Vanesa Muñoz Perales


Position: PhD candidate
Office: 1.1.D.23 (Adress: Calle Butarque 15, 28912 Leganés, Madrid.)


Vanesa Muñoz Perales is a PhD candidate in Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering at UC3M, under supervision of Marcos Vera Coello. Her doctoral research focuses on Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Validation of Redox Flow Batteries. She collaborates with the Unit of Electrochemical Processes at IMDEA Energía, where she has conducted an experimental campaign in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFBs).

Vanesa completed her Bachelor in Chemical Engineering in February 2017 at University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain). During her studies she did an internship for one year at CIEMAT research center (Madrid) in collaboration with the Department of Chemical and Environmental Technology at URJC (2015-2016). She worked on modeling, CFD simulation and experimental validation of photocatalytic reactors for the treatment of pollutants in air, and developed a rigorous kinetic model for the photocatalytic NOx removal.
She also holds a MSc in Renewable Energy in Electrical Systems from Graduate School of Engineering and Basic Sciences at UC3M (2018). During her master studies she got an internship to develop the MSc Thesis at ABB-CRC in Västerås (Sweden). She focused on the simulation of a new thermal and electrical insulating system for winding in electrical equipment.

Current research lines

  • Multiphysics models of Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs).
  • Flow distributors in electrochemical devices.
  • Porous electrodes microstructures.
  • Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in RFBs.

Research Projects

  • GeoBATT. Hibridación de energía geotérmica con baterías de flujo para la climatización de edificos terciarios de energía cero.
  • MOPACE. Modeling and Optimization of New Architectures and Components of Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Systems.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • V. Muñoz-Perales, S. Berling, E. García-Quismondo, M. Vera,  S. E. Ibáñez. The role of temperature in all-vanadium redox flow batteries. Work in progress.
  • V. Muñoz-Perales, M. van der Heijden, P. A. García-Salaberri, M. Vera, A. Forner-Cuenca. 3D printed flow field geometries improve the performance of redox flow batteries. Manuscript in preparation.
  • V. Muñoz-Perales, P. A. García-Salaberri, S. E. Ibáñez, M. Vera, A. Forner-Cuenca. Understanding the interaction between porous electrodes microstructures and flow field geometries in redox flow batteries. Manuscript in preparation.
  • V. Muñoz-Perales, S. Berling, E. García-Quismondo, M. Vera, P. A. García-Salaberri, J. Palma, S. E. Ibáñez (2022). Investigating the effects of operation variables on all-vandium redox flow batteries through an advanced unit-cell model. J. Electrochem. Soc. Peer-reviewed.
  • V. Muñoz-Perales, C. Casado, S. Suárez, B. Sánchez, J. Marugán. (2019). Photocatalytic NOx removal: Rigorous kinetic modelling and ISO standard reactor simulationCatalysis Today. Vol. 326: 82-93.


  • H. Hillborg; J. Islam; R. Saers; P. Rodríguez; V. Muñoz. 2019. SE Patent No. 1950868. "Insulated Winding for Electrical Equipment".

Research Stays

  File:Eindhoven University of Technology logo new.png - Wikimedia Commons    Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) - Membrane and Material Processes   -   6 months

"Flow Field Geometries and Electrode Microstructure in Redox Flow Batteries".

   IMDEA Energy Institute       IMDEA Energía (Madrid, Spain) - Unit of Electrochemical Processes   -   6 months

"Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries: experimental validation of the performance modelling in steady-state".

      File:ABB logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons         ABB Corporate Research Center (Västerås, Sweden)   -   6 months

"Silicon Gel Application In Electrical Rotating Machines".

Centro investigación CIEMAT. Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas -   CIEMAT Madrid (Madrid, Spain)   -   9 months

"Photocatalytic Reactors for the Treatment of Pollutants in Air.".