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Andreu Cabot

Andreu Cabot

Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya

Engineering Sciences

I graduated in Physics in 1998 and completed my PhD in 2003 from the University of Barcelona. From 2004 to 2007 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, under Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos' guidance. I returned to the Electronics Department of the University of Barcelona in 2007, and in 2009 I joined the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research - IREC to create the Functional Nanomaterials Group. Now, as ICREA Research Professor, I lead a team of approximately 15 people devoted to the preparation and characterization of metal and semiconductor nanostructures, the assessment of their functional properties and their bottom-up assembly to fabricate high efficiency and cost-effective energy conversion and storage devices.

Research interests

My research focuses on the design, synthesis and manipulation of nanocrystals and nanomaterials, their functional characterization and their application in the energy field. I use mostly solution-based processes to produce these nanocrystals and to assemble them to the macroscale. Solution-based methods allow for both a unique control over composition and crystal phase at the nanometer scale and a high versatility in the development of cost-effective technologies. From an application point of view, I have centred my work on the development of materials for energy conversion and storage. In particular, my group develops solution-processed thermoelectric nanocomposites from the bottom-up assembly of colloidal nanocrystals, (photo, electro)catalysts to accelerate energy-related chemical reactions and electrodes for next-generation batteries.

Selected publications

– Zhang, C et al. ‘Tubular CoFeP@CN as a Mott-Schottky Catalyst with Multiple Adsorption Sites for Robust Lithium-Sulfur Batteries‘, Advanced Energy Materials 2021, 2100432

– Fei, B et al. ‘Hierarchical Nanoreactor with Multiple Adsorption and Catalytic Sites for Robust Lithium-Sulfur Batteries‘, ACS Nano 2021, 15, 6849

– Liu, K et al.  ‘Architecturing 1D-2D-3D Multidimensional Coupled CsPbI2Br Perovskites toward Highly Effective and Stable Solar Cells‘, Small 2021, 17, 2100888

– Zhang, Y et al. ‘Influence of copper telluride nanodomains on the transport properties of n-type bismuth telluride‘, Chemical Engineering Journal 2021, 418, 129374

– Zhang, Y et al. ‘Doping-mediated stabilization of copper vacancies to promote thermoelectric properties of Cu2-xS‘, Nano Energy 2021, 85, 105991

– Yuan, S et al. ‘Chromium-Based Metal-Organic Framework as A-Site Cation in CsPbI2Br Perovskite Solar Cells‘, Advanced Functional Materials 2021, 2106233

– Liang, Z. et al.  ‘Molecular Engineering to Tune the Ligand Environment of Atomically Dispersed Nickel for Efficient Alcohol Electrochemical Oxidation‘, Advanced Functional Materials 2021, 2106349

– Li, J et al. ‘Nickel Iron Diselenide for Highly Efficient and Selective Electrocatalytic Conversion of Methanol to Formate‘, Small 2021, 2006623

– Yang, D et al. ‘NbSe2 Meets C2N: A 2D-2D Heterostructure Catalysts as Multifunctional Polysulfide Mediator in Ultra-Long-Life Lithium-Sulfur Batteries‘, Advanced Energy Materials 2021, 2101250

– Congcong X et al. “A Direct Z-Scheme for the Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production from a Water Ethanol Mixture on CoTiO₃/TiO₂ Heterostructures,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 449

– Li, M et al. ‘Effect of the Annealing Atmosphere on Crystal Phase and Thermoelectric Properties of Copper Sulfide‘, ACS Nano, 2021, 15, 4967

– Liang Z et al. ‘Atomically dispersed Fe in a C2N Based Catalyst as a Sulfur Host for Efficient Lithium-Sulfur Batteries‘ Advanced Energy Materials 2021, 11, 2003507

ICREA Memoir 2021