Ainara joined Imperial College as an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellow and recently has been appointed as a lecturer in the department. She is interested in the research of conducting ceramics primarily focused in their potential application in energy devices (solid oxide fuel cells, electrolysers and secondary batteries).
Her work is centred upon the study of the relationship between the defect structure and transport, electrochemical and catalytic properties of ceramics in order to design materials with improved properties. Through this she has developed new materials with substantial increased in the performance than those of the current state-of-the-art. She has published over 45 research papers in this field and holds 1 patent on their applications.
Her current research activity is mainly focused in the study of the bulk and surface properties of three main types of materials: i) Selective ion-conductive membranes (Li, Na , H and oxygen conductors), ii) Mixed ionic-electronic conductors and iii) Bi-functional electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution and reduction reactions.