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Personal profile

Academic background

Antoni (Toni) Forner-Cuenca studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante (Spain), where he graduated as class Valedictorian in 2013. During his undergraduate studies, Toni performed research at the University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research, and SABIC Innovative Plastics. In 2013, Toni decided to pursue an academic career and moved to Zurich for his graduate education. At the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich, Toni initiated the development of novel gas diffusion layers with patterned wettability for polymer electrolyte fuel cells under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Boillat and Prof. Thomas J. Schmidt. Toni obtained his PhD in November 2016 and his work was recognized with the ETH Zurich Medal 2017 for outstanding PhD thesis and the Electrochemical Society Energy Technology Graduate Student Award 2017.

Later, at the beginning of 2017, Toni joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow. At MIT, Toni worked on the development of advanced electrodes for redox flow batteries. The focus on his work was two-fold. First, Toni elucidated the role of electrode microstructure on the performance of the device. The elucidated structure-function relationships are leveraged to design tailored electrodes. Second, Toni explored the role of surface treatments on electrodes to enhance electrochemical kinetics, increase hydrophilicity, and extend durability. On February 2019, Toni became Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

Research profile

Antoni Forner-Cuenca has been recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Membrane Materials and Processes Group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. The ultimate goal of his research is to enable the deployment of transformative energy technologies in the real world. To do so, he employs fundamental principles at the convergence of materials science, electrochemical engineering, and surface science to synthesize, characterize, simulate, and implement novel materials into next-generation electrochemical devices. We are especially interested in understanding complex transport through porous media, synthesizing functional polymeric coatings, and developing advanced in operando characterization techniques. We currently work on multiple electrochemical technologies including but not limited to fuel cells, electrolyzers, and redox flow batteries.

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 179 Citations
  • 14 Article
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Patent publication

Exploring the role of electrode microstructure on the performance of non-aqueous redox flow batteries

Forner Cuenca, A., Penn, E. E., Oliveira, A. M. & Brushett, F. R., 2019, In : Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 166, 10, p. A2230-A2241 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Pressure drop

Investigating electrode flooding in a flowing electrolyte, gas‐fed carbon dioxide electrolyzer

Leonard, M. E., Clarke, L. E., Forner Cuenca, A., Brown, S. & Brushett, F. R., 17 Nov 2019, In : ChemSusChem.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide
3 Citations (Scopus)

Topology optimization as a powerful tool to design advanced PEMFCs flow fields

Behrou, R., Pizzolato, A. & Forner-Cuenca, A., 1 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 135, p. 72-92 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shape optimization
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC)
Flow fields
flow distribution
Diffusion in gases
Fuel cells
6 Citations (Scopus)

Elucidating the nuanced effects of thermal pretreatment on carbon paper electrodes for vanadium Redox flow batteries

Greco, K. V., Forner-Cuenca, A., Mularczyk, A., Eller, J. & Brushett, F. R., 26 Dec 2018, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 10, 51, p. 44430–44442 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Surface chemistry


Architected electrodes – from computer to battery

Antoni Forner Cuenca (Recipient), Jul 2019

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific

Energy storage
Computer simulation

ETH Zurich Medal

Antoni Forner Cuenca (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific



Advanced separation technology

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