HyMAP is the acronym for Hybrid Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis, the title of the ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr. V. A. de la Peña O’Shea in the 2014 call. The challenging process of Artificial Photosynthesis is based on the use of solar light to convert CO2 and water into energy-useful compounds like CO, methane, methanol and hydrogen – just as green plants do, but replacing the sugars they produce by those simpler compounds. HyMAP aims at developing a new generation of hybrid organo-inorganic materials that are able to efficiently promote, by photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical reactions, the chemical transformations ecompassed in artificial photosynthetic processes. In order to reach this goal, the HyMAP team investigates materials and processes and different scales – from nanoscaled catalysts to pilot-plant reactors.

Photoactivated Processes Unit, IMDEA Energy



Hydrogen as an alternative to diesel and the electric car

The European Union set the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % by 2020 and by 40 % by 2030. Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are considered zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) as they use hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, emitting only water to the atmosphere. Their use would imply a reduction of 15.12 Mt of CO2 equivalent annually thanks to the estimation of 140,000 vehicles that would travel in Spain by 2030. “Nowadays, approximately 200 entities work to make these estimations see daylight with an accumulated inversion of 3,560 million euros by 2030”, said Javier Brey, CEO of the Spanish Hydrogen Association.

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The HyMAP project is developed by the researchers of the Photoactivated Processes Unit at the IMDEA Energy Institute. The Photoactivated Processes Unit started its activities in January 2016. The main objective of the Unit is to develop of multifunctional materials, reactors and devices able to efficiently harvest light to drive photon-activated processes for energy and environmental application. In addition is also oriented to the deep understanding light-Material Interactions and its effect in the performance.


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