Last week one of our members of the Electrochemical Process Unit, Dr. Santiago Ibáñez, attended the 1st Spanish Fluid Mechanics Conference that took place in the Edificio de la constitución de 1812, Cadiz, Spain. Plenty of interesting works were presented during these four very intense days. It was a pleasure to find so many familiar faces and to be part of a well deserved act that took place to appreciate the long and fruitful career of Prof. Amable Liñán.
Two researchers from the ECPU have participated in the XXXVIII biennial meeting of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). The meeting took place at the Granada Convention Center, from June 27 to June 30. It was a successful meeting with almost ~1400 participants and 16 symposia. Dr Andreas Mavrantonakis presented his work entitled "New Insights into Phenazine-based Redox Flow Batteries with High-Throughput Density Functional Theory Modelling" for the Symposium 3: Materials in Energy, and Dr Débora Ruiz-Martínez her work on "Photo-assisted rechargeable redox flow batteries".
Dr Santiago Ibáñez has participated in the 241st ECS Meeting in Vancouver with an oral contribution entitled "Close Contact without Mixing: All-Aqueous Membrane-Free Flow Battery" in the Session L04: Importance of Membranes in Redox Flow Batteries.
Raquel Casasola has joined IMDEA Energy as a Maria de Maetzu postdoc, and she will work both for the Electrochemical Processes Unit and System Analysis Unit. She got her PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2013. During her research in the E. Torroja for Construction Sciences (CSIC), she carried out part of the investigation in the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramic (ISTEC-CNR) in Faenza (Italy), obtaining the mention of European Doctorate. Within the last years, she worked in the private sector where she gained experience in the end of life and recycling processes of all types of batteries (Alkaline, Lithium-primary, Li-ion, Metal-air, etc.). She participated in several European H2020 projects related to batteries, CDTI national projects, and also different regional projects financed by ICEX-Invest in Spain. Under a COST Action, she had a Short-Term Scientific Mission in the Industrial Materials Recycling Department in Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) where she studied the effect of different thermal treatments in the hydrometallurgical recycling processes of Lithium-ion batteries.
Dr. Rebeca Marcilla, Rebeca Griego and Ousmane Camara participated in the international conference GEP-SLAP 2022, which took place in San Sebastián from 8th to 12th of May 2022. Rebecca Grieco and Ousmane Camara, predoctoral researchers at the Electrochemical Processes Unit (ECPU) within the POLYSTORAGE ITN, presented their results related to the development of new redox active materials for battery application. Rebecca contributed to the congress with an oral talk entitled “A Significantly Improved Polymer||Ni(OH)2 Alkaline Rechargeable Battery Using Anthraquinone-based Conjugated Microporous Polymer Anode”, and Ousmane partecipated with a flash oral presentation and a poster entitled “Aging effect of Cathecols Redox Polymer Nanoparticles for Hybrid Supercapacitors”. Moreover, Dr. Rebeca Marcilla, senior researcher of the ECPU and PI of POLYSTORAGE ITN was invited to give a keynote lecture about Redox-Active Microporous Polymers for More Sustainable Batteries.