Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya

Director of the Interface Science Department
and Interim Director of the Inorganic Chemistry Department

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya is currently the director of the Interface Science Department at the FHI in Berlin (Germany). In addition, she became interim director of the Inorganic Chemistry Department in April 2023.

She began her academic career by completing her MSc in Physics in Spain in 1998 and a PhD in Physics in Germany in 2001. Her postdoctoral research took her to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA). In 2004, she joined the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida (UCF) as Assistant Professor becoming a full professor in 2012. In 2013, Beatriz Roldan Cuenya became a chair professor of Solid State Physics at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). She then moved to the FHI in 2017.

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya is the author of 230 peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, and 6 patents. Her H-factor is 82 (Google Scholar) and her work has received about 27,000 citations. She is among the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science (2021, 2022, 2023) recognized by Clarivate. She serves in the editorial board of the Journal of Catalysis  and the Chemical Reviews journal. Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldán Cuenya has received a number of awards including the Manchot Research Professorship from TU Munich (2023), the Faraday Medal from The Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2022), the Paul H. Emmett Award from the North American Catalysis Society (2022), the Röntgen Medal of the City of Remscheid (2022), the International Society of Electrochemistry-Elsevier Prize for Experimental Electrochemistry (2021), and the Peter Mark Memorial Award of the American Vacuum Society (2009). She is also a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (2021), a member of the Academia Europaea (2020) and of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (2024).

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Most representative publications

Operando Raman spectroscopy uncovers hydroxide and CO species enhance ethanol selectivity during pulsed CO2 electroreduction
A. Herzog, M. Lopez Luna, H.-S. Jeon, C. Rettenmaier, P. Grosse, A. Bergmann, B. Roldan Cuenya,
Nature Comm. 15 (2024) 3986.

Enhanced Methanol Synthesis from CO2 hydrogenation achieved by tuning the Cu-ZnO interaction in ZnO/Cu2O Nanocube Catalysts supported on ZrO2 and SiO2
D. Kordus, S. Widrinna, J. Timoshenko, M. Lopez Luna, C. Rettenmaier, S. W. Chee, E. Ortega, O. Karslioglu, S. Kühl, B. Roldan Cuenya
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 146 (2024) 8677.

Unraveling surface structures of Ga-promoted transition metal catalysts in CO2 hydrogenation
S. W. Lee, M. Lopez-Luna, N. Berdunov, W. Wan, S. Kunze, S. Shaikhutdinov, B. Roldan Cuenya
Nature Comm. 14 (2023) 4649.

Size Effects and Active State Formation of Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles during Oxygen Evolution Reaction
F. T. Haase, A. Bergmann, T. E. Jones, J. Timoshenko, A. Herzog, Hyo Sang Jeon, C. Rettenmaier, B. Roldan Cuenya
Nature Energy 7 (2022) 765.

Steering the structure and selectivity of CO2 electroreduction catalysts by potential pulses
J. Timoshenko, A. Bergmann, C. Rettenmaier, A. Herzog, R. M. Arán-Ais, H. S. Jeon, F. T. Haase, U. Hejral, P. Grosse, S. Kühl, J. Tian, O. Magnussen, B. Roldan Cuenya
Nature Catal. 5 (2022) 259.

Publication List

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Patents - selection

C. Kley, M. Munz, B. Roldan Cuenya
Method for processing a measuring probe for detecting surface properties or for modifying surface structures in the sub-micrometer range, and measuring probe.
WO 2023/001 920 A1. Published: 26.01.2023

B. Roldan Cuenya, P. Grosse, D. Gao:
Größen- und formdefinierte lösemittelgesteuerte nano-Strukturierung von Oberflächen und Nanopartikel-Synthese
DE 10 2017 011 341.6. Published: 13.06.2019

B. Roldan Cuenya, A. R. Naitabdi, F. Behafarid:
Thermally stable nanoparticles on supports
US PATENT 8309489. Date of Patent: 13.11.2012.

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Invited Oral Presentations

Talks at conferences, colloquia, seminars: complete list

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