Elisabet Romero


Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona. Taking inspiration from photosynthesis, for which she demonstrated that quantum coherence plays a crucial role to determine the high efficiency of solar-energy conversion, she aims to develop a new generation of bio-inspired systems able to convert solar energy to fuels.

Her group’s objective is to design and construct chromophore-protein assemblies based on abundant and biodegradable materials with the capacity to absorb, transfer and convert sunlight into electrochemical energy with high efficiency, that once incorporated into devices will provide a renewable, safe and inexpensive energy solution towards a sustainable future. To achieve these ambitious goals, she counts with a motivated and talented research team, ultrafast laser spectroscopy as a main tool, and with financial support from the ICIQ’s Starting Career Programme, funded by the Severo Ochoa grant, along with a European Research Council Starting Grant.