Department of Chemical Engineering

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Room: 9 West 3.11
Tel: 01225 384614

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Salvador is available to supervise research degree projects

Dr Salvador Eslava

PhD MSc MEng

Salvador is a member of academic staff. His research is on heterogeneous catalysts, photocatalysts, photoelectrodes, porous materials and graphene composites.


Dr Salvador Eslava was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering in September 2014. His role includes teaching, research and administrative duties.

Salvador supervises more than six PhD and MRes students with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis (between Bath, Bristol and Cardiff) and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies at Bath.

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Career achievements

Between 2009 and 2011, Salvador worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He was based in the Department of Chemistry, working in the groups of Professor Dominic S Wright and Professor Richard M Lambert. Between 2011 and 2014, Salvador worked in the Materials Department at Imperial College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Professor Eduardo Saiz Gutierrez's group.

Significant scientific achievements

  • Discovered the use of graphene oxide as a sacrificial support of polyoxotitanium clusters to replicate its two-dimensionality on titania photocatalysts (J. Mater. Chem. A 2016)
  • Scaled up the synthesis of graphene oxide and contributed to the development of three-dimensional structures for foams with high organic adsorption capacity (Nature Commun. 2014 and Adv. Mater. 2015)
  • Revealed the insulator properties of MOF ZIF-8 films for microelectronics (Chem. Mater. 2013).
  • Discovered new synthesis routes for heterometallic titanium clusters (Inorg. Chem. 2011 and Chem. Commun. 2010) and their deposition for photochemical applications (Chem. Mater. 2010)
  • Revealed that spin-coated zeolite films contain large voids detrimental for their application as an 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 (JACS and Adv. Funct. Mater. 2008)


  • MEng with distinction in Chemical Engineering, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
  • MSc in Materials Science for Nanotechnologies, University of Pavia, Italy
  • PhD in Engineering, Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (COK), KU Leuven and International Microelectronics Centre, IMEC, Belgium (Professor Johan Marten's group), 2005 - 2008


Salvador has expertise in chemical engineering, inorganic chemistry and physicochemical characterisation. He develops materials for catalysis and sustainable chemical technologies. His work has significant impact, benefiting science, society and the environment.


  • Photocatalytic materials
  • Photoanodes and photocathodes
  • Heterogeneous catalysts
  • Porous materials (zeolites, mesoporous crystalline silicas)
  • Graphene derivatives and composites


  • Nanostructured photocatalysts for solar fuels
  • Nanostructured and doped heterogeneous catalysts for engine exhaust fumes purification
  • Photoanodes for solar water splitting
  • Graphene composites and structures for sustainable chemical technologies



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