Joseba Orive received his BSc (Geology, 2005) and PhD (Sciences, 2011) from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Crystallography group headed by Professor María Isabel Arriortua.

His thesis work was focused on the search for materials with new structural archetypes with potential technological applications, involving the structural resolution of complex systems by X-ray diffraction, in both powder and single crystal, and the analysis of the spectroscopic, luminescent, magnetic, and catalytic properties of zeotypes based on novel transition metal phosphites. The introduction of short organic ligands provided flexibility to the structural design which allowed exploring laminar hybrid systems with intercalated alkaline cations for electrochemical applications. From 2015 to 2017, he developed a postdoctoral project at the University of Chile, where he worked on polyoxoanionic structures based on new mixed valency vanadium oxides with interlayer spacing modulation. During the project, he undertook a research stay at Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Lecce (Italy) where he worked in the preparation and the electrochemical characterization of mesoporous electrodes constituted of TiO2(B) and carbon nanotubes composites as intercalation anodes for Li-ion hybrid capacitors. In October 2017, he joined the Millennium Nucleus of Multifunctional Materials for Applied Surface Science as young researcher at the University of Chile, where the main goal was to nucleate a center of excellence in the field of nanostructured surface systems with expertise in their modeling, design, synthesis and characterization, with lithium ion batteries as primary research field. During this stage, he also worked on materials characterization projects linked to national companies such as Molymet. In August 2020, he joined CIC energiGUNE as postdoctoral researcher where he is currently working on the EU project CoFBAT and the industrial project Umicore.

Scientific interests

  • Inorganic electrode materials for energy storage systems
  • Hydrothermal synthesis and materials characterization
  • Composition-structure-electrochemistry correlations
  • Understanding of reaction mechanisms

Scientific career

  • Materials Science, Crystallography & Chemistry
  • Synthesis of polyanionic compounds
  • X-ray single crystal and powder diffraction
  • Ex-situ and In-situ X-ray diffraction technique
  • Experience at Synchrotron facilities


  • Project 2019- (Principal Investigator): Fondecyt Initiation Nº 11190935, CONICYT, Chile. “Strategies towards the stabilization of nickel-rich oxides as new generation high voltage cathode materials for LiBs”.
  • Project 2015 – 2017 (Principal Investigator): Fondecyt Postdoctoral Nº 3150455, CONICYT, Chile. “Polyoxoanionic structures based nanomaterials for cathodes of lithium-ion batteries”.
  • PhD fellowship 2006-2011 granted by Basque Government (BFI06.136).

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