PRIN 2017 “MULTI-e”
Title: Multielectron transfer for the conversion of small molecules: an enabling technology for the chemical use of renewable energy.
ICCOM Principal Investigator : Giuliano Giambastiani.
Project Type: National.
Duration: 29/10/2019 – 29/04/2023.
Abstract: Main International Agencies have recently claimed that renewable energy will be soon the most economic source of energy. Therefore, it is mandatory and urgent to develop new chemical technologies fostering this transition as witnessed by the growing interest of EU on the topic. The conversion of small molecules (H2O, CO2, N2, O2) by photo- and/or electro-catalysis is an enabling technology in this direction and matches with EU priorities. The energy efficiency and selectivity depends largely on the creation of multielectron (low overpotential) transfer paths. However, studies on the knowledge-based design of materials for multielectron transfer are lacking. MULTI-e project aims at addressing this challenging research area by combining multidisciplinary expertise: theoretical modeling, advanced characterization techniques, material science, photo- and electro-catalysis. 2D-type materials and their derivatives will be investigated for the selective photo- and/or electro-conversion of small molecules through multielectron transfer processes, the latter induced by novel mechanisms for the generation of charged excitons or other active species stabilized on the surface enough time to allow their reaction with the target molecules.
Coordinator: Prof. Gabriele Centi, University of Messina.
Partnership: Università degli Studi di Messina, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Università degli Studi di Torino, Università degli Studi di Padova, Università degli Studi di Milano, ICCOM-CNR.
ICCOM participants: Giuliano Giambastiani, Andrea Rossin, Lapo Luconi, Giulia Tuci, Caterina Fusco.
Financed by: MIUR (Project PRIN 20179337R7).
Project total budget: 577.830 €.
ICCOM total budget: 89.347 €.