Emilio Palomares

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

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 and a ERC PoC in 2015. 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. I'm personally also involved in promoting science and education in our society through chemistry workshops for primary and secondary schools. Last but not least, during the last years our group has contributed with efforts towards the use of nanomaterials for biomedical applications in human rare diseases. 

Selected publications

- Rodriguez-Seco C, Cabau L, Vidal-Ferran APalomares E 2018, 'Advances in the Synthesis of Small Molecules as Hole Transport Materials for Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells', Accounts Of Chemical Research, 51, 4, 869 - 880.

- Xu L, Aumaitre C, Kervella Y, Lapertot G, Rodriguez-Seco C, Palomares E, Demadrille R & Reiss P 2018, 'Increasing the Efficiency of Organic Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells over 10.3% Using Locally Ordered Inverse Opal Nanostructures in the Photoelectrode', Advanced Functional Materials, 28, 15, 1706291.

- Montcada NF, Mendez M, Cho KT,  Nazeeruddin MK & Palomares E 2018, 'Photo-induced dynamic processes in perovskite solar cells: the influence of perovskite composition in the charge extraction and the carrier recombination', Nanoscale, 10, 13, 6155 - 6158.

- Rodriguez-Seco C, Biswas S, Sharma GD, Vidal-Ferran A & Palomares E 2018, 'Benzothiadiazole Substituted Semiconductor Molecules for Organic Solar Cells: The Effect of the Solvent Annealing Over the Thin Film Hole Mobility Values', Journal Of Physical Chemistry C, 122, 25, 13782-13789.

- Nolasco JC, Ryan JW, Rodriguez M, Castro-Carranza A, Maldonado JL, Ramos-Ortiz G, Barbosa-Garcia O, Gutowski J, Palomares E & Parisi J 2018, 'Organoboron donor-pi-acceptor chromophores for small-molecule organic solar cells', Journal Of Materials Science-materials In Electronics, 29, 19, 16410 - 16415.

- Privado M, Rodriguez Seco C, Singhal R, de la Cruz P, Langa F, Sharma GD & Palomares E 2018, 'Reduced Energy Offsets and Low Energy Losses Lead to Efficient (similar to 10% at 1 sun) Ternary Organic Solar Cells', Acs Energy Letters, 3, 10, 2418 - 2424.

- Rodríguez Seco C, Vidal-Ferran A, Misa R, Sharma GD & Palomares E 2018, 'Efficient Non-polymeric Heterojunctions in Ternary Organic Solar Cells', ACS Appl. Energy Mater., 1 (8), pp 4203-4210.