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Jesum Alves Fernandes

Beacon Nottingham Research Fellow, Faculty of Science



Jesum Alves Fernandes received B.Sc. in Physics from Pontifical University Catholic of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) 2007, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2009 and 2014, respectively. He then joined the School of Chemistry, Victoria University (Canada) as a postdoctoral research. In 2016 he moved to University of Nottingham where he is currently working as a Beacon Nottingham Research Fellow at the School of Chemistry. His current research is based on synthetic physics focused on nanofabrication of multifunctional materials for catalytic, photocatalytic and energy applications.

Expertise Summary

Our research group focuses on synthetic physics to nanofabricate multifunctional materials for catalytic, photocatalytic and energy applications. Employing a top-down approach to atomically controlled low dimensional materials across the length-scales, from atoms to nanoclusters to complete surface coatings, using a unique magnetron sputtering configuration. This technique is highly controllable, modular, reproducible and sustainable as it avoids the use of toxic chemicals and the generation of waste. Using this approach we are able to generate extremely active "naked" metal clusters for energy conversion and storage technologies including hydrogen generation from water splitting, CO2 valorisation, power generation in fuel cells and the fabrication of durable composite electrodes for batteries and supercapacitors.

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