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

– Liang Z et al. ‘Atomically dispersed Fe in a C2N Based Catalyst as a Sulfur Host for Efficient Lithium-Sulfur Batteries‘ Advanced Energy Materials 2020, 2003507.

– Liashenko I, Rosell-Llompart J & Cabot, A ‘Ultrafast 3D printing with submicrometer features using electrostatic jet deflection’ Nature Communications 202011, 753.

– Yu X et al.  “Self-Induced Strain in 2D Chalcogenide Nanocrystals with Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Responsivity“, Chemistry of Materials, 2020, 32, 2774.

– Yu X et al. “Stability of Pd3Pb Nanocubes during Electrocatalytic Ethanol Oxidation“, Chemistry of Materials, 2020, 32, 2044.

– Yang D et al. “ZnSe/N-Doped Carbon Nanoreactor with Multiple Adsorption Sites for Stable Lithium–Sulfur BatteriesACS Nano, 2020, 14, 15492.

– Yu X et al. “Phosphorous incorporation in Pd2Sn alloys for electrocatalytic ethanol oxidation“, Nano Energy 2020, 77, 105116.

– Li J et al. ‘Selective Methanol-to-Formate Electrocatalytic Conversion on Branched Nickel Carbide’ Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 2020, 59, 20826.

– Zuo Y et al. “A SnS2 Molecular Precursor for Conformal Nanostructured Coatings“, Chemistry of Materials, 2020, 32, 2097.

– Zuo Y et al. “SnS2/g-C3N4/graphite nanocomposites as durable lithium-ion battery anode with high pseudocapacitance contribution“, Electrochimica Acta, 2020, 349, 136369.

– Zhang Y et al.  ‘Tin Selenide Molecular Precursor for the Solution Processing of Thermoelectric Materials and Devices’, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 27104.

– Wang S et al. ‘Monodispersed Nickel Phosphide Nanocrystals in Situ Grown on Reduced Graphene Oxide with Controllable Size and Composition as a Counter Electrode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells’, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2020, 8, 5920.

Selected research activities

3 Graduated PhD Students

3 New PhD Students

3 New Research Projects, including H2020-FETOPEN: EHAWEDRY