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.
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
et al., 2017, Kinetic Analysis of an Efficient Molecular Light-Driven Water Oxidation System, Acs Catalysis, Vol:7, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:5142-5150
et al., 2017, Water Oxidation Kinetics of Accumulated Holes on the Surface of a TiO2 Photoanode: A Rate Law Analysis, Acs Catalysis, Vol:7, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:4896-4903
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
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