Emiliano Cortes
University of Munich (LMU)

Emiliano is Professor in Experimental Physics and Energy Conversion at the Faculty of Physics, University of Munich (LMU), Germany and he is the academic lead of the Nanomaterials for Energy group. He is also a visiting researcher at the Materials Department, Tianjin University, China and at the Physics Department, Imperial College London, UK.

His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry and physics, and focus on the development of novel nanomaterials and techniques, specifically for applications in energy conversion. He had published over 120 scientific articles on these topics.

Emiliano studied chemistry at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. He was one of the founders of Nano-detection, a start-up company based on plasmonic sensing. He was also a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at Imperial College London. He was awarded with the 1.5M € ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission for his project CATALIGHT.

He is currently a PI of the German excellence research 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 (SolTech), and fellow of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE). He is also a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Emiliano is also co-editor of the first book in Plasmonic Catalysis (Wiley, June 2021). In 2021, the Royal Society of Chemistry in UK awarded him as Emerging Investigator in Materials Science. He is part of the Editorial Board of several journals, including ACS Energy Letters, Advanced Photonics Nexus and eScience, among others. He has also edited special issues in plasmonics and photonics for energy conversion for ACS Photonics and Communications Chemistry.


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Nature, 614, 230-232, 2023. Light-activated catalysts point the way to sustainable chemistry - E. Cortés.

Nature Communications, 3813, 14, 2023. Impact of bimetallic interface design on heat generation in plasmonic Au/Pd nanostructures studied by single-particle thermometry – J. Gargiulo, M. Herran, I. L Violi, A. Sousa-Castillo, L. P Martinez, S. Ezendam, M. Barella, H. Giesler, R. Grzeschik, S. Schlücker, S, A Maier, F. D Stefani, E. Cortés.

ACS Nano 17 (3), 3119–3127, 2023. Interface-Dependent Selectivity in Plasmon-Driven Chemical Reactions - A.Stefancu, J. Gargiulo, G. Laufersky, B. Auguié, V. Chiş, E, C Le Ru, M. Liu, N. Leopold, E. Cortés.

Nano Letters 23 (7), 2883–2889, 2023. Investigating Plasmonic Catalysis Kinetics on Hot-Spot Engineered Nanoantennae – L. Nan, J. Giráldez-Martínez, A. Stefancu, L. Zhu, M. Liu, A. O. Govorov, L. V. Besteiro, E. Cortés.

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 62, 26, e202300873, 2023. Atomically Local Electric Field Induced Interface Water Reorientation for Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Reaction – C. Cai, K. Liu, L. Zhang, F. Li, Y. Tan, P. Li, Y. Wang, M. Wang, Z. Feng, D. Motta Meira, W. Qu, A. Stefancu, W. Li, H. Li, J. Fu, H. Wang, D. Zhang, E. Cortés, M. Liu.

Advanced Functional Materials, 2203418, 2022. Tailoring plasmonic bimetallic nanocatalysts towards sunlight-driven H2 production - M. Herran, A. Sousa-Castillo, C. Fan, S. Lee, W. Xie, M. Doblinger, B. Auguie, E. Cortés.

Chemical Reviews 122 (19), 15082–15176, 2022. Optical Metasurfaces for Energy Conversion - E. Cortés, F. J. Wendisch, L. Sortino, A. Mancini, S. Ezendam, S. Saris, L. de S. Menezes, A. Tittl, H. Ren, S. A. Maier.

Nature Reviews Chemistry, 6, 259–274, 2022. Experimental Characterization Techniques for Plasmon-assisted Chemistry - E. Cortés, R. Grzeschik, S. A Maier, S. Schlücker.

ACS Energy Letters, 7, 778-815, 2022. Hybrid Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Generation and Carbon Dioxide Reduction - S. Ezendam, M. Herran, L. Nan, C. Gruber, Y. Kang, F. Gröbmeyer, R. Lin, J. Gargiulo, A. Sousa-Castillo, E. Cortés.

Advanced Energy Materials, 46 (11), 2102877, 2021. Metasurface Photoelectrodes for Enhanced Solar Fuel Generation - L. Hüttenhofer, M. Golibrzuch, O. Bienek, F. Wendisch, R. Lin, M. Becherer, I. Sharp, S. Maier, E. Cortés