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 the Nanoionics and Fuel Cells Group. Currently, he is ICREA Professor at IREC and leads a group of 25+ people devoted to nanomaterials for alternative energy technologies and their applicability in powering portable devices and hydrogen/synthetic fuels production. 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)

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

- Gadea G, Sojo JM, Pacios M, Salleras M, Fonseca L, Morata A & Tarancón A 2020, 'Enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit of individual Si nanowires with ultralow contact resistances', Nano Energy 67, 104191

- Pesce A, Hornes A, Nunez M, Morata A, Torrell M & Tarancon A 2020, '3D printing the next generation of enhanced solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells', Journal Of Materials Chemistry A, 8, 33, 16926 - 16932 (Selected as HOT paper and backcover image of the issue)

- Pujado MC, Gordillo JMS, Avireddy H, Cabot A, Morata A &Tarancon A 2020, 'Highly Sensitive Self-Powered H-2 Sensor Based on Nanostructured Thermoelectric Silicon Fabrics', Advanced Materials Technologies, 2000870.

- Morata A, Siller V, Chiabrera F, Nunez M, Trocoli R, Stchakovsky M & Tarancon A 2020 'Operando probing of Li-insertion into LiMn2O4 cathodes by spectroscopic ellipsometry', Journal Of Materials Chemistry A, 8, 23, 11538 - 11544 (Highligthed as frontispiece image)

Selected research activities

- Awarded with the "1000 SOLAR IMPULSE SOLUTION" for 3D printing of SOCs

- Coordinator of the new 5M€ EU EpiStore project granted within the Future Emerging Technologies (H2020-FET Proactive) programme 

- Coordinator of the ULTRASOFC (ERC-CoG), HARVESTORE (FET Proactive) and Cell3Ditor (FCH JU) H2020 EU projects

- 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) 

- 1 Keynote, 3 Invited Lectures and several chairs in international reputed conferences

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

- Dissemination book entitled "Hydrogen. An energy Vector for a decarbonized Economy" addressed to the general audience

- Co-coordinator of the "Catalan Hydrogen Panel" to define the regional strategy to accelerate H2 deployment in Catalonia