Rodolfo Zanella

Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Rodolfo Zanella


Instituto de Ciencias Aplicadas y Tecnología (ICAT), Universidad Nacional Antónoma de México (UNAM)

Circuito Exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, Apartado Postal 70-186, Delegación Coyoacan, C.P. 04510, México D. F., Mexico

Tel. + (52) 55 5622-8601


Education, academic degrees, professional background

1998: Bachelor of Engineering: Chemical Engineering ('with distinction') , UNAM.

1998-2000: Master Degree: Chemical Engineering ('with distinction'), UNAM

2000-2003: Ph.D., Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI, France ('mention très honorable avec Félicitation du Jury')

2004-2006: Post-doctoral position in Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico (CCADET), UNAM. Main field of studies: nanostructured materials, catalysis

2006 – 2007: Associated Researcher, CCADET-UNAM, México, D. F. Mexico

2008-current: Titular Researcher “B”, CCADET-UNAM, México, D. F. Mexico

2011-2013: Academic Deputy, CCADET-UNAM

2013-2018: Director, CCADET-UNAM

2018-current: Director, ICAT-UNAM

Experience abroad:

In situ EXAFS and XANES materials characterization, LURE and SOLEIL synchrotrons, France.

Honors and Awards:

2000: Gabino Barreda Medal of the UNAM

2004: Alfonso Caso Medal of the UNAM

2005: Best Ph D Thesis in materials science and engineering Award, Materials Research

Institute, UNAM

2009, 2014: Top-50 most cited articles, Elsevier, to be the first author of one of the most cited articles in Chemical Engineering Journals in the 2004-2008 and 2011-2013 periods.

2013: Distinction "Universidad Nacional" for Young Scientist, UNAM

2013, 2014 Recognition as one of the most cited researchers at UNAM in the field of chemistry.


Deposition of monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles of on reducible and non reducible powder oxides

Synthesis of metal oxides, pure and doped.

Catalysis focused on exhaust gas reactions (CO oxidation, NO reduction, total oxidation)

Catalysis focused on the production and purification of H2 (Water Gas Shift reaction (WGS) and preferential CO oxidation (PROX))

Photocatalytic degradation of organic compounds.

Photocatalytic production of hydrogen.


I have been in charge of 18 founded projects and currently I’m in charge of 5 funded projects: PAPIIT-UNAM IN103513 (Bimetallic catalysts supported on reducible oxides as catalysts for total oxidation and hydrogen purification reactions), ECOS-ANUIES-SEP, CONACYT, M10-P01 “Characterization and catalytic evaluation of Au based bimetallic catalysts”, CONACYT-MINCYT (Argentina) Bimetallic Au-M (M=Cu, Ir) for hydrogen purification reactions (PROX y WGS)”, a CONACYT-CONICET(Argentina) and a CONACYT-“Ciencia Básica” project.I’m in charge at CCADET of SENER-CONACYT HDS # 117373 projet “Catalysts for ultra low sulfur oils”.

Ten Publications

Lina A. Calzada, Sebastian Collins, C. W. Han, V. Ortalan, R. Zanella, Synergetic Effect of Bimetallic Au-Ru/TiO2 Catalysts for Complete Oxidation of Methanol, Applied Catalysis B 207 (2017) 79-92,

A. Sandoval, C. Louis, R. Zanella

Improved Activity and Stability in CO Oxidation of Bimetallic Au-Cu/TiO2 Catalysts Prepared by Deposition-Precipitation with Urea Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 140-141 (2013) 363-377 doi: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.04.039

S. Oros-Ruiz, R. Zanella, B. Prado, Photocatalytic Degradation of Trimethoprim by Metallic Nanoparticles Supported on TiO2-P25 Journal of Hazardous Materials (2013), doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.04.010

R. Zanella, V. Rodríguez-González, Y. Arzola, A. Moreno-Rodríguez Au/Y-TiO2 Catalyst: High Activity and Long-Term Stability in CO Oxidation, ACS Catalysis 2 (2012),1-11, doi: 10.1021/cs200332v

A. Sandoval, A. Aguilar, C. Louis, A. Traverse, R. Zanella. Bimetallic Au-Ag/TiO2 Catalyst Prepared by Deposition-Precipitation. High Activity and Stability in CO Oxidation. Journal of Catalysis (2011) doi: 10.1016/j.jcat.2011.04.003

X Bokhimi, R. Zanella, C. Ángeles. Rutile Supported Ir, Au, and Ir-Au Catalysts for CO Oxidation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 114 (2010), 14101-14109.

R. Zanella, E. V. Basiuk, P. Santiago, V. A. Basiuk, E. Mireles, I. Puente-Lee, J. M. Saniger. Deposition of gold nanoparticles onto thiol-derivatized-multi-walled carbon nanotubes. J Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109, (2005) 16290-16295.

R. Zanella, L. Delannoy, C. Louis. Mechanism of deposition of gold precursors onto TiO2 during preparation by deposition-precipitation with NaOH and with urea and by cation adsorption. Applied Catalysis A. 291 (2005) 62-72.

R. Zanella, S. Giorgio, Ch.-H Shin, C. R. Henry, C. Louis. Characterization and reactivity in CO oxidation of gold nanoparticles supported on TiO2 prepared by deposition-precipitation with NaOH and Urea. Journal of Catalysis, 22, (2004) 357-367.

R. Zanella, S. Giorgio, C. Henry, C. Louis, Alternative methods for the preparation of gold nanoparticles supported on TiO2 , Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 106, (2002) 7634-7642.