LEITAT

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION (LEITAT) – SPAIN

LEITAT is a Technological Centre specialized in production technologies. LEITAT develops R&D activities in the areas of materials sciences, environment, surface treatments, biotechnologies and renewable energies with deep knowledge and experience in technological transfers to several industrial sectors. LEITAT takes part each year in many projects financed by the regional and national governments, participates in projects co-funded by the EC and develops private R&D projects funded by industrial partners. LEITAT is recognized by the Spanish Government as a CIT (Centre of Technological Innovation) and is one the 5 Technology Centres that is accredited by the Regional Government of Catalonia. Finally, it is member of FEDIT (Federation of Technological Centres in Spain) and the IT Network of the Catalan Regional Government.

LEITAT performs projects and managing initiatives. These include those funded by the European Union, which promote innovative and efficient energy resources to preserve and improve the environmental quality as well as contributing to substantial economic savings for the Catalan public and private sectors. LEITAT has strong expertise in Smart materials and Renewable Energy and Energetic efficiencies and it participates in local, national and European Programs and performs funding programs assessment to industries. Some examples are:

  1. Nanostructured materials for Li-ion battery and super capacitors;
  2. Photovoltaic and thermal solar technologies, integration of photovoltaic panels in textiles products, geothermic and cogeneration systems; reduction of the energetic consumption of industrial processes;
    1. Application of Innovative energy saving technologies: plasma, ultrasound, etc.;
    2. Energy efficiency research in the textile sector;
    3. Energy harvesting – renewable energy sources, self-powered devices, energy harvesting modules design and development;
    4. Smart Systems – sensors and actuators integration, wireless communications, firmware development;
      1. Prototype development.

Main tasks attributed: Synthesis of lithium nanorod by electro-deposition onto removable scaffold of conductive polymer, modification of LISICON layers (Task 1.3) in WP1; synthesis and characterization of nanostructured meseporous carbon materials (Task 2.1), synthesis of nanostructured M-doped MnOx/C and PtAu/C catalysts (Task 2.2) in WP2; synthesis and optimization of other types of RTILs system to get the optimum electrolyte solvent in terms of oxygen solubility and capacity (Task 3.1), investigation and evaluation of physical properties of RTILs and optimum filling amount of electrolyte (Task 3.3) in WP3; simulation of Li-air cell performance, optimization and market worthiness (Task 4.2) in WP4.

Key people involved:

David Amantia has a master degree on chemistry at the University of Montpellier in France and did his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry at Newcastle University in United Kingdom (2005) followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Barcelona in Spain. Recently he has integrated the R&D department of LEITAT, where he elaborates R&D projects related to the new area of nanotechnology with nanoparticles, nanofibres and also nanocomposites in view to develop technological transfer to industries in several sectors.

Christophe Aucher holds a doctorate in Energy and Material Sciences from the University of Montréal (UQAM, Canada) and the University of Nantes (Polytech, France). His research has been principally focused on the study and improvement of energy storage devices as lead-acid battery and super capacitors. He has particularly study the anticorrosive properties of polyaniline used as conductive polymer for the currents collectors in the hybrid lead-carbon battery. His post doctoral position has been realized in the materials institute of Nantes (IMN, France) and was focused in the field of the flexible energy storage devices for supercondensators, metal oxides or Li-ion active materials. He recently reached the team as senior scientist for the renewable energy of LEITAT in 2011 and works specifically in the field of the energy storage as supercondensator, Li-ion battery and ionic liquids.

José Alberto Sáez is graduated in Industrial Technical Engineering specialized in Electronics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has carried out postgraduate studies in Robotics in the Foundation CIM, belonging to the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Throughout his professional career, José Alberto Sáez has worked in different companies as electronic engineer carrying out tasks of design as well as of management. Nowadays, he works in the R&D Department of the Technological Center LEITAT. He takes part in the development of prototypes in R&D&I projects, being specialized in design and integration of the electronic devices used on these prototypes. He takes also part in the tasks of prospecting and evaluation of the used technologies.

Mirko Faccini is graduate in Chemistry at Università degli Studi di Parma (Parma, Italy) and PhD in Chemistry at Nanotechnology Institute MESA+ (Enschede, Holland), where he worked on development of organic materials with optic and electronic properties and on study of its applications in telecommunications area. At the moment he is developing his career in the R&D department in LEITAT, he specializes in the area of nanotechnology.

David Amantia has a master degree on Chemistry at the University of Montpellier in France and did his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry at Newcastle University in United Kingdom (2005) followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Barcelona in Spain. Recently he has integrated the R&D department of LEITAT, where he elaborates R&D projects related to the new area of nanotechnology with nanoparticles, nanofibres and also nanocomposites in view to develop technological transfer to industries in several sectors.