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Anticorrosive and functional coatings on metals and alloys

Corrosion is a key problem affecting all type of metals in their wide range of applications. Different solutions have been designed and developed for protecting diverse metals, from stainless steels to carbon steels and light alloys of aluminium and [...]

Sealing glasses and glass-ceramics for ceramic and metallic components

The group has a wide experience in sealing glasses and glass-ceramics for ceramic and metallic components of very different nature and in applications that go from room temperature use to very high temperatures and extreme atmospheres.One major challenges for the [...]

Mesoporous and mesostructure coatings for photocatalytic applications. Coatings with new functionalities

The design and development of new mesoporous and meso-structured materials showing a periodic distribution of pores of uniform size has become one of the most dynamic fields for the preparation of photocatalytic and/or biocides coatings. The porosity structure is [...]

Sol–gel transparent Oxyfluoride nano‐glass‐ceramics (OxGCs): a suitable alternative for photonic materials

Transparent glass-ceramics (GCs) own interesting optical properties for several photonic applications. The melt-quenching (MQ) method is routinely used to prepare OxGCs but the high melting temperatures (1400-1700°C) greatly affect the fluoride content. Thus, the sol-gel (SG) route appears as [...]

Glass-ceramics for optics and photonics

Rare-earth (RE) doped oxyfluoride glass-ceramics possess interesting optical properties with application in telecommunications and optoelectronics. These materials combine the transparency and mechanical and chemical resistance of aluminosilicate glasses with the low phonon energy and facile incorporation of RE ions [...]

Inorganic and hybrid membranes for PEMFC, DAFC and AMEFC

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) is the main candidate to power electric vehicles. Modification of Nafion type membranes and development of new inorganic and hybrid organic/inorganic nanostructured membranes through a combination of inorganic alkoxides, organically modified alkoxides and [...]

Industrial collaboration: energy saving and food safety

Energy saving is an essential goal of energy intensive industrial processes, including glass melting processes. There is a strong interaction and collaboration with glass producers to enhance the efficiency of melting processes by different routes. We analyze the effect [...]

Electrodes and electrolytes for for M- ion (Li, Na) and M-air batteries

Li-ion micro-batteries made-up using only solid-state materials by a thin-film process have recently become a topic of widespread research for use in low power applications. Novel mesoporous nanocrystalline architectures thin films such as Li4Ti5O12 (anode) and LiFePO4 (cathode) and solid [...]

Archaeometry and conservation of historical glass

Stained-glass windows and glass objects are related to luxurious objects along the history and their study offers a unique opportunity to understand this important heritage and to prevent their decay. This research line, launched by the ComFuturo research project EnViCET, [...]

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