Consortium and team

Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)

The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research IREC (Barcelona, Spain) is the general coordinator of Harvestore. It is a reference institution within the spanish community and a strong actor in the field of research for energy. In the Department of Nanoionics and Fuel Cells, advanced research in the field of functional ceramics is merged with silicon technology for the realization of new-generation micro-energy devices. This unique expertise will be at disposal of the Harvestore consortium for the fabrication and for the fundamental studies of nanoscaled structures, for the electrochemical characterization of materials and devices and for the fabrication of 3D printed encapsulation pieces.

The team members at IREC are:

Albert Tarancón

  Prof. Albert Tarancón (Coordinator) is ICREA Professor and Head of the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group at IREC. Albert holds M.Sc. and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2001, 2007) and an M. Eng. in Materials Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2007). He has worked as a research associate at the […]

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Alex Morata

    Dr. Alex Morata is a researcher fellow of the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group at IREC. His research interest is in structural and electrical characterization of materials for high temperature fuel cells and electrolysers. He holds degree in Physics (UB) and received his PhD in Physics by the University of Barcelona (Electronics Department) He […]

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Federico Baiutti

    Dr. Federico Baiutti is a research scientist at IREC. He holds a M.Sc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Trieste and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart. He has carried out PhD (2011-2015) and PostDoc (2015-2016) research at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, DE) in oxide […]

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Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

DTU is the Technical University of Denmark. DTU has approximately 4910 employees, of which 230 work at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage with focus on development of energy technologies and systems and contribute to innovation, education and policy. The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage at Technical University of Denmark carries out research and development of functional materials for energy and in particular on electronic, thermoelectric and ionic thin films for various applications. DTU has a role in the project for studies on iontronics for μ-harvesting and  on Ion-gating of thermoelectrics for the realization a novel thermoelectric thin film device.

The team members at DTU are:

Nini Pryds

  Nini Pryds is a professor at the Technical University of Denmark and head of a research section on Inorganic Functional Materials at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage. The section has about 28 researchers working in the fields of: magnetic refrigeration, thermoelectrics and functional oxide thin films for energy and information. Nini Pryds is […]

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Yunzhong Chen

  Dr. Yunzhong Chen is the group leader of conducting oxide interfaces at DTU Energy. His focus is on epitaxial growth, characterization, control and understanding of oxide heterostructures which exhibit a multitude of remarkable properties by rational design, such as high-mobility two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at the interface between two oxide insulators, ionic gating, and enhanced […]

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Rasmus Bjørk

  Dr. Rasmus Bjørk is an associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He holds a PhD in Physics and has been an associate professor since 2013. He has worked on thermoelectric devices and the design of these since 2013, and has programmed several advanced thermoelectric numerical models. He has also worked on measuring […]

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Interuniversitariar microelectronica centrum (IMEC)

Imec (Interuniversitariar microelectronica centrum) is a leading R&D lab for exploratory and emerging technologies in ICT, healthcare and energy through innovations in nano-electronics and nano-materials. About 3.500 researchers work for imec and are located at different sites mainly in Europe, but also in the USA and Asia. Imec’s headquarters is in Leuven, Belgium, where the main labs and state-of-the art clean rooms are hosted. The team is specialized in solid-state and thin-film Li-ion batteries.Focus lays on the engineering of the solid/solid interface and maximizing battery performance through battery design and battery architecture. Imec will be involved for the development of thermogalvanic harvestorers as well as in the advanced characterization for fundamental understanding of the underlying phenomena.

The team members at IMEC are:

Philippe Vereecken

  Prof. Dr. Philippe Vereecken is Principal Scientist atimecand part-time professorat the University of Leuven(KU-Leuven). His main expertise is found in the combination of electrochemistry, nanomaterials synthesis and solid-state devices for applications in semiconductors, energy conversion and electrochemical storage. Dr. Vereecken received a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Ghent University(Belgium) in 1998. He then spent 3 […]

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Brecht Put

  Dr. Brecht Put is researcher and project leader in the Electrochemical Storage (EStore) team at imec. His main expertise lays in solid state physics and electrochemistry, specifically in its use in electrochemical storage and thin film characterization. Dr. Put received his PhD in Science (Physics) at KU-Leuven (Belgium) in 2015 working on solid-state batteries and specifically on properties of LiPON thin-films, in […]

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Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSCI)

The Barcelona Microelectronics Institute of the National Microelectronics Center (IMB-CNM) carries out basic and applied research and development in micro- and nano-electronics based in silicon technology. Its mission is to improve the knowledge in these fields and to contribute to the implementation of solutions based in these technologies in industrial products. IMB-CNM was established in 1985 and has a staff of about 200 persons. CNM will be involved in the clean-room microfabrication aspects of most of the micro-devices involved in the project as well as in the compatibilization of microfabrication, thin film deposition methods and material choices.

The team members at CNM are:

Luis Fonseca

  Dr. Luis Fonseca is the Head of the MicroEnergy Sources and Sensors Integration group. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1992.  He has developed his whole professional career in the National Center of Microelectronics (CNM). After a first research period on thin dielectrics, he worked as […]

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Marc Salleras

  Dr. Marc Salleras is a researcher fellow of the MicroEnergy Sources and Sensors Integration group. His main expertise is on the design, modelling, fabrication and characterization of MEMS devices. He holds a M.Sc. and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (1999 and 2002) and an M.Eng. in Electronics Engineering from the same university […]

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Technische Universität Wien(TUW)

TUW is the largest technology-oriented university in Austria with more than 30000 students. The research of its eight faculties is primarily focused on five research focal areas (Computational Science and Engineering, Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies, Materials and Matter, Information and Communication Technology and Energy and Environment). Projects cover the entire range from purely basic research to applied research and partnership with industry. Two main research focal areas are addressed by this project: Materials and Matter as well as Energy and Environment, within the Faculty of Chemistry. TUW main role will be the development of high temperature photovoltaic devices and the electrochemical characterization of Solid Oxide Cells.

The team members at TUW are:

Juergen Fleig

  Dr. Juergen Fleig is Professor of Electrochemistry at Technische Universität Wien (TUW) and Head of the Electrochemistry Divisionat Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics in the Faculty of Chemistry at TUW. He received his diploma degree in Physics from University of Tuebingen (Germany) and did his PhD research at Max Planck Institute of Solid […]

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Markus Kubicek

  Dr. Markus Kubicek is Research Scientist atInstitute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics in the Faculty of Chemistry at Technische Universität Wien, Austria. He received his diploma degree in Chemistry at TU Wien in 2010, followed by the PhD degree in Chemistry in 2013. After a 2 year post-doctoral stay at ETH Zürich (2013-2015) he […]

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Imperial College London (ICL)

Imperial College London is a world top ten university with international reputation in research that has a multidisciplinary approach to research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges. In the area of energy, ICL supports some of the largets proportions of research in H2 and fuel cells, energy conversion and storage. ICL also hosts the UKERC (Energy Research Consortium), providing a hub for multidisciplinary energy research. The opportunities for collaborative research is enhanced via a network of other university based energy-focused centres across the whole UK landscape. The Department of Materials has been at the forefront of this the materials for energy activity building on extensive links to other Departments and Research Institutes in the College and worldwide. ICL will bring a combination of electrochemical characterisation, isotopic labelling, surface analysis and microstructural analysis to correlate, ion dynamics and microstructural features with electrical performance and degradation processes taking place at bulk and interfaces in the different electrochemical devices.

The team members at ICL are:

Ainara Aguadero

  Dr Ainara Aguadero is a Lecturer in the Department of Materials of ICL. She is an expert on the development of ceramic conductors for energy applications (solid oxide fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries). She has published 53 peer reviewed papers with over 1.5k citations (h=22), and she holds 1 patent. She successfully obtained research […]

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John Kilner

  Prof John Kilner is B.C.H. Steele Chair of Energy Materials at the Department of Materials of ICL.  He authored over 400 papers on transport in oxide materials and holds 8 patents. He has pioneered the use of isotopic gas/solid exchange and the use of surface analytical techniques to study oxygen exchange kinetics in ceramic […]

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Andrea Cavallaro

  Dr Andrea Cavallaro is a Research Associate in the Department of Materials of the Imperial College London. He has a strong expertize on surface analysis as Low Energy Ion Scattering and dynamic and static Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry. Currently he is studying the effect of cathode surface modification on oxygen reduction for solid oxide […]

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National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

The National Centre for Scientific Research is a public basic-research organisation in France. CNRS is organised in 1100 research and service units throughout the country covering all fields of research. Interdisciplinary programs and actions offer a gateway into new domains of scientific investigation enabling CNRS to address society and industry needs. Laboratoire des Matériaux et Génie Physique (LMGP) is a joint laboratory between the Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble-INP) and CNRS, specialized in chemistry of materials, nanomaterials and processes. LMGT will be mainly involved in the Advanced structural characterization tools of oxide interfaces, in the design, fabrication and characterization of reversible micro-solid cells , and of Micro-Photoelectrochemical Harvestorers.

The team members at CNRS are:

Mónica Burriel

  Dr Mónica Burriel is a CNRS Research Scientist  in the Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique (LMGP, CNRS, Grenoble-INP) in Grenoble, France. After carrying out her PhD in the ICMAB Institute (Barcelona, Spain), she worked in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), Imperial College London (London, UK) and the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (Barcelona, Spain). She currently leads the […]

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David Muñoz-Rojas

  Dr. David Muñoz-Rojas received his degree in organic chemistry in 1999 and master’s degree in chemical engineering (2000) from the Instituto Químico de Sarrià (IQS, Barcelona, Spain), obtaining the P. Salvador Gil, S.I. 2000 prize. He did his PhD in materials science (2004) at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (CSIC-UAB). Thereafter, […]

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Coventry University (CU)

Coventry University has roots reaching back as far as 1843. Today it is a forward looking modern University, a provider of high quality education and focus on applied research.  The University is investing over £200 million in enhancing its research activity and reputation, including the formation of a Faculty Research Centre in Future Transport and Cities. CU will be involved in theoretical and computational modeling of oxide interfaces. CU will develop atomic scale models that are based on electronic structure calculations but use parameterized potentials and advanced numerical modelling to extend the predictions of the models to large length scales and long times.

The team members at CU are:

Alex Chroneos

  Prof. Alex Chroneos (male) is a Professor in Material Physics (2016- to date) at Coventry University and an Honorary Reader at Imperial College London.  He previously worked as a Reader at Coventry University, Lecturer in Energy at The Open University and as an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellow at NCSR Demokritos.  As a Research Associate he […]

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David Parfitt

  Dr David Parfitt is a Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering (2015 – to date) at Coventry University. Previously he worked as a Principle Technologist for Rolls-Royce Nuclear Materials and Chemsitry Department (2010-2015) and as a Research Associate at Imperial College London (2006-2010). He has a PhD and undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford […]

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Worldsensing S.L. (WSE)

Worldsensing, founded in 2008, currently employs more than 90 people in Barcelona and London. It enjoys exponentially growing sales worldwide, and concluded its Series A of close to $5m early 2013. In the last months, it received a great inversion from international parties (CISCO, Mitsui & Co., etc.). Its core expertise is in providing sensing and machine-to-machine technologies and services to specific industry verticals, including solutions for Smart Traffic and Heavy-Industry monitoring. WS will participate in the generation of autonomous IoT nodes for energy metering and/or industrial monitoring. The company will contribute to the optimization of the communication protocol and to adapt the energy consumption and the stored energy.

The team members at WSE are:

Ignasi Vilajosana

  Dr. Ignasi Vilajosana is the CEO of Worldsensing, a company specializing in state-of-the-art industrial wireless sensor networking solutions. Prior to Worldsensing, he obtained a PhD in Physics in 2008. During his academic life he was author of more than 30 high impact publications in the geophysical and instrumentation fields. He also holds a part […]

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Francisco Hernandez-Ramirez

  Dr. Francisco Hernandez-Ramirez is Project Manager in Worldensing. He is author of more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed publications and has a long experience in National and FP7 projects.    

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Andrea Bartoli

  Dr. Andrea Bartoli received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering from the “Universitá Politecnico di Milano” in 2009 and the M.S. degree from the “Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya” in 2010. He has finalized Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering with “cum laude” at the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya in Barcelona working on the MAESTRO […]

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HORIBA France SAS (HFR) was founded nearly 2 centuries ago and is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of analytical and spectroscopic systems and components. HF is notably one of the leaders in Raman spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry, and has been at the forefront of these spectroscopy techniques since their infancy, introducing ground breaking innovations such as the world’s first commercial Mueller ellipsometer and the fastest FUV-VIS multichannel spectroscopic ellipsometer. HORIBA’s main contribution to the project will be in the deployment of advanced characterization techniques  for in-situ local structural measurements.

The team members at HFR are:

Michel Stchakovsky

  Dr Michel Stchakovsky is ellipsometry application engineer since 1991 when he joined HJY after his thesis on ellipsometry in the group of Prof Drevillon, one of the international leading groups in ellipsometry. He is recognised as one of the worldwide expert in ellipsometry.    

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Andreï Titov

  Andreï Titov is currently the head of the software group in the R&D department of HJY. His expertise covers process control software dedicated for the optical characterisation of thin film. He has a high skilled expertise in process control multisensor software architecture, in kinetic and modelling for ellipsometry metrology.    

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Alternative Energy Innovations

Alternative Energy Innovations S.L. (AEInnova) is a company founded by a core group of electronic, computer and mechanical engineers and researchers as a spin-off of the Microelectronics and Electronics Systems department of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The company aims at being recognized as a leader in research and development of products and services related to energy management of cities creating, improving and applying the most advanced technologies (IoT, Energy Harvesting, and WSN) to help create more city services smart, efficient and sustainable. Technically, it will be mainly involved in the thermal management in real scenarios developing thermoelectrical generation modules for IoT integration.

The team members at AEInnova are:

Raül Aragonés

  Dr. Raül Aragonés is Chief Business Developer Officer and cofounder of AEInnova. He holds a Ph.D. on Computer Science – specialty Microelectronics, a MsC in Micro and Nanoelectronics Engineering and a BsC on Electronics Engineering all from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Since 2001, he has been working in the Department of Microelectronics and Electronic […]

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Carles Ferrer

  Prof. Dr. Carles Ferrer is Chief Science Officer and AEInnova’s cofounder. He holds a PhD on Computer Science – specialty Microelectronics and B.Sc.and M:Sc. on Physical Science both from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He is full professor since 2007 and he was associate professor from 1989 until 2007 at the Microelectronics and Electronics Systems Department of the same […]

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David Comellas

  Ms.C David Comellas (male) is the Chief Executive Officer and responsible of the financial and commercial management of AEInnova. He is a professional with 20 years of experience in the finance sector (retail banking) in planning, management and commercial guidance tasks; 8 years of strategic, financial and commercial consulting for companies’ experience; and he holds a […]

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