Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Science
Featuring pioneering female scientists from all over the world in ACS Energy Letters
FHI Director Prof. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya was featured by the journal ACS Energy Letters and interviewed about her career and the pathways that lead her to become an expert in the fields of surface science and electrocatalysis for applications in energy research.
One of Prof. Roldan Cuenya’ s main research topics is the reutilization of carbon dioxide for the production of chemicals and fuels through sustainable electrochemical routes which are driven by renewable energy sources e. g. solar and wind.
For rational and efficient catalyst design, in depth insight into the structure and surface composition under reaction conditions is needed. This is currently being accomplished within Prof. Roldán’s group via a synergistic combination of in situ and operando microscopy and spectroscopy methods.
One example of her ongoing research involves the direct visualization of the dynamic nature of nanoparticles during electrochemical processes, e.g., the electroreduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) or alcohol oxidation reactions, observed via transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Her related work on ‘Shape-controlled nanoparticles as anodic catalysts in low-temperature fuel cells’ has been published in ACS Energy Letters in 2019.