Emilio Palomares (València,1974). He studied Biology at the UVEG (1997). After graduating he joined Prof. Hermenegildo García’s group at the UPV-ITQ-CSIC where he got his PhD (2001). In 2001 he was awarded a “Marie Curie” Fellowship ICL (London, UK). There he began his work with molecular devices for energy conversion, under the direction of Prof. James R. Durrant. In 2004 Emilio got a “Ramón y Cajal” Fellowship at the ICMolUVEG. In April 2006 he took a position at ICIQ. Since 2009 he is an ICREA research Professor at ICIQ. In 2009 he was awarded an ERC Starting grant to work on quantum dots for energy conversion devices and a ERC PoC in 2015. In 2006, Prof. Palomares got the Young Chemist Award by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2010, the INNOVA 2010 Award by the SusChem Spanish Association. In 2019 he was awarded with Energy & Environmental Solutions International Chair (E2S) by the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA). Later in 2020, September, he was elected ICIQ Director for the next 5 years.