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Antonio S. Vita (orcid.= 0000-0003-0569-792X, researchgate) was born in Messina, 12/06/1972, graduated in Chemistry at the University of Messina 1997. He worked as scholar-ship at “Nicola Giordano” Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies (ITAE) of CNR from 1999 to 2002; with contracts from 2002 to 2007 and as researcher (permanent staff), from 2008 to today.

Actually, Dr. Vita is the Head of the Fuel Processing Materials And Technologies for Energetic and Environmental applications (FPMaTEE) Research Team (CNR-ITAE).

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
His scientific activity is mostly in the field of heterogeneous catalysis applied to the materials and technologies for the energy and industrial sector. Particularly, the current research
interests of Dr. Vita concern design and characterization of catalysts in pellets or structured form (monoliths, foams) for methanation (CO2 or syngas) and reforming processes (Steam,
Partial Oxidation, Autothermal, Oxy-Steam and Tri-reforming) of fossil fuels (natural gas, LPG, diesel) and renewable fuels (biogas, bio-ethanol).
Other activities are correlated with the development of catalytic systems for CO abatement (PROX) and of porous solid materials for gas stream cleaning (CO2 and H2S separation
from biogas).
Parallel to the development of materials, the research activity of Dr. Vita regards also the design and realization of small-scale Fuel Processor Systems based on reforming processes
of fossil and renewable fuels, finalized to syngas production and/or integration with Fuel Cell systems for mobile and stationary applications.
Some of the prototypes developed under national and international research programs and for private company are reported below:
• Reforming unit based on a diesel steam reforming (SR), dedicated to a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) in a power range
until 1 kWe, to support auxiliary power units (APUs) for naval applications (DSR1, PON TESEO);
• Reforming unit developed to reach a nominal syngas production of about 2.5 Nm3/h of syngas (H2 + CO) from SR or OSR of biogas produced in an industrial wastewater treatment
plant (SOFCOM EU project);
• Reforming unit developed to reach a nominal syngas production of about 2.5 Nm3/h of syngas (H2 + CO) from SR or OSR of biogas produced in an industrial wastewater treatment
plant (SOFCOM EU project);
• Hydrogen generator unit projected and realized for a maximum hydrogen production of 8.5 Nm3/h, based
on autothermal reforming of CH4/C3H8 (HYGEN II, SIRTIS, AUTOGAS NORD);
• Hydrogen generator unit projected and realized for a maximum hydrogen production of 5 Nm3/h, based on autothermal reforming of CH4/C3H8 (HYGEN I);
All these research activities are carried out in three laboratories at the ITAE, assigned to the scientific responsibility of Dr. Vita:
• Development of catalysts for CO2/Syngas methanation and hydrogen/Syngas production from traditional and alternative fuels;
• Development of reactors and prototypes for methanation and reforming processes;
• Test station for reactor and prototype.
Moreover, He is also responsible for the safety in the laboratories listed above.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES WITHIN PROJECTS
Dr. Vita is involved in several International and National research programs, some of the more recent are shown below:
• MSE-“Fondo per la Ricerca di Sistema Elettrico –– Piano Triennale 2015–2017 – Progetto Sistemi Elettrochimici per l’accumulo di energia”. (POA 2015, Scientific Responsible for
CO2 methanation catalysts development activity)
• PON Imprese e Competività 2016-2020, Combined HEAt, Power, and Hydrogen generation system integrated in a hydrogen filling station, (CHEAPH2, Scientific Responsible for
catalyst characterization and test/optimization of an ATR unit);
• PRIN 2012–2015, Intensification of Catalytic Processes for Clean Energy, Low-Emission Transport and Sustainable Chemistry using Open-Cell Foams as Novel Advanced Structured
Materials (IFOAMS, Head of the ITAE Research Unit);
• PON TESEO 2012-2015, Development and characterization of a diesel reforming unit properly sized to feeding a solid oxide (SOFC) fuel cell system (0.5-1 kW), (Head of the ITAE
Research Unit);
• PON TESEO 2012-2015, Integration and characterization of the reformer-SOFC system fed with diesel for powering auxiliary unit on-board in naval applications (Head of the ITAE
Research Unit);
• SOFCOM EU 2011-2015, SOFC CCHP with poly-fuel: Operation and Maintenance (Responsible for the biogas reformer developing).

PARTICIPATION TO INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC BOARDS
Dr. Vita is member of:
• EERA (EUROPEAN ENERGY RESEARCH ALLIANCE): WORKING GROUP SP2 CHEMICAL ENERGY STORAGE
• Technical Steering Committee (HySA Catalysis, Hydrogen South Africa)
• European N.ERGHY group on fuel cells and hydrogen

Recent publications:

  1. A. VITA, C. Italiano, L. Pino, P. Frontera, M. Ferraro, V. Antonucc (2018). Activity and stability of powder and monolith-coated Ni/GDC catalysts for CO2 methanation. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, vol. 226, p. 384-395, ISSN: 0926-3373, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.12.078
  2. A. Vita, C. Italiano, D. Previtali, C. Fabiano, A. Palella, F. Freni, G. Bozzano, L. Pino, F. Manenti, F.b (2018). Methanol synthesis from biogas: A thermodynamic analysis. RENEWABLE ENERGY, vol. 118, p. 673-684, ISSN: 1879-0682, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.11.029
  3. M.A. Ashraf, O. Sanz, C. Italiano, A. Vita, M. Montes, S. Specchia (2018). Analysis of Ru/La-Al2O3 catalyst loading on alumina monoliths and controlling regimes in methane steam reforming. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, vol. 334, p. 1792-1807, ISSN: 1385-8947, doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.11.154
  4. A. VITA, C. ITALIANO, L. PINO, M. LAGANÀ, V. RECUPERO (2017). Hydrogen-rich gas production by steam reforming of n-dodecane. Part II: stability, regenerability and sulfur poisoning of low loading Rh-based catalyst. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, vol. 218, p. 317-326, ISSN: 0926-3373 –
  5. L. PINO, C. ITALIANO, A. VITA, M. LAGANÀ, V. RECUPERO (2017). Ce0.70La0.20Ni0.10O2- catalyst for methane dry reforming: Influence of reduction temperature on the catalytic activity and stability. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, vol. 218, p. 779-792, ISSN: 0926-3373
  6. S. Specchia, G. Ercolino, S. Karimi, C. Italiano, A. Vita (2017). Solution combustion synthesis for preparation of structured catalysts: A mini-review on process intensification for energy applications and pollution control. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SELF-PROPAGATING HIGH-TEMPERATURE SYNTHESIS, vol. 26, p. 166-186, ISSN: 1061-3862, doi:10.3103/S1061386217030062
  7. A. Iulianelli, S. Liguori, A. Vita, C. Italiano, C. Fabiano, Y. Huang, A. Basile (2016). The oncoming energy vector: Hydrogen produced in Pd-composite membrane reactor via bioethanol reforming over Ni/CeO2 catalyst. CATALYSIS TODAY, vol. 259, p. 368-375, ISSN: 0920-5861, doi:ttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2015.04.046
  8. A. VITA, C. ITALIANO, C. FABIANO, L. PINO, M.LAGANÀ, V. RECUPERO (2016). Hydrogen-rich gas production by steam reforming of n-dodecane: Part I : Catalytic activity of Pt/CeO2 catalysts in optimized bed configuration. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, vol. 199, p. 350-360, ISSN: 0926-3373
  9. C. FABIANO, C. ITALIANO, A. VITA, L. PINO, M. LAGANÀ, V. RECUPERO (2016). Performance of 1.5 Nm3/h hydrogen generator by steam reforming of n-dodecane for naval applications. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 41, p. 19475-19483, ISSN: 1879-3487
  10. C. ITALIANO, R. BALZAROTTI, A. VITA, S. LATORRATA, C. FABIANO, L. PINO, C. CRISTIANI (2016). Preparation of structured catalysts with Ni and Ni-Rh/CeO2 catalytic layers for syngas production by biogas reforming processes. CATALYSIS TODAY, vol. 273, p. 3-11, ISSN: 0920-5861
  11. R. BALZAROTTI, C. ITALIANO, L. PINO, C. CRISTIANI, A. VITA (2016). Ni/CeO2-thin ceramic layer depositions on ceramic monoliths for syngas production by oxy steam Reforming of biogas. FUEL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, vol. 149, p. 40-48, ISSN: 0378-3820
  12. A. Vita, C. Italiano, C. Fabiano, M. Laganà, L. Pino (2015). Influence of Ce-precursor and fuel on structure and catalytic activity of combustion synthesized Ni/CeO2 catalysts for biogas oxidative steam reforming. MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, vol. 163, p. 337-347, ISSN: 0254-0584, doi: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2015.07.048
  13. A. Vita, G. Cristiano, C. Italiano, L. Pino, S. Specchia (2015). Syngas production by methane oxy-steam reforming on Me/CeO2 (Me = Rh, Pt, Ni) catalyst lined on cordierite monoliths. APPLIED CATALYSIS. B, ENVIRONMENTAL, vol. 162, p. 551-563, ISSN: 0926-3373, doi: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.07.028
  14. A. Vita, G. Cristiano, C. Italiano, S. Specchia, F. Cipitì, V. Specchia (2014). Methane oxy-steam reforming reaction: Performances of Ru/g-Al2O3 catalysts loaded on structured cordierite monoliths. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 39, p. 18592-18603, ISSN: 1879-3487, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2014.03.114
  15. A. Vita, L.Pino, F. Cipitì, M. Laganà, V. Recupero (2014). Biogas as renewable raw material for syngas production by tri-reforming process over NiCeO2 catalysts: Optimal operative condition and effect of nickel content. FUEL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, vol. 127, p. 47-58, ISSN: 0378-3820, doi: DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2014.06.014
 

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Ricercatore
  • Personal Title: PhD.
  • Location: Messina
  • Telephone number: +39090624297
  • E-mail address: antonio.vita@itae.cnr.it