The group “Advanced Materials and Processes for Heterogeneous Catalysis” carries out research within the framework of the Sustainable Chemistry and Nanotechnology. The group is currently composed by three doctors (Prof. M. Fernández García, Dra. A. Kubacka; Dr. U. Caudillo-Flores) as well as pre-doctoral personnel (I. Barba-Nieto, D. Fu, A. Ares Dorado), with many American (Profs. Rodríguez BNL-NSLS; Haller Yale; Alfano U. Litoral; Requejo, La Plata, Cortés U. Michoacán), European (Profs. Anderson Aberdeen; di Michiel ESRF; Agostini ALBA, Colón, CSIC; Luque, U. Córdoba, Rodríguez-Castellón U. Málaga) or Asian (Profs. Tanabe Nagasaki; Abe Hokkaido) collaborations.

The group laboratory has equipment for solvothermal/hidrothermal preparation of materials, IR/Raman/UV-visible spectroscopies, access to XRD-PDF, XANES, EXAFS, XES, NAP-XPS beamlines at European/American synchrotrons, and gas/liquid phase(s) thermo and/or photo-catalytic reactors with gas/liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry detection.

Research lines

The group “Advanced Materials and Processes for Heterogeneous Catalysis” owns expertise in the development and industrial use of catalytic nanomaterials. Activity is carried out in three main fields: the physico-chemical study of powdered/film/membrane simple and, most often, composite materials with use in industrial-related energy (production and purification of hydrogen, fuel production from CO2), environmental (automobile and pollutant elimination catalytic processes) and human health (chemical/biological decontamination of gas and water streams) areas. The group works upon a holistic approach considering the development of the materials as well as their testing in industrial relevant operation conditions. To this end, we develop synthesis methods, use modern “operando” laboratory and synchrotron characterization and computation tools, as well as the modeling of functional properties of industrial interest.


Fernández García, Marcos – Group leader

Kubacka , Anna – Staff

Uriel Caudillo Flores – Staff

Ruifeng Du – Staff

Irene Barba Nieto – Staff

Alejando Ares Dorado – Staff

Teléfonos de contacto: 915954939 (desp.); 915854775 (lab.)


Selected publications (last 10 years):

  • M. Muñoz-Batista, M.M. Ballari, A. Kubacka, O.M. Alfano, M. Fernández-García. “Braiding Kinetics and Spectroscopy in Photocatalysis: The Spectrokinetic Approach”. Chemical Society Reviews 48 (2019) 637-682.
  • U. Caudillo-Flores, G. Agostini, C. Marini, A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García. “Hydrogen Thermo-Photo Production using Ru/TiO2: Heat and Light Synergistic Effects”. Appl. Catal. B 256 (2019) 117790 (1-12).
  • U. Caudillo-Flores, M.J. Muñoz-Batista, I. Barba-Nieto, M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka. “Characterization of Photo-catalysts: From Traditional to Advanced Approaches”. Topics Curr. Chem. 377 (2019) 24-46.
  • U. Caudillo-Flores, M.J. Muñoz-Batista, A.B. Hungría, M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka. “Toluene and Styrene Photo-Oxidation Quantum Efficiency: Comparison between Doped and Composite W-containing TiO2-based Catalysts”. Appl. Catal. B 245 (2019) 49-61.
  • A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García. “Chromism and catalysis shake hands”. Nature Catal. 1 (2018) 643-644.
  • M.J. Muñoz-Batista, D. Motta-Meira, G. Colón, A. Kubacka M. Fernández-García. “Phase-contact Engineering in Mono and Bimetallic Cu-Ni co-catalysts for Hydrogen Photo-catalytic production”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57 (2018) 1199-1203.
  • M.J. Muñoz-Batista, A. M. Eslava, A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García. “Thermo-Photo degradation of 2-propanol using composite Ceria-Titania Catalysts: Physico-chemical interpretation from a kinetic model”. Appl. Catal. B 225 (2018) 298-306.
  • O. Fontelles-Carceller, M.J. Muñoz-Batista, J.C. Conesa, M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka. “UV and Visible Hydrogen Photo-Production using Pt promoted Nb-doped TiO2 Photo-Catalysts: Interpreting Quantum Efficiency”. Appl. Catal. B 216 (2017) 133-145.
  • M. Muñoz-Batista, A. Kubacka, A.B. Hungría, M. Fernández-García. “Heterogeneous Photocatalysis: Light-Matter Interaction and Chemical Effects in Quantum Efficiency Calculations”. J. Catal. 330 (2015) 154-166.
  • A. Iglesias-Juez, F. Viñes, O. García, M. Fernández-García, F. Illas. “Surface Contact Engineering in Photoactive ZnO Nanostructures”. J. Mater. Chem. A 3 (2015) 8782-8792
  • M. Muñoz-Batista, A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García. “Effective Enhancement of TiO2 Photocatalysis by Sinergistic Interaction of Surface Species: from Promoters to co-Catalysts”. ACS Catal. 4 (2015) 4277-4288.
  • M.J. Muñoz-Batista, M.N. Gómez-Cerezo, A. Kubacka, D. Tudela, M. Fernández-García. “Role of Interface Contact in CeO2-TiO2 photocatalytic composite materials”. ACS Catal. 4 (2014) 63-72.
  • M.A. Newton, M. Di Michiel, A. Kubacka, A. Iglesias-Juez, M. Fernández-García. “Observing Metal-Oxide Interfaces at work during Periodic, Redox Operation: Solid State, Surface, and Gas Phase Perspectives”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed 51 (2012) 2363 – 2367 (VIP paper).
  • A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García, G. Colón. “Advanced Nano-arquitectures for Solar Photocatalysis”. Chem. Rev. 112 (2012) 1555-1614.


Selected Pantents (last 10 years):

  • M.J. Muñoz-Batista, M. Ferrer, M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka. “Sistema fotocatalítico basado en TiO2 dopado y su uso como biocida”. Patent P201730098, Spain, 2017. Holder Entity: CSIC.
  • M. Fernández-García, M.L. Cerrada, M. Ferrer, M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka, A. Muñoz-Bonilla, E. Cascales Rodenas. “Membrana Polimérica Porosa Fotocatalítica como Sistema de Depuración y Tratamiento de Aguas”. Patent P201530309, Spain, 2015. Holder Entity: CSIC.
  • A. Guerrero-Ruiz, Eva Castillejos, Belén Bachiller-Baeza, I. Rodríguez-Ramos, M. Fernández-García, A. Iglesias-Juez. “Procedimiento de obtención de nanopartículas de Pd soportadas en materiales de carbono y aplicación de las mismas en hidrogenación selectiva de poliolefinas e hidrocarburos acetilénicos”. Patent P201400992, Spain, 2014. Holder Entitiy: UNED-CSIC.
  • M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka, I. Rodríguez-Ramos, E. Gallegos-Suarez, A. Guerrero-Ruiz. “Catalizador sólido ternario para la reacción de reformado de glicerol; procedimiento de preparación y utilización”. Patent P201331786, Spain, 2013. Holder entity: UNED-CSIC
  • A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García. “Catalizador de M-Cu-Ce para la reacción de “desplazamiento de gas de agua” (WGS)”. Patent P201133893, Spain, 2012. Holder entity: CSIC.