Dr. Soriaga’s research interests include:  surface science of electrocatalysis; electrochemistry of nanostructured interfaces; electrode-surface coordination and organometallic chemistry; mixed-metal electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications; heterogenization of molecular catalysts; metal hydrides for hydrogen storage; surface redox capacity and cellular toxicity of nanoparticles, operando scanned-probe microscopy, differential electrochemical mass spectrometry; ex situin situ, and operandospectroscopy of electrode surfaces; and electrochemical surface science of heterogeneous reactions at the core of artificial photosynthesis.

In JCAP, Dr. Soriaga’s present research is focused on electrocatalytic reactions that underpin artificial photosynthesis; specifically, directed discovery of earth-abundant electrocatalysts, development of advanced surface-science methods for the characterization of benchmarked catalysts, and exploration of structure-composition-activity relationships to guide the expansion of catalyst-discovery strategies.  The overall strategy seeks to gain basic understanding of the relationship between structure, composition, and reactivity; such knowledge is then implemented towards the synthesis of better catalysts.


Recent Publications

Javier, A. et al. A DEMS Study of the Reduction of CO2, CO, and HCHO Pre-Adsorbed on Cu Electrodes: Empirical Inferences on the CO2RR Mechanism. Electrocatalysis, 1-5, DOI: 10.1007/s12678-015-0246-1(2015).

Javier, A. et al. Overlayer Au-on-W Near-Surface Alloy for the Selective Electrochemical Reduction of CO2to Methanol: Empirical (DEMS) Corroboration of a Computational (DFT) Prediction. Electrocatalysis, DOI: 10.1007/s12678-015-0276-8 (2015).

Soriaga, M. P. et al. Electrochemical surface science twenty years later: Expeditions into the electrocatalysis of reactions at the core of artificial photosynthesis. Surface Science 631, 285-294, DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2014.06.028 (2015).

Kim, Y. G., Baricuatro, J. H., Javier, A., Gregoire, J. M. & Soriaga, M. P. The Evolution of the Polycrystalline Copper Surface, First to Cu(111) and Then to Cu(100), at a Fixed CO2RR Potential: A Study by Operand EC-STM. Langmuir 30, 15053-15056, DOI: 10.1021/la504445g (2014).


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