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), Stanford University, USA

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

  • 2007
    - 2011 Ph.D. 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

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

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

  • M. Escudero-Escribano et al., "Pt5Gd as a highly active and stable catalyst for oxygen electroreduction", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 16476.

  • P. Sebastián-Pascual, M. Escudero-Escribano*, "Addressing the interfacial properties for CO electroreduction on Cu with cyclic voltammetry", ACS Energy Lett. 2020, 5, 130.

  • K. D. Jensen, ..., M. Escudero-Escribano*, Stephens*, "Elucidation of the Oxygen Reduction Volcano in Alkaline Media using a Copper-Platinum (111) Alloy", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 2800.

  • A. W. Jensen, ..., M. Escudero-Escribano*, "Self-supported nanostructured iridium-based networks as highly active electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution in acidic media", J. Mat. Chem. A 2020, 8, 1066.

  • B. J.V. Davies, ..., M. Escudero-Escribano* et al., "Electrochemically generated copper carbonyl for selective dimethyl carbonate synthesis", ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 859.

  • M. 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", Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 12280.

  • A. L. Strickler, M. Escudero-Escribano, T. F. Jaramillo, "Core–Shell Au@ Metal-Oxide Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts for Enhanced Oxygen Evolution", Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 6040.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Efficient non-precious metal electrocatalysts for sustainable energy conversion: engineering the active site", Sapere Aude-Research Talent grant, Danish Council for Independent Research, 2015 – 2017

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

  • "High Surface Area Support-Free Catalysts for Oxygen Electrocatalysis", Project 1 – Danish Independent Research Fund, 2019-2021

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the Danish Electrochemical Society, since 2018.

  • Early Career Advisory Board Member of ACS Catalysis (2018-2019).

  • Board Member of the Danish Electrochemical Society, 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

  • Clara Immerwahr Award 2019 in Angewandte Chemie:

  • Video of María Escudero-Escribano (Princess of Girona Scientific Research Award 2018):

  • European Young Chemist Award 2016 in Angewandte Chemie:


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