Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Eslava’s research focuses on the synthesis and applications of porous materials, oxide semiconductors, thin films, graphene composites and biomaterials. Scientific highlights of his research include:

  • Revealed that spin-coated zeolite films contain large voids detrimental for their application as insulator in microelectronics (Adv. Mater. 2008)
  • Developed different approaches to optimise zeolite films, such as UV photochemistry (JACS 2007), silylation (Langmuir 2008), and zeolitic sol-gel process (JACS 2008 and Adv. Funct. Mater. 2008)
  • Revealed the insulator properties of metal-organic framework ZIF-8 films for microelectronics (Chem. Mater. 2013)
  • Discovered synthesis routes for heterometallic titanium clusters (Chem. Commun. 2010, Inorg. Chem. 2011) and their deposition for photochemical applications (Chem. Mater. 2010)
  • Revealed the properties of complex cellular networks formed by the assembly of chemically modified graphene (Nature Commun. 2014)
  • Revealed greener and more efficient routes for the preparation of photoanodes and photocatalysts for solar water splitting (J. Mater. Chem A 2016 and 2017, RSC Advances 2017)

His current research focuses on the manufacturing of ceria catalysts for pollutant remediation and nanostructured photocatalysts and photoanodes for solar fuels. He is focusing on the exploitation of novel sacrificial templates and precursors as well as on greener routes and novel materials. These approaches are effectively increasing the surface area of catalysts, increasing the adsorption of reactants and decreasing the path for photoinduced charge carriers. On balance, the performance of catalysts or photocatalysts is boosted. 

Willing to supervise PhD

I am willing to supervise PhD students in my research field. Please check my last publications and note that funding bodies require first or upper second-class honours.

Education/Academic qualification

Materials Chemistry, Doctor of Engineering, KU Leuven

Materials Science, Master of Science

Chemical Engineering, Master of Engineering

External positions

PDRA, Imperial College London

Feb 2011Sep 2014

PDRA, University of Cambridge

Sep 2008Jan 2011


  • Photocatalyisis
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Thin Films
  • Porous materials
  • Catalysis
  • Nanoparticles

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Zeolites Chemical Compounds
Graphite Chemical Compounds
Silicon Dioxide Chemical Compounds
Oxides Chemical Compounds
Titanium Chemical Compounds
Water Chemical Compounds
Suspensions Chemical Compounds
Nanoparticles Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2016 2020

Halide perovskites for artificial leaves

Eslava Fernandez, S.


Project: Research council

Zinc Oxide
Flue gases

Nanostructured Metal Oxides for Solar Fuels

Eslava Fernandez, S.


Project: Research council


On-Board Hydrogen Production for Cleaner Vehicles

Eslava Fernandez, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2006 2017

3 Citations

A facile way to produce epoxy nanocomposites having excellent thermal conductivity with low contents of reduced graphene oxide

Olowojoba, G. B., Kopsidas, S., Eslava, S., Gutierrez, E. S., Kinloch, A. J., Mattevi, C., Rocha, V. G. & Taylor, A. C. Jun 2017 In : Journal of Materials Science. 52, 12, p. 7323–7344

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Thermal conductivity
Open Access

LaFeO3 Perovskite Films for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

Freeman, E., Eslava Fernandez, S., Fermín, D. J. & Celorrio, V. 26 Nov 2017 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Iron oxides
2 Citations

Nanostructured WO3 photoanodes for efficient water splitting via anodisation in citric acid

Zhang, J., Salles, I., Pering, S., Cameron, P. J., Mattia, D. & Eslava, S. 2017 In : RSC Advances. 7, 56, p. 35221-35227 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Citric acid
Citric Acid