Ricardo Rocca

Ricardo Rocca

What do you like about science?

It opens your mind and it’s able to make you understand how nature works.

If you have not become a scientist, what would you be today?

It’s an interesting question, probably I’ll be a musician since I’ve played piano for 20 years at least.

What is your favorite place at work? Outside work?

I love to stay in the lab with my colleagues where we can share knowledge and ideas in order to push forward our know-how. When I’m not in the office I like to spend my free time with my friends going to social events, concerts, and other group activities.

What is your role in the SUBLIME project?

CRF is responsible for the definition of the requirements and specifications for the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): the initial definition of the key performance indicators (KPI), the protocols and criteria for the cells testing, the definition of the future targets for the battery cells in the battery electric vehicles for 2030.

How do you think will the results of SUBLIME contribute to a more sustainable world? How will the world be different after SUBLIME?

SUBLIME project will provide new knowledge on all-solid-state batteries, highlighting the limits and strong points of this new technology. Thanks to this project we will be able to deeply understand different aspects of the various components involved in solid-state batteries. This will help the development of safer, greener and cheaper batteries for automotive applications.

What research are you conducting at your institution and how is it applied in the SUBLIME project?

I’m working at CRF as First Stage Researcher, my focus is on the testing and characterization of Lithium-ion batteries from different point of views. With DFT calculations I’m able to investigate novel materials for batteries and to understand the properties and behavior during the cycling processes. I also perform tests on cells for electric and chemical characterization, in order to explore the evolution and the features of all-solid-state and liquid-electrolyte batteries.