PCE Team activities concern the wide range of electrochemical processes for energy conversion and storage. In this framework, the team coordinated FP7 community projects on direct methanol fuel cells (DURAMET) and aimed at developing components for electrolytic systems (ELECTROHYPEM), whereas it is currently coordinating an H2020 project (HPEM2GAS) concerning the scale up of new configurations for electrolysis systems and interfacing them with the network and renewable sources. In the national framework, the team took part actively in PON, POR, FIRB and PRIN projects, and it offers research and industrial development skills to national and international prestige companies involved in developing energy systems components and devices. The research activities main aim at developing the following technologies:
-Developing innovative components for SOFC cells: electrolytes that operate at intermediate temperatures (700-800°C), new anode catalysts for hydrocarbons direct oxidation (methane, propane, GPL) and syngases that are obtained from reforming processes for high molecular weight organic fuels; finalising cathodes with mixed conductivity (ionic and electrical), single cells electrochemical characterisation, design/realisation of stacks and electrochemical diagnostics.
-Development and electrical characterisation of sodium-metal chloride batteries such as ZEBRA using a ceramic electrolyte that operates at high temperature Developing Iron-air batteries operating at both low and high temperature. Finalising active nanostructured materials, reversible electrodes, developing innovative cells configurations (in collaboration with the DAFCE team).
-Study of electrolysis and co-electrolysis systems for hydrogen generation and CO2 conversion and developing materials and devices for polymeric direct alcohol fuel cells (in collaboration with the DAFCE team). Developing nanostructured and selective electro-catalysts, finalising proton and anion membranes, developing and characterisation of cell stacks for these technologies.
-Developing components for third-generation solar cells and photoelectrolysis cells. Developing oxides-based and sulphides-based large surface area semiconductors, study of electrolytes, finalising carbonic-material-based counter electrodes for DSSC. Developing new cell configurations and large area systems photoelectrochemical characterisation.
-Structural (XRD), morphological (TEM-SEM), chemical (EDX) and surface (XPS, LE-ISS) characterisation of materials.