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Materials Research Institute


Dr Ana Jorge-Sobrido

Ana Jorge-SobridoPhD Materials Science

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow & Reader in Sustainable Energy Materials
Leadership Team Member

School of Engineering and Materials Science
305 School of Physics and Astronomy
+44 (0)20 7882 5582


Energy materials, PEM electrolysers, PEM fuel cells, Bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts, Microbial fuel cells

Research Interests

My research interests include the synthesis of hybrid materials for  oxygen electrocatalysis, PEM fuel cells, PEM water electrolysis, metal-ion/ metal-air batteries, supecapacitors, photocatalysis and microbial fuel cells.

Publications of specific relevance to Materials Research



  • Wen Y, Kok MDR, Tafoya JPV, Sobrido ABJ, Bell E, Gostick JT, Herou S, Schlee P, Titirici M-M, Brett DJL, Shearing PR and Jervis R (2021). Electrospinning as a route to advanced carbon fibre materials for selected low-temperature electrochemical devices: a review. Elsevier  Journal of Energy Chemistry  vol. 59, 492-529. 10.1016/j.jechem.2020.11.014


  • Jorge Sobrido A, Guo Q, Titirici M-M and Briscoe J (2020). The Role of Carbon Dots – Derived Underlayer in Hematite Photoanodes. Royal Society of Chemistry  Nanoscale  10.1039/D0NR06139E
  • Guo S, Li Y, Tang S, Zhang Y, Li X, Sobrido AJ, Titirici MM and Wei B (2020). Monitoring Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Intermediates of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides via Operando Raman Spectroscopy. Advanced Functional Materials  10.1002/adfm.202003035
  • Wang B, Guo S, Xin X, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Li C, Song Y, Deng D, Li X, Sobrido AJ and Titirici MM (2020). Heat Diffusion-Induced Gradient Energy Level in Multishell Bisulfides for Highly Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production. Advanced Energy Materials  10.1002/aenm.202001575
  • Luo H, Guo Q, Szilágyi PÁ, Jorge AB and Titirici MM (2020). Carbon Dots in Solar-to-Hydrogen Conversion. Elsevier  Trends in Chemistry  10.1016/j.trechm.2020.04.007
  • Luo H, Dimitrov SD, Daboczi M, Kim J-S, Guo Q, Fang Y, Stoeckel M-A, Samorì P, Fenwick O, Jorge Sobrido A, Wang X and Titirici M-M (2020). Nitrogen-doped Carbon Dots/TiO2 Nanoparticle Composites for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation. American Chemical Society  Acs Applied Nano Materials  10.1021/acsanm.9b02412


  • Jorge AB, Jervis R, Periasamy AP, Qiao M, Feng J, Tran LN and Titirici M (2019). 3D Carbon Materials for Efficient Oxygen and Hydrogen Electrocatalysis. Wiley  Advanced Energy Materials  1902494-1902494. 10.1002/aenm.201902494
  • Jorge Sobrido A, Jervis R, Crespo Ribadeneyra M, Grogan L, Au H, Schlee P, Herou S, Neville T, Cullen P, Kok M, Hosseinaei O, Tomani P, Titirici M, Brett D and Shearing P (2019). Lignin-derived electrospun freestanding carbons as alternative electrodes for redox flow batteries. Elsevier  Carbon  10.1016/j.carbon.2019.11.015
  • Luo H, Papaioannou N, Salvadori E, Roessler M, Ploenes G, van Eck ERH, Tanase L, Feng J, Sun Y, Yang Y, Danaie M, Sobrido ABJ, Sapelkin A, Durrant J, Dimitrov SD and Titirici M-M (2019). Manipulating the optical properties of carbon dots via fine tuning their structural features. Chemsuschem  10.1002/cssc.201901795
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB, Jervis R, Flox C, Vázquez-Galván J and Morante JR (2019). High-power nitrided TiO2 carbon felt as the negative electrode for all-vanadium redox flow batteries. Elsevier  Carbon  10.1016/j.carbon.2019.01.067
  • Schlee P, Herou S, Jervis R, Shearing PR, Brett DJL, Baker D, Hosseinaei O, Tomani P, Murshed MM, Li Y, Mostazo-López MJ, Cazorla-Amorós D, Jorge Sobrido AB and Titirici MM (2019). Free-standing supercapacitors from Kraft lignin nanofibers with remarkable volumetric energy density. Chemical Science  vol. 10, (10) 2980-2988. 10.1039/c8sc04936j


  • Li X, Guo S, Li W, Ren X, Su J, Song Q, Sobrido AJ and Wei B (2018). Edge-rich MoS2 grown on edge-oriented three-dimensional graphene glass for high-performance hydrogen evolution. Nano Energy  vol. 57, 388-397. 10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.12.044
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB (2018). One-Step Synthesis, Structure, and Band Gap Properties of SnO2 Nanoparticles Made by a Low Temperature Nonaqueous Sol−Gel Technique. American Chemical Society  Acs Omega  vol. 3, 13227-13238. 10.1021/acsomega.8b02122
  • Ren M, Jia Z, Tian Z, Lopez D, Cai J, Titirici MM and Jorge AB (2018). High Performance N-Doped Carbon Electrodes Obtained via Hydrothermal Carbonization of Macroalgae for Supercapacitor Applications. Chemelectrochem  vol. 5, (18) 2686-2693. 10.1002/celc.201800603
  • Abouelamaiem DI, He G, Neville TP, Patel D, Ji S, Wang R, Parkin IP, Jorge AB, Titirici MM, Shearing PR and Brett DJL (2018). Correlating electrochemical impedance with hierarchical structure for porous carbon-based supercapacitors using a truncated transmission line model. Electrochimica Acta  vol. 284, 597-608. 10.1016/j.electacta.2018.07.190
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB and TITIRICI M (2018). Integration of supercapacitors into printed circuit boards. Elsevier  Journal of Energy Storage  vol. 19, 28-34. 10.1016/j.est.2018.06.016
  • Jorge A, Dedigama I, Miller T, Shearing P, Brett D and McMillan P (2018). Carbon Nitride Materials as Efficient Catalyst Supports for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyzers. Nanomaterials  vol. 8, (6) 432-432. 10.3390/nano8060432
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB, TITIRICI M, QIAO M, DOSZCZECZKO S, CHEN R and FENG J (2018). Freestanding Non‐Precious Metal Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution and Reduction Reactions. Wiley  Chemphyschem  10.1002/celc.201800292
  • Herou S, Schlee P, Jorge AB and Titirici M (2018). Biomass-derived electrodes for flexible supercapacitors. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry  vol. 9, 18-24. 10.1016/j.cogsc.2017.10.005
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB and TITIRICI M (2018). Synergistic relationship between the three-dimensional nanostructure and electrochemical performance in biocarbon supercapacitor electrode materials. Sustainable Energy Fuels  10.1039/C7SE00519A


  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB (2017). The Importance of Using Alkaline Ionomer Binders for Screening Electrocatalysts in Alkaline Electrolyte. Electrochemical Society  Journal of The Electrochemical Society  vol. 164, F1551-F1555. 10.1149/2.0441714jes
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB, Sel O, Ressam I, Lahcini M, Cadi A and Perrot H (2017). Correlation between the Proton Conductivity and Diffusion Coefficient of Sulfonic Acid Functionalized Chitosan and Nafion Composites via Impedance Spectroscopy Measurements. Ionics  10.1007/s11581-017-2151-5
  • JORGE SOBRIDO AB, McMillan PF, Miller TS, Suter T, Sella A and Cora F (2017). Carbon nitrides: synthesis and characterization of a new class of functional materials. Owner Societies  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics  vol. 10.1039/C7CP02711G, (19) 15613-15638. 10.1039/C7CP02711G


  • Ferrero GA, Preuss K, Marinovic A, Jorge AB, Mansor N, Brett DJ, Fuertes AB, Sevilla M and Titirici MM (2016). Fe-N-Doped Carbon Capsules with Outstanding Electrochemical Performance and Stability for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Both Acid and Alkaline Conditions. Acs Nano  vol. 10, (6) 5922-5932. 10.1021/acsnano.6b01247


  • Miller TS, Jorge AB, Sella A, Corà F, Shearing PR, Brett DJL and McMillan PF (2015). The Use of Graphitic Carbon Nitride Based Composite Anodes for Lithium‐Ion Battery Applications. Electroanalysis  vol. 27, (11) 2614-2619. 10.1002/elan.201500205
  • Tobaldi DM, Pullar RC, Gualtieri AF, Belen Jorge A, Binions R, McMillan PF, Seabra MP and Labrincha JA (2015). Influence of sol counter-ions on the anatase-to-rutile phase transformation and microstructure of nanocrystalline TiO2. Crystengcomm  vol. 17, (8) 1813-1825. 10.1039/c4ce02494j
  • Romero L, Jorge-Sobrido A-B, McMillian PF and Binions R (2015). On titanium dioxide thin films growth from the direct current electric field assisted chemical vapour deposition of titanium (IV) chloride in toluene. Elsevier  Thin Solid Films  10.1016/j.tsf.2015.01.057
  • Priestley RE, Mansfield A, Bye J, Deplanche K, Jorge AB, Brett D, Macaskie LE and Sharma S (2015). Pd nanoparticles supported on reduced graphene– E. coli hybrid with enhanced crystallinity in bacterial biomass. Rsc Advances  vol. 5, (102) 84093-84103. 10.1039/c5ra12552a


  • Mansor N, Jorge AB, Corà F, Gibbs C, Jervis R, McMillan PF, Wang X and Brett DJL (2014). Graphitic Carbon Nitride Supported Catalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells. J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces  vol. 118, (13) 6831-6838. 10.1021/jp412501j
  • Tobaldi DM, Pullar RC, Binions R, Belen Jorge A, McMillan PF, Saeli M, Seabra MP and Labrincha JA (2014). Influence of sol counter-ions on the visible light induced photocatalytic behaviour of TiO2 nanoparticles. Catalysis Science and Technology  vol. 4, (7) 2134-2146. 10.1039/c4cy00423j
  • Romero L, Jorge AB, McMillan PF and Binions R (2014). Enhanced photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide thin films produced from the ac electric field assisted chemical vapor deposition of titanium (IV) chloride in toluene. Ecs Journal of Solid State Science and Technology  vol. 3, (7) 10.1149/2.0161407jss
  • Jorge AB, Corà F, Sella A, McMillan PF and Brett DJL (2014). Electrochemical properties of graphitic carbon nitrides. International Journal of Nanotechnology  vol. 11, (9/10/11) 10.1504/ijnt.2014.063784


  • Jorge AB, Martin DJ, Dhanoa MTS, Rahman AS, Makwana N, Tang J, Sella A, Cora¿ F, Firth S, Darr JA and McMillan PF (2013). H2 and O2 Evolution from Water Half-Splitting Reactions by Graphitic Carbon Nitride Materials. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C  vol. 117, (14) 7178-7185. 10.1021/jp4009338


  • Jorge AB, Sakatani Y, Boissière C, Laberty-Roberts C, Sauthier G, Fraxedas J, Sanchez C and Fuertes A (2012). Nanocrystalline N-doped ceria porous thin films as efficient visible-active photocatalysts. Journal of Materials Chemistry  vol. 22, (7) 3220-3226. 10.1039/c2jm15230d


  • Yang M, Oró-Solé J, Rodgers JA, Jorge AB, Fuertes A and Attfield JP (2011). Anion order in perovskite oxynitrides. Nat Chem  vol. 3, (1) 47-52. 10.1038/nchem.908


  • Yang M, Rodgers JA, Middler LC, Oró-Solé J, Jorge AB, Fuertes A and Attfield JP (2009). Direct solid-state synthesis at high pressures of new mixed-metal oxynitrides: RZrO(2)N (R = Pr, Nd, and Sm). Inorg Chem  vol. 48, (24) 11498-11500. 10.1021/ic902020r


  • Jorge AB, Oró-Solé J, Bea AM, Mufti N, Palstra TTM, Rodgers JA, Attfield JP and Fuertes A (2008). Large coupled magnetoresponses in EuNbO2N. J Am Chem Soc  vol. 130, (38) 12572-12573. 10.1021/ja804139g
  • Jorge AB, Fraxedas J, Cantarero A, Williams AJ, Rodgers J, Attfield JP and Fuertes A (2008). Nitrogen Doping of Ceria. Chemistry of Materials  vol. 20, (5) 1682-1684. 10.1021/cm7028678

Grants of specific relevance to Materials Research


  • Sustainable Electrodes for Advanced Flow Batteries
    Jorge Sobrido A
    £1,475,250 UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (01-02-2021 - 31-01-2025)
  • 3D printed electrodes for energy conversion and storage technologies
    Jorge Sobrido AB
    £17,182 Royal Society (31-03-2020 - 31-03-2021)
  • Bacterial Nanocellulose for Energy Applications
    Jorge Sobrido AB
    £50,000 British Council - Newton Institutional Links (with Colombia) (14-04-2020 - 16-10-2021)

  • Sustainable Free Standing Electrodes for Advanced Flow Batteries
    Jorge Sobrido AB
    £100,000 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (15-05-2018 - 14-05-2019)
  • Bifunctional Hybrid Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution and Oxygen Reduction Reactions
    Sobrido ABJ and Jorge Sobrido AB
    £101,060 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (01-12-2017 - 30-11-2019)