Imperial College London

Dr Laia Francàs Forcada

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Research Associate







ChemistrySouth Kensington Campus





Laia Francàs Forcada graduated in Chemistry at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2006. She earned her PhD from the same university in 2011, under the direction of Dr. Lluís Escriche, Dr. Xavier Sala and Prof. Antoni Llobet investigating molecular catalysts for water oxidation. Then she moved to Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as a project researcher in the group of prof. Antoni Llobet. During the next three years she was involved in the development of water splitting systems, focused on the photoanodes.

In February 2015 she moved to Imperial College London in James Durrant's group where she is working in the understaning of the electron transfers between molecular catalysts and the semiconductors to improve their photoactivity in the water splitting reaction.



Mesa CA, Kafizas A, Francas L, et al., 2017, Kinetics of Photoelectrochemical Oxidation of Methanol on Hematite Photoanodes, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:139, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:11537-11543

Francas L, Matheu R, Pastor E, et al., 2017, Kinetic Analysis of an Efficient Molecular Light-Driven Water Oxidation System, Acs Catalysis, Vol:7, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:5142-5150

Liu H-J, Gil-Sepulcre M, Francas L, et al., 2017, Mononuclear ruthenium compounds bearing N-donor and N-heterocyclic carbene ligands: structure and oxidative catalysis, Dalton Transactions, Vol:46, ISSN:1477-9226, Pages:2829-2843

Kafizas A, Francas L, Sotelo-Vazquez C, et al., 2017, Optimizing the Activity of Nanoneedle Structured WO3 Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting: Direct Synthesis via Chemical Vapor Deposition, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:121, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:5983-5993

Odrobina J, Scholz J, Pannwitz A, et al., 2017, Backbone Immobilization of the Bis(bipyridyl)pyrazolate Diruthenium Catalyst for Electrochemical Water Oxidation, Acs Catalysis, Vol:7, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:2116-2125

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