Research interests

  • dynamic behavior of surfaces and interfaces in different chemical environments
  • in situ and operando microscopy and spectroscopy: STM, AFM, SEM, TEM, XPS, NRIXS, XAFS, mass spectroscopy/gas chromatography
  • correlations between the morphology, elemental composition, chemical state, electronic properties and lattice dynamics of nanoscale materials and their catalytic activity and selectivity

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2016 European Research Council Consolidator Award
2016 Fellow of the Max Planck Society
2009 Peter Mark Memorial Award, American Vacuum Society

Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Fritz Haber Institute
Department of Interface Science
Faradayweg 4–6
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 8413-4123

Publications (selection)

I. Zegkinoglou, A. Zendegani, I. Sinev, S. Kunze, H. Mistry, H. S. Jeon, J. Zhao, M. Hu, E. E. Alp, S. Piontek, M. Smialkowski, U.-P. Apfel, F. Körmann, J. Neugebauer, T. Hickel, B. Roldan Cuenya, Operando phonon studies of the protonation mechanism in highly active hydrogen evolution reaction pentlandite catalysts, JACS 2017, 139, 14360.

H. Mistry, Y. Choi, A. Bagger, F. Scholten, C. Bonifacio, I. Sinev, N. J. Divins, I. Zegkinoglou, H. Jeon, K. Kisslinger, E. A. Stach, J. C. Yang, J. Rossmeisl, B. Roldan Cuenya, Enhanced carbon dioxide electroreduction to carbon monoxide over defect rich plasma-activated silver catalysts, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017, 56, 11394.

D. Gao, I. Zegkinoglou, N. J. Divins, F. Scholten, I. Sinev, P. Grosse, B. Roldan Cuenya, Plasma-activated copper nanocube catalysts for efficient carbon dioxide electroreduction to hydrocarbons and alcohols, ACS Nano 2017, 11, 4825.

H. Mistry, A. Varela, C.S. Bonifacio, I. Zegkinoglou, I. Sinev, Y.-W. Choi, K. Kisslinger, E. A. Stach, J.C. Yang, P. Strasser, B. Roldan Cuenya, Highly selective plasma-activated Cu catalysts for CO2 reduction to ethylene, Nature Communications 2016, 7, 12123.

Y. Choi, I. Sinev, H. Mistry, I. Zegkinoglou, B. Roldan Cuenya, Probing the dynamic structure and chemical state of Au nanocatalysts during the electrochemical oxidation of 2-propanol, ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 3396.

H. Mistry, A. Varela, S. Kühl, P. Strasser, B. Roldan Cuenya, Nanostructured electrocatalysts with tunable activity and selectivity, Nature Reviews Materials 2016, 1, 16009.

H. Mistry, F. Behafarid,  R. Reske, A. Varela,  P. Strasser,  B. Roldan Cuenya, Tuning catalytic selectivity at the mesoscale via interparticle interactions, ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 1075.

H. Mistry, R. Reske, Z. Zeng, Z.-J. Zhao, J. Greeley, P. Strasser, B. Roldan Cuenya, Exceptional size-dependent activity enhancement in the electroreduction of CO2 over Au nanoparticles, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 16473.

E. Lira, L. R. Merte, F. Behafarid, L. K. Ono, L. Zhang, B. Roldan Cuenya, Role and evolution of nanoparticle structure and chemical state during the oxidation of no over size- and shape-controlled Pt/λ-Al2O3 catalysts under operando conditions, ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 1875.

B. Roldan Cuenya, Metal nanoparticle catalysts beginning to shape-up, Accounts of Chemical Research 2013, 46, 1682.


B. Roldan Cuenya, A. R. Naitabdi, F. Behafarid, Thermally stable nanoparticles on supports, 2012, US PATENT  8309489.

B. Roldan Cuenya, A. R. Naitabdi, F. Behafarid, Method for forming thermally stable nanoparticles on supports, 2013, US PATENT 8513158.