Curent Funded Research Projects

Royal Society: Advanced Newton Fellowship with Prof. Qiang Zhang from Tsinghua University

We are exploring various routes to produce and fundamentally understand electrocatalysts for both Oxygen Reduction and Oxygen Evolution Reaction based on low cost and renwable precursors without using critical metals for the next generation of PEM fuel cells and electrolysers as well as metal air batteries.

Royal Society: Advanced Newton Fellowship with Prof. Yong Sheng Hu from CAS, Institute of Physics, Beijing

In this project we are looking at low cost anodes and cathodes for Na-ion batteries with focus on biomass-derived carbon anodes and the fundamental understanding of the phenomena occuring during Na intercalation and desintercalation into hard carbons and how carbon microstructure affects the battery performance.

British Council: Insitutional Researchers Link with Universidad de Antioquia Colombia with prof. Diana Lopez

The main goal of this project is to transform the oil palm empty fruit bunches and mesocarp fiber biomass from Colombia into valuable products such as bioethanol, lactic acid, poly-lactic acid, hydrogen, bio-carbon nanotubes and carbonaceous material with special characteristics for enzymatic fuel cell application.

Joint reserach programme with RISE Sweden

Our group has an acctive collaboration with former Innventia ( now RISE) via cofunding joint PhD studentships to work on the conversion of lignin into carbon fibers and their application in flexible supercapacitors t produce the new generation of bendable and flexible devices for  the new generation of portable electronics.

Marie Sklodowska Curie Action ITN Green Carbon

MSCA ITN GreenCarbon logoThe EU Training Network for Advanced Carbon Materials from Biowaste, GreenCarbon, unites 15 partners, each of them being leading actors in developing sustainable pathways to drive innovative green technologies. The consortium is comprised of 7 universities, 2 research institutes and 6 companies which are spread over 5 different EU member states. The GreenCarbon project is coordinated by the University of Zaragoza and started on the 1st of October 2016 and will run until September 2020.

The main objective of GreenCarbon is to develop new scientific knowledge, capability, technology, and commercial products for biomass-derived carbons (BCs); thus impacting the way that Europe uses and innovates with sustainable carbon materials. The research programme of GreenCarbon comprehensively covers all aspects from precursors (the nature of biomass) to processing (thermochemical conversion, porosity development, chemical functionalization) and application (e.g., CO2 capture, heterogeneous catalysis and chemicals from biomass) enabling a unique design of engineered sustainable BC materials.

Marie Curie Integration Grant

This grant was awarded upon relocation from Germany to the UK and is investigating the conversion of biomass hydrothermally into carbon materials and chemicals and the use of the resulting carbons as heterogenous catalysts to further convert the chemicals produced in the liquid phase into other desired compounds.