Lab for Energy and Water Research 

                                          Dr. Eddie López Honorato


                                          Centre for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute-Saltillo


                                          Tel: +52 (844) 438 9637



  • PhD in Materials Science. University of Manchester, UK, 2008. 

  • MSc in Metallic and Ceramic Materials, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, 2003.

  • BSc in Chemistry, National University Autonomous of México, México, 2002. 


Professional Experience 


  • Researcher. Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (Cinvestav), 2012-current.

  • Research Fellow. European Commission, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Germany, 2010-2012. 

  • Research Associate. University of Manchester, UK, 2008-2010. 


Research Interests 


Our group works on the development of materials and nano-materials primarily for extreme conditions, such as radiation, corrosion and temperature. Additionally, we use nano-materials to tackle the worldwide problem of arsenic contamination in drinking water. For this purpose we combine computer modeling and experimental work. 



  • TRISO coated fuel particles. We study the relationship between deposition conditions-microstructure-physical properties of the SiC and PyC coatings used in the fabrication of coated fuel particles. Particularly, we are performing a combination of experiments and molecular dynamics modelling to understand the diffusion behaviour of silver through SiC. 

  • Carbides and Nitride fuels for Fast Reactors. We investigate new routes to synthetize and sinterize carbide and nitride fuels through the use of surrogates such as ZrN and ZrC. We are particularly interested in the use and development of nano-materials. 














Figure 1. TRISO coated fuel particle. 





Learning from structures found in nature such as seashells and fish scales, we are developing biomimetic coatings for the corrosion protection of metallic structures in desalination plants and offshore wind farms.  













Figure 2. Biomaterials that we aim to imitate (seashell and fish scales)




The presence of arsenic in drinking water is a serious problem particularly in desert areas. Our group is studying the use of nanomaterials to increase the selectivity and efficiency of removal of this element in drinking water. We also combine the use of computer modeling to design molecules and nano-materials with a strong interaction with arsenic.















Figure 3. Computer simulation of the interaction between calix[n]arenes and arsenic (purple colour).