Diego Mateo, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist


Research Interests

​My research focuses on the development of new catalysts to develop electro-/photo-catalytic conversion of CO2 or N2 into valuable chemicals and fuels. 

Selected Publications

  • 111 oriented gold nanoplatelets on multilayer graphene as visible light photocatalyst for overall water splitting.
    D.Mateo, I. Esteve-Adell, J. Albero, J.F.S. Royo, A. Primo & H. Garcia
    Nature Communications, 7, 11819, (2016).
  • Photoassisted methanation using Cu2O nanoparticles supported on graphene as a photocatalyst.
    D. Mateo, J. Albero & H. Garcia
    Energy and Environmental Science, 10 (11), 2392-2400, (2017).
  • Graphene supported NiO/Ni nanoparticles as efficient photocatalyst for gas phase CO2 reduction with hydrogen
    D. Mateo, J. Albero & H. Garcia
    Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 224, 563-571, (2018).
  • Titanium-Perovskite-Supported RuO2 Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic CO2 Methanation
    D. Mateo, J. Albero & H. Garcia
    Joule, 3, 1949-1962, (2019).


  • Ph.D., Photocatalysis, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 2019
  • B.Sc., Food Science and Technology, University of Valencia, Spain, 2011
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Valencia, Spain, 2009

Professional Profile

  • 2019-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2019: PhD Student, Polytechnic University of Valencia-CSIC, Valencia, Spain
  • 2012-2013: Research Technician, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2011-2012: Research Technician, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Electrocatalysis Photocatalysis Solar Fuels CO2 Conversion