Aitor Hornés is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Advanced Materials for Energy at IREC. Attracted by problem analysis and the search for solutions, he completed his Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry at Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) in 2010 and his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at University of Salamanca. From 2011 until mid of 2012 he worked as researcher at UNED and CIEMAT. Between 2008 and 2011 he performed short-term stays at internationally recognized research centres: University of Pennsylvania (UPenn, USA), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, France), University of Cadiz (UCA, Spain) and University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil). In 2012 he joined the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Stuttgart as a postdoctoral researcher working on metal-supported SOFCs. In 2014 he joined IREC as a postdoctoral researcher and in 2015 he was granted with a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship (IEF-MSCA). His worked was awarded with the Christian Friedrich Schönbein Bronze Medal due to the contribution in the European Fuel Cell Forum in 2016 (EFCF 2016). He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 1 book chapter, having a h-index of 15. Also, he has contributed in more than 30 international conferences and he served as Chairman at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) in 2016.
Currently, he manages Cell3Ditor project aiming for the development of multi-material 3D printed SOFC stacks which has been awarded as “Best Project Innovation” by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU).
His main research interests lie in the field of Renewable Energy and the development of efficient materials and systems for energy conversion and storage.

Date of birth: 25/06/1980