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Participation of researchers in the GEP-SLAP 2022 conference

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.





Dr Jaime Sanchez presented his work in the ChemOnTubes 2022 conference

 Dr. Jaime S. Sanchez, postdoctoral researcher of the Electrochemical Processes Unit (ECPU) has participated in the international conference ChemOnTubes 2022 related to the chemistry and functionalization of graphene and carbon nanotubes from April 24th – April 28th 2022. The meeting took place in the charming seaside Miramar Palace of Donostia - San Sebastian on La Concha Bay in the Basque Cantabrian coast of Spain. Jaime contributed to the excellency of the 8th edition of this congress with an oral talk entitled “All Electrochemical Nanofabrication of Stacked Ternary Metal Sulfide/Graphene Electrodes for Aqueous Rechargeable Batteries”.

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Irene, Sergio and Pratiksha have joined the ECPU

In the last weeks, new people have been incorporated in the ECPU. We would like to welcome Irene Hormigos, Sergio Pinilla and Pratiksha Srivastava.

 Irene Hormigos will work as a lab technician for both ECPU and BTPU, after completing an intership at the ECPU.

Sergio Pinilla is an E4F-MSCA postdoctoral fellow. After obtaining his PhD from UAM (Spain) in the field of silicon nanowires for energy storage,  he did a research stay at Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) (Germany), in the group of Prof. Martin Winter, to continue his research on nanostructured anodes for lithium-ion batteries. In 2019, he was awarded a MSCA fellowship to launch his own research line in the field of additive manufacturing of Li-ion batteries in the group of Prof. Nicolosi at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) until April 2022. Then he was awarded a second MSCA fellowship, under the program E4F with Iberdrola, to start his project “PoliSolidBat” at IMDEA Energy. This project aims to develop affordable solid-state batteries based on polymeric compounds that are also compatible with cheap and scalable printing technologies. 

Pratiksha Srivastava is a postdoc, who will work for both ECPU and BTPU. She got her Ph.D. from University of Tasmania, Australia in 2021, and her research was focussed on “Development of bio-electrochemical system based constructed wetland technology for efficient wastewater treatment and resource recovery”. During her Ph.D. she had a research stay at Technical University of Braunsweig, Germany, funded by German Federal Ministry. Prior to joining IMDEA Energy she had a Postdoctoral position at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain. At IMDEA Energy, her research focusses on microbial electrolysis cell for green hydrogen production.


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Predoctoral researcher Ousmane Camara is joining the ECPU within the POLYSTORAGE training network

The ECPU would like to welcome Ousmane Camara to our team.
He is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) within the POLYSTORAGE training network. He obtained his master degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology in 2020 at the Polytechnique University of Milan. Ousmane carried out his master thesis project at Holst Centre in Eindhoven working on "Interfacial engineering of thin film solid state battery", where he got familiar with battery testing and electrochemistry in general. Before joining our group, he started his PhD at POLYMAT in San Sebastian in September 2020 and spent the first 18 months working on the synthesis of redox active polymer nanoparticles and their electrochemical characterization. At IMDEA Energy Institute he will pursue his PhD working with redox active polymer nanoparticles and their application in flowing battery systems.
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Postdoctoral researcher Jaime S. Sánchez is joining the ECPU

The ECPU would like to welcome Dr. Jaime S. Sánchez to our team.


Dr. Jaime S. Sánchez is a chemical engineering graduate. He holds a PhD degree in the field of Electrochemistry and Materials Science by Autonoma University of Madrid (2019). His Thesis was entirely developed on the lab facilities of the Electrochemical Processes Unit at Imdea Energy, focused on the synthesis and investigation of graphene-based materials and their application in electrochemical energy storage devices. In this period, he enjoyed a research stay at the Fritz-Haber-Institute-Max Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin (Germany) studying the charge storage or catalysis mechanism of these materials, performing in-situ and operando experiments (e.g. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and XPS) at BESSY Synchrotron. After his PhD, he joined the 2D-Materials group of Vincenzo Palermo at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) as a Postdoctoral Researcher, where he mainly developed composites for energy storage applications in the frame of one of the most important research initiatives in material science in Europe, the Graphene Flagship. He has been involved in several national and european research projects and he is author of 11 research articles included in SCI journals and more than 20 contributions to national and international scientific conferences. At Chalmers he had been also working on a project called "2D composites research at Chalmers" to bring a clear manufacturing/synthesis perspective into the research to scale solutions into future use in collaboration with companies such as Volvo or ABB, and he could start a new research line together with Prof. Leif Asp developing graphene-based cathodes for structural batteries, in order to increase energy storage capabilities in cars and airplanes, while maintaining a low vehicle weight.

Since January 2022, he is a postdoctoral researcher of the Electrochemical Processes Unit, leading the research line of inorganic materials for energy storage and conversion applications.