The ”la Caixa” and MIT grants aim to support research projects carried out jointly between Spanish universities and MIT research groups, boosting cooperation between faculty, researchers and students. The inititative is part of the MISTI Global Seed Funds programme, which promotes collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts abroad.
In this first 2017 call, the awarded projects are in the fields of health (5), energy (5) or the global economy (2), and went to researchers at institutions all over the country, Catalunya (7), Madrid (2), Valencia (2) and Cantabria (1). The research centers include IQS-URL, IBEC, BSC, or the UPC in Catalunya. You can find the list and especifications of the 12 awarded projects in this press release.
Ignasi's project is focused on the investigation of new materials for photovoltaic applications. The aim is to study the use of a new kind of material, called a ferroelectric semiconductor, that may offer a powerful mechanism to convert sunlight into electricity. The goal of this challenging project is to use this new material to exceed the efficiency limits that dictate the physics underneath photovoltaic conversion in semiconductors, and built more efficient solar cells.
Read the news post at our website (New collaborative project between the MULFOX group and MIT, funded by “la Caixa” Foundation, 09/01/2018) and some of the news appeared in the media: