Ali Margot Huerta Flores obtained her degree in Industrial Chemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico) in 2011, and in 2015, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Materials Chemistry from the same institution. Her research project consisted of the synthesis and evaluation of new chalcogenide-based materials as an absorber layer in extremely thin film solar cells.

In 2018, she obtained a PhD degree in Engineering and Materials Science from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (Mexico), with a project focused on the development of new photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution and environmental remediation. At this stage, she completed a doctoral stay at Tohoku University (Japan, 2015) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden, 2017) receiving training in the deposition of complex oxides in thin film by the laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition method and the study of photoinduced processes in an electrochemical cell. During her PhD she published 7 papers as first author related to the photocatalytic evaluation of perovskite-type materials in the hydrogen evolution reaction and degradation of organic compounds. Her thesis work was recognized with the "Rafael Illescas Frisbie" national award for the best doctoral thesis. At the end of her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral stay from June to December 2018 at Durham University (UK), through the Ernest Rutherford Fellowship and working on the fabrication and evaluation of organic solar cells with polymeric materials.

In 2019 she completed a postdoc at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León focused on the development of heterostructured materials and the study of the processes at the interface with the aim of improving the photocatalytic performance of materials for hydrogen generation. From 2020 to 2021 she did a postdoc at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg), working on the deposition of perovskite thin films for photoelectrochemical applications by atmospheric pressure plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition method.

Since 2015, Dr. Huerta has published 40 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals, participated in 9 oral presentations and 2 patents. He also actively participates as a reviewer for several journals including International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Fuel, RSC Advances, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A Chemistry, Journal of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, among others.

In 2022 she joined CIC energiGUNE as a postdoctoral researcher to work on the development of materials for hydrogen generation.

Scientific interests

  • Design and development of advanced multifunctional materials with novel properties through band engineering.
  • Assembly and characterization of composites.
  • Study of surface and interface processes and the mechanisms involved in light harvesting, transformation and utilization.
  • Application of new materials for solar cells, energy and environmental photo(electro)catalytic processes, including water splitting, CO2 reduction and organic dye degradation.
  • Correlation of the structure-properties-activity in advanced semiconductors.

Scientific career

  • PhD in Science and Engineering of Materials (2018)
  • MSc Science of Materials Chemistry (2015)
  • Graduate in Industrial Chemistry (2011)


  • Outstanding Reviewer for RSC Advances in 2021.
  • Research award: “Premio de Investigación UANL 2019” for the work: “Photo-functional hybrid heterostructures with high efficiency in processes for the sustainable development of clean energy, water and environment”.
  • Research award: “Premio de Investigación UANL 2019” for the work: “CO2 conversion towards solar-based fuels as frontier strategy for sustainable energy generation through advanced photocatalytic systems”.
  • Certificate “Seal of Excellence” delivered by the Europan Commision, as the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 for the proposal “Novel Ba1-xAxBi1-yByO3 (A = Ca, Sr; B = Fe, Co) visible-light active nanostructured photocatalyst thin films by PECVD for sustainable solar fuel generation from water splitting”. Submitted under the Horizon 2020s Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018.
  • National award for best PhD Thesis: “Rafael Illescas Frisbie Award to the best Bachelor, Master and Doctorate theses in Chemistry Sciences Edition 2018 in the doctorate category” for the thesis: Development of new photocatalysts for the production of renewable fuels.
  • Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (2018) for a postdoctoral research in the Department of Engineering, Durham University (UK) for working in the project “Assembly and Characterization of Organic Solar Cells”.
  • Prize: “Premio UANL a la Invención: Reconocimiento a la Propiedad Intelectual Edición 2014” (UANL invention prize: Intellectual property prize Edition 2014) for the work: Nanocrystalline solar cells based on thin films of indium and antimony sulphides and their obtention method.

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