Pablo was born and raised in Guatemala City. He moved to Austria in 2013 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) in 2017. In the same year, he started the joint Master Program - “Chemistry and Technology of Materials” - between Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and the University of Vienna. During his Master's Thesis, he worked on the concept of single-site photocatalysis for water splitting under the supervision of Dr. Alexey Cherevan. He graduated with distinction in 2020 and soon after started his Ph.D. in the group of Molecular Materials Chemistry at TU Wien.
Pablo’s main interest lies in photocatalysis for solar fuels production and environmental remediation. He focuses on replacing scarce noble metals with more environmentally friendly and readily available transition metals. Pursuing the idea of single-site photocatalysis, his goal is to synthesize well-defined, high surface area, porous and photo-absorbing support materials. In this line, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have become his main line of research, especially focusing on mixed-metal and mixed-ligand MOFs for co-catalyst stabilization.
J. Schubert, L. Kalantari, A. Lechner, A. Giesriegl, S. Nandan, Pablo Ayala, S. Kashiwaya, M. Sauer, A. Foelske, J. Rosen, P. Blaha, A. Cherevan* and D. Eder*
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 9, 21958-21971 | DOI: 10.1039/D1TA05561E
Pablo Ayala, A. Giesriegl, S. Nandan, S. Myakala, P. Wobrauschek and A. Cherevan*
Catalysts, 2021, 11 (4), 417 | DOI: 10.3390/catal11040417