Emilio Palomares

Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Emilio Palomares (València, 1974). He studied Biology at the Universitat de València (1997). After graduating he joined Prof. Hermenegildo García's group at the Universitat Politècnica de València where he got his PhD (2001). In 2001 he was awarded a "Marie Curie" Fellowship at Imperial College of London (UK). There he began his work with molecular devices for energy conversion, under the direction of Prof. James R. Durrant. In 2004 Emilio got a "Ramón y Cajal" Fellowship at the ICMol-UVEG. In April 2006 he took a position at ICIQ, where he currently leads a research group which is focussed on energy conversion devices. In 2009 he was awarded an ERC starting grant to work on quantum dots for energy conversion devices. In 2006, Prof. Palomares got the Young Chemist Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2010, the INNOVA 2010 Award by the SusChem Spanish Association.

Research interests

My research is focused on several aspects of light induced electron transfer reactions in supramolecular structures and nanostructured inorganic materials. Such research activity has evolved towards the control and improvement of the reactions that govern the efficiency on molecular and supramolecular optoelectronic devices such as molecular solar cells – strategy which holds the promise for the achievement of low cost light-to-energy conversion devices- and the creation of new hybrid nanomaterials for hydrogen production and molecular based sensing devices to detect toxic substance on the environment.

Selected publications

– Moran G et al.’CuSCN as selective contact in solution-processed small-molecule organic solar cells leads to over 7% efficient porphyrin-based device’, Journal Of Materials Chemistry A, 4, 28, 11009 – 11022.

– Wu K-L et al. 2016, ‘Molecularly Engineered Ru(II) Sensitizers Compatible with Cobalt(II/III) Redox Mediators for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells’, Inorganic Chemistry, 55, 15, 7388 – 7395.

– Montcada NF et al. 2016, ‘High photo-current in solution processed organic solar cells based on a porphyrin core A-pi-D-pi-A as electron donor material’, Organic Electronics, 38, 330 – 336.

– Arrechea S et al. 2016, ‘Efficiency improvement using bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonamide lithium salt as a chemical additive in porphyrin based organic solar cells’, Nanoscale, 8, 41, 17953 – 17962.

– Farras P et al. 2016, ‘Light driven styrene epoxidation and hydrogengeneration using H2O as an oxygen source ina photoelectrosynthesis cell’, Green Chem, 18, 255-260.

– Reig M et al. 2016, ‘New solution-processable carbazole derivatives as deep blue emitters for organic light-emitting diodes’, RSC Adv, 6, 9247-9253.

– Wang S et al. 2016, ‘Encapsulation of MEH-PPV:PCBM Hybrids in the Cores of Block Copolymer Micellar Assemblies: Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Nanoscale Donor-Acceptor System’, Langmuir, 32, 329-337.

– Marin-Beloqui JM et al. 2016, ‘Decreasing Charge Losses in Perovskite Solar Cells Through mp-TiO2/MAPI Interface Engineering’, Chem Mater, 28, 207-213.

Selected research activities

-1st Workshop on Future Emerging Technologies for Low Carbon Energy Supply-Joint Research Center (Ispra-Italia)


-The International Conference on Hybrid and Organic Photovoltaics (HOVP16)

-Conference chair at International Conference on Perovskite Thin Film Photovoltaics (ABXPV)

-NIMS and ICYS -National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and International Center for Young Scientists