Chemical and Environmental Engineering Group

Laura Collado obtained her BSc in Environmental Sciences from Alcalá University in 2007 and Oficial Master Degree in Technology and Energy Resources from Rey Juan Carlos University in 2010. The same year, she was awarded with a FPI fellowship to start a PhD at IMDEA Energy Institute (Spain). Her research was focused on the photocatalytic reduction of CO2. In 2012, she completed a 3 months stay at Imperial College London (London, UK) to get deep insights into charge dynamics using transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS). She also participated in two beamtime periods at the synchrotron light source ALBA (Barcelona, Spain) to perform in-situ NAP-XPS. In 2015, she defended her PhD dissertation at Rey Juan Carlos University with european distiction. In 2016, she started her postdoctoral research at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) to apply her catalysis knowledge on the bioenergy field. Nowadays, she works as a postdoctoral researcher within a Got Energy Talent Fellowship (GET-cofund Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions). Her research focuses on Artificial Photosynthesis for the production of solar fuels and chemicals.
  • A hybrid reactor for solar CO2 and N2 conversion coupled to wastewater treatment (HYSOLCHEM)

    Funding : European Commission, H2020 FET Proactive (GA 101017928)
    Start / End Years : 2021 - 2023
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    Principal Investigator : Marugán Aguado, Javier
    Research Team : - Alvarez Fernández, Carmen - Casado Merino, Cintia - Collado Brunete, Laura - Dufour Andía, Javier - Martín Gamboa, Mario - Martínez del Monte, Daniel - Marugán Aguado, Javier - Sotelo Vázquez, Carlos 
    Summary : The development of light-driven technologies represents a RADICAL NEW WAY for the conversion and storage of renewable energy. The Project focuses on the successful development of a new concept of low-cost flow photo-reactor prototype for the reduction of CO2 and N2 to produce fuels and chemicals (CH4, C2H4, C3H6 and NH3) coupled to the oxidation of microplastics and organic pollutants from wastewater treatment plants. In order to reach these ambitious objectives, HySolChem investigates CO2 valorisation strategies, artificial photosynthesis, N2 fixation and degradation of water pollutants. The validation of the prototype is in a wastewater treatment plant and a study of the developed materials and devices from a life-cycle environmental, economic and social point of view is also carried out.

Overcoming the limitations of gold catalysts in hydrogenation: enhanced activity with full hydrogen utilization

Keane M.A., Li M., Collado L., Cárdenas-Lizana F.

Influence of surface density on the CO2 photoreduction activity of a DC magnetron sputtered TiO2 catalyst

Fresno F., Reñones P., Alfonso E., Guillén C., Trigo J.F., Herrero J., Collado L., de la Peña O’Shea V.A.

Gas Phase Hydrogenation of Furaldehydes via Coupling with Alcohol Dehydrogenation over Ceria Supported Au-Cu

Pischetola C., Collado L., Aguado-Molina R., Treceno-Martín S., Cárdenas-Lizana F., Keane M.A.

Unravelling the effect of charge dynamics at the plasmonic metal/semiconductor interface for CO2 photoreduction

Collado L., Reynal A., Fresno F., Barawi M., Escudero C., Perez-Dieste V., Coronado J.M., Serrano D.P., Durrant J.R., de la Peña O’Shea V.A.

Mechanistic View of the Main Current Issues in Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction

Fresno F., Villar I., Collado L., Barawi M., Reñones P., Alfonso E., de la Peña O’Shea V.A.

Elucidating the Photoredox Nature of Isolated Iron Active Sites on MCM-41

Collado L., Jansson I., Platero-Prats A.E., Perez-Dieste V., Escudero C., Molins E., Casas i Doucastela L., Sánchez B., Coronado J.M., Serrano D.P., Suarez S., de la Peña O’Shea V.A.

Unravelling the photoredox pathways in CO2 photoreduction by artificial photosynthesis

De la Peña O'Shea, V.A., Collado L., Reñones P., Alfonso E., Fresno F., Liras M., Barawi M.

Role of Support Oxygen Vacancies in the Gas Phase Hydrogenation of Furfural over Gold

Li M., Collado L., Cárdenas-Lizana F., Keane M.A.

Photocatalytic H2 production from aqueous methanol solutions using metal-co-catalysed Zn2SnO4 nanostructures

Núñez, J.; Fresno, F.; Collado, L.; Jana, P.; Coronado, J. M.; Serrano, D. P.; de la Peña O`Shea, V. A.

Hierarchical TiO2 nanofibres as photocatalyst for CO2 reduction: Influence of morphology and phase composition on catalytic activity

Reñones P., Moya A., Fresno F., Collado L., Vilatela J.J., de la Peña O'Shea V.A.

Effect of Au surface plasmon nanoparticles on the selective CO2 photoreduction to CH4

Collado L., Reynal A., Coronado J.M., Serrano D.P., Durrant J.R., de la Peña O'Shea V.A.

Enhancement of hydrocarbon production via artificial photosynthesis due to synergetic effect of Ag supported on TiO2 and ZnO semiconductors

Collado, L.; Jana, P.; Sierra, B.; Coronado, J. M.; Pizarro, P.; Serrano, D. P.; de la Peña O'Shea, V. A.