Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Academic Visitor







Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Professor in Experimental Physics and academic lead of the Nanomaterials for Energy Group at the Faculty of Physics, University of Munich (LMU), Germany.

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Awarded ERC Starting Grant 2018. Emerging Investigator 2021 in Materials Science (Royal Society, UK).

PI of the German excellence cluster e-conversion and coordinator of its graduate program, scientific board member in the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) in Munich, member of the Bavarian program Solar Technologies go Hybrid, and fellow of the Young Academy of Europe. Editor of eScience (Elsevier) and AP Nexus (SPIE).

Interests: Plasmonics/ Photonics/ Nanochemistry/ Energy Conversion/ Photo and Electrocatalysis/ Colloids/ Metamaterials and Metasurfaces/ Catalysis.

BOOK - Plasmonic Catalysis: From Fundamentals to Applications. Pedro H.C. Camargo and Emiliano Cortés (Editors), 352 pages, ISBN 3527826963, John Wiley & Sons, 2021.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Cortés E, 2023, Light-activated catalysts point the way to sustainable chemistry, Nature, Vol:614, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:230-232

Cortes E, Wendisch FJ, Sortino L, et al., 2022, Optical Metasurfaces for Energy Conversion, Chemical Reviews, ISSN:0009-2665

Cortes E, Grzeschik R, Maier SA, et al., 2022, Experimental characterization techniques for plasmon-assisted chemistry, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Vol:6, Pages:259-274

Ezendam S, Herran M, Nan L, et al., 2022, Hybrid plasmonic nanomaterials for hydrogen generation and carbon dioxide reduction, Acs Energy Letters, Vol:7, ISSN:2380-8195, Pages:778-815

Glass D, Quesada-Cabrera R, Bardey S, et al., 2021, Probing the role of atomic defects in photocatalytic systems through photoinduced enhanced raman scattering, Acs Energy Letters, Vol:6, ISSN:2380-8195, Pages:4273-4281

Huettenhofer L, Golibrzuch M, Bienek O, et al., 2021, Metasurface photoelectrodes for enhanced solar fuel generation, Advanced Energy Materials, Vol:11, ISSN:1614-6832

Cortes E, Besteiro L, Alabastri A, et al., 2020, Challenges in Plasmonic Catalysis, ACS Nano, Vol:14, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:16202-16219

Cortes E, 2018, Activating plasmonic chemistry, Science, Vol:362, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:28-29

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