Serra Alfaro, José Manuel

Research Professor (CSIC)

Tel: +34 96 387 94 48

E-mail: Dr. José M. Serra (1976) did his PhD work at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) directed by Prof. A. Corma in collaboration with the Institute Français du Petrole. The thesis involved the development of new tools for combinatorial catalysis and its application in the discovery and optimization of industrial catalysts. After that, he conducted a 2-year postdoctoral stage at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, working on the development of nanostructured SOFC cathodes as well as ion conducting membranes. In 2006 he joined again ITQ and leads the Fuel Cells and Ionic Membranes research line. The current activities are principally focused on the application of catalysis and materials science in: (a) the development of solid oxide fuel cells components, paying special attention to the design and characterization of new electrocatalysts (principally, cathode materials); and (b) development of mixed ionic-electronic conducting membranes for oxygen and hydrogen separation and catalytic membrane reactor applications. As a result, several works have been published and different patents have been recently filed. He is coauthor of more than 65 scientific articles and book chapters and 16 patents in the field of catalysis and energy. He is involved in three FP7 EU projects dealing with ionic membranes and proton-conducting fuel cells: EFFIPRO, NASA-OTM and DEMOYS. The main research lines are ordered as follows: Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), lithium batteries and electrochemical reactors: electrocatalysis Ionic membranes, solid state electrochemical devices and catalytic membrane reactors Combinatorial science and catalysis: design and development of processes and equipment for high-throughput screening of materials libraries Heterogeneous catalysis: acid-base, red-ox and multifunctional catalysts Synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials, including mesoporous materials Chemical reactor engineering and process engineering: design and setting-up of chemical reactors and other facilities at bench and pilot scale. Awards: Christian Friedrich Schönbein Contribution to Science Medal by the European Fuel Cell Forum (Luzern, Switzerland, 2009) ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award 2005 Spanish Catalysis Society (SECAT) Doctor Thesis Award 2005. Technical University of Valencia Thesis Award 2005 (Extraordinary award)