1. using optical techniques to study the reaction mechanisms of carbon dioxide reduction
2. leveraging high-throughput screening methods and machine intelligence to accelerate catalytic material discovery
3. testing the efficiencies of materials to perform carbon dioxide reduction
4. understanding socio-economic impacts of novel carbon mitigation technologies
AREAS OF RESEARCH
Scalable Technologies for CO2 Capture
Sustainable Catalyst for Water Splitting
Our Lab is in Barcelona
By the Beach …
The People: Our team!
Prof. Dr. F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer
Professor Arquer is a Group Leader at ICFO in Barcelona, Spain. After completing his PhD in Optoelectronics, he spent several fruitful years as postdoctoral fellow in the Sargent Group at University of Toronto. He was then appointed to Director of Research for Emerging Optoelectronic Applications, making several high impact contributions to the field. He is passionate about green technologies, and eager to work with talented students and scientists with similar ambitions.
AdriÁn Pinilla sÁnchez
Visiting PhD Student
Summer Research Fellow
Lara San Martín Suárez, BSc (Graduate Student Caltech)
A Ozden, FP García de Arquer, JE Huang, J Wicks … – Nature Sustainability, 2022
Today the viability of CO2R technology is limited by carbonate formation via the reaction of reactant CO2 with hydroxides and the energy cost incurred to regenerate the reactant. In this Review, we analyse the literature on four emerging high single pass CO2 conversion approaches: CO2 regeneration from carbonate, CO2R in acidic media, cascade CO2R-COR and CO2R direct from a capture liquid. We analyse each system, describe the challenges associated with each pathway and outline future research directions towards the goal of ensuring that CO2R is viable and thus scalable.
FP de Arquer, Cao-Thang GinH, Adnan Ozden … – Science, 2020
One challenge for efficient electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) is that the gas is hydrophobic, but many of its desirable reactions require water (H2O). García de Arquer et al. addressed this problem by combining a copper electrocatalyst with an ionomer assembly that intersperses sulfonate-lined paths for the H2O with fluorocarbon channels for the CO2. The electrode architecture enables production of two-carbon products such as ethylene and ethanol at current densities just over an ampere per square centimeter.
A full list of publications can be viewed here
Social: fun stuff!
Visitor from TU DELFT
ARQUER LAB REPRESENTATION IN GIRONA
Lab lunch in Catalonian California
Great seminar here at ICFO from H.P. Iglesias van Montfort (TU DELFT).
Two lab members presented their work at the University of Girona and spent the day in the beautiful city.
After eating milanesa and tapas, we took a nice beach walk in Castelldefels, Barcelona.
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Academia: Want to Do Research With Us?
Industry: Become a Collaborator!
We are always looking for talented students and post-doctoral fellows. If you are interested in joining submit a CV to Professor Arquer.
Our research has direct industrial applications for green technology. We are always open to industrial collaborations.
CONTACT US: PELAYO.GARCIADEARQUER@ICFO.EU