CIC energiGUNE researcher Yaroslav Grosu receives a “Ramón y Cajal” grant from the State Research Agency

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The Ukrainian scientist’s candidacy has reached second place overall in the Energy and Transport Area

The grant, awarded as a Senior Researcher, is linked to the development of his research career at CIC energiGUNE for the next five years

Yaroslav Grosu, Ukrainian researcher at CIC energiGUNE, a leading Basque research centre in energy storage specialising in batteries, thermal energy solutions and hydrogen technologies, and member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance-BRTA, has obtained a “Ramón y Cajal” grant, awarded by the State Research Agency to State R&D Centres to enable doctoral research staff to continue developing their research careers. This grant, one of the most prestigious in Spain, has a duration of 5 years.

“It is a great honour to receive this recognition both from a personal and professional point of view, as it will allow me to continue the work and the line of research I am developing in Vitoria-Gasteiz with greater security”, said the Kyiv-born scientist: “The aim of my current work is the research of interfacial phenomena for thermal and thermo-mechanical energy applications such as heat storage, molecular springs, compatibility of storage materials… and this recognition is a boost to my research activity”.

Dr. Grosu submitted his application to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities in the Area of Energy and Transport, where he competed with other researchers from all over Spain for one of the 347 grants available. After the analysis process carried out by the State Research Agency, the CIC energiGUNE scientist obtained second place in the list of grants, in the specific field of Energy and Transport.

Yaroslav Grosu is currently Group Leader of ‘Interfacial Phenomena and Porous Media’ at CIC energiGUNE and is one of the six scientists from the Basque centre mentioned in the “Ranking of the World Scientists 2021”, a global reference publication for research work carried out annually by Stanford University and the academic publishing house Elsevier with the aim of highlighting the most influential scientists in the world. Dr. Grosu occupies an important place in this list in the field of Applied Physics.

Yaroslav Grosu’s career at CIC energiGUNE dates back to 2015, through a temporary contract as a Postdoctoral Researcher. From there, he went on to work in the Thermal Storage Area until occupying the current position of Group Leader. Previously, Grosu had completed doctoral studies at Blaise Pascal University, as well as at the National Technical University of Ukraine in Kyiv. His international research experience includes the University of California at Davis, the University of Birmingham, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and the Sapienza University of Rome. Over the course of his career he has produced 75 scientific publications and 2 patents, with more than 1000 citations during the last 5 years. His work has been presented at 40 international conferences.

As established by the State Research Agency, the “Ramón y Cajal” grants are aimed at promoting the incorporation of national and foreign researchers with an outstanding career in State R&D Centres. The selection is based on a rigorous competitive process of candidates based on their curricular merits and their ability to lead a line of research, based on their scientific and professional experience as well as the independence of their career.


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