Daniel Escalera


The commercial implementation of proton exchange membrane water electrolyzers (PEMWE) is hampered, among other factors, by the high loadings required of the increasingly scarce platinum group metals to effectively catalyze the sluggish oxygen evolution reaction (OER).
My research at the Electrochemical Energy Conversion Team, framed within the DFG SPP 2080 DynaKat project, devotes to:

1) The study of structure-performance relationships of noble metal-based alloys towards the OER: cooperation with Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt and Ulrike Krewer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

2)  The use of in situ and in operando coupled electrochemical and surface characterization techniques: SFC-ICP-MS, SFC-DEMS

Other research interests encompass the implementation of earth-abundant catalysts for acidic water eletrolysis, noble metals recycling by advanced dissolution processes and ex-situ electrochemical and physical characterization techniques


2014.10–2019.01 PhD with Integrated Studies in Fuel Cells and their Fuels, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
2018.03–2018.07 PhD Internship, NanoElectrochemistry and Sustainable Catalysis research group (NanoESC), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2013.09–2014.07 Master's degree in "Electrochemistry. Science and Technology", University of Barcelona, Spain Research Topic: Electrochemical Deposition of magnetic alloys on self assembled monolayer modified electrodes for spintronic applications
2009.09–2013.06 Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Spain Bachelor's Thesis Topic: Synthesis and characterization of liquid single Crystal Elastomers as optical mechanotransducers

2020.02 First poster Award, SPP Dynakat Annual Status Meeting: Leipzig, Germany
2016.07 Royal Society of Chemistry Travel Award for PhD students and Early Career Scientists
2014.07 Extraordinary Award for Best Academic Record in Master's Degree: University of Barcelona, Spain