The scientific interest of the research group consist in the synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for their application in the production of high added value compounds and compounds of interest in the Fine Chemical industry. More specifically, the application of carbon nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes and graphene oxides and their derivatives, as catalysts or supports for active phases (metal or metal oxide nanoparticles, metal complexes), is investigated, emphasizing in their functionalization and in the study of the resulting properties.

Research lines

  • Application of carbon nanomaterials (CNFs, CNTs, graphene, etc.) in catalysis. Control of physicochemical properties through methods of synthesis, functionalization and / or doping.
  • Development of heterogeneous catalysts depending on their subsequent application: supported nanoparticles or metal oxides, immobilization of organometallic complexes, mixed oxides, heterogeneization of heteropolyacids, multifunctional catalysts.
  • Use of advanced techniques for the structural characterization of nanomaterials (TEM-STEM, XPS), and for reactivity studies on surfaces and reaction mechanisms (DRIFTs)
  • Selective hydrogenation reactions for Fine Chemistry (chemoselective, enantioselective)
  • Biomass and platform molecules valorization reactions to obtain products with high added value


María Belén Bachiller Baeza – Group Leader


Tel: 915854767


  • L. Valenzuela, Ana Iglesias-Juez, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, M. Faraldos, A. Bahamonde and R. Rosal, “Biocide mechanism of highly efficient and stable antimicrobial surfaces based on zinc oxide–reduced graphene oxide photocatalytic coatings”, /J. Mater. Chem. B,/ 8, 8294-8304 (2020). DOI: 10.1039/d0tb01428a
  • E. Castillejos, A. Esteban-Arranz, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, I. Rodríguez-Ramos, A. Guerrero-Ruiz, “Reductive Degradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid using Pd/Carbon with bifunctional mechanism“, /Catal. Today, 357, 361-7/ (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2019.09.007
  • _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, A. Iglesias-Juez, G. Agostini, E. Castillejos-López, “Pd–Au bimetallic catalysts supported on ZnO for selective 1,3-butadiene hydrogenation”, /Catal. Sci. Tech/., 10, 2503-12 (2020). DOI: 10.1039/c9cy02395j
  • U. Caudillo-Flores, F. Ansari, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, G. Colón, M. Fernández-García, A. Kubacka, “(NH4)4[NiMo6O24H6].5H2O / g-C3N4 Materials for Selective Photo-Oxidation of C-O and C=C bonds”, /Appl. Catal. B. Env/., 278, 119299 (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.119299
  • A.B. Dongil, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, E. Castillejos-Lopez, N. Escalona, A. Guerrero-Ruiz and I. Rodríguez-Ramos, “Promoter effect of alkalis on CuO/CeO2/Carbon nanotubes systems for the PROx reaction”, /Catal. Today/, 301, 141-146 (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.03.033.
  • E. Castillejos, A. M. García-Minguillán, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, I. Rodríguez-Ramos, A. Guerrero-Ruiz, “When the nature of surface functionalities on modified carbon dominates the dispersion of palladium hydrogenation catalysts”, /Catal. Today/, 301, 248-257 (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.05.024.
  • M. V. Morales, E. Asedegbega-Nieto, E. Castillejos-López, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_ and A. Guerrero-Ruiz, “Difference in the deactivation of Au catalysts during ethanol transformation when supported on ZnO and on TiO2”, /RSC Adv/., 8, 7473-7485 (2018). DOI: 10.1039/c8ra00314a.
  • M.F. Gálvez-López, M.J. Muñoz-Batista, C.G. Alvarado-Beltrán, J.L. Almaral-Sánchez, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, A. Kubacka, M. Fernández-García, “Snmodification of TiO2 Anatase and Rutile type Phases: 2-Propanol Photo-oxidation under UV and Visible Light”, /Appl. Catal. B: Env/., 228, 130-141, (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.01.075.
  • P. Rangel-Rivera, _M.B. Bachiller-Baeza_, I. Galindo-Esquivel, G. Rangel-Porras, “Inclusion of Ti and Zr species on clay surfaces and their effect on the interaction with organic molecules”, /Appl. Surf. Sci., /445, 229-241 (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.03.157.
  • W. Song, M.C. Lozano-Martín, E. Gallegos-Suarez, C. Ramirez-Barria, W. Weng, X. Yi, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, A. Guerrero-Ruiz, I. Rodríguez-Ramos, “New Insights in the Development of Carbon Supported Ruthenium Catalysts for Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid”, /Current Catal.,/ 7, 129-137 (2018). DOI: 10.2174/2211544707666180328162825.
  • D.M. Fernandes, H.C. Novais, R. Bacsa, P. Serp, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, I. Rodríguez-Ramos, A. Guerrero-Ruiz, and C. Freire, “Polyoxotungstate@Carbon Nanocomposites As Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) Electrocatalysts”, /Langmuir/, 34, 6376-6387 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00299.
  • C. Pereira, R.S Costa, L. Lopes, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, I. Rodriguez-Ramos, A. Guerrero-Ruiz, P.B Tavares, C. Freire and A.M Pereira, “Multifunctional Mixed Valence N-doped CNT@MFe2O4 Hybrid Nanomaterials: From Engineered One-Pot Coprecipitation to Application in Energy Storage Paper Supercapacitors”, /Nanoscale/, 10, 12820-12840 (2018). DOI: 10.1039/c8nr03533d.
  • N. García-Bosch, _B. Bachiller-Baeza_, I. Rodríguez-Ramos and A. Guerrero-Ruiz, “Fructose Transformations in Ethanol using Carbon Supported Polyoxometalate Acidic Solids for 5-Ethoxymethylfurfural Production”, /ChemCatChem/, 10, 1-9 (2018). DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201800657.