Dr Mauro Pasta
Associate Professor of Materials and Tutor in Materials Science
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.
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.
Mauro’s 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.
Watch a video of a short talk Mauro gave at the St Edmund Hall Research Expo, entitled ‘Lithium-ion Batteries and Beyond’.