PRIN 2017

PRIN 2017

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Title:  Novel Multilayered and Micro-Machined Electrode Nano-Architectures for Electrocatalytic Applications (Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers).

ICCOM Principal Investigator: Francesco Vizza.

Project type: National.

Duration: 05/06/2019-05/12/2022.

Abstract: The project aims to radically change the state of the art in electrode technology for fuel cells, water electrolyzers and for CO2 electroreduction. The project will achieve this
by introducing a new method for fabrication at the nanoscale of multi-layered electrodes based upon thin layers of supported active metals on thin layers of metal oxide promoters. Such materials will improve efficiency and lower device costs by reducing dramatically the precious metal content and by improving the mass activity of the precious metals present (e.g. Pt in fuel cells). Another important aspect will be removing the need for expensive polymeric ionomers for electrode manufacture (e.g. Nafion)by having very thin and nanostructured electrodes. This project will also develop alternative membranes to suit the new electrode structures. Both electrode and membrane development will be supported by ex-situ and in-situ spectroscopic studies with state of the art instrumentation. Finally, optimized metal-metal oxide nanostructures will be fabricated using micro machining techniques and these will be tested in water electrolyzers,CO2 electroreduction and H2 fed fuel cell.

Project Coordinator: Francesco Vizza, ICCOM-CNR.

ICCOM Participants: Hamish Miller, Alessandro Lavacchi, Ilaria Santoni, Francesco Vizza.

Partnership: ICCOM-CNR, University of Padua, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Florence, University of Milan.

Financed by: MIUR (Project PRIN 2017 code no. 2017YH9MRK).

Financial contribution (overall): 692.840 €.

Financial contribution (ICCOM): 135.461 €.

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