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Discover the team behind OHPERA

A strong team of top-leading institutions and SMEs

Coordinated by the University of Jaume I in Spain, the consortium gathers 2 universities, 2 R&I institutions and 2 SMEs.

The partnership, coordinated by the Institute of Advanced Materials at University of Jaume I (UJI-INAM), addresses all project life cycle stages through a convergent triple tactic by:

  • Covering the whole value chain of the necessary scientific disciplines.
  • Optimising the technological proposal from models (Institut Català d’Investigació Química – ICIQ) to materials (UJI, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev – BGU) and systems (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin – HZB).
  • Enabling an effective prospection of main project outputs from the lab to the market, by involving a technology broker specialised in the sustainability evaluation (LOMARTOV – LOM) and a leading company in electrochemical, catalysis and manufacturing focused on developing ground-breaking electrolyser technologies for effective energy utilisation (eChemicles Zrt – eCHEM).

Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) OF UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON (UJI)

OHPERA coordinator & leader of photoelectrodes fabrication and photoelectrochemical testing for H2 and high added-value products from glycerol

The research Institute of Advanced Materials at the University Jaume I (UJI-INAM) is a center of interdisciplinary science and technology in the fields of physics, chemistry, and related areas, applied to advanced materials, with vocation towards the progress of the socioeconomic environment and scientific excellence with international influence and impact. UJI-INAM activities are focused in three main areas: energy, optoelectronics, and catalysis. This center works on physical chemical understanding of advanced materials properties and operation, from molecules and interfaces to bulk compounds, connecting matter and light, to create new knowledge that bridges the gap between materials and devices. UJI-INAM focus on paving the role for new functional materials that generate applications in clean energy supply and storage, lighting, and the creation of chemicals of high added value. In this context, INAM-UJI is an international reference center in different fields of expertise, what has attracted a total of 60 PhD students and Postdoc researchers that have realized internships for a total of more than 300 months along the last 5 years.


Design and characterization of electrocatalytic and passivation layers for HER, OER, and GOR

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields. It has around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine; the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; The School of Brain sciences and Cognition​; The School of Sustainability and Climate Change​ and Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies. More than 100,000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel.

The University has three main campuses: The Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva; the research campus at Sde Boker and the Eilat Campus, and is home to national and multi-disciplinary research institutes: the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev; the National Institute of Solar Energy; the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology; the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research; the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, and Heksherim – The Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture.


Modeling of photoactive and photoelectrocatalytic materials

Founded in 2000 by the Government of Catalonia, the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia started its research activities in 2004. ICIQ is committed to performing excellent research at the frontier of knowledge in two main areas: Catalysis and Renewable Energy. The institute also has two other commitments: knowledge and technology transfer to the chemical, pharmaceutical and energy industrial sectors and that of training the future generation of scientists by offering high-quality educational programmes to master and PhD students as well as postdoctoral researchers. ICIQ mission is to lead, from the vantage point of molecular science, cross-strategies for solving major social and economic challenges, such as climate change and sustainable supply of energetic and raw materials, thereby contributing to the establishment of a knowledge-based economy and improving quality of life for all.


Design and demonstration of OHPERA proof-of-concept device

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB) is a legally independent member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF). HZB has around 1,200 coworkers and is financed by the Federal Government (90%) and the State of Berlin (10%). HZB operates the synchrotron source BESSY II, which provides deep insights into the structure of materials and the processes within complex systems. Further important focuses of HZB are accelerator, materials and energy research with a focus on thin-film technologies. The HZB research portfolio includes solar cells, solar fuels, thermoelectrics, materials for new, energy-efficient information technologies and electrochemical energy storage. Research on these energy materials is closely connected with the operation and advanced development of the BESSY II photon source. Each year around 3,000 scientists use the HZB infrastructure facilities.


Sustainability assessment and validation of OHPERA H2 production system & leader of communication and dissemination activities.

LOMARTOV is an innovative SME specialised in Applied Innovation Engineering. The company has validated experience in technology transfer, coaching and assessment, supporting both the upscaling and exploitation phase of the projects, and especially in the evaluation of the environmental, economic, and social impacts of novel technology-based solutions through Eco-design, and Life Cycle Assessment approach, encompassing environmental, economic, and social aspects.

Thanks to this set of capabilities and the qualified team, LOMARTOV acts as the interface between scientific research and industrial development to ensure the correct and efficient transfer of knowledge and know-how among the relevant stakeholders.


Contribution to system integration and the realisation of OHPERA proof-of-concept device. Lead the development of the exploitation strategy, which among others, encompasses market analysis, business development and stakeholder management.

eChemicles Zrt. is a company created by seasoned chemists, engineers and business developers with decades of experience in the electrochemical, catalysis, fine chemical and manufacturing industries. eChemicles develops innovative sustainable electrolyzer solutions to enable the chemical industry to reduce its environmental impact profitably. The company focuse on developing ground-breaking electrolyzer technologies that improve the sustainability of the chemical industry. The R&D Top 100 award-winning, patented high-pressure hydrogen generator, is now already utilized routinely in many laboratories on 4 continents, throughout the pharma, agrochemical, flavour & fragrance and academic markets. eChemicles currently focuses on the development of disruptive electrochemical technologies in the field of CO2 conversion and H2 generation, with the aim to rapidly bring them to the market.