Antonio Martínez Chaparro

Dr Antonio Martínez Chaparro

Department of Energy - CIEMAT.

Av. Complutense 40. 28040 Madrid-Spain
Phone number: +34913460897/+34913466525
Researcher ID:  AAW-4961-2021 


Antonio Martínez Chaparro studied Chemistry (1984-1989, Univ. Autónoma de Madrid) and received Doctorate in Chemistry from Univ. Complutense de Madrid (1995, `cum laude' with Premio Extraordinario) with a thesis on the development of a technique for photoelectrochemistry with micrometric spatial resolution, under the supervision of Prof. P. Salvador (CSIC). After a postdoctoral year working on Electron Spin Resonance (EPR) technique applied to catalysis (Prof. J. Soria, CSIC, 1995), he worked during two years at Hahn Meitner Institut (now Helmholtz Zentrum, Berlin) on semiconductors electrochemistry with Prof. H. Tributsch. In 1998 he joint the Renewable Energies Department of Ciemat as a post-doctoral fellow to work on the preparation and characterization of semiconductors thin films for photovoltaic applications within the group of Dra. M.T. Gutiérrez and Dr. J. Herrero. Later, in 2002, he took a position as staff researcher within the Fuel Cell Unit of Ciemat, headed at that moment by Dra. L. Daza, where he works at present as head of the Low Temperature Fuel Cells Group. Other short periods for research work of relevance at Univ. of Southampton, UK (1992, Prof. L.M. Peter), Univ. of Bath, UK (1993, Prof. L.M. Peter) and Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland (2005, Dr. G.G. Scherer).

Present work

Currently he works within the Fuel Cell Unit of Ciemat, inside the Low Temperature Fuel Cells Group, dedicated to the study of fuel cells of proton exchange membrane type (PEMFC). His research work covers the following topics (see Group page for details):

  • Fundamental electrochemistry: electrocatalysis for oxygen reduction.
  • Preparation of electrodes for PEMFC, by using novel techniques like electrodeposition and electrospray.
  • Studies in single PEMFC cells: fundamental studies, design and fabrication of components, determination of efficiency, and durability.
  • Air-breathing low temperature fuel cells for portable applications. 


He is member of the Electrochemical Society, International Electrochemical Society, and the Spanish Fuel Cells Association. He participates in normalization activities for fuel cells, as president of presides the CTN 222 and within the International Electrotechnical Commission group IEC/TC 105.