Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: MSCA-IF 2017 at the Department of Applied Physics

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    01/09/2018 12:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Project Office
    Promotion & Advisory Unit

Professor Guillermo Ramón Iglesias Salto, from the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in this university. Applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information in the participant guide: http://sl.ugr.es/097k).

The research activities of the group have focused on different lines, always regarding the physical properties of the solid/liquid interface and their implications in the characteristics of dispersed systems and their engineering applications.

Additionally, the group has also tried to transfer their knowledge to industrial partners.

Specifically, under the project RyC-2014-16901, my interest has mainly dealt with the project “New technologies based on nanoparticles systems”, Renewable Energy Applications. Specifically in two aspects: Fundamental and implementation. These applications are related with:

  1. Renewable Energy Application. The challenge is to introduce innovations in the method used and any possible new method by using and testing new materials. The possibility will be explored that surface chemical treatment by charged polymer coatings may contribute to reduce the losses and increase the efficiency of the system. Carbon nanotubes, engineered nanochannels and grafene oxide derivatives appear as promising candidates for these tasks.


  1. Desalination processes. Based on the use of active carbon (as “electrode”) with surface chemical treatment by charged polymer coatings appear a promising and low cost technique to be implemented.

Recently, thanks to the financial support of an FP-VII European Project (FP7-ENERGY-2010-FET 256868), we have become involved in the evaluation of the use of electric double layer for energy production through salinity exchange in porous carbon electrodes.

The importance of the search of new, efficient sources of clean, renewable energy is recognized both in the H2020 Program of the EU and in the Spanish National Research Plan. Among them, energy production by salinity gradient has appeared as a realistic alternative route, in spite of the fact that the degree of development required to make it profitable has not yet been reached. The absence of exploitation techniques for this kind of energy may be explained by the necessity of using electromechanical devices as turbines and alternators, or, at least, ion—exchange membranes. It has recently been shown, both theoretically and experimentally, that the Capmix methods make it possible to directly extract electrical energy from the exchange of sea and river waters in the presence of capacitive electrodes. These methods are based on the changes experienced by the electrical properties of the interface between a charged solid and variable salinity solution.

The studies performed to this moment are based on activated carbon electrodes. Although some advances have been reported, the efficiency remains lower than that obtained with other renewable sources. For this reason, the challenge is now to introduce innovations in the method be using new materials, making it possible to achieve a qualitative advance in the power available. The possibility will be explored that surface chemical treatment by charged polymer coatings may contribute to reduce the losses and increase the efficiency of the system. Like in other fields, the advances in Capmix techniques will come from the use of controlled or hierarchical porosity or from materials with high conductivity and specific capacitance.

Research Area:

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Physics (PHY)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor (iglesias@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)