Alexandre Ponrouch holds an ERC Starting Grant since 2017 for his research project on "Calcium and magnesium metal anode based batteries (CAMBAT)". CAMBAT addresses important challenges in the quest for a sustainable future, since batteries are essential components in a wide range of “everyday” technologies. It aims at developing new sustainable battery chemistries based on calcium (Ca) or magnesium (Mg) metal anodes which would bring a breakthrough in terms of energy density, while relying on much more abundant elements as compared to today’s state of the art Li-ion technology.
A milestone of this project is the formulation of new non-corrosive electrolytes with enhanced ionic transport that would promote the formation of a stable electrolyte/electrode interface. This should enable building laboratory prototype cells with enhanced energy density and lower cost than commercially available Li-ion batteries.
Alexandre Ponrouch is a researcher at the Solid State Chemistry group at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB). He received his M.Sc. degree in Electrochemical Processes from the University Paul Sabatier (France) in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Energy and Materials Science at the Institut national de la Recherche Scientifique (Canada) in 2009.
Some of his last publications are the following:
- On the road toward calcium-based batteries. Ponrouch, A; Palacin, MR. CURRENT OPINION IN ELECTROCHEMISTRY. Volume: 9 Pages: 1-7 Published: JUN 2018 Document type: Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.coelec.2018.02.001
- Electrochemical calcium extraction from 1D-Ca3Co2O6. Tchitchekova, DS; Frontera, C; Ponrouch, A; Krich, C; Barde, F; Palacin, MR. DALTON TRANSACTIONS. Volume: 47 Issue: 33 Pages: 11298-11302 Published: SEP 7 2018 Document type: Article. DOI: 10.1039/c8dt01754a
- On the strange case of divalent ions intercalation in V2O5. Verrelli, R; Black, AP; Pattanathummasid, C; Tchitchekova, DS; Ponrouch, A; Oro-Sole, J; Frontera, C; Barde, F; Rozier, P; Palacin, MR. JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES. Volume: 407 Pages: 162-172 Published: DEC 15 2018 Document type: Article. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.08.024
The IBA 2019 conference will take place at Scripps Seaside Forum, in La Jolla, CA, close to San Diego, USA from March 3 to 8, 2019. Alexandre Ponrouch is invited to give a talk as Invited Speaker at the conference in which the award ceremony will take place. The award consists of a plaque with his name appreciating your achievements and a financial recognition of $2,000.
IBA 2019 website: iba-2019.org/