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Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/A_Carbone,

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0493-4479

Education Qualifications and Specializations
Degree in Chemistry, University of Perugia, 1999.
PhD in Environmental and Energy Materials, University of Tor Vergata – Rome, 2006.

Current Education Qualification: Researcher III level

Since 2014, she has been involved in the IEA (International Energy Agency) Annex 31 (Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells) – Advanced Fuel Cells Implementing Agreement

In 2014 she managed the private research contract “Aqueous Electrolyte-based Polymeric membranes” for VRFB, which is drawn up between CNR-ITAE and KAD3 s.r.l.

From 2008 to 2015 she managed the Research Module “Selective transport polymers and membranes” concerning the project “Polymeric Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC) and Hydrogen storage”.

Since April 2015, she is the Technical Supervisor of a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between CNR-ITAE and IIT of Chicago.

In 2008, she won the program proclaimed by the CNR “Short Term Mobility” in collaboration with FC-Cubic, Japan.

In 2014, she won the program proclaimed by the CNR “Short Term Mobility” in collaboration with IIT of Chicago.

She carried out tutor activities for Italian thesis and dissertations (3) within the activities relating to the development of new polymeric materials for fuel cells (PEFC and AMFC) as a CNR tutor or Assistant Supervisor.

Scientific activity:
The scientific activity can be divided into:
– Development and characterisation of components for PEFC Fuel Cells, especially the following items:
– aromatic polymers, such as PEEK, PSF, PVA, etc. through the introduction of sulphonic groups;

– aromatic polymers such as PEEK and PSF through the introduction of chlorinated groups (chlorosulphonated or chloromethylated) and quaternary ammonium for the realisation of anion-exchange membranes
– polyaromatic membranes through the study of film processes with a doctor-blade technique on polymers at various levels of sulphonation; membranes through blends of polyaromatic items containing sulphonic and nitrogenous groups; composites membranes, containing functionalised and non-functionalised inorganic oxides;
– Nafion recast and composites membranes through the introduction of inorganic oxides in the polymer matrix;
– MEA composites – through the introduction of inorganic materials in both the membranes and the ionomer, which is part of the catalytic layer of the electrode, especially concerning the study of the inorganic material that shall be introduced according to the ionomer that is in use;
– reinforced perfluorofolfonic and non-perfluorofolfonic membranes, through the introduction of functionalised polymers for tissues in the membranes themselves;

– Study of perfluorofolfonic ionomers as an alternative to Nafion, and the best formulation for the realisation of electrodes for PEFC fuel cells;

– Development of hybrid membranes containing Nafion-based and s-PEEK porphyrin to be used as optical  sensor, acid-base, and application in PEFC fuel cells;

– Development and characterisation of components for electrochemical devices, especially the following items: – s-PSF and s-PEEK composites and non-composites membranes, at various levels of sulphonation for applications in PEFC fuel cells stacks having various power and VRFB fuel cells stacks; – both Nafion-based and polyaromatics membranes for their applications in electrochemical hydrogen compressors; – anionic membranes for AMFC applications.

Recent Publications:

  1. Dassisti M., Mastrorilli P., Rizzuti A., Cozzolino G., Chimienti M., Olabi A.G., Matera F., and Carbone A., Vanadium: A Transition Metal for Sustainable Energy Storing in Redox Flow Batteries. In: Saleem Hashmi (editor-in-chief), Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Oxford: Elsevier; 2016. pp. 1-24. ISBN: 978-0-12-803581-8
  2. Sasikala, S. Vinod Selvaganesh, A. K. Sahu, A.carbone, E. Passalacqua, “Block co-polymer templated mesoporous carbon-Nafion hybrid membranes for polymer electrolyte fuel cells under reduced relative humidity”, Journal of Membrane Science, 499, 2016, 503-514.
  3. Donnadio, M. Pica, A. Carbone, I. Gatto, T. Posati, G. Mariangeloni, M. Casciola, “Double Filler Reinforced Ionomer: A New Approach to the Design of Composite Membranes for Fuel Cell Applications, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 23530.
  4. A Carbone, A. Saccà, R. Pedicini, I. Gatto, E. Passalacqua, A. Romeo, L. Monsù Scolaro, M.A. Castriciano, “Composite sPEEK-TPyP membranes development for portable applications”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, 2015, 17394-17401.
  5. Fattoum, M. Arous, R. Pedicini, A. Carbone, C. Charnay, “Conductivity and dielectric relaxation in crosslinked PVA by oxalic and citric acids”, Polymer Science, serie A, 57, 2015,3, 321-329.
  6. Nicotera, K. Angjeli, L. Coppola, A. Enotiadis, R. Pedicini, A. Carbone, D. Gournis, “Composite Polymer Electrolyte Membranes based on Mg-Al Layered double hydroxide (LDH) platelets for H2/air-fed fuel cells”, Solid State Ionics, 276, 2015, 40-46.
  7. Gatto, A. Stassi, V. Baglio, A. Carbone, E. Passalacqua, A.S. Aricò, M. Schuster b, B. Bauer, “Optimization of perfluorosulphonic ionomer amount in gas diffusion electrodes for PEMFC operation under automotive conditions”, Electrochimica Acta, 165, 2015, 450-455.
  8. Kristina Angjeli, Isabella Nicotera, Maria Baikousi, Apostolos Enotiadis, Dimitrios Gournis, Ada Saccà, Enza Passalacqua, Alessandra Carbone, Investigation of layered double hydroxide (LDH) Nafion-based nanocomposite membranes for high temperature PEFCs, Energy Conversion and Management, 96, 2015, 39-46.
  9. Rolando Pedicini, Benedetto Schiavo, Ada Saccà, A. Carbone, Enza Passalacqua, “Progress in Polymeric Material for Hydrogen Storage Application in Middle Conditions”, Energy 64 , 2014, 607-614
  10. Alvarez, , C. Guzmán, S. Rivas, J. Ledesma–García, L. G. Arriaga, A. Saccà, A. Carbone, E. Passalacqua, “Composites Membranes based on Nafion/PAMAM Dendrimers for PEFCs”, Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy, 39, 2014, 16686-16693.

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Researcher
  • Personal Title: Dr.
  • Telephone number: 090 624 273
  • E-mail address: alessandra.carbone@itae.cnr.it