Professor Angel Cuesta Ciscar

Professor Angel Cuesta Ciscar

Personal Chair

Professor Angel Cuesta Ciscar
Professor Angel Cuesta Ciscar

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Meston Building Room O36
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Prof. Cuesta is the Leader of the Ab-Elektro Group. The Group's webpage can be visited at:


Prof. Angel Cuesta obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1996. After finishing his PhD, he enjoyed three years (two of them with the support of a Marie Curie Training and Mobility of Researchers Fellowship) as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of the late Prof. D.M. Kolb at the University of Ulm (Germany). In July 2001 he was selected as Provisional Staff Scientist at the Institute of Physical Chemistry “Rocasolano” (CSIC) in Madrid, where he was promoted to Staff Scientist in December 2002. He was promoted to the Senior Scientist scale of CSIC in March 2010, and was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen (UK) in July 2013, where he was promoted to Reader in August 2016 and to Personal Chair in August 2018. He received the CIDETEC prize for scientific research [1] 2006, and was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the Catalysis Research Centre of Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) in 2007. Between January 2017 and December 2018 he served as Chair-Elect of Division 7 (Physical Electrochemistry) of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), and as Chair since January 2019. He served as member of the Editorial Board of Electrocatalysis (Springer) between 2010 and 2014, and since January 2016 belongs to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (Elsevier).

[1] The CIDETEC prize for scientific research is awarded yearly by the Electrochemistry Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), and is funded with €6,000 by CIDETEC.


Research Interests

The work in my group is focused on the combination of classical electrochemical techniques with in situ optical spectroscopies and scanning probe microscopies, in order to obtain an as detailed as possible description of the electrode surface and the electrochemical double layer at the atomic and molecular level. I am mainly interested in problems dealing with Electrocatalysis (reaction mechanisms, reaction and surface dynamics, atomic ensemble effects) and surface nanostructuring.

Research Grants

RPG-015-040, Electroreduction of carbon dioxide in room temperature ionic liquids

PI: Angel Cuesta

Co-PI: Jun Cheng

Funding Agency: The Leverhulme Trust


RF-2018-79, Sustainable materials for energy conversion and storage

PI: Angel Cuesta

Co-PI: Claudia Fernandez-Martin

Funding Agency: BEIS - UUKi


Teaching Responsibilities

Prof. Cuesta teaches in the following courses:

  • CM2015: Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • CM3536: Molecular Structure And Reactivity/ Chemistry for Students of Physical Science (II)
  • CM4521: Integrated Chemistry
  • CM5003: MChem Chemistry Applications
  • CM5037: Oil and Gas Chemistry
Further Info

External Responsibilities

Chair Division 7, ISE, 2019 - 2020

Chair-Elect Division 7, International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), 2017 - 2018

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (Elsevier)

Admin Responsibilities

Director of Research, Innovation and Impact, School of Natural and Computing Sciences.



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  • Betts, A, Briega-Martos, V, Cuesta Ciscar, A & Herrero, E 2020, 'Adsorbed Formate is the Last Common Intermediate in the Dual-Path Mechanism of the Electrooxidation of Formic Acid', ACS Catalysis, vol. 10, no. 15, pp. 8120-8130. [Online] DOI:
  • Papasizza, M, Yang, X, Cheng, J & Cuesta Ciscar, A 2020, 'Electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 in neat and water-containing imidazolium-based ionic liquids', Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, vol. 23, pp. 80-88. [Online] DOI:
  • Cabello, G, Davoglio, RA, Marco, JF & Cuesta, A 2020, 'Probing electronic and atomic ensembles effects on PtAu3 nanoparticles with CO adsorption and electrooxidation', Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, vol. 870, 114233. [Online] DOI:
  • Mwanda, JA & Cuesta Ciscar, A 2019, 'Electrochemical Metallization of Molecular Adlayers', Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, vol. 17, pp. 72-78. [Online] DOI:
  • Hussain, G, PĂ©rez-Martinez, L, Le, J-B, Papasizza, M, Cabello, G, Cheng, J & Cuesta, A 2019, 'How cations determine the interfacial potential profile: Relevance for the CO2 reduction reaction', Electrochimica Acta, vol. 327, 135055. [Online] DOI:
  • Kas, R, Ayemoba, O, Firet, NJ, Middelkoop, J, Smith, WA & Cuesta, A 2019, 'In-situ infrared spectroscopy applied to the study of the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2: Theory, practice and challenges', ChemPhysChem, vol. 20, no. 22, pp. 2904-2925. [Online] DOI:
  • Hartl, FW, Varela, H & Cuesta, A 2019, 'The oscillatory electro-oxidation of formic acid: insights on the adsorbates involved from time-resolved ATR-SEIRAS and UV reflectance experiments', Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, vol. 840, pp. 249-254. [Online] DOI:
  • Cuesta, A 2018, Formic Acid Oxidation On Metal Electrodes. in K Wandelt, C Becker, F Netzer, U Heiz, R Otero, M Lackinger, A Teplyakov, K Kolasinski, P Broekmann, S Vesztergom, JMF Martinez, V Climent, MB Salmeron, F Di Quarto & P Vadgama (eds), Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry. 1 edn, 13318, Elsevier, pp. 620-632. [Online] DOI:
  • Papasizza, M & Cuesta Ciscar, A 2018, 'In-situ monitoring using ATR-SEIRAS of the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 on Au in an ionic liquid / water mixture', ACS Catalysis, vol. 8, pp. 6345-6352. [Online] DOI:
  • Cabello, G, Nwoko, KC, Mingarelli, M, McLaughlin, AC, Trembleau, L, Feldmann, J, Cuesta Ciscar, A & Smith, TAD 2018, 'Physicochemical Tools: Toward a Detailed Understanding of the Architecture of Targeted Radiotherapy Nanoparticles', ACS Applied Bio Materials, vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 1639-1646. [Online] DOI:
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