Dr Paramaconi Rodriguez PhD

Dr Paramaconi Rodriguez

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Contact details

School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Paramaconi Rodriguez is Birmingham Fellow of the School of Chemistry since Nov 2012.

Dr. Rodriguez reserach combine standard electrochemical techniques with a variety of spectroscopic techniques, with microscopy methods and with mass spectrometry in order to unravel the effect of the surface structure of catalysts and the role of the interface composition on highly relevant oxidation and reduction reactions.

Paramaconi has published more than 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals including high impact factor chemistry journals as Nature Chemistry,  J. Am.Chem. Soc. and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. In addition two patents have being filed. Several of these papers have been seminal works, pushing beyond the state-of-the art and establishing new methods and fundamental knowledge. Paramaconi’s work has being highlighted on the cover of the PCCP, Nature Chemistry and ChemPhysChem journals.

His research work has being also recognized with several fellowships and awards from the International Society of Electrochemistry, the Science National foundation of Netherlands (NWO) and recently the Birmingham Fellowship.

Presented over 60 oral presentations, invited and keynote lectures at universities, research institutes and international conferences.


Twitter: Para_bham


  • Birmingham Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, November 2012
  • Scientific Officer, Electrochemical Energy Conversion Section, Paul Scherrer Institute, 2011
  • Researcher, Surface Chemistry and Catalysis group. University of Leiden, 2007/20011
  • PhD (CUM LAUDE) in Material Science in the University of Alicante, Spain, 2007
  • Msc in Material science in the University of Alicante, Spain, 2005
  • Degree in Chemistry in the University Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, 2003


Paramaconi Rodríguez was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1979. He studied Chemistry at the University Simón Bolívar in 1997-2003. He combined his degree in chemistry with a 3-years research work on the electrochemical oxidation of phenols on lead-oxide electrodes under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Carlos Borrás. Later, he also participated in the study the oxidation of thiophene in microemulsion systems using a rotating pump reactor, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jorge Mostany. Afterwards, he moved to Alicante (Spain) to do his Ph.D with Prof.dr. Juan Feliu and Prof Enrique Herrero. He worked on the electrochemical characterization of single-crystal platinum surfaces and platinum nanoparticles using electrochemical tools. During this period Paramaconi performed two research visits, in Guelph (Canada) with Prof. Dr. Jacek Lipkowski and in Bern (Switzerland) with Prof. Dr. David Fermín in Bern. He received his Ph.D degree, Cum-Laude, in April 2007 and he recieved the prize for the best PhD thesis of the Materials Science and chemistry of the University of Alicante. In October 2007, Paramaconi started his post-doc in Leiden under the supervision of Marc Koper. In 2010 Paramaconi Rodríguez has been awarded with a VENI grant for his proposal "Elucidating the catalytic properties of gold by electrochemistry” and in 2011, he recieved the International Society of electrochemistry (ISE) Travel Awards for Young Electrochemists.

He continued his career at the Electrocatalysis and Interfaces group in the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)  in Switzerland in 2011 and currently he is Birmingham Fellow in the University of Birmingham and Visitor Scientific Officer in the PSI



  • Electrocatalysis
  • Polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC)
  • Waste water remediation
  • CO2 reduction
  •  Li-batteries
  • Synthesis of metal nanoparticles
  • Gold Catalysis
  • Surface structure sensitive reaction 


  • Molecular-level understanding of (electro)catalysis
  • Effect of the surface structure and composition on adsorption processes and heterogeneous catalysis
  • Rational design of new materials with improved catalytic and durability properties for Fuel cell applications
  • Bioelectrochemistry. Adsorption of metallorganic complex


  1. F.Monzo, D. van der Vliet, A.Yanson and P. Rodriguez. PhysChemChemPhys, (2016), 18, 22407 - 22415
  2. E. Bennett, J. Monzó, J.J.L. Humphrey, D. Plana, M. Walker, C. Francis McConville, D.J. Fermin, A.Yanson and P.Rodriguez. ACS Catal.,(2016) 6,  1533.
  3. J.J.L. Humphrey, D. Plana, V. Celorrio, S. Sadasivan, R.P. Tooze, P. Rodríguez and D. J. Fermín. ChemCatChem, (2016), 8, 952.
  4. J. Monzó, Y. Malewski, R. Kortlever, F.J. Vidal‐Iglesias, J. Solla‐Gullon, M.T.M. Koper, P. Rodriguez. J. Mater. Chem. A., (2015),3,  23690.
  5. J. Monzó, Y. Malewski, F.J. Vidal‐Iglesias, J. Solla‐Gullon, P. Rodriguez. ChemElectroChem, (2015),2, 958.
  6. P. Rodriguez, N. Garcia-Araez, E. Herrero and J. Feliu. Electrochim. Acta, (2015),151, 319.
  7. G. Garcia, C. Stoffelsma, P. Rodriguez and M.T.M. Koper. Surface Science, (2015), 631, 267.
  8. P.Rodriguez, D.Plana, D.J. Fermin and M.T.M. Koper, Journal of Catalysis, (2014), 311, 182.
  9. P.Rodriguez and M.T.M. Koper. PhysChemChemPhys, (2014), 16, 13583.
  10. Annett Rabis, Paramaconi Rodriguez, and Thomas J. Schmidt. (2012), Electrocatalysis for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Recent Achievements and Future Challenges. ACS Catal., 2 (5) : 864–890
  11. Nuria Garcia-Araez, Paramaconi Rodriguez, Huib J. Bakker, Marc T.M. Koper. (2012),Effect of the Surface Structure of Gold Electrodes on the Coadsorption of Water and Anions. J. Phys. Chem. C. 116: 4786-4792
  12. J.Monzo, M.T.M Koper, P.Rodriguez. (2012), Removing Polyvinylpyrrolidone from catalytic Pt nanoparticles without modification of superficial order. ChemPhysChem 13(3):709-715
  13. P.Rodriguez, Y. Kwon and M.T.M. Koper. (2012), The promoting effect of adsorbed carbon monoxide on the oxidation of alcohols on a gold catalyst. Nature Chemistry 4:177-182
  14. P.Rodriguez, A.I. Yanson, F.D. Tichelaar, M.T.M Koper. (2011), An easy and effective way to prepare clean metal alloys nanoparticles. J. Am. Chem. Soc.133 (44): 17626–17629
  15. Matteo Duca, Marta C. Figueiredo, Victor Climent, Paramaconi Rodriguez, Juan M. Feliu, Marc T.M. Koper. (2011) Selective catalytic reduction at flawless Pt (100) sites: the pathway from nitrite to N2. J. Am. Chem. Soc.133 (28):10928–10939
  16. Youngkook Kwon, Stanley C.S. Lai, Paramaconi Rodriguez, Marc T.M. Koper. (2011), On the catalytic activity of gold towards the oxidation of alcohols in alkaline solution. J.Am.Chem Soc.133 (18): 6914–6917
  17. A.I. Yanson, P.Rodriguez, N. Garcia-Araez, R.V. Mom, F.D. Tichelaar, M.T.M Koper. (2011), Cathodic corrosion- a quick, clean and versatile method for synthesis of metallic nanoparticles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed ,50:6346-6350
  18. M.Duca, M.Oroval Cucarella, P.Rodriguez and M.T.M Koper. (2010), Direct reduction of nitrite to N2 on a Pt (100) electrode in alkaline media. J.Am.Chem.Soc 132 (51):18042-18044
  19. C.Stoffelsma, P.Rodriguez, G.Garcia, N. Garcia-Araez, D.Strmcnik, N. Markovic and M.T.M. Koper. (2010), Promotion of the oxidation of carbon monoxide at stepped platinum single-crystal electrodes in alkaline media by lithium and beryllium cations. J.Am.Chem.Soc. 132(45): 16127-16133
  20. P. Rodríguez, A.A.Koverga, and M.T.M Koper. (2010), Carbon monoxide as a promoter for its own oxidation on a gold electrode. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed  49:1241-1243


  1. Inventors: Alex Yanson, Paramaconi Rodriguez, Nuria García-Aráez, and Marcus. T.M.  Koper. Process to prepare metal nanoparticles or metal oxide nanoparticles.10LU280 (P115406NL00)
  2. Inventors: Paramaconi Rodriguez, Wei Liu, Annette Foelske, Rüdiger Kötz, Jipei Yuan, Anne-Kristin-Herrmann, Alexander Eychmüller, Thomas J. Schmidt. High surface area catalyst for electrochemical processes and manufacture method. (EP12177908201)