Sergio Rojas Muñoz



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Position: Tenured Scientist
Telephone: +34 915854937

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Postal Address


c/ Marie Curie, 2


28049 Madrid

Sergio Rojas was born in Madrid in 1970. He obtained a Degree in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1993 and his PhD in Chemistry in 1999. After a couple of postdoctoral contracts at ICP and Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, he gained a postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden for the development of electrocatalysts for direct methanol fuel cells. During this period he was familiarized with the synthesis of nanosized metal particles from microemulsion. In 2003 he returned to the Grupo de Estructura y Actividad at ICP-CSIC in Madrid first with an I3P contract and since 2005 with a Ramón y Cajal contract. Since 2007 he is staff scientist at the ICP-CSIC. 

He is co-author to some 40 SCI papers, two chapters of books, delivering several invited presentations at both national and international congresses. Also he has been supervisor to one PhD thesis and is currently supervising 4 PhD students. 

Main areas of research:

Electrocatalysis. Development and study of catalysts for applications in:

  • Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, both at the anode and cathode sites. The focus is decreasing the Pt loading at both sites. Also developing catalysts more tolerant to CO and capable of oxidizing methanol and ethanol. Crossover-methanol tolerant catalysts at the cathode.
  • Hydrogen production from the electrolysis of water.

GTL Process. Catalysts for clean fuel production from syngas (obtained from coal, natural gas or biomass) by means of the Fischer Tropsch process. Understanding the actual nature of the catalyst and controlling the selectivity towards the desired fraction.

Selected papers: 

Effect of the actual nature of bimetallic PtAu electrocatalysts on the methanol tolerance during the oxygen reduction reaction. P. Hernández-Fernández, S. Rojas, P. Ocón, A. de Frutos, J. M. Figueroa, P. Terreros, M. A. Peña, J.L.G. Fierro; Journal of Power Sources 177, 9-16 (2008)

An Opening Route to the Design of Cathode Materials for Fuel Cells Based on PtCo Nanoparticles. P. Hernández-Fernández, S. Rojas, P. Ocon, J.L. Gómez de la Fuente, M.A. Peña, J.L.G. Fierro; Applied Catalysis B: Environmental: 77, 18-28 (2007)

Influence of the Preparation Route of Bimetallic Pt-Au Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. P. Hernández-Fernández, P. Ocón, J.L. Gómez de la Fuente, J. Sanza, M.A. Peña, P. Terreros, F.J. García-García, S. Rojas, J.L. García Fierro; Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111, 2913-2923 (2007)

Evolution of the bulk structure and surface species on Fe-Ce catalysts during the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. F.J. Pérez-Alonso, T. Herranz, S. Rojas, M. Ojeda, M. López Granados, P. Terreros, J.L.G. Fierro, M. Gracia J.R. Gancedo; Green Chemistry, 9, 663-670, (2007)

Relevance in the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of the formation of Fe-O-Ce interactions on iron-cerium mixed oxides Systems. F.J. Pérez-Alonso, M. López Granados, M. Ojeda, T. Herranz, S. Rojas, P. Terreros, J. L.G. Fierro; Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110, 23870-23880 (2006)

Genesis of iron carbides and their role in the synthesis of hydrocarbons from synthesis gas. T. Herranz; S. Rojas, F. J. Perez-Alonso, M. Ojeda; P. Terreros, J.L.G. Fierro; Journal of Catalysis 243, 199-211 (2006)

Silylation of a Co/SiO2 surface. Characterization and exploitation for the CO hydrogenation reactionM. Ojeda, F. J. Pérez-Alonso, P. Terreros, S. Rojas, T. Herranz, M.L. Granados, J.L.G. Fierro; Langmuir 22, 3131-3137 (2006)

Synthesis, structural features, and reactivity of Fe-Mn mixed oxides prepared by microemulsion. T. Herranz, Sergio Rojas, M. Ojeda, F. Pérez, P. Terreros, J.L.G. Fierro; Chemistry of Materials 18, 2364-2375(2006)


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