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Membrane-Free Redox Flow Batteries

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "MFreeB" data sheet

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Fundacion IMDEA Energia 

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postcode: 28935

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 1˙998˙407 €
 EC max contribution 1˙998˙407 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2022-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Fundacion IMDEA Energia ES (MOSTOLES MADRID) coordinator 1˙998˙407.00


 Project objective

The environmental concerns over the use of fossil fuels have promoted great interest in generating electric energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind. However, the intermittent nature of those resources demands high performing and cost-effective energy storage systems. Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs) present several advantages, namely, total decoupling of power and energy densities and the possibility of rapid mechanical charging by substituting spent electrolytes with fresh ones. The major issues of the current Vanadium RFBs are the high price and toxicity of vanadium components and the high cost and low performance of the ion-selective membranes they require. MFreeB project proposes to completely remove the problematic membrane of RFBs by developing a disruptive, versatile and scalable concept of Membrane-Free RFB implementing efficient catholytes and anolytes in which the metallic redox pairs are replaced by cheap, abundant and environmental-friendly molecules. In order to achieve this objective, I propose a multi- and interdisciplinary research methodology across a wide range of expertise including fundamental electrochemistry, thermodynamics, physical chemistry, modelling, and mechanical engineering. I will make use of advantages of different electrolytes to develop a versatile concept of Membrane-Free RFB with a wide range of applications. This Consolidator Grant (ERC) would provide adequate support to consolidate my own independent research team and programme. During my scientific career, I have demonstrated creative thinking and excellent capacity to carry out research going beyond the state of the art. My meritorious record of scientific publications (55 ISI articles, h index = 25), project leadership, international collaborations and capacity for supervising and coordinating a research team are presented in the proposal. I am now in an excellent position and research environment to commit and be devoted to this encouraging and challenging project


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Paula Navalpotro, Carlos Trujillo, Iciar Montes, Catarina M.S.S. Neves, Jesus Palma, Mara G. Freire, João A.P. Coutinho, Rebeca Marcilla
Critical aspects of membrane-free aqueous battery based on two immiscible neutral electrolytes
published pages: , ISSN: 2405-8297, DOI: 10.1016/j.ensm.2019.11.011
Energy Storage Materials 2020-02-06
2018 Paula Navalpotro, Catarina M. S. S. Neves, Jesus Palma, Mara G. Freire, João A. P. Coutinho, Rebeca Marcilla
Pioneering Use of Ionic Liquid-Based Aqueous Biphasic Systems as Membrane-Free Batteries
published pages: 1800576, ISSN: 2198-3844, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201800576
Advanced Science 5/10 2019-02-26
2017 Paula Navalpotro, Jesus Palma, Marc Anderson, Rebeca Marcilla
A Membrane-Free Redox Flow Battery with Two Immiscible Redox Electrolytes
published pages: 12460-12465, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201704318
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/41 2019-02-26
2018 Paula Navalpotro, Noemí Sierra, Carlos Trujillo, Iciar Montes, Jesus Palma, Rebeca Marcilla
Exploring the Versatility of Membrane-Free Battery Concept Using Different Combinations of Immiscible Redox Electrolytes
published pages: 41246-41256, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b11581
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10/48 2019-03-01

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