I obtained my Degree in Physics in 1998 at the University of Barcelona (UB). After that, I joined UB Electronics Dep. to develop ionizing radiation detectors. After that I stayed at the LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, where I discovered my passion for silicon-based microsystems (MEMS) technologies. In 1999, I started my PhD at the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona (CSIC) where I developed silicon-based flow and gas sensors for industrial applications. After the obtaining of my PhD, in 2004 I joined the IZM Fraunhofer in Berlin where I played a key role in the development of a new technique for stress measurements in thin films for the microelectronics industry. In 2006 I started a research line in silicon microfabricated fuel cells at IMB-CSIC that has evolved until the biodegradable electrochemical power sources I develop today. In 2015 I founded the spin-off Fuelium, aimed to commercialize disposable paper batteries for single use applications, and became ICREA Professor.
Since 2006, I have focused on the development of microfuel cells, with the final goal of integrating them within microdevices requiring power autonomy. After many years of development using silicon-related technologies I decided to approach printed electronics technology that allows to build devices entirely made of polymer-based and paper materials at a very competitive cost. The main goal of my research line is to obtain single-use electrochemical power sources that can provide with power autonomy the new generation of single use smart devices while being environmentally friendly. The creation of greener electronic devices to decrease the global electronic waste is one of the key aspects that drives my research. Moreover, I am highly motivated in transferring the devices I create to the “real world” in order to contribute to the enhancement of the industrial local ecosystem.
– Ortega L, Llorella A, Esquivel JP & Sabate N 2019, ‘Self-powered smart patch for sweat conductivity monitoring‘, Microsystems & Nanoengineering, 5, UNSP 3.
– Dector D, Olivares-Ramírez JM, Ovando-Medina VM, Sosa Dominguez A, Villa AL, Duarte-Moller A, Sabaté N, Esquivel JP & Dector A 2019, ‘Fabrication and evaluation of a passive SU8-based micro direct glucose fuel cell‘, Microsystem Technologies, 25 (1), 211-2016.
– Olivares-Ramírez JM, Dector A, Bañuelos-Días JA, Amaya-Cruz DM, Ortiz-Verdín A, Jiménez-Sandoval O, Sabaté N & Esquivel JP 2019, ‘Evaluation of a Passive Anion-Exchange Membrane Micro Fuel Cell Using Glycerol from Several Sources‘, Fuel Cells – 19, 1, 10 – 18.
Selected research activities
Patent Application: Merino Jimenez, Irene; Llorella Bustins, Anna; Esquivel Bojórquez, Juan Pablo; Sabaté Vizcarra, Neus, Navarro Segarra, Marina; Sailapu, Sunil Kumar, Procedimiento de cuantificación de la concentración de analitos en una celda electroquímica, P201930320, 9 April 2019
ERC-Proof-of-Concept Grant: POWER-PATCH Self-powered skin patch for cystic fibrosis diagnosis (November 2019-December 2021)
Best Prototype/New Product 2019 from the Organic Electronics Association Contest awarded to the “Fully printable single use self-powered glucometer” presented by N.Sabaté team