Laboratory of Electrochemistry and Environmental Engineering (E3L), Chemical engineering department (University of Castilla-La Mancha)

The Department of Chemical Engineering (DIQ) of the University of Castilla-La Mancha was established in 1990, integrating all area chemical engineering teachers which, until then, were part of the now defunct Department of chemistry. Today, we find a University Department of great teaching and research potential in the fields of chemistry and environmental technology. the DIQ develops its investigation under premise that it must be of quality and applied, supported by a large number of scientific publications in prestigious journals in the field of chemical engineering, patents, participation in regional, national and European Science and Technology plans, as well as participation in a numbers of R & D conventions and contracts with companyies. The DIQ currently has thirty-seven teachers, thirty-five of them doctors, integrated into three research groups: the TEQUIMA group (Chemistry and Environmental Technology) the IMAES group (Chemical and Environmental Engineering) and INQUIME group (Chemistry and Environmental Engineering). The TEQUIMA is divided into three sections: Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials, Laboratory of Electrochemistry and Environmental Engineering (E3L), and the Laboratory of Separation Operations and Polymer Technology

Thanks to the experience gained since 2003 in the investigation of polymer fuel cells (PEMFC) operating at high temperature, membrane-based polybenzimidazole, the E3L began in 2014 to study storage systems based in redox flow battery due to their similarity to PEM fuel cells. This study was part of one of the tasks CTM2013-46512R Project aimed at integrating systems of electrochemical treatment for the removal of pesticides in water and soil, renewable energy systems with accumulation of it by redox flow batteries. We have worked mainly with all vanadium redox flow batteries. It has studied the behavior of them during loading and unloading with solar and wind energy profiles. Their electrodes and membranes have also been characterized. In addition, we studied the operation of a plant fueled by electrocoagulation redox flow battery.


  • CTM2013-46512-R Tecnología electroquímica para la eliminación de pesticidas en aguas y suelos. M.A. Rodrigo y P. Cañizares. Retos de la Sociedad. MINECO.  01/01/14-31/12/16.
    The objective is the elimination of pesticides in water and soil by different electrochemical technologies. In order to make these technologies more sustainable the Integration of renewable energy (solar and wind) with different electrochemical systems has been studied. In addition , we have studied the storage of renewable energy through Vanadium redox flow battery.



  • Dr. Justo Lobato: fuel cell biocells and battery research line responsible
  • Dr. Manuel A. Rodrigo: University professor
  • Esperanza Men: Researcher
  • Rubén López-Vizcaíno: Researcher
  • María Millán: Phd student


Selected papers:

  • Analysis of the start-up of a Redox flow battery as storage solar energy system. Rubén López-Vizcaíno, Esperanza Mena, Pablo Cañizares, Manuel A. Rodrigo, Justo Lobato. Applied Energy, 2016. Sent.
  • RFB as wind energy storage system. A case study. Esperanza Mena, Rubén López-Vizcaíno, Pablo Cañizares, Manuel A. Rodrigo, Justo Lobato. 2016. In preparation