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Title: From metal nanoparticles to molecular complexes in electrocatalysis for green hydrogen evolution and simultaneous fine chemicals production.

ICCOM Principal Investigator: Francesco Vizza.

Project type: National.

Duration: 28/09/2023 – 27/09/2025.

Abstract: This research proposal will introduce a disruptive process for the co-production of green hydrogen and decarbonized chemicals through the electrochemical reforming (ER) of green feedstock and waste biomass recovery. Electrochemical reforming involves the oxidation of an alcohol o sugar molecule at the anode of an electrolysis cell with H2 evolution at the cathode electrode. No oxygen is evolved reducing the risk of explosion from mixing with H2. Electrochemical reforming offers the possibility to produce H2 at high pressure, virtually eliminating energy-costly multistage compression. The product(s) of the alcohol oxidation are valuable industrially relevant mono or multi carboxylate compounds (e.g. lactate and acrylate). The project will achieve its goal by developing and synthesizing molecular catalysts rather than metal based nanoparticle catalysts.

Coordinator: Francesco Vizza (CNR-ICCOM).

Partnership: CNR-ICCOM, University of Modena, Università of Florence.

ICCOM participants: Francesco Vizza, Caterina Fusco, Hamish A. Miller.

Financed by: Projects MUR PRIN 2022, project code no. 2022NW4P2T.

Project overall budget: 197.647,00 €.

ICCOM budget: 87.819,00 €.

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