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Dr. Jesús Palma

Senior Researcher & Head of Unit
Autonoma University of Madrid. Madrid. Spain
Previous Position: 
Director Centre R&D Técnicas Reunidas
Electrochemical energy storage systems for stationary and transport applications
Short Bio: 

He is graduated in Chemistry by Autonoma University of Madrid (1986), PhD by the same university (1994) and Executive MBA by Instituto de Empresa of Madrid (2001). From 1988 to 1991 he made his doctoral thesis in the Institute of Ceramics and Glass of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). From 1991 to 2008 he worked in the Research and Development Centre of Tecnicas Reunidas S.A., where he started as Process Engineer, later promoted to Project Manager and finally to Director of the R&D Centre. In April 2008 he joined IMDEA Energy Institute as Senior Researcher to launch the Electrochemical Processes Unit for the research and development of electrochemical energy storage technologies.

He has participated in more than 50 national and international research projects and feasibility studies, leading about 30 of them. He has been involved in 10 European Research projects from the 2nd Framework Programme to Horizon 2020 of the European Union, being partner leader in 5 of them. He is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and 3 patents. He has made more than 50 contributions to international conferences. He completed research stages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), the Imperial College of London and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands; as well as in research centers of private companies such as Iberdrola (Spain), Ansaldo (Italy) and Philips Components (Netherlands).

He is specialized in industrial research, process design and scale-up from laboratory to industrial scale, through the design and operation of prototypes and pilot plants, and in techno-economic feasibility studies. Among his research activities are the storage of energy in capacitors and batteries, energy conversion in fuel cells, and the electrochemical treatment of water, industrial residues and effluents.