Dr Cruz Esconjauregui


I lecture on materials engineering and solid mechanics for levels and I am level 4 tutor.

My research focuses on nanomaterials including nanotubes and nanoparticles. The main interest resides on understanding catalysis and catalytic mechanisms at the nanoscale to control nanomaterial growth and properties, and ultimately bring all their technological potential to a wide range of technologies.

Academic responsibilities

Senior lecturer


  • Chemical Engineer.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering.


My research focuses on nanomaterials including nanotubes and nanoparticles. 

Selected Publications:

Efficient transfer doping of carbon nanotube forests by MoO3S Esconjauregui, L D'Arsié, Y Guo, J Yang, H Sugime, S Caneva, C Cepek, J Robertson. ACS Nano 9, 10422 (2015).

Carbon nanotube forests as top electrode in electroacoustic resonatorsS Esconjauregui, T Makaryan, T Mirea, M DeMiguel-Ramos, J Olivares, Y Guo, H Sugime, L D'Arsié, J Yang, S Bhardwaj, C Cepek, J Robertson, E Iborra. Applied Physics Letters 107, 133106 (2015).

Low temperature growth of carbon nanotube forests consisting of tubes with narrow inner spacing using Co/Al/Mo catalyst on conductive supports. H Sugime, S Esconjauregui, L D'Arsié, J Yang, A Robertson, R Oliver, S Bhardwaj, C Cepek, J Robertson. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, 16819 (2015).

The synergistic effect in the Fe-Co bimetallic catalyst system for the growth of carbon nanotube forests. D Hardeman, S Esconjauregui, R Cartwright, S Bhardwaj, L D'Arsié, J Clark, C Cepek, J Roberston. Journal of Applied Physics 117, 044308 (2015).

Growth of high-density carbon nanotube forests on conductive TiSiN supports. J Yang, S Esconjauregui, A Robertson, T Hallam, H Sugime, G Zhong, G Duesberg, J Robertson. Applied Physics Letters 106, 083108 (2015). 

Low temperature growth of carbon nanotubes on tetrahedral amorphous carbon using Fe-Cu catalyst. R Cartwright, S Esconjauregui, L D'Arsié, R Weatherup, D Hardeman, Y Guo, S Hofmann, J Robertson. Carbon 81, 639 (2015).

 Influence of surface roughness and density of carbon nanotube forests on the adhesive properties of gecko-inspired mimetics. B Chen, P Goldberg-Oppenheimer, G Zhong, C Zhang, S Esconjauregui, S Hofmann, J Robertson. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, 3626 (2015). 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Nanomaterials growth and characterisation
  • x-ray photoemission spectroscopy