Biography

I was born in Venezuela, where I graduated with a Chemistry degree from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in 2006. I then moved to the UK to study for a PhD at the University of Manchester, later taking up a postdoctoral position at the University of Bristol. I joined Keele in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow in Chemistry. I was heavily involved in the 3+1 joint degree between Keele University and Nanjing Xiaozhuang University (China), serving as School Internationalisation Director until 2019. In 2019, I became a Lecturer and I’m currently involved in teaching across all areas in the School: Chemistry, Physics and Forensic Science.

Research and scholarship

During my career I have specialised in Electrochemistry, mainly involvinging work related to Electrocatalysis and Materials for Energy and the Environment. I'm interested in and have worked on a variety of topics such as generation of fuels from greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide reduction and methane oxidation), electrocatalysis for fuel cells, diamond electrochemistry, metal deposition, materials for energy and electrochemical water remediation.

Over the last few years I have become involved in Chemical Education research, particularly regarding international students, transnational education, team-based learning, feedback and the use of technology for teaching.

Teaching

  • Physics and Astrophysics Year 1 Mathematics (Lead)
  • CHE-10037: Forensic Analysis
  • CHE-10038: Chemical Science Principles
  • CHE-10061: Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • CHE-10063: Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • CHE-20057/20061: Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • CHE-30029: Forensic Dissertation
  • CHE-30032: Advanced Chemical Analysis (Module Leader)
  • CHE-30050: Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Research Project
  • CHE-30051: Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Dissertation
  • CHE-40021: MChem Research Project
  • CHE-40022: MChem Research Training
  • CHE-40024: Research Chemistry Topics
 

Selected Publications

  • Yuan D, Cai N, Xu J, Miao D, Zhang S, Woodfine SE, Plana D, Hawes CS, Watkinson M. 2020. A Series of Manganese(III) Salen Complexes as a Result of Team-Based Inquiry in a Transnational Education Programme. Chempluschem, vol. 85(6), 1210-1219. link> doi> full text>
  • Capel NJ, Hancock LM, Haxton KJ, Hollamby M, Jones RH, McGarvey D, Plana D. 2019. Developing Scientific Reporting Skills of Early Undergraduate Chemistry Students. In Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton. (30 vols.). Creathach Press. full text>
  • Haxton KJ, Plana D, Hyde J, Edwards M, Sedghi G, Wright J, Cranwell P, Page E. 2019. Chinese Students’ Expectations Versus Reality When Studying on a UK-China Transnational Chemistry Degree Program. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences. doi> full text>
  • Hancock LM, Jones GR, Plana D. 2018. Lecture Highlights: Repurposing Lecture Capture to Provide Learning Resources for Level 6 Chemistry Students. The Journal of Academic Development and Education. doi> full text>
  • Harniman RL, Plana D, Carter GH, Bradley KA, Miles MJ, Fermín DJ. 2017. Real-time tracking of metal nucleation via local perturbation of hydration layers. Nat Commun, vol. 8(1), 971. link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Yuan D, Cai N, Xu J, Miao D, Zhang S, Woodfine SE, Plana D, Hawes CS, Watkinson M. 2020. A Series of Manganese(III) Salen Complexes as a Result of Team-Based Inquiry in a Transnational Education Programme. Chempluschem, vol. 85(6), 1210-1219. link> doi> full text>
  • Haxton KJ, Plana D, Hyde J, Edwards M, Sedghi G, Wright J, Cranwell P, Page E. 2019. Chinese Students’ Expectations Versus Reality When Studying on a UK-China Transnational Chemistry Degree Program. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences. doi> full text>
  • Hancock LM, Jones GR, Plana D. 2018. Lecture Highlights: Repurposing Lecture Capture to Provide Learning Resources for Level 6 Chemistry Students. The Journal of Academic Development and Education. doi> full text>
  • Harniman RL, Plana D, Carter GH, Bradley KA, Miles MJ, Fermín DJ. 2017. Real-time tracking of metal nucleation via local perturbation of hydration layers. Nat Commun, vol. 8(1), 971. link> doi> full text>
  • Celorrio V, Quaino PM, Santos E, Florez-Montano J, Humphrey JJL, Guillen-Villafuerte O, Plana D, Lazaro MJ, Pastor E, Fermin DJ. 2017. Strain Effects on the Oxidation of CO and HCOOH on Au-Pd Core-Shell Nanoparticles. ACS CATALYSIS, vol. 7(3), 1673-1680. link> doi> full text>
  • Plana D and Fermin DJ. 2016. Photoelectrochemical activity of colloidal TiO2 nanostructures assembled at polarisable liquid/liquid interfaces. JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, vol. 780, 373-378. link> doi> full text>
  • Ibanez D, Garoz-Ruiz J, Plana D, Heras A, Fermin DJ, Colina A. 2016. Spectroelectrochemistry at free-standing carbon nanotubes electrodes. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 217, 262-268. link> doi>
  • Plana D, Bradley KA, Tiwari D, Fermin DJ. 2016. Over 75% incident-photon-to-current efficiency without solid electrodes. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, 12428-12433. doi> full text>
  • Humphrey JJL, Plana D, Celorrio V, Sadasivan S, Tooze RP, Rodriguez P, Fermin DJ. 2016. Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide at Gold-Palladium Core-Shell Nanoparticles: Product Distribution versus Shell Thickness. CHEMCATCHEM, vol. 8(5), 952-960. link> doi>
  • Bennett E, Monzo J, Humphrey J, Plana D, Walker M, McConville C, Fermin D, Yanson A, Rodriguez P. 2016. A Synthetic Route for the Effective Preparation of Metal Alloy Nanoparticles and Their Use as Active Electrocatalysts. ACS CATALYSIS, vol. 6(3), 1533-1539. link> doi>
  • Mercer MP, Plana D, Fermίn DJ, Morgan D, Vasiljevic N. 2015. Growth of epitaxial Pt1-xPbx alloys by surface limited redox replacement and study of their adsorption properties. Langmuir, vol. 31(39), 10904-10912. link> doi> full text>
  • Humphrey JJL, Sadasivan S, Plana D, Celorrio V, Tooze RA, Fermín DJ. 2015. Surface activation of Pt nanoparticles synthesised by "hot injection" in the presence of oleylamine. Chemistry, vol. 21(36), 12694-12701. link> doi> full text>
  • Ibanez D, Plana D, Heras A, Fermin DJ, Colina A. 2015. Monitoring charge transfer at polarisable liquid/liquid interfaces employing time-resolved Raman spectroelectrochemistry. ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 54, 14-17. link> doi>
  • Rodriguez P, Plana D, Fermin DJ, Koper MTM. 2014. New insights into the catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles for CO oxidation in electrochemical media. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, vol. 311, 182-189. link> doi> full text>
  • Zanin H, May PW, Fermin DJ, Plana D, Vieira SMC, Milne WI, Corat EJ. 2014. Porous boron-doped diamond/carbon nanotube electrodes. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, vol. 6(2), 990-995. link> doi>
  • Plana D and Dryfe RAW. 2013. Galvanic and bipolar cells as probes of electroless deposition: The Cu-dimethylamine borane system. ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 37, 8-10. link> doi> full text>
  • Gruender Y, Fabian MD, Booth SG, Plana D, Fermin DJ, Hill PI, Dryfe RAW. 2013. Solids at the liquid-liquid interface: Electrocatalysis with pre-formed nanoparticles. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 110, 809-815. link> doi> full text>
  • Celorrio V, Plana D, Florez-Montano J, de Oca MGM, Moore A, Lazaro MJ, Pastor E, Fermin DJ. 2013. Methanol Oxidation at Diamond-Supported Pt Nanoparticles: Effect of the Diamond Surface Termination. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol. 117(42), 21735-21742. link> doi>
  • Plana D, Flórez-Montaño J, Celorrio V, Pastor E, Fermín DJ. 2013. Tuning CO2 electroreduction efficiency at Pd shells on Au nanocores. Chem Commun (Camb), vol. 49(93), 10962-10964. link> doi> full text>
  • Wang J, Harris J, Li M, Plana D, Barbour ME, Fermin DJ, Mann S. 2013. Electrochemical crystallization of spatially organized copper microwire arrays within biomineralized (dentine) templates. CRYSTENGCOMM, vol. 15(36), 7152-7156. link> doi>
  • Plana D, Humphrey JJL, Bradley KA, Celorrio V, Fermín DJ. 2013. Charge transport across high surface area metal/diamond nanostructured composites. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, vol. 5(8), 2985-2990. link> doi>
  • Celorrio V, de Oca MGM, Plana D, Moliner R, Lazaro MJ, Fermin DJ. 2012. Effect of Carbon Supports on Electrocatalytic Reactivity of Au-Pd Core-Shell Nanoparticles. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol. 116(10), 6275-6282. link> doi>
  • Brown P, Butts CP, Eastoe J, Fermin D, Grillo I, Lee H-C, Parker D, Plana D, Richardson RM. 2012. Anionic surfactant ionic liquids with 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium cations: characterization and application. Langmuir, vol. 28(5), 2502-2509. link> doi> full text>
  • de Oca MGM, Plana D, Celorrio V, Lazaro MJ, Fermin DJ. 2012. Electrocatalytic Properties of Strained Pd Nanoshells at Au Nanostructures: CO and HCOOH Oxidation. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol. 116(1), 692-699. link> doi>
  • Celorrio V, Montes de Oca MG, Plana D, Moliner R, Fermin DJ, Lazaro MJ. 2012. Electrochemical performance of Pd and Au-Pd core-shell nanoparticles on surface tailored carbon black as catalyst support. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 37(8), 7152-7160. link> doi>
  • Plana D, Rodriguez P, Koper MTM, Dryfe RAW. 2011. The electro-oxidation of dimethylamine borane: Part 2, in situ FTIR on single-crystal gold electrodes. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 56(22), 7637-7643. link> doi>
  • Moore A, Celorrio V, de Oca MM, Plana D, Hongthani W, Lázaro MJ, Fermín DJ. 2011. Insulating diamond particles as substrate for Pd electrocatalysts. Chem Commun (Camb), vol. 47(27), 7656-7658. link> doi>
  • Plana D and Dryfe RAW. 2011. The electro-oxidation of dimethylamine borane: Part 1, polycrystalline substrates. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 56(11), 3835-3844. link> doi>
  • Vargas R, Borras C, Plana D, Mostany J, Scharifker BR. 2010. Kinetic study of the electrochemical mineralization of phenols in thin-layer condition. ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 55(22), 6501-6506. link> doi>
  • Plana D, Jones FGE, Dryfe RAW. 2010. The voltammetric response of bipolar cells: Reversible electron transfer. JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, vol. 646(1-2), 107-113. link> doi>
  • Plana D, Campbell AI, Patole SN, Shul G, Dryfe RAW. 2010. Kinetics of electroless deposition: the copper-dimethylamine borane system. Langmuir, vol. 26(12), 10334-10340. link> doi>
  • Vargas R, Borras C, Plana D, Mostany J, Scharifker BR. 2010. Kinetic study of the electrochemical mineralization of phenols in thin-layer condition. Electrochimica Acta, vol. 55, 6501-6506. doi>
  • Plana D, Shul G, Stephenson MJ, Dryfe RAW. 2009. The voltammetric response of bipolar cells: Mechanistic investigations of electroless deposition. ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 11(1), 61-64. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Capel NJ, Hancock LM, Haxton KJ, Hollamby M, Jones RH, McGarvey D, Plana D. 2019. Developing Scientific Reporting Skills of Early Undergraduate Chemistry Students. In Teaching Chemistry in Higher Education: A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Tina Overton. (30 vols.). Creathach Press. full text>

Other

  • Durbin DJD, Plana D, Fermin DJ, Malardier-Jugroot C. 2011. Carbon-supported platinum and nickel nanoparticles for CO capture in hydrogen fuel cells. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY 2011: BIOENERGY, RENEWABLES, STORAGE, GRID, WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY (pp. 175-178). link>
  • Durbin DJD, Plana D, Fermin DJ, Malardier-Jugroot C. 2011. Carbon-supported platinum and nickel nanoparticles for CO capture in hydrogen fuel cells. NANOTECHNOLOGY 2011: ADVANCED MATERIALS, CNTS, PARTICLES, FILMS AND COMPOSITES, NSTI-NANOTECH 2011, VOL 1 (pp. 734-737). link>
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