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Pau Farras Costa

Dr Pau Farras Costa MRSC

Research Fellow

Organisation

Newcastle University

Research summary

My research interests are within the fields of inorganic/organometallic chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology and photochemistry, in the general area of chemistry with light. My previous research has been focused on two main areas: the study of metallacarborane derivatives as potential materials for radionuclide waste treatment and in biomedical applications, such as antibiotics and the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). The second area of interest has been the production of solar fuels, in particular in the preparation of light-harvesting molecules capable of acting in aqueous solutions, and molecular catalysts to perform the oxidation of water and various organic substrates. I have also prepared photoelectrodes and constructed photoelectrosynthesis cells able to oxidise organic substrates and generate hydrogen as a solar fuel. Part of my research is done in collaboration with research groups in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland.

My professional experience includes the synthesis of coordination compounds (Ru, Co, Pd), the use of spectroscopic techniques (mainly mono- and multidimensional NMR, IR, UV-Vis and luminescence spectroscopy) to characterise the novel metal derivatives and the study of their catalytic properties in aqueous solution.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Bodipy-based systems for artificial photosynthesis

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Jan 2013 - Jan 2015

Value: £101,000