Mariano Campoy, researcher of the Nanostructured Materials Group at the CSIC Institute of Material Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), received a total of 2.4 million euros in funding for his FOREMAT project. FOREMAT will be developing innovative technology focused on ultra rapid production and identification of organic materials for the energetic sector (solar panels and thermoelectric devices). At present, setting up these materials is very expensive and this has created a bottleneck which is limiting the further development of these technologies. The project led by Mariano Campoy aims to create the technology necessary to evaluate materials in the shortest time possible (up to 100 times shorter than currently). The objective is to have better performing organic materials destined to panchromatic solar panels, as well as flexible, lightweight, high performance thermoelectric devices in which heat dissipation can be used as a source of energy.
The FOREMATproject "Finding a needle in a haystack: efficient identification of high performing organic energy materials (FOREMAT)", granted under the Panel PE8 "Products and processing Engineering" aims at achieving breakthrough advances in the performance of organic photovoltaic and thermoelectric applications, the project will develop a high throughput platform that will enable the ultrafast identification of promising organic materials, simultaneously producing design rules for improved compounds and composites and efficiently optimizing device performance.
Personal web: Mariano Campoy-Quiles
Group web: Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO)
Other ERC Consolidator Grants at the Barcelona Nanocluster
In total, three researchers, one from the UAB and two from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Cluster BNC-b partners in nanoscience and nanotechnology from centres which form part of the UAB-CIE Sphere, have been awarded Consolidator Grants offered by the European Research Council as funding which goes to highly innovative projects. The three scientists, Jordi Sort (UAB), Neus Sabaté (IMB-CNM-CSIC) and Mariano Campoy (ICMAB-CSIC), work in the field of nanomaterials applied to energy, a strategic line which is generating many expectations due to its ability to contribute to energy saving and to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.
Cover Image: Jordi Sort (UAB), Mariano Campoy (ICMAB-CSIC) and Neus Sabaté (IMB-CNM-CSIC).