PRIN 2015

Acronym: SMARTNESS

Title: Solar driven chemistry: new materials for photo- and electro-catalysis

ICCOM Principal Investigator : Giuliano Giambastiani

Project Type: National

Duration: 05/02/2017-04/02/2020

Abstract: Solar-driven chemistry is a new scenario for the substitution of fossil fuels as source of energy and raw materials. Progresses in this area are critical to move to a sustainable (low-carbon) future and maintain competitiveness of research and chemical production in Italy. However, 43 years after the first experiment of photoelectrochemical water splitting, commercial production of hydrogen and solar fuels by this method is still a dream. To achieve a high efficiency in water splitting and/or CO2 reduction, semiconductors with superior electronic properties as well as catalysts with improved efficiency are required. Our project addresses this challenging topic, by developing new catalytic materials for the production of fossil-free solar fuels and chemicals via photo- or electro-catalysis

Coordinator: Prof. Gianfranco Pacchioni, Milano Bicocca University.

Partnership: Milano Bicocca University, University of Messina, University of Padua, University of Milan, University of Turin.

Other ICCOM participants:Giuliano Giambastiani, Hamish Miller.

Financed by: MIUR (Project PRIN 2015K7FZLH)

Project total budget: 454.066 €

ICCOM total budget: 69.500 €