Professor Angel Cuesta Ciscar
I obtained my PhD in Chemistry in 1996 and moved then on for 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 I was selected as Provisional Staff Scientist at the Institute of Physical Chemistry “Rocasolano” (CSIC) in Madrid, where I promoted to Staff Scientist in December 2002 and then to the Senior Scientist scale of CSIC in March 2010.
I was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen (UK) in July 2013, where I promoted to Reader in August 2016 and to Personal Chair in August 2018. I served as the Director of Research of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2021. Since 1 October 2021 I am the Interim Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences.
I was awarded the CIDETEC prize for scientific research  2006, and a Visiting Professorship at the Catalysis Research Centre of Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) in 2007.
Between January 2017 and December 2018 I served as Chair-Elect of Division 7 (Physical Electrochemistry) of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), as Chair of the Division between January 2019 and December 2020 and I am currently the Immediate Past-chair until December 2022.
I was member of the Editorial Board of Electrocatalysis (Springer) between 2010 and 2014. I belong to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (Elsevier) since January 2016 and of Electrochemical Science Advances (Wiley) since 2020.
 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.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Interim Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences.
- External Memberships
Immediate past-Chair Division 7 ISE, 2021 - 2022
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)
Member of the Editorial Board of Electrochemical Science Advances
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the Real Sociedad Española de Química
Water-in-salt environment reduces the overpotential for reduction of of CO2 to CO2: in ionic liquid/water mixturesACS Catalysis, vol. 12, pp. 6770–6780Contributions to Journals: Articles
ATR-SEIRAS for time-resolved studies of electrode-electrolyte interfacesCurrent Opinion in Electrochemistry, 101041Contributions to Journals: Articles
Mapping the electronic structure of polypyrrole with image-based electrochemical scanning tunneling spectroscopyElectrochemical Science Advances, vol. 2, no. 2, e2100028Contributions to Journals: Articles
Methanol Dehydrogenation on Pt Electrodes: Active Sites and Role of Adsorbed Spectators Revealed through Time-Resolved ATR-SEIRASACS Catalysis, vol. 11, no. 21, pp. 13483–13495Contributions to Journals: Articles
The energetics of electron and proton transfer to CO2 in aqueous solutionPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 23, no. 38, 22035-22044Contributions to Journals: Articles
Prizes and Awards
CIDETEC Prize for Scientific Research 2006
Visiting Professor at the Catalysis Research Centre of Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan), 2007
Special Visiting Professor at UFSCAR (São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil), 2013 - 2016
Research OverviewThe 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.
Funding and 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
I teach 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
- SX3002: Science and Society
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Importance of Acid–Base Equilibrium in Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Formic Acid on PlatinumJournal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 135, no. 27, pp. 9991-9994Contributions to Journals: Articles
The impact of spectator species on the interaction of H2O2 with platinum: implications for the oxygen reduction reaction pathwaysPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 15, no. 21, pp. 8058-8068Contributions to Journals: Articles
CO and trans-cinnamaldehyde as corrosion inhibitors of I825, L80-13Cr and N80 alloys in concentrated HCl solutions at high pressure and temperatureElectrochimica Acta, vol. 97, pp. 1-9Contributions to Journals: Articles
Electrochemical Desorption of Thiolates and Sulfur from Nanoparticle and Planar Platinum SurfacesThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, no. 15, pp. 7589-7597Contributions to Journals: Articles
Physicochemical Characterization of Acidiphilium sp. BiofilmsChemPhysChem, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1237-1244Contributions to Journals: Articles
Electrooxidation of formic acid on gold: An ATR-SEIRAS study of the role of adsorbed formateCatalysis Today, vol. 202, pp. 79-86Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cyanide-modified Pt(111): structure, stability and hydrogen adsorptionElectrochimica Acta, vol. 82, pp. 524-533Contributions to Journals: Articles
The underpotential deposition that should not be: Cu(1x1) on Au(111)Electrochemistry Communications, vol. 25, pp. 54-57Contributions to Journals: Articles
Combined ATR-SEIRAS and EC-STM study of the immobilization of laccase on chemically modified Au electrodesThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 116, no. 31, pp. 16532-16540Contributions to Journals: Articles
Proton transfer voltammetry at electrodes modified with acid thiol monolayersAnalytical Chemistry, vol. 84, no. 13, pp. 5778-5786Contributions to Journals: Articles