Miguel Antonio Peña
Research Scientist – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
From May 8 to May 13, 2018
Miguel A. Peña received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1990 from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He is researcher at the CSIC since 1993, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame (USA), at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China), and at the Istituto di Tecnologie Avanzate per l’Energia (Italy). He is Secretary of the Spanish Hydrogen Association, member of the AENOR Technical Standardization Committee of hydrogen technologies, member of the different advisory committees of government agencies, and organizer of several international congresses. His research interests are focused mainly in catalytic processes for clean energy production, specifically in catalytic applications of perovskite oxides (PhD dissertation), natural gas conversion, catalytic combustion, catalytic membrane reactors, hydrogen production, and fuel cell catalysts. He has published more than 100 research papers, has collaborated in the edition of 7 books, and is co-inventor of 6 patents.
During my former stay in Faber Residency last year, several colleagues and I were working in the first steps of the Educacont project, a proposal that I launched in Robolot 2018. The objective of the project is to get involved different education centers, from primary to secondary education, in the design, assembling and use of sensoring systems for measurement of the atmospheric pollution (mainly nitrogen oxides and atmospheric particulate matter) by mean of electronic components typical in educational robotics. Now, it is time of analyzing the progress of the implementation of the project, and to decide about the next phases.