STRUCTURE & SURFACE ANALYSIS
Our group brings together expertise in crystal chemistry, surface science and electrochemistry to analyse the role of structure, microstructure and surface chemistry on the cycling performance and rate capability of energy storage materials. We follow a multi-technique approach based in the use of advanced scattering tools (X-ray, neutrons and electrons) to study the bulk material and high resolution photoemission spectroscopy to study the outermost surface region, in both cases upon ex-situ or in-situ electrochemical cycling.
Montserrat Casas - CabanasMore info
Dr. Montse Casas-Cabanas completed her Ph.D. in Materials Science at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) in 2006, where she worked on the positive electrode in nickel based batteries. During a stay in Laboratoire Léon Bruillouin (LLB-CEA Saclay, France) in 2004 she developed in collaboration with Dr. Juan Rodríguez-Carvajal the FAULTS program for the refinement of XRD diffraction patterns of faulted materials. After her Ph.D. she joined the Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (LRCS, Amiens, France) as a post-doctoral researcher where she was involved in the crystallochemical characterization of lithium-ion battery materials from powder diffraction. She also spent one year at Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT, Antwerp, Belgium) as a post-doctoral researcher where she applied transmission electron microscopy to the study of materials for energy storage and conversion. Before joining CIC Energigune she was Maître des Conferences at Laboratoire de Cristallographie et Sciences des Materiaux (CRISMAT, Caen, France) working on energy related materials.
Her research focuses on the impact of structure and microstructure in the electrochemical properties of energy storage materials and its study from diffraction techniques.