David A. Giraldo Garcia obtained in 2019 his degree in Chemistry from Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM). While an undergraduate, in 2018, he was awarded an ERASMUS+ scholarship at the Trinity College of Dublin (Ireland) where he carried out his final research project focused on porous metal-organic frameworks by polyhedral pillaring with azo binding ligands. In 2020, he obtained his masters in Chemical Sciences and Technologies at UCM, and carried out his master project on the evaluation of commercial carbons and synthetised manganese dioxides as electrodes in Li and Al batteries.

Motivated by the mesmerizing experience of energy storage, its future applications and implications, he carried out an Industrial PhD research thesis at Structure and Reactivity of Inorganic Solids (ERSI) group of the Inorganic Chemistry department (UCM) and the R&D department of Albufera Energy Storage S.L. The research was carried out under the supervision of the Prof. Mª Luisa López García (UCM) and Dra. Paloma L. Almodóvar Losada (R&D Head, Albufera Energy Storage S.L.). The research was focused on the development of different active materials for aluminium batteries cathodes, where green chemistry was applied to synthesized manganese dioxides phases with structural diversity. During his PhD, he specialized in synthesis and structural characterization (XRD, SEM, HRTEM, EDS, XPS, Raman, FTIR), besides the electrochemical techniques used, along with ex situ characterization of the electrodes. In addition, he has worked in the scale up process of battery components. At the end of 2023, he obtained his PhD degree at UCM with Industrial and Cum Laude mentions.

In January 2024, he joined CIC energiGUNE as a researcher in the "Cell Design & Manufacturing" group.

Scientific interests

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Structural characterization
  • Electrochemistry
  • Scaling up batteries

Scientific career

  • Transition metal oxides
  • Electrochemical techniques
  • Solid state synthesis
  • Structural characterization

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