Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2015 – 2017
    DFF-Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship and Sapere Aude-Research Talent Fellow (Danish Council for Independet Research), Stanford University, USA (18 months), and DTU (6 months)

  • 2012 – 2015
    Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

  • 2007 – 2011
    PhD in Chemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

  • 2001 – 2006
    Chemical Engineering degree, University of Extremadura, Spain

Selected publications

  • Escudero-Escribano* et al., "Tuning the activity of Pt alloy electrocatalysts by means of the lanthanide contraction", Science (2016) 352, 73.

    *Corresponding author

  • Escudero-Escribano et al., "Pt5Gd as a highly active and stable catalyst for oxygen electroreduction", Journal of the American Chemical Society (2012) 134, 16476.

  • Strmcnik, Escudero-Escribano et al., "Enhanced electrocatalysis of the oxygen reduction reaction based on patterning of platinum surfaces with cyanide", Nature Chemistry (2010) 2, 880.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Efficient non-precious metal electrocatalysts for sustainable energy conversion: engineering the active site, 2015 – 2017

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), since 2017

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS), since 2014

  • Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), Group of Electrochemistry of the RSEQ and Group of Young Chemistry Researchers of the RSEQ, since 2011

  • International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), since 2009

  • Manuscript reviewer for the international peer-reviewed journals: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Nature Communications, Chemical Science, Advanced Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, ACS Catalysis, Electrochimica Acta, ChemElectroChem, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Journal of Catalysis, Journal of Power Sources, Journal of the Electrochemical Society and RSC Advances

Media coverage

  • European Young Chemist Award 2016 in Angewandte Chemie International Edition:


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    A team of researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Copenhagen, among them Dr. María Escudero Escribano, discovered alloys that are efficient catalysts for oxygen reduction in fuel cells.