Laia Gil was born in Barcelona in 1995. In 2013, she was awarded with the “Youth and science” scholarship from the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation that fomented her interest and passion for science up to today. In 2016, she completed her BSc in Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a mention in Materials. In the last year of the degree, she studied the “Electrochemical generation of hydrogen using supported metal and metal oxide nanoparticles onto carbon supports” in the SelOxCat research group under the supervision of Dr Xavier Sala.
In October 2017, she joined Dr Anna Reynal’s group at Teesside University, United Kingdom, to work on research a project about “Polymer-supported catalysts for hydrogen production”.
In July 2019, she obtained her MSc in Industrial chemistry and introduction to chemical research at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. During her MSc thesis she worked in Dr Xavier Sala’s group on the “Photogeneration of hydrogen using ligand capped metal nanoparticles onto TiO2”.
In September 2019, she joined the group of Prof Carmen Claver and Dr Cyril Godard starting her PhD thesis on the study of NP´s catalysts for hydrocarbon transformations, within the H2020 EU funded project “BIFUNCTIONAL ZEOLITE BASED CATALYSTS AND INNOVATIVE PROCESS FOR SUSTAINABLE HYDROCARBON TRANSFORMATION”.
Furthermore, she participated in multiple science dissemination activities among young people such as the “Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge” and “Colourful Chemistry Summer School” (Newcastle University, United Kingdom).