OUR MISSION

We work to develop sustainable technologies to decarbonize our planet. Our efforts focus on the transformation of abundant and waste resources, such as CO2 , into widely used chemicals including fuels, chemical feedstock, and fertilizers. In doing so, we aim to contribute transform key global industries such as transport, manufacturing, and agriculture.

1| We design atomically structured catalysts and systems to drive electrochemical transformations.

2| We use light to study the mechanistic principles of these materials and supported reactions.

3| We leverage high-throughput screening methods and machine intelligence to accelerate catalytic materials discovery.

4| We implement these catalysts in scalable systems, pursuing applied advances at industrially relevant conditions.   

AREAS OF RESEARCH

Scalable technologies for CO2 Capture

CO2 electrolysis

Sustainable electrolysis systems

Emerging coupling electrolysis

Our labs are in the Barcelona area

 

By the beach …

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@ ICFO

Our team

Prof. Dr. F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer

The group is led by Prof. García de Arquer. Prof. Arquer’s research spans the design and implementation of nanostructured materials for optoelectronic and energy applications. His works have resulted in important advances in the fields of sensing and light emission, photovoltaics, and water and CO2 electrolysis. He is passionate about training the next generation of scientists making impact on green technologies.

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AdriÁn Pinilla sÁnchez

Constanza Sansierra

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Lab Alumni

Zach Toscanini, MSc (Engineer – Boston Area, USA)

Dr. Eman Ahmed, (Postdoctoral fellow – NRC, Egypt)

Adam Radek Martínez, (BSc Student @University of Toronto, Canada)

Joshua Arens (PhD Student @Stanford University, USA)

Luka Matic (Master Student @Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany)

Lara San Martín Suárez, BSc (PhD Student @Caltech, USA)

Andrea Rogolino, MSc (PhD student @Cambridge University, UK)

Papa-Kwakye Kwarteng (PhD Student @Cambridge University, UK)

Salma Zian Jamoldinova (Bachelor Student @UB, Spain)

Select Publications

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

June 12th, 2022

ARQUER LAB REPRESENTATION IN GIRONA

May 21th, 2022

Lab lunch in Catalonian California

May 19th, 2022

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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Join Us !

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