Institution name and department

Universidad de Córdoba. Departamento de Química Orgánica

Position held


Postdoctoral researcher



Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cordoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie (C-3), Ctra Nnal IV-A, Km 396, E14014 Cordoba, Spain.



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Key words (up to 5)





Biomass valorization

Green Chemistry


Heterogeneous catalysis



Areas of Research/Expertise 


One of my main research lines is related to mechanochemical design of advanced nanomaterials and their applications. In this regard I have employed mechanochemistry, as a powerful tool, to produce a wide range of nanomaterials, from bioconjugates to metal oxides, with applications in catalysis and energy storage. For instance, I have been working on the mechanochemical design of protein (namely Hemoglobin, Laccase and Bovine Serum Albumin)-functionalized magnetic nanomaterials for catalysis and energy storage applications. Remarkably, such low-cost materials have been implemented as (electro)catalyts and in supercapacitors designs.

Motivated for the current fossil fuels depletion and the consequent environmental issues such as air pollution and global warming, I have been working on the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass towards high-added value chemicals and fuels, as a greener alternative to the petro-based industry. Always taken into account the green chemistry principles and the possible scale-up of the process, I have explored continuous flow methodologies, microwave-assisted and mechanochemical approaches for biomass valorization.

5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 

1.    Rodríguez-Padrón D., Puente Santiago A. R.; Caballero A.; Benítez A.; Balu A. M.; Romero Reyes A. A.; Luque R. Mechanochemical design of hemoglobin-functionalised magnetic nanomaterials for energy storage devices. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017. 5. 16404-16411. 10.1039/C7TA04135G.

2.    Rodríguez-Padrón D.; Puente Santiago A. R.; Balu A. M.; Romero Reyes A. A.;  Luque R. Solventless mechanochemical preparation of novel magnetic bioconjugates. Chemical Communications. 2017. 53. 7635-7637. 10.1039/C7CC03975A.

3.    Munoz-Batista M. J.; Rodríguez-Padrón D.; Puente-Santiago A. R.; Luque R. Mechanochemistry: Toward Sustainable Design of Advanced Nanomaterials for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Catalytic Applications. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 2018. 9530-9544. 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01716.

4.    Rodríguez-Padrón D.; Puente-Santiago A. R.; Balu A. M.; Romero A. A., Muñoz-Batista M. J.; Luque R. Benign-by-design Orange peel-templated nanocatalysts for continuous flow conversion of levulinic acid to N-heterocycles. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 2018. 6(12), 16637-16644. 0.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03896.

5.    Rodríguez-Padrón, D.; Puente Santiago, A. R.; Cano, M.; Caballero, A.; Muñoz-Batista, M. J.; Luque, R. Improving electrochemical hydrogen evolution of Ag@ CN nanocomposites by synergistic effects with α-rich proteins. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2019. 10.1021/acsami.9b13571.

5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry 

1.    Rodríguez-Padrón D.; Jodlowski A.; De Migue.l G; Puente Santiago A.R.; Balu A. M.; Luque R. Synthesis of carbon-based fluorescent polymers driven by catalytically active magnetic bioconjugates. Green Chemistry. 2018. 20. 225-229.  10.1039/C7GC03295A.

2.    Rodríguez-Padrón D.; Puente Santiago A. R.; Caballero A.; Balu A. M.; Romero Reyes A. A.; Luque R. Highly efficient direct oxigen electro-reduction by partially unfolded laccases immobilized on waste-derived magnetically separable nanoparticles. Nanoscale. 2018 10. 3961-3968. 10.1039/C8NR00512E.

3.    Rodríguez-Padrón D.; Jodlowski A.; de Miguel G; Luque R. Alternative perovskites for photovoltaics. Advanced Energy Materials. 2018. 8(21), 1703120. 10.1002/aenm.201703120.

4.    Rodríguez-Padrón, D.; Muñoz-Batista, M. J.; Li, H.; Shih, K.; Balu, A. M.; Pineda, A.; Luque, R. Spent coffee grounds-templated magnetic nanocatalysts for mild oxidations. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2019. 7(20), 17030-17038. 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b02919.

5.    Altug C.; Muñoz-Batista M. J.; Rodríguez-Padrón D.;* Balu A.M.; Romero A.;  Luque R. Continuous flow synthesis of amines from cascade reactions of nitriles and carbonyl-containing compounds promoted by Pt modified titania catalysts. Green Chemistry, 2018. 21(2), 300-306. 10.1039/C8GC03037E.

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