Aitor Hornés joined Bax & Company in May 2020 as an innovation consultant of the Mobility, Materials and Smart Industry team.
He completed his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Salamanca in 2004. Attracted by problem analysis and the search for innovative solutions, in 2006 he joined the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP-CSIC) in Madrid, where he developed a sound knowledge of heterogenous catalysis, hydrogen technologies and fuel cells. This led him to obtain a PhD in Applied Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) in 2010 with summa cum laude.
Guided by his curious attitude, he has had the opportunity to enrich his knowledge by working at multiple national and international research and technological centres: University of Pennsylvania (USA), University of São Paulo (Brazil), University of Cádiz, UNED and CIEMAT. He also spent some time at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart (Germany), where he participated in the development of advanced materials for fuel cells.
In 2014 he joined the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) where he was granted a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship (IEF-MSCA) by the European Commission for the development of micro-fuel cells. During this period, he participated in 3 European projects expanding his expertise in Si-based technologies and additive manufacturing. Moreover, he gained experience in IP protection, entrepreneurship and business development from different technical courses.
His is the proud holder of the Christian Friedrich Schönbein Bronze Medal for his contribution to the European Fuel Cell Forum in 2016 (EFCF 2016). He has participated in 7 international projects, published more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 2 book chapters, and holds 1 patent application.
He loves to travel and get to know other cultures (having lived in 4 different countries). When not playing with his kids, he likes to read thrillers and stay physically active – running, climbing and doing handstands are his preferred activities. Aitor speaks Spanish, English, understands Catalan and has a basic knowledge of German.