Better batteries thanks to salt and wind: The research work of Fabio La Mantia is funded by the European Research Council with around two million euro. La Mantia is Professor in the Department of Production Engineering and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM). La Mantia will use the ERC Consolidator Grant primarily for basic research in ElIonT (Electron and Ion Transfer at the Interface: a Hyphenated Dynamic Multi-Frequency Approach). He wants to investigate how advanced analytical methods, modeling, and precise experimental designs can be combined to better understand the effect of non-ideal particle interaction in the charge-transfer process at the solid-liquid interface. This process is the basis of all electrochemical systems, including fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries, which are much discussed in the energy transition.