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Professor María José Lavorante

Organic Chemistry

Institution of Scientific and Technological Research for Defense

María José Lavorante graduated as Sc Ba Chemistry from the Faculty of Technology and Science at the University of Salvador, Argentina. She is currently the Director of Research and Development in the Department of Renewable Energy at the Institution of Scientific and Technological Research for Defense, Argentina, and Head Professor in the Engineering Faculty at the Escuela Superior Técnica 'Div. Grl. Manuel Nicolás Savio', Argentina, where she oversees the fields of organic chemistry, organic synthesis, and solids and colloidal chemistry. Her research interests include alkaline water electrolyzers, PEM fuel cells and conductometric titrations.

María José is a member of the Argentina Chemistry Association, and has reviewed a number of different manuscripts to be presented at international conferences, such as the 2017 International Conference on New Energy and Future Energy System (NEFES 2017) and the 2017 International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2017). She also reviews articles that are published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy.

She has been involved in various investigation projects as a researcher, including ¨Innovative strategy for conversion of residues into remediation products for the environment and carbon dioxide capture (PICT 2012-2088)¨; ¨Development of hydrogen fuel cells for Antartic Base (OT 05 B 003/12)¨; ¨Hydrogen fuel cells: applications development of dual use (civil and for defense) (PIDDEF 21/11)¨; ¨Hydrogen fuel cell using polymer electrolyte membrane (PIDDEF 22/11)¨; ¨Combustion hydrogen and oxygen fuel cells using polymeric electrolyte membrane (PIDDEF 24/08)¨; and ¨PEM fuel cells (air-hydrogen)¨.

She has contributed chapters to a number of different books and conference proceedings including ¨Nafion® and the Study of the Kinetics of Neutralization and Exchange Reactions ¨ in Nafion: Properties, Structure and Applications (2016); ¨ConductometricTitration to Analyze Nafion® 117 Conductivity¨ in 2nd International Congress on Energy Efficiency and Energy Related Materials (ENEFM2014)  (2015); and ¨Zirfon®as Separator Material for Water Electrolysis under Specific Conditions¨ in International Congress on Energy Efficiency and Energy Related Materials (ENEFM2013) (2014).

Other recent publications include ¨Conductometric titration as a technique to determine variation in conductivity in perfluorosulfonic acid materials for fuel cells and electrolyzers" in the International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering (2017); ¨Performance of Stainless Steel 316L Electrodes with Modified Surface to be Use in Alkaline Water Electrolyzers¨ in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2016); ¨Water Electrolysis with Zirfon® as Separator and NaOH as Electrolyte¨ in Desalination and Water Treatment (2014); ¨Effect of Distances Between Electrodes, Agitation and Chemical Pickling Treatment in a Specific Electrolytic Cell for Alkaline Water Electrolysis¨ in the Journal of Energy Power Sources (2014); and ¨Design of an Integrated Power System using a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell¨ in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2014).