Iciar Montes Gutiérrez is graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Castilla La Mancha University in 2015. Her final degree thesis, developing of a Microbiological Fuel Cell (MFC) prototype for electrogenic microorganism, was carried out in the Electrochemical and Environmental laboratory of the chemical engineering department. Afterward, she started the Chemical Engineering Master of the mentioned university. While studying, she performed a stay at EMPA, Switzerland, in order to develop her master thesis, Synthesis of nanosilicon particles coated with carbon using inductively coupled plasma for Li-ion batteries. In june of 2017 she joined Electrochemical Processes Unit of IMDEA Energy as a predoctoral researcher in organic redox flow batteries, and afterwards in membrane free redox flow batteries development.
Redox flow batteries (RFB) has emerged as candidates for integrating renewable energies sources and mitigating its fluctuations. RFB can be easily scaled, as power and energy are decoupled. The current RFB technology is based on Vanadium as active specie, which is highly toxic. Besides, the high cost and low performance of the ion-selective membranes they require are the most problematic issues in this technology
The main topic of this topic will be the use of immiscible electrolytes to solve these issues by removing the expensive membranes of redox flow batteries and using of organic molecules to substitute vanadium. The inherent characteristics and the main challenges in the design and development of a membrane free battery will be assessed in the talk.
Auditorium, IMDEA Energy Institute