Atmospheric Pressure Gliding-arc Plasmas for the Sustainable Production of Ammonia and Hydrogen

Financial source:  European Union

Code:  US‐1380977

Acronym: ARCPLAS

Principal Investigator:
Ana Mª Gómez Ramírez, José Cotrino Bautista

01-01-2020/ 31-05-2023

Research team: Ana Borrás, Victor Rico. 


Work team doctors: Agustín R. González-Elipe, Joël Francois Tsoplefack, Paula de Navascués Garvín

Research team: Javier Brey Sánchez, Juan Rodríguez Archilla, Jesús Cuevas Maraver, Alberto Palmero Acevedo, Rafael Álvarez Molina

This project aims at developing gas chemical transformation processes through atmospheric pressure plasma technologies that use electricity as a direct energy vector. Specifically, the objective is to fine-tune a Plasma Atmospheric Gliding Arc Reactor (PAAD) to induce two processes of great industrial and environmental impact, such as the synthesis of ammonia (NH3) and the production of hydrogen (H2) from hydrocarbons and alcohols. 


A full plasma and vacuum integrated process for the synthesis of high efficiency planar and 1D conformal perovskite solar cells

Financial source:
European Union
Code: H2020-MSCA-IF-2014

Acronym: PlasmaPerovSol

Project ID: 661480

Research Supervisor:
Ángel Barranco Quero

Principal Investigator:
Juan Ramón Sánchez Valencia

01-01-2016 / 31-12-2017

Research group:
ICMS: Ana Borrás, Victor López, Francisco Aparicio

University Pablo de Olavide: Juan Antonio Anta, Jesús Idígoras

Photovoltaic or solar cells (SC) devices –that transform light into electricity- have been extensively studied in the last decades since they represent a promising way to exploit the sun energy. Currently, perovskite-based solar cells(SC) are receiving increasing attention due to their low cost and high efficiency. They are very promising as an alternative for the existing ones, but still need to advance to reach higher efficiency and durability and require synthesis methods compatible with the industrial production of CMOS devices at wafer scale. These recent SC are mostly fabricated via wet methods in planar architecture. Inherent to the nature of the wet approaches, usually appear several drawbacks as contaminations and chemical reactions on the interfaces that might result deterioration of the SC performance.
PlasmaPerovSol main objective is the fabrication of a complete perovskite solar cell device by a full plasma and vacuum integrated process carried out under the premises of the “one reactor concept”. Thus, the different components of the solar cell will be deposited sequentially within a vacuum reactor avoiding exposition of the materials and interfaces to air or solvents. The technology developed by the hosting group combine vacuum deposition assisted by plasma that permits the fabrication of conformal layers over a large variety of templates. This approach is also proposed here to fabricate conformal multilayers over 1D scaffold that will push the advantages of one-dimensional SC. Plasma and vacuum processes present as advantage the high purity and stoichiometric control on the deposition within an ample range of materials compositions. The synthesis approach is compatible with large scale industrial production and allows the fabrication of SC on processable and flexible substrates. At the same time, the low temperatures used make the approach compatible with current CMOS technology and by using masks permits their integration on preformed devices.





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Marie Curie Project. PlasmaPerovSol


01/01/2016  –  Project Starts!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 661480.


07/02/2016  –  A synchrotron project at DESY, Hamburg has been granted. The project “One-Dimensional conformal perovskite-based solar cells fabricated by a full plasma and vacuum integrated process” will allow to measure the different components of the solar cells by Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS). More Information at:


05/05/2016  –  One-Reactor System:


15/05/2016  –  Juan Ramon Sanchez-Valencia receives the 4th award “Manuel Losada Villasante” to the excellence in investigation and innovation.

A short interview after this award  is available at:

Some other links:



01/06/2016  – Interview with SOLAND, a a technology park of excellence focussed on renewable energies and eco-innovation.


15/06/2016  –  First GISAXS results …


25/11/2016  –  Assistance to an specialized course about Spectroscopic Ellipsometry for advanced optical characterization given by J.A. Woollam Co. at the University of Cadiz.

23/12/2016  –  NFFA proposal has been satisfactorily evaluated and will allow to access advanced characterization techniques such as Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) measurements.


22/02/2017  –  Training for the new Scanning Electron Microscope in the University Pablo de Olavide. The system is equipped (among others) with a 4-tip micromanipulator that can be used for electrical measurements.


22/03/2017  –  A new Article has just been accepted in Nanoscale. And it has been selected as the journal Cover.!divAbstract


05/05/2016  –  One-Reactor System is connected to the Glovebox and the Plasma source is fully operative.


19/04/2017  –  A new Article has just been accepted in Advanced Materials Interfaces. And it has been selected as the journal Cover.


01/06/2017  –  Adrien Soloy, a master student from the University of Lille has arrived to perform a two months secondment at our Laboratory. He will fabricate perovskite based solar cells.


29/05/2017  –  A new Article has just been accepted in ECS Transactions.


29/05/2017  –  A new open access Article has just been accepted in Scientific Reports.