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

  • Graphene batteries. Nanocarbons for lithium-sulfur batteries

  • Nanofluids. Thermal nanofluids for heat transfer in cooling and solar conversion

  • Electroactive nanofluids for energy storage in flow cells. Redox flow batteries based on quinones

  • Graphene production and development of secondary products (nanofluids, composites for 3D-printing, inks, etc.) for application in energy storage

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, as well as related hybrid nanocomposite materials. We also integrate these materials in nanofluids 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 batteries, supercapacitors, sulfur batteries and hybrid solar energy conversion.

Group Leader

Pedro Gómez-Romero

CSIC Research Professor

Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the Universitat de València, 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 the ICN2 in 2013, Prof. Gómez-Romero became group leader of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, heading up projects on hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures, nanocomposite materials for energy storage and conversion.

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