Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group

Group Leader: Pedro Gómez-Romero

Main Research Lines

  • Hybrid electrode materials for supercapacitors and hybrid energy storage devices
  • Graphene batteries. LiFePO4 electrodes with fractal granularity for Li-ion batteries
  • Nanofluids. Thermal nanofluids for heat transfer in solar conversion. Molten salts
  • Electroactive nanofluids for energy storage in flow cells. Redox flow batteries based on quinones
  • Graphene synthesis, development of secondary products (nanofluids, composites for 3D-printing, inks, etc.)

The group works in materials science, polymer chemistry and electrochemistry for energy-related applications. It leads several research projects on energy storage and conversion, an increasingly strategic area which urgently needs fundamental improvements. It designs and synthesises new materials, including hybrid nanocomposites, with a strong emphasis on structural control at the micro- and meso-nanoscale. This work forms the basis for the development of complex, polymaterial architectures conceived and optimised for use in rechargeable lithium batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and hybrid solar energy conversion.

Group Leader

Pedro Gómez-Romero

CSIC Research Prof

Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the Universitat de València, before going on to earn his PhD with Distinction in Chemistry at Georgetown University (USA) in 1987. A CSIC Researcher since 1990, he worked at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) from 1990 to 2007. He spent a sabbatical year as a NATO Senior Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA, 1998-99). He became a CSIC Full Research Professor in 2006 and was group leader of the NEO-Energy laboratory at the former CIN2 (CSIC) from 2007 to 2013, now forming part of the ICN2. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. As group leader of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, he heads projects on hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures, nanocomposite materials for energy storage and conversion (lithium batteries, supercapacitors, flow cells, solar-thermal energy, nanofluids, graphene). He was vice-director of MATGAS from 2010 to 2014.

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