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About Nieves Lopez Salas

I have more than 10 years of experience in developing carbon-based materials with tailored compositions and pore structures for their use in different applications. I completed my Master's and Ph.D. in Electrochemistry, both of which were first-class with an honorary mention at the university level. Afterwards, I pursued postdoctoral research in the Department of Colloid Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, where I led the group Old Chemistry for New Advanced Materials for over three years. During this time, I mentored a group of up to 11 people under the frame of an ERC Synergy Grant (MoMaStor).

Throughout my scientific career, I have gained valuable experience in the field of sustainable materials chemistry, focusing on preparing and optimizing greener synthetic routes toward advanced nanocarbons. I achieve this by using greener solvents or minimizing the number of chemicals involved in the synthetic process. Additionally, I have optimized these materials for sustainable applications such as greenhouse gas fixation, energy storage, conversion devices, and (electro)catalysis, among other relevant areas of research (J. Mater. Chem. A 2, 2014, 17387-17399; J. Mater. Chem. A 4, 2016, 1251-1263; JACS 141(4), 2019, 1766-1774; Adv. Mater. 31 (13), 2019, 1805719; Nano Energy 97, 2022, 107191).

My current research focuses on the preparation of highly nitrogen-doped carbonaceous materials and understanding their interaction with electrolytes, gas adsorbents, and the stabilization of metallic subnanometer catalytic sites (Carbon 172, 2021, 497-505; J. Mater. Chem. A, 10 (11), 2021, 6107-6114; Chem. Comm. 58, 2022, 4841 - 4844). 

"If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems, and that’s a mistake."Frank Wilczek


Latest Publications

Catalytic Properties of High Nitrogen Content Carbonaceous Materials

E. Lepre, S. Rat, C. Cavedon, P.H. Seeberger, B. Pieber, M. Antonietti, N. Lopez Salas, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 62 (2022).

Mn(<scp>ii</scp>) sub-nanometric site stabilization in noble, N-doped carbonaceous materials for electrochemical CO<sub>2</sub> reduction

J. Kossmann, M.L.O. Sánchez-Manjavacas, J. Brandt, T. Heil, N. Lopez Salas, J. Albero, Chemical Communications 58 (2022) 4841–4844.

Efficient ethanol electro-reforming on bimetallic anodes supported on adenine-based noble carbons: hydrogen production and value-added chemicals

A. Rodríguez-Gómez, E. Lepre, F. Dorado, L. Sanchez-Silva, N. Lopez Salas, A.R. de la Osa, Materials Today Energy 32 (2022).

Constructing Interfacial Boron‐Nitrogen Moieties in Turbostratic Carbon for Electrochemical Hydrogen Peroxide Production

Z. Tian, Q. Zhang, L. Thomsen, N. Gao, J. Pan, R. Daiyan, J. Yun, J. Brandt, N. Lopez Salas, F. Lai, Q. Li, T. Liu, R. Amal, X. Lu, M. Antonietti, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 61 (2022).

Overcoming Electron Transfer Efficiency Bottlenecks for Hydrogen Production in Highly Crystalline Carbon Nitride‐Based Materials

I.F. Teixeira, N.V. Tarakina, I.F. Silva, N. Lopez Salas, A. Savateev, M. Antonietti, Advanced Sustainable Systems 6 (2022).

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Current Courses

  • Seminar Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten Nachhaltige Materialchemie
  • Materials Physics and Analysis
  • Bioinspired Materials