Born in Butuan City, Philippines in 1997. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology in 2017. Afterwards, he worked as a Production Supervisor in Philippine Batteries Incorporated for three years. In 2021, he received an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarship to study Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC+) in Politechnika Warszawska, Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, and Universidad del País Vasco. During this period, he carried out a 3-month internship at CIC-EnergiGUNE, Spain for the synthesis and characterization of Cu-doped Li and Mn-rich oxide cathode materials via co-precipitation. For his master thesis at Solvay Paris, he investigated the application of solid-state electrolytes for the electrochemical extraction of lithium from brine water. 

Synthesis and carachterization of bimetallic Cu/m catalyst via Atomic Layer Deposition

Project objectives: to obtain and characterize bimetallic Cu/M catalysts with controlled stoichiometry and morphology via atomic layer deposition (ALD). The candidate will have to tailor the performance and selectivity of the catalysts when employed in CO2RR by changing the growth conditions and the secondary metal species by taking advantage of the conformal ALD growth on different nanostructures substrates.

Working context: DC#1 will be hosted at the Politecnico of Torino (Italy) and will be enrolled in the PhD school of the same institute, supervised by Prof. Stefano Bianco. Part of the activity will be carried on during secondment periods at the ESRF to characterize the best performing Cu/M samples at the ID26 and ID16B beamlines and at ADVENT to optimize the GDL and membrane layers to test direct ALD deposition of the catalysts.

Expected outcome:

  • Optimization of the ALD growth conditions for bimetallic Cu/M compounds.
  • Identification of the best ALD growth conditions to obtain Cu/M samples with increased selectivity.
  • Understanding of the structure/properties relations of Cu/M layers obtained via ALD.