Viñes Solana, Francesc

Associate Professor

Research Area:
Catalysis, energy and environment

Department of Materials Science & Physical Chemistry
Faculty of Chemistry
University of Barcelona
c/Martí i Franquès, 1

+34 93 4033707

Prof. Francesc Viñes is currently a permanent associate professor (professor agregat) at the Department of Materials Science and Physical Chemistry of the University of Barcelona (UB) since 2019. He is ascribed to the Physical Chemistry Section and a research member of the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (IQTCUB) of the UB, one of the Spanish María de Maeztu Research Units of Excellence. He obtained his Chemistry Bachelor’s degree at UB (1999-2003) and afterwards his PhD (2003-2008) supervised by Profs. Drs. Francesc Illas and Carme Sousa. After a postdoctoral stage at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (2008-2011), under the direction of Prof. Dr Andreas Görling at the Theoretical Chemistry chair, mostly funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he obtained a postdoctoral Juan de la Cierva grant (2011-2014) at UB tightly collaborating with the experimental group of Dr. Marcos Fernández-García at the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Afterwards, he gained a researcher tenure-track Ramón y Cajal position at UB (2014-2019) and is currently a permanent associate professor and one of the Principal Investigators of the Surface Chemistry group at IQTCUB. In addition he is secretary of the IQTCUB from 2022, and got the ICREA (Catalan Institute of Advance Research) Academia Award in 2022. His research spans over different fields of Physical Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Environmental Science, with emphasis on the Catalysis field, including heterogeneous, photo-, and electrocatalysis, mostly focused at using cutting-edge theoretical and computational techniques to study the use of transition metal carbides and MXenes compounds on environmentally and/or energy-related applications, such as CO2 and CH4 capture and conversion. He published more than 158 papers in international journals, which received more than 6300 citations in Scopus with an h-index of 43.