Fundacio Institut De Recerca De L'energia De Catalunya (ES)
IREC is a Foundation with the participation of the Catalan regional government (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Spanish Ministries of Industry and Science & Innovation, the Univ. of Barcelona, the Polytechnic Univ. of Catalonia, the Univ. Rovira Virgili and private companies from the energy sector. The Institute constitutes a research organization committed to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the energy and environment sectors of knowledge and of their applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.

List of five recent publications related to the project

  1. Direct correlation of crystal structure and optical properties in wurtzite/zinc-blende GaAs nanowire heterostructures J.R.Morante et al. PHYSICAL REVIEW B83(4) 045303 (2011)
  2. Process monitoring of chalcopyrite photovoltaic technologies by Raman spectroscopy: an application to low cost electrodeposition based processes J.R.Morante et al. NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY(2) 453-460( 2011)
  3. Miniaturized ionization gas sensors from single metal oxide nanowires J.R.Morante et al. NANOSCALE 3 (2) 630-634 ( 2011)
  4. Substrate effects on the structural and photoresponse properties of CVD grown ZnO nanostructures: alumina vs. Silica,J.R.Morante et al,CRYSTENGCOMM 13,(2)656 (2011)
  5. Quantitative analysis of CO-humidity gas mixtures with self-heated nanowires operated in pulsed mode Author(s): J.R.Morante et al.APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 97 (24) 243105 ( 2010).
The Area of the Advanced Material for Energy of the IREC Center is currently formed by 15 staff members, and more than 20 fellowships and young researchers and technician. This area is composed by several Laboratories and among them there is the laboratory of energy storage and energy harvestings where the activities on sensors are included. There is a significant activity in the study of nanostructured semiconductors, nanofunctional materials and thin film heterostructures for different applications in the field of the energy devices as well as on sensors. In these fields the laboratory team has a strong experience in the advanced microstructural characterization and process monitoring focused for the industrial implementation of these technologies. Characterization techniques available at IREC include Raman scattering, XRD, TEM (HRTEM, EELS), nanoscopic techniques (SNOM, AFM, STM), optical techniques (FTIR, UV-VIS spectroscopies, PL), AES, XPS, UPS, ICP, TOF-SIMS, Nanotechnology facilities for preparation of specific specimens and devices for TEM (FIB) and electrical characterization tools as well as Gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy techniques connected to TPD and TPR analysis. The group has also access to technological facilities (clean room with RTP furnace, sputtering equipments and photolitography workshop, chemical and electrochemical workshops).
Likewise, the laboratory has technology facilities for devices implementation and a group specialized on harvesting and communication modules oriented to achieve fully autonomous systems without any wire requirements for power supply or data transmission.
Academic members of the group are involved in the coordination of different Master’s and Doctorate Programs of the Univ. of Barcelona: Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Master in Energy Engineering, Doctorate programs of Physics, Nanosciences and Advanced Technologies and Engineering.