M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher and vice-director, presented Alexandre Ponrouch during the awards ceremony, and gave him the award.
Dr. Alexandre Ponrouch received his Master Degree in Electrochemistry from Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) and his PhD from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS-EMT, Canada) in 2010, where he worked on electrodeposition of metals, alloys and oxides for application in fuel cells and supercapacitors. Then he moved to the Institut de Cíencia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC, Spain) as a postdoctoral fellow, studying electrodes and electrolyte formulations for Li and Na-ion batteries. In the early 2017, in the framework of an ERC starting grant, he set up a new laboratory in the ICMAB, dedicated to development of multivalent cation (Ca and Mg) based rechargeable batteries.
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. 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