Dr. Ramón Escobar Galindo (01-10-1973) received his B.S in Physics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1997 and the PhD. title from the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) in 2003. Dr. Escobar Galindo currently works as R&D director of the Materials Science Program in the Thermosolar Energy department of Abengoa Research after an 11-years track record as a postdoctoral researcher in the Surface and Coatings Department in the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). In 2015, he completed a Master in Technology Management granted by Loyola University (Spain) and Georgetown University (USA). He lectured in the Applied Physics departments of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008-2009) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2012-2014) in Spain. Since 2015 he has been lecturing the MSc course “Functional Coatings and Thin Films” at Cranfield University in the UK. 
        Dr. Ramón Escobar Galindo has participated in more than 25 research projects comprising national (Cenit, CDTI, Consolider, Retos) and European (FP6, FP7, H2020) R&D programmes. He has been the main researcher in 13 of these projects, including the preparation, writing and coordination of FP7 and H2020 proposals. He has also been responsible for over 20 technology transfer activities both to technological centers and companies. His main research lines has been focused on the application of surface engineering solutions to develop advanced multifunctional coatings for energy (in particular in Concentrating Solar Thermal Power), optical and biomedical applications. 
        He has profound technical expertise in the synthesis (via PVD and CVD techniques) and characterization (GDOES, RBS, XPS, SIMS, XANES, SEM, AFM, XRD, UV-VIS-NIR, FTIR, mechanical and tribological test, etc.) of such materials. He is a regular user of large scientific facilities, such as the Positron Centre (TUDelft, The Netherlands), Centro de Microanálisis de Materiales (CMAM, Spain), European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF, France), Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB, Germany) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR, Germany). The results of his work have been published in 96 scientific publications and presented at 135 international conferences, including 21 invited contributions. Apart from journal publications he has worked as scientific consultant, elaborating technical reports upon request of companies (Akzo Nobel, Phillips, Corus) and universities (Los Alamos, Berkeley, Twente and Eindhoven). He is also co-inventor of 4 patents and has supervised 4 PhD theses.


Surface Engineering concepts for development of new 
Concentrating Solar Power materials
Ramón Escobar-Galindo

Abengoa Research S. L., Abengoa, Seville, Campus Palmas Altas 41014, Spain.
 Email: ramon.escobar@abengoa.com

       Thermal conversion of solar energy into electricity is one of the more efficient methods of harvesting renewable energy. In this regard, the development of new materials is crucial to improve the performance of concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. The future of thermosolar plants demands, among others, (i) mirrors with higher reflectivity, better protection and lower costs, (ii) absorber receiver components operating at higher temperatures, with wavelength selective capabilities or (iii) more stable materials under corrosive environments (i.e. molten salts). In this presentation a review of surface engineering concepts (i.e. tailoring of multilayer materials, control of the interface design) applied to thermosolar energy will be discussed. Examples of ultra-reflective dielectric multilayer mirrors1 and solar selective coatings for high temperature applications,2,3 will be presented.


(1)A. Jiménez-Solano, M. Anaya, M. E. Calvo, M. Alcon-Camas, C. Alcañiz, E. Guillén, N. Martínez, M.l Gallas, T. Preussner, R. Escobar-Galindo, H. Míguez. Aperiodic Metal-Dielectric Multilayers as Highly Efficient Sunlight Reflectors. Advanced Optical Materials 5,9 (2017) 1600833
(2)E. Céspedes, M. Wirz, J. A. Sánchez-García, L. Alvarez-Fraga, R. Escobar-Galindo and C. Prieto. Novel Mo-Si3N4 based selective coating for high temperature concentrating solar power applications. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 122 (2014)217–225
(3)I. Heras, M. Krause, G. Abrasonis, A. Pardo, J. L. Endrino, E. Guillén, R. Escobar Galindo. Advanced characterisation and optical simulation for the design of solar-selective coatings based on carbon: transition metal carbide nanocomposites. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 157 (2016) 580–590


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