Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr Eslava currently leads a group on novel synthesis approaches for (photo)electrochemical and (photo)catalytic materials, including transition metal oxides, halide perovskites, oxide perovskites, and graphene derivatives. He and his group carry out physicochemical and electrochemical characterisation of these materials to relate their properties to their application on energy conversion and storage and pollutants remediation, as well as on their scale up and development. His research is multidisciplinary, extending the limits and synergies between chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science. He has published more than 50 research articles in leading journals such as Energy & Environ. Sci., J. Mater. Chem. A or Nature Commun. He has been awarded funding from The Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, EPSRC and Innovate UK, accumulating ¬£2.5m of funds. His team's most significant contributions to the literature cover the following:

  • Developed the use of stable halide perovskite CsPbBr3 based photoanodes for oxygen evolution in aqueous electrolytes (Nature Comm. 2019) 
  • Unravelled the role of CoFeOx oxygen evolution catalyst and thickness dependence on Fe2O3 photoanodes (Energy Environ. Sci. 2018).
  • Revealed greener and more efficient routes for the preparation of hematite and TiO2 photoanodes for solar water splitting (ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, Sust. Energy Fuels 2018, J. Power Sources 2018, J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, and RSC Advances 2017)
  • Discovered the use of graphene oxide as a sacrificial support to replicate its 2D shape on TiO2 photocatalysts for H2 production (J. Mater. Chem. A 2016) and CeO2 catalysts and supports (Appl. Catal. B Environ. 2018)
  • Revealed the properties of complex cellular networks formed by the assembly of chemically modified graphene (Nature Comm. 2014) and upscaled graphene oxide for 3D printing graphene structures (Adv. Mater. 2015)
  • Revealed the insulator properties of metal-organic framework ZIF-8 films for microelectronics (Chem. Mater. 2013)
  • Discovered synthesis routes for heterometallic titanium clusters (Chem. Commun. 2010, Inorg. Chem. 2011) and their deposition for photochemical applications (Chem. Mater. 2010)
  • Revealed that spin-coated zeolite films contain large voids detrimental for their application as insulator in microelectronics (Adv. Mater. 2008)
  • Developed different approaches to optimise zeolite films, such as UV photochemistry (JACS 2007), silylation (Langmuir 2008), and zeolitic sol-gel process (JACS 2008 and Adv. Funct. Mater. 2008)


Dr Salvador Eslava joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London on 1st November 2019 as a Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) after five years as a Lecturer (Asst. Prof.) in Chemical Engineering at University of Bath. He currently holds a ¬£1.3m EPSRC Early Career Fellowship on Interface Engineering for Solar Hydrogen on. Before Bath, he was a PDRA in the Materials Department at Imperial College London (2011-2014) working with Prof. Eduardo Saiz on graphene and MOFs and in the Chemistry Department at The University of Cambridge (2009-2011), working with Professors Dominic Wright and Richard Lambert on titanium clusters. He defended his PhD degree in 2009 conducted in the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (COK) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and IMEC, Belgium, in the group of Prof. Johan Martens working on zeolitic dielectrics. He holds a Taught Master in Materials Science from Universit√° degli Studi di Pavia, Italy, and an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.



Kumar S, Regue M, Isaacs M, et al., 2020, All-Inorganic CsPbBr3 nanocrystals: gram-scale mechanochemical synthesis and selective photocatalytic CO2 reduction to methane, Acs Applied Energy Materials, Vol:3, ISSN:2574-0962, Pages:4509-4522

Freeman E, Kumar S, Thomas SR, et al., 2020, PrFeO3 Photocathodes Prepared Through Spray Pyrolysis, Chemelectrochem, Vol:7, ISSN:2196-0216, Pages:1365-1372

Rood S, Eslava S, Manigrasso A, et al., 2020, Recent advances in gasoline three-way catalyst formulation: A review, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part D-journal of Automobile Engineering, Vol:234, ISSN:0954-4070, Pages:936-949

Freeman E, Kumar S, Celorrio V, et al., 2019, Strategies for deposition of LaFeO3 photocathodes: improving photocurrent with a polymer template, Sustainable Energy and Fuels, Vol:4, ISSN:2398-4902, Pages:884-894

Regue M, Sibby S, Ahmet IY, et al., 2019, TiO2 photoanodes with exposed {010} facets grown by aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition of a titanium oxo/alkoxy cluster, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol:7, ISSN:2050-7488, Pages:19161-19172

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