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A new ETN-European Project just started at IMDEA Energy!!

Marie Curie

POLYSTORAGE is a European Training Network In Innovative Polymers For Next-Generation Electrochemical Energy Storage. http://www.polystorage-etn.eu/


ESR10: Development of conjugated porous polymers with enhanced electrochemical properties

POLYSTORAGE-ETN aims to develop high quality training opportunities for 16 early-stage-researchers (ESRs) in the area of “Polymers for Next Generation Electrochemical Energy Storage”. The final objective is to train materials scientists who will be the future leaders to face some of the upcoming European energy and environmental challenges. POLYSTORAGE gathers together 12 beneficiaries (incl. 2 industries) and 11 partners (incl. 9 industries) POLYSTORAGE academic partners are internationally renowned for their research and training activities in polymer science (Univ. of Jena, Univ. of the Basque Country, Univ. of Leuven, Univ. of Pau, Aalto Univ.) and energy storage (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Uppsala Univ., Politecnico di Torino, IMDEA Energy, Nat. Inst. of Chem. and Deakin Univ.).

IMDEA Energy will train 2 ESRs on the following two individual research topics “Development of conjugated porous polymers with enhanced electrochemical properties”, and “Development of redox-active colloids/suspensions for semi-solid redox flow batteries”. These two job positions will be open soon!!!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860403.

ECPU publishes the latest research developments on Redox Microporous Polymers for Batteries in Advanced Functional Materials

Researchers from Electrochemical Processes Unit in collaboration with Photoactivated Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy have recently published an interesting article about on Redox Microporous Polymers for Batteries in Advanced Functional Materials. We have developed a new anthraquinone‐based conjugated microporous polymer that is easy to disperse, enabling the fabrication of high‐quality electrodes tested as cathode for high performance lithium ion batteries.

The reported redox microporous polymer exhibits ultra‐high specific surface area (>2000 m2 g−1) with dual micro‐mesoporosity. These interesting textural properties and the inherent robustness of conjugated porous polymers contribute to their excellent electrochemical performance such as high gravimetric capacity (100 mAh g‒1), excellent rate capability (50% capacity retention at 30 C) and unprecedented long-term cyclability, retaining 58% of its initial capacity over more than 80 000 cycles at 30 C.

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Read more about this interesting research in the following link: 

A. Molina, N. Patil, E. Ventosa, M. Liras, J. Palma and R Marcilla*, “New Anthraquinone-based Conjugated Microporous Polymer Cathode with Ultrahigh Specific Surface Area for High-Performance Lithium-ion Batteries“ Advanced Functional Materials (2019) 1908074. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201908074

IMDEA Energy has established a collaborative framework with Kreisel Electric

The Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy has established a collaborative framework with the Austrian company Kreisel Electric, which is specialized in the development fo electric vehicles powered by Li-ion batteries.

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IMDEA Energy will provide its support in the evaluation of the state of health of Li-ion batteries, that are used in their electric vehicles by using the infrastructure and the know-how on this technology within the unit.

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New Open Position for a PhD (FPI Grant) in “Development of Redox Polymers for Organic Batteries”

The Electrochemical Process Unit is looking for a motivated PhD student to join our team! 

A fully funded PhD position (FPI), associated to the Spanish National Plan Project: “Computer-Aided Macromolecular Design Of RedoxActive Polymers: Promising Paradigm For Sustainable Battery Research And DevelopmentSUSBAT” (Ref: RTI2018-101049-B-100) is available at the Electrochemical Process Unit of IMDEA Energy.

If you are interested please click on the following link to obtain more information about requirements and deadlines.

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Researchers from the ECPU participated in Sustainable Energy Storage Days in Madrid (SESDIM)


The 1st SESDIM (Sustainable Energy Storage Days in Madrid) took place in Madrid from 8th to 11th October. This event consisted of a 2-day autumn school on Organic-Based Polymer Batteries, followed by a 2-day symposium on Electrochemical Energy Storage through Materials Innovation

Three researchers from the IMDEA were invited to give one lecture and two talks on topics related to the research carried at the ECPU. Dr. Rebeca Marcilla gave a lecture on "Innovative Organic-based Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage" and Dr. Andreas Mavrantonakis a talk on the "Redox Chemistry of Phenazines with High-Throughput DFT calculations".  Dr. Jesus Palma presented a talk entitled "From Lab to Market: Crossing the Valley of Death" explaining how the outcome of a research project can be commercialized and enter the market. 

It was perfect timing for promoting the importance of the research on materials for electrochemical energy storage, since the SESDIM coincided with the announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

SESDIM poster