Title: Alkaline Membranes and Platinum-free catalysts Enabling innovative, open electRochemical devices for Energy storage and conversion.
ICCOM Principal Investigator: Francesco Vizza.
Project Type: National – FISR projects
Duration: 01/03/2021 – 28/02/2023.
Abstract: Electrochemical devices for energy conversion (e.g., fuel cells, FCs) and electrolyzers, ELs, are becoming key players to implement renewable energy sources on a large scale and to electrify surface transportation. Today’s FCs and ELs are limited by a large use of critical raw materials (e.g. platinum and platinum-group metals, PGMs), and high costs arising from specialty electrolyte systems. These issues could be addressed by developing high-performing, durable, and cheap FCs and ELs based on completely new materials, i.e.: (i) electrocatalysts (ECs) with a low loading of PGMs or “Pt-free”; and (ii) anion-exchange membranes (AEMs). In AMPERE, new ECs and AEMs will be synthesized and extensively studied. The most promising systems will be used to fabricate membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs), the heart of FCs and ELs, which will be tested in cell prototypes for performance and durability. The AMPERE consortium consists of three research units from university (UNIMIB-leader and UNIPD) and CNR (ICCOM, ITAE).
Partnership: CNR-ICCOM, CNR-ITAE, Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, Università degli Studi di PADOVA.
ICCOM participants: Francesco Vizza, Hamish Andrew Miller, Alessandro Lavacchi, Ilaria Santoni, Carlo Bartoli.
Financed by: FMIUR, project code n. FISR2019_01294.
Project total budget: 1.656.000,00 €
ICCOM total budget: 280.000,00 €