Monica Barroso studied at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) where she obtained a degree in Industrial Chemistry in December 1999, having completed part of her research project at KU Leuven as an Erasmus scholar. Also in Coimbra, she joined the Photochemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy group where she pursued her postgraduate studies under the supervision of Professors Luis Arnaut and Sebastião Formosinho, being awarded her PhD degree in December 2005 for her work on the development of the Intersecting/Interacting State Model (ISM) for the estimation of absolute rate constants in atom, proton and proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in various media.
Having developed a particular interest for the photochemical aspects of solar energy conversion and storage, Monica was awarded a Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) postdoctoral fellowship in 2006 to work on the development of semiconductor photoanodes for solar water splitting in the group of Professor Michael Grätzel at EPFL, followed in 2008 by a placement at the University of Coimbra to continue that research. In 2009 she joined the group of Professor James Durrant at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral research associate to study the dynamics of photogenerated charge carriers in metal oxide photoelectrodes (Fe2O3, TiO2) for the solar driven hydrogen generation from water, in the context of Imperial’s Artificial Leaf Project.
Since October 2012, Monica is an assistant professor in the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group of Utrecht University. Her research is focused on the development of in-situ spectroscopy methods for the characterisation and fundamental mechanistic understanding of heterogeneous photoelectrocatalytic systems for solar energy conversion and storage, particularly the production of carbon neutral solar fuels.