I did Chemistry degree at the Universidad de La Laguna (2000-2004). During my last year of undergraduate I was awarded a scholarship to conduct a study on lanthanum gallium and aluminum nitrides and their photoluminescent properties under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Nuñez. After my degree in Chemistry, I decided to Barcelona to perform a PhD. I was awarded a FPU Scholarship from the Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia to carry out a PhD research in Materials Science under the supervision of Prof. Amparo Fuertes (2005-2009, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, ICMAB-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain). My thesis was entitled: “New nitrides and oxynitrides of rare earth and transition metals with several applications” and was awarded the Prize to an outstanding PhD thesis.
During this time I developed several short stays: Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, Universidad de Valencia, Prof. Andres Cantarero. Micro-Raman studies of air-sensitive N-doped cerium oxide materials (2006);UPMC, Laboratoire Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Paris, Prof. Clement Sanchez. Synthesis and characterisation of CeO2, Ta2O5 and TiO2 mesoporous thin films (2007); UPMC, Laboratoire Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Paris, Prof. Clement Sanchez. Characterisation of N-CeO2 and N-Ta2O5 mesoporous thin films (2008); University of Edinburgh, Centre of Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC), Prof. Paul Attfield. Synthesis of new mixed oxynitrides by high pressure- high temperature methods (2009).
In September 2009 I was appointed as a Research Technician (Renewable Energies Area, LEITAT Technological Center). During this time, my role involved the preparation and testing of performance and durability of dye-sensitised solar cells along with the development of organometallic materials based on rare earth with light absorption and emission properties within the framework of the FP7 Energy project EPHOCELL. After a year, I came back to academia (September 2010) and performed a short postdoctoral research at Universidad de La Laguna under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Nuñez (Tenerife, Spain) to study new pyrochlores as solid electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells and synthesis of nitride phases by electrospinning technique with photocatalytic applications.
In May 2011 I moved to London to work at UCL Chemistry Department in Prof. Paul F. McMillan’s group to investigate new highly nitride phases with unusual properties using high pressure-high temperature techniques. After a while, I got very interested in graphitic carbon nitrides and their use for photocatalytic H2 and O2 evolution from water half-reactions showing excellent performance. In April 2012, I started a new project (UCL Enterprise-1 year funded) to study the potential of carbon nitride phases as electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. My role ranged from synthesising carbon nitride phases to designing and assembling the Li-ion cells. I also investigated carbon nitride materials as new electrocatalyst supports for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and water electrolysers. During my time at UCL (almost 5 years) I was also part of the Electrochemical Innovation Lab (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemeng/research/electrochemical, Chemical Engineering Department, UCL) led by Prof. Daniel Brett and Prof. Paul Shearing, where I gained important skills to engineer and test electrochemical devices.
In February 2016, I accepted a position as Academic Fellow position at the Materials Research Institute (MRI), Queen Mary University of London (http://www.materials.qmul.ac.uk/people/?a.sobrido), developing my independent research focused in creating new architectures to produce new hybrid materials for energy applications, ranging from electrocatalysts for OER and ORR to photoanodes for photo-fuel cells and water splitting, and microbial fuel cells. In February 2019, I was promoted to Lecturer, and in October 2019, Senior Lecturer in Energy Materials.