Rational Engineering of Binary Oxides and Semiconductors for Photocatalytic Applications
by Claudio Cazorla, Departament de Física, Universitat Politècnica
Photocatalytic materials are pivotal for the implementation of disruptive clean energy applications like conversion of H2O and CO2 into fuels and chemicals driven by solar energy. However, efficient and cost-effective materials able to catalyze the chemical reactions of interest when exposed to visible light are scarce due to the stringent electronic conditions that they must satisfy. Chemical and nanostructuring approaches are capable of improving the catalytic performance of known photoactive compounds, however the complexity of the synthesized nanomaterials and the sophistication of the employed methods make systematic design of photocatalysts difficult. Here, we present the results of recent first-principles studies on binary oxides and semiconductor materials that have the potential to improve the systematic screening and rational design of photocatalytic materials.
Dr. Cazorla was awarded his doctorate in Computational Physics by the UPC (Barcelona, Spain) in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Cazorla worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Michael Gillan and Prof. Dario Alfe at University College London, UK. In 2010, Dr. Cazorla moved to the ICMAB to work under the supervision of ICREA Prof. Massimiliano Stengel; from 2011 to 2014, Dr. Cazorla enjoyed a JAE-DOC Fellowship in the same institution. In 2014, Dr. Cazorla was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney, Australia, where he has worked until 2020 as a Senior Lecturer. Recently, Dr. Cazorla obtained a Ramón y Cajál Fellowship and returned to the Physics Department of his alma matter institution.
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