Dr Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo

Dr. Pozo-Gonzalo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University. She attained her Degree and honours at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). After graduating, she received her PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) working with Prof. Peter J. Skabara on the electrochemical synthesis of Conducting Polymers. From 2004, she joined the Centre for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian (Spain) as Head of the Electrooptical unit where she stayed for 7 years, managing a total of 23 projects. Since moving to Australia, she has worked with Prof. Alan Bond at Monash University and in 2012 she joined Deakin University where she works in reversible metal air batteries with advanced electrolytes using ionic liquids, funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

Currently, she leads research on the use of ionic liquid electrolytes for energy storage devices, especially for metal oxygen technologies. Since 2018, her research has focused on circular economy in energy materials, working on the recovery of critical raw materials from spent batteries using sustainable methods, as well as eco-design of batteries. At Deakin University, she is also a theme champion for energy materials as part of the University’s Circular Economy mission pillar. She is a board member of the Journal Sustainable Chemistry and guest editor of a special issue: “Circular Economy in Energy Storage Materials”.

During her research career, she has authored and co-authored 86 peer-review international publications, two book chapters and holds 4 patents.