Emilio Palomares

Emilio Palomares

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Emilio Palomares (València,1974). He studied Biology at the UVEG (1997). After graduating he joined Prof. Hermenegildo García's group at the UPV where he got his PhD (2001). In 2001 he was awarded a "Marie Curie" Fellowship ICL( 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. In April 2006 he took a position at ICIQ. 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. In 2019 he has been awarded with Energy & Environmental Solutions International Chair (E2S) by the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA). Later in 2020, September, he has been elected ICIQ Director for the next 5 years.

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

- Domingo-Tafalla B, Martínez-Ferrero E, Franco F & Palomares-Gil E 2022, 'Applications of Carbon Dots for the Photocatalytic and Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2', Molecules, 27, 3, 1081.

- Aktas E, Pudi R, Phung N, et al. 2022, 'Role of Terminal Group Position in Triphenylamine-Based Self-Assembled Hole-Selective Molecules in Perovskite Solar Cells', Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, 14, 15, 17461 - 17469.

- Aktas E, Rajamanickam N, Pascual J et al.  2022, 'Challenges and strategies toward long-term stability of lead-free tin-based perovskite solar cells', Communications Materials, 3, 1, 104.