Lithium and alternatives to batteries in Mexico


Tuesday, April 23, 2024 I 10:00am CST I 6:00pm CEST I Language: Spanish

In this webinar we will address the importance of lithium in the development of the battery market, the critical aspects of lithium reserves to supply the global demand, as well as the strategic role of this mineral in Mexico. Alternatives to lithium and complementary devices will also be presented to extend its useful life.

The recording and the speakers' presentations are available here on our digital content platform The smarter E Digital.

Our Guests

Francisco Quiroga
Ambassador of Mexico to Germany

Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2021. Economist from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, and master in International Economics and Development, and in Operations Management.

His professional experience includes the Mexican public and the private sector, in Mexico and Germany. He began his professional career in the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development (now the Economy) in international trade. In the private sector he was a director and collaborator of companies in the steel sector, specializing in the development of global value chains, logistics and financing. Before being appointed Ambassador of Mexico to Germany, he served as Undersecretary of Mining in the Ministry of Economy.

Dra. Ana Karina Cuentas Gallegos
Researcher at the UNAM

Graduate in Chemical Sciences from the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey with a PhD in Chemistry (Materials Science) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​specializing in hybrid materials for energy storage devices. His doctoral thesis obtained the IIM-UNAM Award from the National Contest for the best Doctoral Thesis 2005 in the area of ​​Materials Sciences and Engineering. In 2015 she obtained the “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” recognition for her academic career.

She opened the research line of Hybrid Materials from Carbon for Electrochemical Supercapacitors at the Energy Research Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Shee carried out three research stays at the University of Nantes, France, establishing a collaboration on the topic of controlled incorporation of functional groups into carbon matrices for supercapacitors. She currently belongs to the National System of Researchers, level II and is assigned to the Nanostructures Department of the Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology of the UNAM.

She has more than 57 international publications and more than 2,000 citations of her published work. Her main research area is the design of nanostructured materials for energy storage devices, specifically electrochemical supercapacitors. Conducts experimental research on electrode materials for supercapacitors from various carbon materials (nanotubes, nanofibers, aerogels, activated carbon) and metal oxides to improve energy storage properties. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses related to materials science, energy storage and conversion.


Marisol Oropeza,
Consultant at matters, founder of Heat Changers, Marketing & PR Intersolar Mexico

Business and marketing strategist specialized in the solar thermal market at matters , based in Berlin. She holds a Degree in Business Administration from the UNAM and a Master in European Studies from the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. She completed an exchange semester at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, studied International Cooperation for Sustainable Development at the Technische Universtität Kaiserslautern, and is a graduate of the altMBA programme on leadership and business management of the American Seth Godin. She has worked in the public and private sectors in Mexico and Germany and has 15 years of experience in the solar thermal sector. She has advised major European companies and organizations and lead international projects such as the Heat Changers and the Solar Heating Initiative. She is Secretary for International Affairs of the ANES and works for Intersolar Mexico since 2019.

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