Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Department of Interface Science, Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany
Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya is currently the director of the Interface Science Department at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (Germany). She is Honorary Professor at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) and at Ruhr-University Bochum, both in Germany. Also, she serves as a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida (USA).
Prof. Roldan Cuenya began her academic career by completing her M.S./B.S. in Physics with a minor in Materials Science at the University of Oviedo, Spain in 1998. Afterwards she moved to Germany and obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Physics of the University of Duisburg-Essen with summa cum laude in 2001. Subsequently, she carried out her postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA) until 2003.
In 2004 she joined the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida (UCF) as Assistant Professor where she moved through the ranks to become a full professor in 2012. In 2013 Prof. Roldan Cuenya, again moved to Germany to become a chair professor of Solid State Physics in the Department of Physics at Ruhr-University Bochum until 2017.
During her academic career Prof. Roldan Cuenya received an Early CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation (2005) and the international Peter Mark Memorial award from the American Vacuum Society (2009). In 2016 she became Fellow of the Max Planck Society in Germany and in 2017 she obtained a consolidator award from the European Research Council.
Prof. Roldan Cuenya is the author of more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters, and she has given more than 130 invited talks. She has also been granted 2 USA patents. Since 2018 she has been Associate editor of ACS Catalysis. She presently serves in the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Catalysis, the Surface Science journal and in the Advisory Committee of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy.
Prof. Roldan Cuenya’s research program explores physical and chemical properties of nanostructures, with emphasis on advancements in nanocatalysis based on operando microscopic and spectroscopic characterization.