Professor Michel Armand repeats as the most important researcher in Spain -and seventh in the world- in the field of Energy, while Elena Palomo, Scientific Director of the Thermal Energy Solutions Area and Ikerbasque Professor, is once again recognized as the most important scientist in the Basque Country in the field of Mechanical Engineering and Transport.

CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research center of reference in battery storage, thermal energy solutions and hydrogen technologies, and member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA, ranks among its staff six of the most important scientists in the world, according to the “Ranking of the World Scientists”, reference list, elaborated annually by Stanford University and the academic publishing house Elsevier. The information regarding the scientific activity carried out in 2021 has been released this week and once again positions Michel Armand as the most important researcher in the Basque Country, considering all scientific fields, and in fourth place at the national level. Within the field of Energy, Professor Armand stands out as the most relevant researcher both in the Basque Country and in Spain, as well as being recognized as the seventh most important worldwide.  

In the same way, Elena Palomo, Scientific Director of the Thermal Energy Solutions Area of CIC energiGUNE and Ikerbasque Professor, is placed, for the third consecutive year, as the most influential in the Basque Country and the sixth in Spain in the field of Mechanical Engineering and Transport.

The energy field, however, is the most relevant for CIC energiGUNE, since besides Michel Armand, the list also includes Montse Casas-Cabanas, Scientific Coordinator of the Electrochemical Storage Area of the center and Ikerbasque Research Associate, and Paramaconi Rodríguez, leader of the Electrochemical Hydrogen Technologies Area and Ikerbasque Research Professor, in the seventh and eighth positions of the most influential researchers in the Basque Country in this field. Both are also among the 150 most important researchers in Spain in this field.

Likewise, Javier Carrasco repeats as the third most influential researcher in the Basque Country in the field of Chemical Physics and one of the 50 most prestigious researchers in the territory considering all scientific fields. The prestigious list of Stanford University also mentions Yaroslav Grosu, leader of the Interfacial Phenomena and Porous Media group, among the most influential researchers in the world in the field of Applied Physics.

The list of the renowned Californian institution is based on the impact of published research, taking into account various factors such as co-authorship or the percentage of self-citations, as well as through the combined analysis of a series of standardized parameters directly related to the impact of indexed scientific publications. The study gives an overview of both the historical professional career of the researchers and the specific work carried out in the last year analyzed, which in this case corresponds to 2021.

Specifically, the list is divided into two parts. On the one hand, the result of the analysis of the year 2021, where more than 200,000 world researchers are cited (distributed in more than 20,500 centers), 3,648 at the national level (in 479 centers) and 168 at the Basque level (in 22 centers). On the other hand, the result of the career analysis to date (end of 2021), where more than 195,000 world scientists are named (distributed in more than 23,000 centers), 2,998 at national level (in 453 centers) and 129 researchers at Basque level (in 18 centers). In the latter case, the scientific careers of Michel Armand and Elena Palomo are also highlighted. Armand ranks first as the most influential researcher in the Basque Country and the State in Energy thanks to his long career, while Palomo is second and eighth, respectively, in Mechanical Engineering and Transport.

Image of the six researchers from CIC energiGUNE listed in the ranking of the most influential scientists in the world, according to the renowned Stanford University.

CIC energiGUNE’s Researchers

Born in France in 1946, Michel Armand began research on rechargeable lithium batteries at the end of the 1980s -through the combination of solid polymer electrolyte- which has allowed the development of the main associated technologies, among others, the electric vehicle. Currently, he is the leader of the polymer electrolyte research group at CIC energiGUNE, where he coordinates a team focused on achieving the solid-state battery for the electric vehicle of the future. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, such as the Volta Award or the Galileo Award, and has recently been named "Fellow of The Electrochemical Society" by the ECS at its Congress held in Atlanta.

As for Elena Palomo, responsible for the Thermal Energy Solutions Area, she has led seven large-scale research projects and has been an evaluating member of the FP6, FP7 and H2020 programs. On an international scale, she has been the French delegate of the executive committee of the "Energy Conversion through Energy Storage" program of the International Energy Agency (2006-2017) and has driven for 6 years the most important international network of R&D in thermal storage ("Compact Thermal Energy Storage" - SHC/ECES IEA programs). In 2021 she received the "Women and Science" award, granted by the Association of Professional and Business Women of Alava (AMPEA).

Montse Casas-Cabanas, is the Scientific Coordinator of the Electrochemical Storage Area at CIC energiGUNE. Her research is mainly focused on the design of functional materials for energy storage and she has experience in several energy storage technologies. Last year she was appointed Scientific Advisor by the Faraday Institution, and also highlights her participation in the development of the FAULTS program, which has become a reference of use for researchers and professionals in the battery industry. In addition, she is a member of the Expert Group of the European Battery Association (BEPA).

Paramaconi Rodriguez holds a PhD in Materials Science with a specialization in electrochemistry. His research combines electrochemical methods and a variety of spectroscopic, microscopic and spectrometric methods with the objective of providing an understanding of the effect of the surface structure of catalysts and the role of the interface composition in important electrochemical reactions. Throughout his career he has been recognized with several awards by the Academy of Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Venezuela, as well as by the Electrochemistry group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Javier Carrasco is head of the Computational Modeling and Simulation group at CIC energiGUNE, with an extensive background that has focused on first-principles atomistic thermodynamics, density functional theory, theoretical chemistry and solid-state physics. In 2018, he received China´s ´Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year´ award in the field of electronic science and technology for the paper "Atomic-level energy storage mechanism of cobalt hydroxide electrode for pseudocapacitors", published in Nature Communications. He has also been the recipient of a Ramón y Cajal Grant, awarded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Yaroslav Grosu is Group Leader of Interfacial Phenomena, and Porous Media at CIC energiGUNE, where he joined in 2015, focusing since then his research on the development of materials for thermal storage applications. He holds a PhD from Blaise Pascal University in France in Physical Chemistry and from the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev Polytechnic Institute, in Thermal Engineering. He collaborates with Alberto Giacomello in the ERC-proof of concept NODRY and has recently been awarded with a Ramon y Cajal fellowship being in second position in the ranking of the energy and transport area.


In addition to these awards, the ranking also includes and highlights the work carried out by other researchers with a past at CIC energiGUNE, which further reinforces the scientific work promoted by the center in recent years, and its positioning as a place of reference for the development of an outstanding and cutting-edge scientific activity.

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