2020 BIST Conference

Building a sustainable world together

Roundtable: Solar and Bio-inspired Energy Solutions

October 29, 2020 | 15:00h – 16:15h | Online

Our current patterns of production and consumption are depleting the planet’s resources while generating exponential growth in waste as well as air and soil pollution. Local and international research communities are working towards confronting these global challenges. In this roundtable, you will have the opportunity to learn about the various projects and lines of research underway to work towards clean energy solutions using new technologies inspired by nature.


Mónica Lira-Cantu

Group Leader (ICN2)

Dr. Monica Lira-Cantu obtained her Master’s and PhD degrees in Materials Science at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1995 and 1997, respectively. She currently leads the ICN2 Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group and is also a visiting professor at the Laboratory of Photomolecular Science (LSPM) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Her research interests lie in the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for highly efficient and highly stable next-generation thin-film solar cells: halide-perovskite, dye-sensitised, alloxide, and organic solar cells.


Pau Gorostiza

Group Leader and ICREA Research Professor (IBEC)

Pau Gorostiza graduated in physics from the University of Barcelona (UB), where he also obtained his PhD (European Doctorate) in the field of semiconductor electrochemistry. He is currently ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), where he develops light regulated ligands of neuronal proteins, and studies electron transfer in redox proteins and photosynthetic complexes using EC-STM/AFM.

Jordi Martorell

Group Leader (ICFO)

Dr. Jordi Martorell is a UPC professor and since 2005 head of the organic nano-structured photovoltaics group at ICFO. In the past Prof Martorell mainly focused his research into the experimental study of new optical concepts to shape the properties of photonic materials, a field where he made several breakthrough contributions. In 2011, Prof Martorell took a major turn in his research activities and began to focus the core of his research to study novel nano-photonics configurations to obtain an optimal performance from renewable energy systems for converting sunlight into electricity or solar fuels.

Antoni Llobet

Group Leader (ICIQ)

Antoni Llobet got his PhD at Univ. Autònoma of Barcelona in 1985 and since 2006 is a Group Leader at ICIQ. His research interests include the development and mechanistic understanding at a molecular level, of transition metal complexes that behave as catalysts for redox transformations. He is especially interested in redox reactions that are of relevance in artificial photosynthesis and for the generation of solar fuels. In 2018 he was awarded with the “Alexander von Humboldt Research Award” for a career achievement.

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