Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry


Dr Richard Baker is Senior Lecturer and works on fuel cell materials, novel materials for energy devices, and catalysis particularly in the context of hydrogen production and pollution abatement such as from automotive exhaust. Interested in the relationship between the properties and behaviour of functional materials and the composition of these materials down to the atomic scale, he is a specialist in ionically- and electronically-conducting materials for fuel cells. With over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, Baker works closely with industry and has helped establish a module on Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy as part of an MSc in Renewable Energy.

Selected publications

Redox properties of nanostructured lanthanide-doped ceria spheres prepared by microwave assisted hydrothermal homogeneous co-precipitation, F.F. Muñoz, L.M. Acuña, C.A. Albornoz, A. Gabriela Leyva, R.T. Baker, R.O. Fuentes, Nanoscale 7 (2015) 271. [7.6]

Deactivation behavior of Pd/C and Pt/C catalysts in the gas-phase hydrodechlorination of chloromethanes: Structure-reactivity relationship, M. Martin-Martinez, A. Álvarez-Montero, L.M. Gómez-Sainero, R.T. Baker, J. Palomar, S. Omar, S. Eser and J.J. Rodriguez, Appl. Catal. B 162 (2015) 532. [16.7]

Nanostructured terbium-doped ceria spheres: Effect of dopant on physical and chemical properties under reducing and oxidizing conditions, L.M. Acuña, F.F. Muñoz, C.A. Albornoz, A. Gabriela Leyva, R.T. Baker, R.O. Fuentes, J. Mater. Chem. A 3 (2015) 16120. [10.7]

Structural Characterisation of Printable Noble Metal/Poly(Vinyl-Alcohol) Nanocomposites for Optical Applications, A.C. Hourd, R.T. Baker, A. Abdolvand, Nanoscale 7 (2015) 13537. [7.6]

Physicochemical properties of nanostructured Pd/lanthanide-doped ceria spheres with high catalytic activity for CH4 combustion, R.O. Fuentes, L. M. Acuna, A. Gabriela Leyva, R.T. Baker, H. Pan, X. Chen and J.J. Delgado-Jaen, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 7488 [10.7]

Deactivation and regeneration of activated carbon-supported Rh and Ru catalysts in the hydrodechlorination of chloromethanes into light olefins, M. Martin-Martinez, J.J. Rodriguez, R.T. Baker, L.M. Gómez-Sainero, Chem. Eng. J. (2020) [8.4] DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2020.125479.