26. Mar. 2021

Edurne Redondo who is originally from Spain was a guest of the Basque station Euskadi Irratia (EITB). In an interview the scientist who works in Martin Pumera's research group at CEITEC BUT answered mainly questions related to research focused on the production of conductive three-dimensional printed parts. Furthermore, she also mentioned fragments of her life in the Czech Republic and her recent American Chemical Review Award.

Within the research group Future Energy and Innovation, Edurne Redondo deals with 3D printing for electrochemical applications. It is mainly the printing of new conductive materials that can be used as electrodes for energy storage and conversion, as well as sensing. These materials are loaded into the 3D printer in the form of filaments. "We use commercial filaments that are conductive. They are composed of athermoplastic, PLA, and additives, such as graphene or carbon. We try to increase the conductivity of the materials by chemical processing and use it for electrochemical applications," she said in the interview.

The great success that the scientist recently achieved, together with Michelle Browne and Martin Pumera, was the award by the highly impacted Chemical Reviews (IF 54.301). It was not an award for a specific article based on experimental work, but an award for a summary of already published articles. She evaluates  publishing activity as a very important part of her scientific work. "In the articles, we justify our research and conclude it in a certain way. Sometimes articles remain in the scientific community, but as scientists we are aware of the importance of showing what we do to the rest of the world," she replied in response to questions about publishing in magazines.

Edurne Redondo studied chemistry at the University of the Basque Country, completed her doctorate thesis at the Autonomous University of Madrid for which she carried out the experimental work at the CIC Energigune in Miñao. Her journey to the Czech Republic therefore led through several states. "It was a coincidence. When I finished my doctoral thesis, I was looking for job offers. I was interested in the advertisement of Martin Pumera's group. Likewise many Basque,  I didn't connect the Czech Republic so much with research before, but it excited me to try it for myself. However, the truth is that our research center is very well equipped and research is at a high level in the Czech Republic,“ she said.

She evaluated her life in Brno, where she moved a year and a half ago, very positively. She just complained a little about how hard it was to pronounce the name of the city. "Locals call it Brno, but it's easier to call it Berno for me. The way of life here is relatively close to me and I like how quiet and less touristy it is compared to Prague," said the native of Karrantza.

You can listen to the whole interview with Edurne Redondo in the original version HERE.        

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