Date: 25th May
Place: Auditorium (Ground Floor)
At the same time it will be possible to follow it online at the following link.
Title: “Hybrid two-dimensional materials for energy storage and conversion”
Speaker: Gonzalo Abellán
Gonzalo Abellán is a Group Leader and Distinguished Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) of the University of Valencia (UV) where he leads the research line on 2D elemental materials beyond graphene. He received the PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the UV under the supervision of Prof. Eugenio Coronado (September 2014). His PhD was focused on the design of hybrid materials based on magnetic layered double hydroxides obtaining the “Best Thesis in Chemistry Award” by the UV. Moreover, he was distinguished with the “European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Graduate Student Award 2012” for his outstanding contributions to the field of hybrid materials, or the “Valencia Idea 2014 Award” (1stprize in Energy and Environmental) to outstanding young researchers, among others. In 2014 he gained a self-driven Marie Curie Fellowship and joined Prof. Andreas Hirsch’s group at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) to explore the organic chemical functionalization of graphene. His postdoctoral accomplishments were recognized being selected to attend the competitive 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Since 2016 he started to develop his own research line in the chemistry of elemental 2D-materials beyond graphene. In 2017 he was appointed as Junior Group Leader at FAU, consolidating his independence by creating his own group supported by the Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI-FAU) project as well as a European FLAG-ERA Graphene-Basic Research project (funded by the DFG). In 2018 he returned to Spain after getting the competitive Junior Leader La Caixa Incoming Fellowship, the Ramón y Cajal Fellowship, the excellence projects SEJI & GenT-CIDEGENT (Generalitat Valenciana), and last but not least, the ERC Starting Grant. He created his group (2D-CHEM, www.icmol.es/2dchem) at the ICMol in Valencia, securing independent funding (> 3 Million€ up to now). As a result of his career, Gonzalo has been honored as an "Emerging Young Researcher" by both the Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers (RSC) and Chemistry A European Journal (Wiley), he received the XII City of Algemesí Scientific and Technical Award in 2017, and the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Award to Young Researchers (< 40 years old), among others.
Gonzalo Abellán has published >80 articles in peer reviewed international journals, moreover he is co-director of the MUDIC Museum of Science (UMH) and the president of ACCENT (association of GenT-program Excellence Researchers of the Valencian Community).
His current research interests encompass the study of two-dimensional (2D) materials from their synthesis to their applications. Gonzalo works in three main research lines: 2D-pnictogens (P, As, Sb and Bi), layered hydroxides and graphene and related carbon nanoforms. Along with the synthesis and exhaustive characterization of these materials, he aims to explore their novel applications in fields such as energy storage and conversion, magnetism or catalysis, among others. Last but not least, Gonzalo is one of the founders of 2D-Match S.L. a spin-off from the University of Valencia focused on the commercialization of 2D materials for applications in green hydrogen production and electrode materials for energy storage.