Imperial College London

Ernest Pastor

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry




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ChemistrySouth Kensington Campus





Ernest obtained a PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2016 where he studied photo-electrocatalytic systems for solar-to-energy conversion by means of Transient Absorption Spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. Later, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in the group of Junko Yano and Vittal Yachandra, where he used x-ray crystallography and spectroscopic techniques at synchrotron and XFEL facilities to study electrocatalysts and biological systems such as Photosystem II. Currently, Ernest is a postdoc in the Ultrafast Optoelectronics Group and his research focuses on the use of ultrafast laser spectroscopies to find ways to observe and control molecular scale dynamics in nanostructured devices for solar-to-energy conversion.

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Francas L, Corby S, Selim S, et al., 2020, Spectroelectrochemical study of water oxidation on nickel and iron oxyhydroxide electrocatalysts (vol 10, 5208, 2019), Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723

Mesa Zamora C, Francas Forcada L, Yang KR, et al., 2020, Multihole water oxidation catalysis on hematite photoanodes revealed by operando spectroelectrochemistry and density functional theory, Nature Chemistry, Vol:12, ISSN:1755-4330, Pages:82-89

Selim S, Pastor E, García-Tecedor M, et al., 2019, Impact of oxygen vacancy occupancy on charge carrier dynamics in BiVO4 photoanodes, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:141, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:18791-18798

Francàs L, Corby S, Selim S, et al., 2019, Spectroelectrochemical study of water oxidation on nickel and iron oxyhydroxide electrocatalysts, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723

Corby S, Pastor E, Dong Y, et al., 2019, Charge separation, band-bending, and recombination in WO3 photoanodes, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol:10, ISSN:1948-7185, Pages:5395-5401

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