Dr Rebeca Marcilla, Senior Researcher at IMDEA Energy Institute, has been awarded with one of the ERC Consolidator grants recently given by the European Research Council (ERC), the first European financial organization for a frontier research of excellence.
This prestigious grant has a duration of 5 years and a total budget of 2 million euros to support top researchers to develop ground-breaking ideas. The ERC has evaluated 2,274 research proposals this time, out of which 13.8% have been selected for funding. Twenty-eight percent of grants were awarded to female applicants.
The project MFreeB (Membrane-Free Redox Flow Batteries) proposes a disruptive, versatile and scalable redox flow battery in which the currently used vanadium pairs are replaced by cheap, abundant and environmental-friendly organic molecules and where the problematic ion-exchange membrane that serves as electrolyte separator is totally eliminated due to the development of new and immiscible redox electrolytes. New thermodynamic, fluid-dynamic and engineering aspects, never considered before in energy storage, will become key players in the development of this technology that constitutes a paradigm shift in energy storage.