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Albert Tarancón

Albert Tarancón

Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya

Engineering Sciences

Albert holds M.Sc. and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2001, 2007) and M. Eng. in Materials Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2007). He worked as research associate at the IMB-CSIC (ES) and as visiting researcher at the University of Oslo (NO), Imperial College London (UK) and Caltech (USA). In 2010, Albert gained a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship and joined the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) as the Head of Group. Currently, he is ICREA Professor at IREC and leads a group of 25+ people devoted to alternative technologies based on solid state ionics and iontronics. He has been PI of 10 EU projects, including one ERC-CoG and three coordinated H2020, attracting a total amount of 20+ M€. He is currently editor of J. Phys. Energy (IoP) and J. Eur. Ceram. Soc. (Elsevier). Albert has been recently included in the 1% top-cited scientists in the field of “Energy”.

Research interests

The research work carried out by Albert is in advanced materials for energy applications. In particular, he has been developing innovative concepts for improving the performance of different solid state energy devices such as Solid Oxide Fuel and Electrolysis Cells (SOFC/SOEC), ThermoElectric Generators (TEGs) or Li-ion batteries for energy storage and portable power applications. In the last years, Albert has been specifically developing new concepts for the unexplored field of Nanoionics and Iontronics. They are called to drive a new revolution similarly to Nanoelectronics, underlining the relevance of size effects and interfaces on mass transfer, transport and storage. Albert’s group is pioneer in implementing interface-dominated nanomaterials in devices for radically new applications. In this direction, he was awarded with an ERC CoG to implement disruptive Nanoionics concepts in Si-integrated micro-SOFC technology and two FET Proactive projects on new microenergy technologies.

Selected publications

Tarancón A & Esposito V, 2021, 3D Printing for Energy Applications, 1st edn, Wiley-ACerS,West Sussex (ISBN-10: 1119560756)

– Baiutti, F; Chiabrera, F; Diercks, D; Cavallaro, A; Yedra, L; Lopez-Conesa, L; Estrade, S; Peiro, F; Morata, A; Aguadero, A & Tarancon, A 2021, ‘Direct Measurement of Oxygen Mass Transport at the Nanoscale’, Advanced Materials, 2105622.

– Baiutti, F.; Chiabrera, F.; Acosta, M.; Diercks, D.; Parfitt, D.; Santiso, J.; Wang, X.; Cavallaro, A.; Morata, A.; Wang, H.; Chroneos, A.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. & Tarancon, A. 2021, ‘A high-entropy manganite in an ordered nanocomposite for long-term application in solid oxide cells‘, Nature Communications, vol. 12, 2660.

– Siller, V; Morata, A; Nunez, M; Arenal, R; Gonzalez-Rosillo, J; Lopez del Amo, JM & Tarancon, A 2021, ‘High performance LATP thin film electrolytes for all-solid-state microbattery applications‘, Journal Of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 9, pp 17760-17769

– Tang, Y; Chiabrera, F; Morata, A; Garbayo, I; Alayo, N & Tarancon, A 2021, ‘Pushing the Study of Point Defects in Thin Film Ferrites to Low Temperatures Using In Situ Ellipsometry‘, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2001881.

Selected research activities

– Coordinator of the 5M€ EpiStore and 7M€ HarveStore EU-projects granted within the Future Emerging Technologies (H2020-FET Proactive) programme

– Coordinator of the 3D-PASSION Spanish project (MICINN) and leader of the Consolidated Research Group (SGR) NANOEN.

– Editor of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society (Elsevier) and the Journal of Physics: Energy (IoP Publishing) 

– Editor of the book “3D printing for Energy Applications” (Wiley), first ever published covering this topic

– Main organizer of the reference biennial congress in Solid State Ionics at Europe

– 9 Invited Lectures and several chairs and discussions panels in international reputed conferences

– High impact outreach activity on the promotion of the Hydrogen Economy including radio and paper press outputs

ICREA Memoir 2021