SPIRIT team comprises 1 university, 3 research centers, and 1 SME to develop the next generation of energy storage devices, a solid-state Potassium-ion battery (TRL4) based on safe, sustainable, and cost-competitive anode, cathode, and novel polymer electrolyte materials.
Meet The Team
SPIRIT´s Principal Investigators
SPIRIT´s Reseach team
Prof. Jesús Prado Gonjal
Microwave synthesis specialist at UCM
Dr. Daniel Jardón Alvarez
ssNMR expert at WIS
Dr. Marianella Hernández
Polymer specialist at ICTP-CSIC
Prof. David Ávila Brande
Electron Microscopy specialist at UCM
Dr. Raquel Verdejo
Polymer Physicist specialist at ICTP-CSIC
Prof. Miguel A. López Manchado
Polymer Composite expert at ICTP-CSIC
SPIRIT´s PhD, Master and Undergraduate Students
Alejandro just started his PhD at ICTP-CSIC, under the supervision of Dr. Jvier Carretero developing sustainable solid polymer electrolyes for SPIRIT´s K-ion batteries.
Yuval is a PhD candidate at Weizmann Institute under the supervision of Dr. Michal Leskes, using solid state NMR to understand SPIRIT´s batteries
Jinyu Chen is a PhD candidate at KIT-HIU under the supervision of Dr. Maider Zarrabeitia.
PhD Candidate at Guilan University, Iran
Soheila Ebrhimi is visiting Universidad Complutense de Madrid for a research stay under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Castillo-Martínez, optimizing the electrochemical performance of Prussian White cathodes.
Victor Durán Egido
Víctor Durán Egido finished his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2022. His final degree project about “Structure/Electrochemical insertion relationships in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)” was carried out straddling between UCM and the Polymer Science and Technology Institute (ICTP-CSIC). He is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Chemical Science and Technology: Nanoscience and Nanomaterials at UCM. His main scientific interests include supramolecular chemistry and the development of sustainable coordination polymers with potential applications in energy storage and conversion.
Juan Andrés is a PhD candidate at Universidad Complutense under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Castillo-Martínez and Dr. Jesús Prado-Gonjal, working on sustainable oxide based anode materials for KIBs produced through low cost routes.
Aditya Khadilkar is a Mechanical Engineer and is currently studying Master's in Energy Science and Technology at the University of Ulm. He is also working as a student Research assistant at Helmholtz Institut Ulm (HIU). He is currently in the last year of his degree, and his final project is related to the study of the characterization of hard carbon for anodes from Biowaste precursor for Potassium batteries.”
Paloma Grande Fernández
Paloma Grande Fernández is studying Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is currently in her last year of degree, and her final project is related to the study of intercalation alkali metal ions in metal-organic frameworks.
We are always open to hosting enthusiastic students to join one of our research laboratories and supporting them in applying for PhD scholarships.
Moreover there might be some open positions now if listed below: