Who we are
The Research Group in Electrocatalysis and Polymer Electrochemistry (GEPE) was formed in 1994 by Prof. J.L. Vazquez and Prof. E. Morallon. At the beginning, the group had only 2 Ph.D. students and all the members were very excited by the challenge of setting in motion a new research project. At present, the Group is ascribed to the Department of Physical Chemistry and also to the Institute of Materials at the University of Alicante (Spain), where fruitful collaboration with other materials science researchers can be done. Our current staff is composed by four permanent members from both the University of Alicante and the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a number of Ph.D students, post-doc researchers and visitors.
Where we are
Our research facilities are divided in three separate working areas inside the University of Alicante. In the Faculty of Sciences (Fase-II block) we have at around 80 square meters space devoted almost exclusively to fundamental research. We carry out most of the applied research activities in the UA Research Institutes block, where we have about 220 square meters at our disposal divided in different working spaces. Finally, we also have a pilot plant where we can generate low-scale information about the behavior of the studied systems to be used in the design of larger facilities.
What we do
During the last years, it is noticed that traditional chemistry areas are converging and the boundaries between them are blurring very quickly. Of course, electrochemistry is not indifferent to this collective trend and, particularly, most of our research is performed in close collaboration with scientists coming from other areas of expertise. Some years ago, most of our activity focused on the use of electrochemistry for fundamental studies and research but currently we extend our activity to industrial electrochemistry, polymer science, electrochemical energy transformation systems, sensor devices and environmental and bioanalytical applications.