Juan Forero Saboya

Title of the project: Ca and Mg plating and insertion mechanisms: towards Ca and Mg metal anode based batteries

Supervisor and Place: Alexandre Ponrouch, at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)

My project aims to understand the mechanisms allowing for calcium and magnesium electroplating from organic electrolyte solutions, as well as the cation insertion in host materials. By combining electrochemical techniques with spectroscopic characterization of the interfaces, the influence of different parameters will be studied. An optimized electrolyte formulation will be determined to be applied in the future calcium/magnesium batteries.

"Being part of DOC-FAM and MSCA allows me to interact with PhD fellows with different background experiences and thus broadens my perspective on materials science, both in the fabrication and characterization of new materials."

I studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Los Andes University in Bogotá (Colombia) and then moved to France to do an Erasmus Mundus Master’s course in Material Science with focus on energy storage and conversion. Since very early in my studies I have been interested in energy-related devices, electrochemistry, and materials. During my master’s studies I was trained in different characterization techniques of materials in different specialized laboratories across Europe. I am particularly interested in organic electrolytes for batteries and supercapacitors, their physicochemical properties, and how those properties affect the overall performance of the cell (that being a battery, supercapacitor, fuel cell, etc.).

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