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, production and manipulation of nanocrystals and nanomaterials, their functional characterization and their technological application in the energy field. I use solution-based processes to produce these nanocrystals and to assemble them to the macroscale. Solution-based methods allow both a unique control over composition and crystal phase at the nanometer scale and a high versatility in the development of socially and economically-relevant technologies. From an application point of view, I have centered my work in 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, catalysts and photocatalysts and electrode materials for fuel cells and batteries.

Selected publications

– Liu J, Yu X, Du R, Zhang C, Zhang T, Llorca J, Arbiol J, Wang Y, Meyns M & Cabot A 2019, ‘Chromium phosphide CrP as highly active and stable electrocatalysts for oxygen electroreduction in alkaline media‘, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 256, 117846.

– Liu J et al. 2019, ‘Graphene-supported palladium phosphide PdP2 nanocrystals for ethanol electrooxidation’, Applied Catalysis B-environmental, 242, 258 – 266.

– Yu X, Zhang C, Luo Z, Zhang T, Liu J, Li J, Zuo Y, Biendicho JJ, Llorca J, Arbiol J, Morante JR & Cabot A 2019, ‘A low temperature solid state reaction to produce hollow MnxFe3-xO4 nanoparticles as anode for lithium-ion batteries‘, Nano Energy, 66, 104199.

– Ibanez M et al. 2019, ‘Ligand-Mediated Band Engineering in Bottom-Up Assembled SnTe Nanocomposites for Thermoelectric Energy Conversion’, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141, 8025-8029.

– Ibanez M et al. 2019, ‘Transport Properties in Thermoelectric Nanocomposites through Inorganic Ligands and Heterostructured Building Blocks’, ACS Nano, 13, 6572 – 6580.

– Zhang C et al. 2019, ‘Catalytic Activity and Efficient Polar Tubular Nanostructure in Urchin-Like Metallic NiCo2Se4 for High-Performance Lithium-Sulfur Batteries’, Advanced Functional Materials, 29, 1903842.

– Zuo Y et al. 2019, ‘In Situ Electrochemical Oxidation of Cu2S into CuO Nanowires as a Durable and Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction’, Chemistry Of Materials, 31, 7732 – 7743.

– Urbain F et al. 2019, ‘Upscaling high activity oxygen evolution catalysts based on CoFe2O4 nanoparticles supported on nickel foam for power-to-gas electrochemical conversion with energy efficiencies above 80%’, Applied Catalysis B-environmental, 259, 118055.

Selected research activities

2 Gradutated PhD Students

2 New PhD Students

4 New Research Projects, including H2020-FETOPEN: UncorrelaTEd

2 New European Patents