CIC energiGUNE, the Basque research center of reference in battery storage, thermal energy solutions, and hydrogen, and a member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA, holds five of the most relevant researchers in the world, as it is recorded in the list “Ranking of the World Scientists” made by Stanford University and Elsevier. The last update reflects that Michel Armand continues to be the most important researcher in the State in the field of Energy and has climbed up to the sixth position at a world level. Moreover, after having analyzed the work done in 2019, he has positioned himself as the most important one in the Basque Country in all of the fields.
Likewise, the Scientific Director of the Thermal Storage Area in CIC energiGUNE, Elena Palomo, appears as one of the most important ones in the Basque Country and the sixth in the State in the field of Mechanical Engineering and Transport, while Teófilo Rojo, Scientific Director of the center until last year, is named as the most important scientists in the Basque Country in the area of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry in 2019.
The group of scientists from CIC energiGUNE included in the prestigious list made by Stanford University is completed by Javier Carrasco, leader of the group in the modeling and computational simulation area and placed as the third most important researcher in the Basque Country in the field of Chemical Physics; and Heng Zhang, leader of the group in the area of polymeric electrolyte batteries and is positioned as the fourth most relevant in the Basque Country in Energy.
The list of the prestigious institution from California is made according to the impact of the published research, having into account various factors such as co-authorship or the percentage of auto-citing, as well as through a combined analysis of a series of normalized criteria, directly related to the impact of the indexed scientific publications. The study provides a view of the historic professional career of the professionals, as well as the specific work carried out in the last year analyzed, which in this case is 2019.
In this sense, it should be mentioned that Michel Armand, considered by the scientific community as the “father” of the solid-state batteries and the “ideologist” of many conventional lithium ion technologies -like the ones worthy of a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019-, has consolidated his world-referent position all through 2019. Among the more than 7 million professionals analyzed in the whole planet, he holds the sixth position in the specific field of Energy, and the 223 in the general count. Likewise, he is the leader in the Basque Country in all the levels and the third most important in the State.
Born in France in 1946, Michel Armand started at the end of the 80s his research on rechargeable lithium batteries -through a combination with electrolyte of solid polymer-, which allowed the development of the main technologies associated, among others, to the electric vehicle. He is currently responsible for the research area of solid electrolyte at CIC energiGUNE, where he coordinates a work team focused on the consecution of the battery of solid state for the electric vehicle of the future.