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  


Scalable Technologies for CO2 Capture

CO2 Electroreduction

Sustainable Catalyst for Water Splitting

Ammonia Electrosynthesis

Our Lab is in Barcelona



By the Beach …

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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.

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AdriÁn Pinilla sÁnchez

Constanza Sansierra

PhD Student

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Master Student

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)

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

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

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


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. 


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.