2016 Ignite Project: InWOC

In-situ atomic resolution transmission electron microscopy of heterogeneous water oxidation catalysts

Project overview

InWOC was awarded the BIST Ignite Grant in April, 2017. The news release can be found here.

InWOC aims to answer fundamental questions about water splitting and solar fuels. Water oxidation is considered the bottleneck in the development of an efficient and cost-effective water splitting technology for the production of renewable fuels. One of the challenges resides in substituting heterogeneous noble metal catalysts by earth-abundant counterparts, maintaining the efficiency and performance required for technological applications. inWOC aims tackle this important problem.

Multidisciplinarity within inWOC

Multidisciplinarity is at the origin of this project since the proposed tasks cannot be done individually by any of the participating groups. The project requires expertise in chemistry, physics, and engineering. The topic of water oxidation catalysis requires chemical and engineering expertise and the surface analyses require chemical and physical expertise. The ICIQ team and ICN2 team will work together to perform analyses and interpret results. Only through strong and close collaboration between the two teams, all experiments can be put into context to increase the understanding of the catalytic process, and to propose optimization strategies.

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Project members

Jose Ramon Galan-Mascaros

ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at ICIQ

Jordi Arbiol

ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at ICN2

Vanesa Lillo

Group Coordinator at ICIQ

Jérémy David

Post-doctoral fellow at ICN2

Felipe Garcés

Post-doctoral fellow at ICIQ

PengYi Tang

PhD student at ICN2

Álvaro Reyes-Carmona

Post-doctoral fellow at ICIQ

Marta Blasco-Ahicart

PhD student at ICIQ

Institutional Members of the Board of Trustees