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Research interests

Dr Eslava joined University of Bath as a Lecturer in September 2014. In November 2019 he will move to Imperial College London to start as a Senior Lecturer there in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering. He will also soon start an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship. Before Bath, he was a PDRA in the Materials Department at Imperial College London (2011-2014) and in the Chemistry Department at The University of Cambridge (2009-2011). He conducted his PhD work at the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (COK) in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and IMEC, Belgium, a Master in Materials Science in Pavia, Italy, and an MEng in Chemical Engineering at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Eslava currently leads a group on novel synthesis approaches for (photo)electrochemical and (photo)catalytic materials, including transition metal oxides, halide perovskites, oxide perovskites, and graphene derivatives. He and his group carry out physicochemical and electrochemical characterisation of these materials to relate their properties to their application on energy conversion and storage and pollutants remediation, as well as on their scale up and development. His research is multidisciplinary, extending the limits and synergies between chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science. He has published more than 50 research articles in leading journals such as Energy & Environ. Sci., J. Mater. Chem. A or Nature Commun. He has been awarded funding from The Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, EPSRC and Innovate UK, accumulating £2.5m of funds. He collaborates with universities in the UK and abroad, such as Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, Surrey University, and Yonsei University. His most significant contributions to the literature are:

  • Developed the use of stable  halide perovskite CsPbBr3 based photoanodes for oxygen evolution in aqueous electrolytes (Nature Comm. 2019) 
  • Unravelled the role of CoFeOx oxygen evolution catalyst and thickness dependence on Fe2O3 photoanodes (Energy Environ. Sci. 2018).
  • Revealed greener and more efficient routes for the preparation of hematite and TiO2 photoanodes for solar water splitting (ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, Sust. Energy Fuels 2018, J. Power Sources 2018, J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, and RSC Advances 2017)
  • Discovered the use of graphene oxide as a sacrificial support to replicate its 2D on TiO2 photocatalysts for H2 production  (J. Mater. Chem. A 2016) and CeO2 catalysts and supports (Appl. Catal. B Environ. 2018)
  • Revealed the properties of complex cellular networks formed by the assembly of chemically modified graphene (Nature Comm. 2014) and upscaled graphene oxide for 3D printing graphene structures (Adv. Mater. 2015)
  • 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 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)

Group members:

Postdoctoral Research Associate:

  • Dr Santosh Kumar
  • Dr Shawn Kumar

PhD Students:

  • Miriam Regue
  • Emma Freeman
  • Ria Atri

Co-supervised PhD Students:

  • Isabella Poli
  • Alison Ryder
  • Eleanor Roake
  • Matthew Surman

Undergraduate/MRes Students:

Past members:

  • Matt Cowley (MRes)
  • Alejandro De La Parte Autran (MEng)
  • Cecilia Tellarini (MEng)
  • Idil Hassan (MEng)
  • Josh Tribick (MEng)
  • Shreyas Bhagwat (MEng)
  • Charlie Paris (MRes)
  • Dr Jifang Zhang (PhD)
  • Dr Oliver Hammond (PhD)
  • Dr Dominic Walsh (PDRA)
  • Nurlyana Adi Shamsul (MSc)
  • Matias Garcia Garcia (visiting PhD)
  • Pablo Ampudia (PDRA)
  • Fabian Morteo Flores (MPhil)
  • Sophie Thomas (MRes)
  • Keiko Yakabi (MRes)
  • Oriol Pastor Algaba (Erasmus+)
  • Albert Tosca Princep (Erasmus+)
  • Stephen Williams (MRes)
  • Tom Crawford (MEng)
  • Connor Wright (MEng)
  • Ruchi Dassanayake (MEng)
  • Hayley Pickering (MEng)
  • Ben Crome (MEng)
  • Sebastian Wolsoncroft-Dodds (MEng)
  • Alexander Bruce (MEng)
  • Man (Bonnie) Cheng (MEng)
  • Luke Russell (MEng)
  • Gareth Brown (MEng)
  • Ed Gray (MEng)
  • Kyle Knox (MEng)
  • Anais Gomez-Ramon (Erasmus+)
  • Ivette Salles (Erasmus+)


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 and Engineering, 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
Nanocrystals Chemical Compounds
Hydrophobicity Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2016 2024

Research Output 2006 2019

Deep Eutectic Solvents as Alternative Media for Materials Synthesis

Atri, R., Eslava Fernandez, S. & Edler, K., 8 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Electricity generation from moss with light-driven microbial fuel cells

Castresana, P. A., Martinez, S. M., Freeman, E., Eslava, S. & Di Lorenzo, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Electrochimica Acta. 298, p. 934-942 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Enhanced Ceria Nanoflakes using Graphene Oxide as a Sacrificial Template for CO Oxidation and Dry Reforming of Methane

Rood, S., Ahmet, H., Gomez-Ramon, A., Torrente-Murciano, L., Reina, T. & Eslava, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 242, p. 358-368 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)

Graphite-protected CsPbBr3 perovskite photoanodes functionalised with water oxidation catalyst for oxygen evolution in water

Poli, I., Hintermair, U., Regue, M., Kumar, S., Sackville, E. V., Baker, J., Watson, T. M., Eslava, S. & Cameron, P. J., 8 May 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 10 p., 2097.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Ceria-Based Engine Exhaust Catalysts

Author: Rood, S., 4 Sep 2019

Supervisor: Eslava Fernandez, S. (Supervisor), Robinson, K. (Supervisor) & Torrente-Murciano, L. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Composite photoanodes for artificial leaves

Author: Zhang, J., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Mattia, D. (Supervisor), Eslava Fernandez, S. (Supervisor) & Cameron, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Confined Photocatalysts in Mesoporous Silicas for Carbon dioxide photoreduction

Author: Morteo Flores, F., 7 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Eslava, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


Deep Eutectic Solvents: Structure, Solvation, and Synthesis

Author: Hammond, O., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Eslava Fernandez, S. (Supervisor) & Edler, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD