LAIDA OTAEGUI AMEZTEGUI

Presentation

She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) in 2006. Her Final Year Project, accomplished in the department of Chemical Engineering of the University of the Basque Country, dealt with the deactivation the of catalysts used for the production of ethanol and dimethyl ether for automotive purposes. When she finished her undergraduate studies, she started working in the Energy Unit of IK4-Ikerlan in the field of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), where she developed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Lide Rodríguez and Prof. Francisco Castro. She received her PhD in Industrial Engineering from TECNUN – Universidad de Navarra for her research in the field of Metal-Supported SOFCs. Her PhD Thesis was focused in the fabrication and electrochemical/microstructural characterization of anode side SOFC components, as well as their long term stability at high temperature and corrosive environments. Before her graduation, she collaborated with the CIC energiGUNE in the development of High Temperature Metal-Air Batteries (HTMAB) and after her graduation in 2013, she joined the CIC energiGUNE as a post-doctoral researcher. During her post-doctoral researcher period she mainly worked in the field of HTMAB and sodium-ion batteries. Moreover, she performed a 4 month stay in ZSW (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg, Ulm, Germany) working in Li-ion battery cathode formulation. Currently she is focusing her research in the development of solid state battery prototypes as an associate researcher in the Cell prototyping group.

Scientific interests

  • Scale-up of battery component processing
  • Fabrication of battery prototypes
  • Electrochemical/microstructural/mechanical characterization of individual battery components as well as full-cells
  • Solid state batteries
  • Na-ion batteries

Scientific career

  • Assembly and electrochemical characterization of novel electrochemical energy storage concepts
  • Electrochemical/microstructural characterization of battery and fuel cell components
  • Ceramic processing through wet casting and sintering. Fabrication of dense and porous ceramic layers
  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • High Temperature Metal-Air Batteries
  • Na-ion batteries