Veni grant for Antoni Forner-Cuenca

August 16, 2019

Dr. Antoni (Toni) Forner-Cuenca has been awarded the Veni grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Division of Applied & Engineering Sciences (TTW).

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Dr. Antoni (Toni) Forner-Cuenca has been awarded the Veni grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Division of Applied & Engineering Sciences (TTW). The grant, worth 250,000 Euros will be leveraged to develop a new generation of porous electrodes for redox flow batteries over the next 3 years. 

Large-scale energy storage is essential to accelerate the integration of intermittent renewable sources, such as solar and wind power. Among several technological options, redox flow batteries have emerged as a promising candidate due to their ability to decouple energy and power, projected low costs, and safety. However, current flow batteries are too expensive for widespread commercialization. One way to decrease the cost of the reactor is to develop optimized electrodes, which are responsible for multiple functions including providing surfaces for electrochemical reactions, distributing liquids, and conducting electrodes. This is challenging task given the complex coupling between kinetics and transport (e.g. mass, charge, momentum) processes within the porous electrodes. In this project, Forner-Cuenca will design and synthesize novel electrodes with architected microstructures. Pursuant to this goal, he uses a combination of computer simulations (i.e artificial generation) and synthetic methods. These highly organized structures strongly enhance the performance of electrochemical storage systems.

We are thankful to NWO and look forward to start working on this exciting project!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Eindhoven University of technology

P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Groene Loper 5, 5612 AE, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Helix (Building 14) – STO 0.41

T +31 40 247 6258

a.forner.cuenca@tue.nl
 

ABOUT THE VENI-GRANTS

This year, NWO has awarded a total of 166 Veni’s, an award rate of 14%. With the annual Veni grant, NWO encourages promising young researchers to further develop their research idea during a period of three years. In this way, NWO stimulates curiosity-driven and innovative research.