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 Independent Research): visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA

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

  • 2007 – 2011
    PhD in Chemistry, Institute of Physical Chemistry "Rocasolano" (Spanish National Research Council) and 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.

  • Jensen, ..., Escudero-Escribano*, Stephens*, "Elucidation of the Oxygen Reduction Volcano in Alkaline Media using a Copper‐Platinum (111) Alloy", Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2018) 57, 2800.

  • Escudero-Escribano* et al., "Active-Phase Formation and Stability of Gd/Pt(111) Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction: An In Situ Grazing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction Study", Chemistry – A European Journal (2018) 24, 12280.

  • Strickler, Escudero-Escribano, Jaramillo, "Core–Shell Au@ Metal-Oxide Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts for Enhanced Oxygen Evolution", Nano Letters (2017) 17, 6040.

  • 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", Danish Council for Independent Research, 2015 – 2017

  • "Atomic ensembles for clean energy and synthesis (AtomSyn)", Villum Fonden, 2018-2023

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Early Career Advisory Board Member of ACS Catalysis, since 2018.

  • Board Member of the Danish Electrochemical Society (DEF), since 2017.

  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), since 2017.

  • Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), since 2014.

  • Member of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), since 2011.

  • Member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), since 2009.

Media coverage

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


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