of the new compounds by steady-state and time resolved fluorescence as well as laser flash photolysis. During his PhD studies, he made one short-term stay at the University of Bristol, UK (Prof. Anthony P. Davis). Later, Dr. Miguel Gómez obtained a eurotalent postdoctoral fellowship and he moved to the research group of Dr. Jean-Luc Ravanat (CEA, Grenoble). During this period, he worked on UV-induced oxidative DNA lesions, where clearly demonstrated that oxidative DNA lesions generated following exposure to UV light is mediated through a one-electron oxidation. In 2017, he joined as postdoctoral scientist to the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid with Prof. Guillermo Orellana, supported by Explora Project from the Spanish Government, where Miguel worked on photodynamic effect for biological applications. In addition to that, he co-directed a B. Sc. in Chemistry Thesis. In November 2018, he has joined to the photoactivated process unit of Imdea Energía in the research group of Dr. Víctor de la Peña, where he is working on the photophysical properties of inorganic and hybrid photocatalysts for the production of fuels. He is author more than 10 articles scientific journals and has attended more than 10 national/international congresses.

miguel.gomez@imdea.org

Teresa Naranjo

PhD

PhD: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
ORCID Research: Design and synthesis of MOF and COF for solar fuels production.

Curriculum Vitae

Teresa Naranjo

Teresa studied her Bachelor in Chemistry at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM, at Madrid (Spain). She obtained a Master degree in Organic Chemistry from the same university in 2014. She moved to IMDEA Nanoscience, where she obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Emilio M. Pérez. She worked on the study hydrogen-bonded supramolecular architectures taken advantage of single molecule manipulation through the Optical Tweezers technique. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Photoactivated Process Unit at IMDEA Energy, thanks´ to a CAM scholarship, co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Youth Employment Operative Program and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). Currently, May 2019, she is co-author of 7 papers in in peer-reviewed journals.

teresa.naranjo@imdea.org






Freddy Oropeza

PhD

PhD: Central University of Venezuela

ORCID
Research Gate
Research: Material science specialized in the analysis of the surface chemistry and electronic structure of functional oxide semiconductors.

Curriculum Vitae

Freddy Oropeza

Freddy received his MSc in Chemistry from the Central University of Venezuela, and obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford (2012). The title of his thesis is "Electronic Structure of TiO2-based photocatalysts active under visible light irradiation". Then, he moved to Germany as a research assistant in the Department of Chemistry of Rurh University Bochum, where he worked on the development of photocatalysts for CO2 reduction. In 2013 he moved back to UK, Imperial College London, where he developed a generic approach for the preparation of single-crystalline by a low-cost wet chemistry approach in the Materials Department. In 2016, he moved to the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he worked on the setting and management of a Near-Ambient Pressure XPS facility. He has authored 27publications (h-index = 12). Freddy joined IMDEA Energy in October 2019.

freddy.oropeza@imdea.org


Predoctoral Researcher

Alba García Sánchez

MSc

PhD student:Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Research: Multifunctional hybrids materials for solar fuels production.

Curriculum Vitae

Alba García Sánchez

Alba García Sánchez graduated with a bachelor´s degree in Chemistry from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2014. Her Final Degree Proyect was “Development of biodegradable implants based on magnesium alloys” developed in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Department at UCM in collaboration with CENIM (CSIC). She owns a master degree in Applied Chemistry from Autónoma University of Madrid in 2015, with a Final Master Proyect in “Synthesis, processing and characterization of hybrids organic-inorganics electrolytes for direct alcohol fuel cells” developed in the Institute of Cerámica y Vidrio (ICV-CSIC). She has made practices in expression, purification and characterization of proteins in Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB-CSIC). Since may 2016 she is predoctoral researcher under HYMAP project.

alba.garcia@imdea.org




Carmen García López

MSc

PhD student:Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Research: Design and synthesis of conducting polymers to create organic/inorganic hybrids to use as photocatalysts for the reduction of CO2.

Curriculum Vitae

Carmen García López

Carmen García López graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 2015. Her thesis dealt with “Design and synthesis of new fluorophores (BODIPY) for different photonic applications,” developed within the Organic Chemistry I Department at UCM. In 2016, she got her master’s degree in Organic Chemistry at UCM and her final master’s thesis related to “The study of the regioselectivity of the Negishi reaction in haloBODIPYs.” A portion of the results were recently published in JOC (DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b00350).In the professional realm, she interned at Laboratorio Control analyzing the control of the quality of water.Since June 2016, she is working on her doctoral degree while working with the Photoactivated Processes Unit at IMDEA Energy under HYMAP project.

carmen.garcia@imdea.org

carmen.garcia@imdea.org




Elena Alfonso González

MSc

PhD student:Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Research: : Tandem photoelectrochemical cells for solar fuels production.

Curriculum Vitae

Elena Alfonso González

Elena Alfonso González graduated in Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2014. Her Bachelor thesis was “Search of high-temperature superconductors based on M-1212 structure with Ru in the charge reservoir”. She got a Master of Science degree in Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry from Lille and Leipzig Universities in 2016, with a Master thesis entitled “Z-scheme based photocatalytic water splitting by modification of TiO2 and Fe2O3 semiconductors with Pt and RuOx promotors”. In the professional field, she did an internship in IMDEA Energy Institute in 2015 about the characterization by DRIFTS in situ of catalysts based on TiO2 for the photorredution of CO2. She also had an internship in the CSIC Institute of Ceramics and Glass in 2013 concerning the synthesis and characterisation of thermoelectric materials. Since February 2017 she is a predoctoral researcher in the Photoactivated Processes Unit.

elena.alfonso@imdea.org

elena.alfonso@imdea.org




Laura Gómez

MSc

Research: Study of electrochromic materials for their application in smart windows

Curriculum Vitae

Laura Gómez

Degree in Environmental Science at the Autonomic University of Madrid and the Master of Energy and Challenges for the Future of this same university

laura.gomez@imdea.org

Alejandro García

MSc

PhD student:Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Research:Nanostructured and multifunctional membranes for the production of solar fuels via artificial photosynthesis.

Curriculum Vitae

Alejandro García

Alejandro García Eguizábal started studying Chemistry in Universidad de La Rioja and Queen’s University of Belfast where he graduated in 2014 with a bachelor thesis on “New dipolarophiles for the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition”. He owns a master degree in Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Design from Universitat Rovira i Virgili where he joined Prof. Galán-Mascaros group in 2016 at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) first as a master intern and next as a research assistant. His master project carried out at ICIQ was about “Colbat-based Polyoxometalates as Heterogeneous Water Oxidation Electrocatalyst”. In the professional field, he worked at Exide Technologies in Azuqueca de Henares, as R&D Electrochemist on the research in new formulation for both positive and negative plates of lead-acid batteries, until 2019 when he joined the Photoactivated Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy. Since May 2019 he is working as a predoctoral researcher under the Art-Leaf project.

alejandro.garcia@imdea.org


Technician

Raquel Martín

Research: Advanced Vocational Training in Analysis Laboratory and Quality Control


VISITING

Edelweis Moyano Rodriguez

Predoctoral Researcher

PhD student:Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Research: Developing of U-converters materilas for energy and health applications.

Laura Collado

Visiting postdoctoral researcher

PhD student:Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Research: ArtifUEL: Artificial Photosynthesis for the production of solar fuels and chemicals.



















PAST MEMBERS

Dr. Raúl Pérez Ruiz

Dr. Ignacio J. Villar García

Kevin Toquero Gabuat

Patricia Reñones Brasa

Nidia Libia Torres García

Laura Collado

Ruben Santiago Moreno

Pascual Marquez

Mabel de Fez

Sandra Galdón

Carlos Lirio Gómez

Olalla Iglesias

Andreas Kunzmann

Marleen Haering


COLLABORATIONS

Funded by