After obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich Adrian carried out his PhD research at the Paul Scherrer Institute until 2021. During this time, he was researching water transport mechanisms in polymer electrolyte fuel cells using X-ray tomographic microscopy. Specifically, he investigated the complex interactions between the liquid phase and the gas diffusion layer (a porous substrate used to transport reactants to and from the catalyst layer) on a micrometer scale to better understand limitations and challenges of materials currently used in fuel cells.
Having secured funding from the EuroTechPostdoc2 program for his research proposal titled “Synthesis of porous electrodes with bimodal pore size distribution to address transport limitations in next generation electrochemical reactors” he joined the Membrane Materials and Processes group at TU/e under Antoni Forner-Cuenca. The aim of his project is to generate tailor made structures, capable to address mass transport requirements of electrochemical reactors which are often complex and can involve multiple phases. Outside of the lab he enjoys sports and outdoor activities, especially biking and bouldering.
Emre received both his BSc and MSc degree in Materials Science and Nano Engineering, from Sabanci University in 2016 and 2019, respectively. He conducted his master’s research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Selmiye Alkan Gursel, where he worked on metal-organic framework/graphene oxide sacrificial hybrid materials to generate hierarchically porous carbons, which were used as supports for Pt nanoparticles performing oxygen electroreduction.
In January 2020, Emre stated his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he develops electrodeposited functional layers on porous carbon electrodes for energy-storage applications. He enjoys scuba diving and swimming, is a fan of science fiction and fantasy movies and likes to practice guitar in his spare time.
Inmaculada Giménez García received her BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. For her Master Thesis she also studied at TUe, where she carried out research on the development of porous metal electrodes for advanced alkaline electrolysis. After finishing her MSc in 2020 she started her PhD in the group Membrane Materials and Processes at TUe.
The aim of the doctoral project is to develop synthetic methods to manufacture new ionomers and gas diffusion layers for next-generation polymer electrolyte fuel cells. This utilizes electrochemical methods on molecules with specific functionalities to control the properties of catalytic layers. Inma is the recipient of the La Caixa Excellence Award for Postgraduate Studies in Europe Fellowship.
Maxime studied Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology, where she obtained her BSc and MSc degrees. During her bachelor she worked on complex patterning of luminescent solar concentrators for improved aesthetics. For her master with the focus on Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry, she received a grant from the Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) and DSM, and performed research on multi dye coordination in layered smectics for luminescent solar concentrator applications. For her internship at DSM Coating Resins in Waalwijk, Maxime studied receptive coatings for inkjet formulations.
In late 2019, Maxime began her PhD where she work on understanding and optimizing the three-dimensional structure of porous electrodes. The aim of the project is to design and synthesize novel electrodes with architected microstructures by using a combination of computer simulations and synthetic methods. Besides coming to work on her normal bicycle, she also likes to take out her road bike a couple of times a week for a nice trip. She also loves cooking, games, boxing, fitness, skiing and testing beers.
Jointly supervised with Prof. Kitty Nijmeijer
Rémy Richard Jacquemond graduated in Chemistry from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (France) in 2018. He also completed a double master degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain) where he performed research on liquid crystalline proton exchange membranes for application in energy devices. During his studies, he also worked at DOW Benelux in R&D on the synthesis and characterization of solvent resistant nanofiltration membranes.
In late 2018, he started his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology on the development next-generation redox flow batteries with a focus on electrodes and membranes for non-aqueous redox flow batteries. Rémy loves to cook and especially meat and pastries. He always wants to improve his skills and recipes, he thinks that baking is no more that scientific experiments that you can do at home and that is why it is so enjoyable. Rémy also likes to hike and to go touring on his bike that he can feel closer to nature for some time.
Research project: How far can we push electrochemical surface area in flow-through carbonaceous porous electrodes?
Research project: In-flow functional polymeric electrode coatings for electrosorption of heavy metal ions in flow-cells
Research project: 3D-printing of optimized electrode microstructures for organic redox flow batteries