The project "Nanostructured porous carbons for electrochemical energy storage" (BAT-PORO) with a 12 months duration starting September 2020, aims to develop nanostructured porous carbons based on Metal Organic Frameworks, MOFs. MOFs are highly porous crystalline materials built from inorganic units connected by organic ligands. Due to their great structural and compositional variety, along with their high and well-defined porosity, these materials are excellent candidates in relevant societal and industrial applications, e.g: energy, catalysis, biomedicine, environment, etc. In the energy field, MOFs are promising for energy storage, as precursors of conducting carbons for electrodes. Upon carbonization, the well-defined structure and porosity of MOFs allow obtaining highly porous nanostructured carbons with a priori enhanced properties. The resulting carbons will be tested as electrodes in electrochemical storage devices, mainly in supercapacitors and sodium batteries. The first carbons derived from MOFs have already been prepared.
The project is carried out at the Advanced Porous Materials Unit of the IMDEA Energy Foundation, under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Horcajada, in collaboration with Dr. David Ávila (University Complutense of Madrid) it belongs to the program of Iberdrola Spain Foundation's 2020 Research Grants, whose research line focuses on the topic "Electricity networks and systems: new transmission and distribution technologies, advanced energy storage technologies, intelligent networks, etc.”
More information: Patricia Horcajada, Head of the Advanced Porous Materials Unit. firstname.lastname@example.org