Our group brings together expertise in crystal chemistry, surface science and electrochemistry to analyse the role of structure, microstructure and surface chemistry on the cycling performance and rate capability of energy storage materials. We follow a multi-technique approach based in the use of advanced scattering tools (X-ray, neutrons and electrons) to study the bulk material and high resolution photoemission spectroscopy to study the outermost surface region, in both cases upon ex-situ or in-situ electrochemical cycling.

Universidad del País Vasco

Collaboration with José Manuel Pérez Mato and Javier Zuñiga´s  research group.

University of Cambridge

Collaboration with Dr. Clare Grey´s research group.

Institut Laue-Langevin - ILL

Collaboration with Dr. Juan Rodríguez Carvajal.


Collaboration with Dr. Rosa Palacin and Dr. Amparo Fuertes.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Collaboration with Dr. Jordi Cabana´s research group.

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Collaboration with Francesc Díaz, Magdalena Aguiló and Maria Cinta Pujol.

Imperial College of London

Collaboration with the Deparment of Materials leaded by Prof. Kilner

MEET - Münster Universität

Collaboration with Dr. Andrea Balducci.

CIRIMAT - CNRS/Université Toulouse III

Collaboration with Prof. Patrice Simon

Collaborative project "SIRBATT"


SIRBATT (Stable Interfaces for Rechargeable Batteries) is a European funded FP7 multisite collaborative project. It consists of 12 partners from across Europe and includes six universities, five industry partners and one research institute.

The scientific aim of SIRBATT is a radical improvement in the fundamental understanding of the structure and reactions occurring at lithium battery electrode/electrolyte interfaces. This will be achieved through an innovative programme of collaborative research and development.



Collaborative project "MAT4BAT"


MAT4BAT builds-up its EVs battery strategy on advanced materials and pilot line processes, proposing three novel concepts of cells initiating from a state-of-the art combination of cell materials (NMC/Carbonate liquid electrolyte/Graphite). MAT4BAT will address all critical ageing mechanisms associated to this technology and having direct impacts on product lifetime & safety by implementing two work programs for Battery Assessment (#1) and Battery Technologies (#2).

Program #1 will set a framework to define critical charging modalities for a battery system during practical use and associated testing tools & methods for relevant functional performance & lifetime assessment. Within this framework, the program #2 will implement three generations of cells with a focus on electrolytes which will be steadily transformed from Liquid to Gel to All-Solid state electrolytes in order to promote substantial gain in cell lifetime and safety by preventing degradations and hazards and improving energy density with a separator-free cell (all-solid state electrolyte).


Collaborative project "Graphene flagship"

The Graphene Flagship is the EU's biggest research initiative ever, and, according to the European Commission, ‘history's greatest distinction for excellent research'. With a budget of EUR one billion, the Graphene Flagship is tasked with taking graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of ten years, thus generating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities for Europeans as both investors and employees.

Taking advantage of availability of various forms of graphene within the Flagship, the objective of the "Energy" group is to assess their interest in various daily life energy applications. By focusing on specific functions involved in applications including photovoltaics, energy storage, fuel cells and hydrogen storage, the "Energy" group intends to "connect" the fundamental and technological graphene expertise to the designers and developers of energy conversion and storage devices and explores novel research routes for future graphene-based material which could better match the energy application needs.



Università di Camerino

Collaboration with Università di Camerino

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