Chairs of the Conference

ICREA Prof. Albert Tarancón is Head of the Fuel Cells Group at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC). Albert holds M.Sc. and PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2001, 2007) and an M. Eng. in Materials Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2007). He has worked as a research associate at CSIC (ES) and as a visiting researcher at the University of Oslo (NO), Imperial College London (UK) and Caltech (USA). In 2010, Albert joined the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) as Head of Group. Since 2018, he is ICREA Research Professor at IREC and leads a group of 25+ people dedicated to hydrogen technologies and alternative energy sources.

Albert has devoted more than 20 years to the field of Solid Oxide Cells developing innovative materials, cells and stacks close together with the major industrial players in Europe. In recent times, Albert’s team is pioneering the introduction of revolutionary 3D printing technologies in the SOC community exploring unprecedented shapes and interfaces to improve performance and efficiency. In his active career, Albert has been Principal Investigator of 10 European projects, including two ERC grants, coordinating four of them on hydrogen technologies. Moreover, he has been actively involved in the definition of national and international research programmes in the field of power generation and energy storage.

Albert has authored more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals collecting more than 5000 citations and 200+ oral presentations in international congresses (60+ invited and keynotes). Albert has been recently included in the 1% top-cited scientists in the field of “Energy”. Moreover, he is currently editor of the emerging Journal of Physics Energy (IoP publishing) and the well-reputed Journal of the European Ceramic Society (Elsevier).