Novel Energy-Oriented Materials

Group Leader: Pedro Gómez-Romero

ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group 2019

Main Research Lines

  • Hybrid electrode materials for supercapacitors and hybrid energy storage devices

  • Nanocarbons (graphenes, nanopipes, porous nanocarbons) for batteries and supercapacitors

  • Nanomaterials for Zn-ion and Zn-Air batteries. Polyoxometalates

  • Nanopastes / Nanogels for energy applications

  • Harvestorage (triboelectric/supercapacitors) materials and devices

Novel Energy-Oriented Materials

The group works in materials science and electrochemistry for energy-related applications. It leads several research projects and industrial contracts in energy storage and conversion, an increasingly strategic area which urgently needs fundamental improvements. We design and synthesise new materials, including graphene and other nanocarbons, nanostructured conducting polymers, nanomaterials coming from agro-wastes and biomaterials, as well as related hybrid nanocomposite materials. We also integrate these materials in nanofluids/nanopastes for both electrochemical and thermal applications. This work forms the basis for the development of complex, polymaterial architectures conceived and optimised for use in rechargeable lithium, sodium and zinc-based batteries, supercapacitors and hybrid energy conversion.

Group Leader

Pedro Gómez-Romero

CSIC Research Professor

Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero completed his BS and MS in Chemistry at the Universitat de València (Spain), before going on to earn his PhD in chemistry with distinction 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, spending a sabbatical year as a NATO Senior Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA) in 1998-99. In 2007 he moved to the former Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Centre (CIN2) as group leader of the NEO-Energy lab. When CIN2 became ICN2 in 2013, Prof. Gómez-Romero became group leader of the Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, heading up projects on hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures, nanocomposite materials for energy storage and conversion. 

CSIC Full Professor since 2006, Prof. Gómez-Romero is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) since 2014 and was the vice-director of MATGAS between 2010 and 2013. In 2017 he received the CIDETEC prize for research in electrochemistry. He has authored over 250 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals (> 18500 cit. h=66 Google scholar). He is the scientific editor of the books Functional Hybrid Materials (P. Gómez-Romero, C. Sánchez (Eds.) (Wiley-VCH 2004)) and Metal Oxides in Supercapacitors (D.P. Dubal, P. Gomez-Romero (Eds.) (Elsevier, 2017)). 

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