Prof. Arroyo visiting IAM-WK at KIT in Germany

One of the WP leaders in the CARBAT project, Prof. M. Elena Arroyo from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, was invited visitor at the Institute of Applied Materials at KIT in Germany on June 6-8, 2018.

The Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-WK) focuses on research, teaching and innovation in the field of materials structure. Numerous methods are being developed (including structural and microstructural characterization, stress state and near surface conditions of various material types) aiming at the mechanism-oriented assessment of the deformation and failure behaviour of materials.

Prof. Arroyo gave a talk on "A combined computational-experimental approach to investigate electrode materials for Li, Na, Mg and Ca batteries". A large part of the discussion following her presentation was devoted to multivalent batteries.

Arturo Torres Gutiérrez co-organizing the Madrid UCM Student Chapter

CARBAT PhD student, Arturo Torres Gutiérrez, joined a team of chemistry graduate students at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) to establish the Madrid UCM Student Chapter, which is the first ECS Student Chapter in Spain. The primary event organized by the Madrid UCM Student Chapter with cooperation from the RSEQ-STM (the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry), was held on May 23, 2018 under the theme “Técnicas experimentales a un paso de tu laboratorio”.

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1st CARBAT project meeting at ICMAB-CSIC (Barcelona)

On April 5th 2018, The first CARBAT project meeting was celebrated at the CARBAT coordinator's research institute, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in Bellaterra. All the involved partners, from the 4 institutions working in the project went to the meeting, in where the first six months of work were discussed. 

From left to right: Rafael Barros (Chalmers), Laura Cabana (ICMAB-CSIC), Alexandre Ponropuch (ICMAB-CSIC), Andreas Würsig (Fraunhofer), Patrik Johansson (Chalmers), Ashley Black (ICMAB-CSIC), Elena Arroyo (UCM), Roberta Verrelli (ICMAB-CSIC), Arturo Torres (UCM), Rosa Palacín (ICMAB-CSIC).


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Prof. Palacín at the IBA 2018 conference in Korea

The coordinator of the CARBAT project, Prof. Mª Rosa Palacín from ICMAB, was invited as speaker at the International Battery Association Conference meeting, held at the Lotte Hotel Jeju in Jeju Island (Korea) on March 11-16, 2018.

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CARBAT leaders taking part in the Gordon Research Conference on Batteries in Ventura (USA)

Prof. Patrik Johansson and Prof. Mª Rosa Palacín, two of CARBAT leaders, were invited as speakers at the Gordon Research Conference on Batteries, held at the Four Points Sheraton/Holiday Inn Express in Ventura (USA) from February 25th to March 2nd 2018.

The specific focus of the conference was on the big challenges and opportunities the battery community is facing in identifying the pathways towards the Battery of Tomorrow. To this end, leading scientists with various backgrounds, from theory to battery safety, were gathered for discussions and brainstorming on how to improve existing battery concepts. The program included presentations about beyond Li-ion technologies, multi-scale modelling perspectives, characterization and battery diagnostics, industrial insights, reliability and safety, new concepts and new battery materials, microstructural design.

Prof. Palacín from ICMAB talked about "The Long and Winding Road Towards Ca-Based Batteries" and Prof. Johansson, from Chalmers University of Technology, presented on "Pure, Hybrid and Polymerized Ionic Liquid Based Electrolytes".

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New Postdoctoral researcher in Chalmers

We want to welcome the new member of the CARBAT project: Dr. Rafael Barros Neves de Araújo.

Dr. Rafael Barros Neves de Araújo has recently joined the CARBAT team as a postdoctoral researcher in Chalmers University of Technology. He is working in Prof. Patrik Johansson's group, and his research is focused on employing the basis of the density functional theory (DFT) together with a fluid-phase thermodynamics approach to screen and compute properties of Ca battery electrolytes. 

He has done his PhD at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, which was focused on the investigation of advanced electrode materials by means of quantum mechanical methods. He also has a Master and B.Sc degrees in physics from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.

Welcome Rafael!

CARBAT representatives at the FET workshop on future battery technologies for energy storage

In Brussels, on January 10th 2018, the European Commission gathered the relevant research stakeholders to identify the long-term (+10 years) scientific and technological challenges that could be addressed by a large-scale R&I initiative under the Future and Emerging Technologies programme. The focus of the workshop was on future and emerging energy storage technologies for e-mobility and stationary applications. Academia and industry representatives explored the long term challenges and next generations of battery technologies that could be addressed by a large scale EU Research & Innovation initiative under the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) part of Horizon2020.

Prof. Mª Rosa Palacin and Prof. Patrik Johansson took part in the discussion as representatives of the CARBAT FET Open project. 


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CARBAT leaders at the Sustainable Energy Symposium in Göteborg

Prof. Patrik Johansson and Prof. Mª Rosa Palacín, two of the leaders of the CARBAT project, have attended the Sustainable Energy Symposium as invited speakers. The symposium was held at the Chalmers Conference Centre in Göteborg (Sweden) on December 6-8, 2017.

Invited speakers of the Sustainable Energy Symposium, including Prof. Johansson (2nd from the left) and Prof. Palacín (5th from the left). 

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'CARBAT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017 (CARBAT, grant agreement No 766617).'

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