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Mauro Pasta

BSc, MSc, PhD (University of Milan)
Electrochemistry, Materials Chemistry

Dr Mauro Pasta joined the college in August 2015 as tutor in Materials Science. He is also an Associate Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford.

Mauro was born in a small village at the foothills of the Alps in the province of Bergamo, Italy. He received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Milan (Italy) where he started his research journey in the department of inorganic Chemistry. He began working on gold nanoparticles as selective aerobic oxidation catalysts, and then became interested in electrochemistry during his doctorate studies on the electrooxidation of glucose.

Directly after his PhD, he joined the Center for Electrochemical Science of the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) as a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on electrochemical methods to efficiently desalinate and delithiate seawater. He moved to Stanford in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and began his research on batteries for grid-scale energy storage applications.

His research interests lie in electrochemical energy storage and conversion, in particular:

  • Energy storage: lithium, sodium and divalent-ion batteries
  • Energy conversion: power from salinity gradients (blue energy), seawater desalination and delithiation
  • Electrocatalysis: hydrogen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions.

He has recently focused his attention on grid-scale electrochemical energy storage technologies, working on a new class of materials with an open framework crystal structure that allows for a very long cycle life and high-energy efficiency and power output.

In 2017, Mauro was awarded the Roberto Piontelli Prize, which is given every two years to a scientist (aged 40 or younger) for their scientific/technological contributions in the field of electrochemistry (corrosion, electrochemical energy storage/conversion, electrode processes).

Outside of the lab, Mauro is an avid beach volleyball player, cyclist and motorbike hobbyist.

Find out more about Mauro's current projects and recent publications: www.pastagroup.org.