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Education Qualifications and Specializations:

Degree in Materials Engineering – University of Messina – 1998;

Tenured Researcher III level

Scientific activity:

  • Design, realisation, and management of hydrogen generators prototypes (1÷30Nm3/h), based on different reforming processes (steam reforming, partial oxidation, autothermal reforming, tri-reforming) of light hydrocarbons (natural gas, propane), of biofuels (bioethanol, production waste of the agroindustrial, farm, and food industry) and production waste of the electronic components sector, to be used mainly with fuel cells; design of their related control systems.
  • Development and validation of mathematical models based on computational fluid dynamic that are able to link the study on momentum transport, energy, and mass with chemical kinetics of reactions that occur inside different catalytic reactors (reforming, preferential oxidation of carbon monoxide, etc.).
  • Design, realisation, and management of test stations for different primary fuels fed hydrogen generators that can test and characterise (varying at different operational conditions, such as temperature,pressure, molar ratio of reagents O2/C, H2O/C, etc.) different kind of reformers.
  • Feasibility studies aiming at valuating the actual technical advantage and cost effectiveness of the technology applied to fuel cells and reforming business development

 Recent Publications:

  1. Design of a biogas steam reforming Reactor: a modelling and experimental approach. F. Cipitì, O. Barbera, N. Briguglio, G. Giacoppo, C. Italiano, A.Vita. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy: in press.
  2. Experimental investigation on a methane fuel processor for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, V. Recupero. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy: Vol. 38, (2013), pp. 2387
  3. Model-based analysis of reactor geometrical configuration on CO preferential oxidation performance. F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, V. Recupero. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 34 (2009), p 4463.
  4. Design of a CO preferential oxidation reactor for PEFC systems: a modelling approach. F. Cipitì, V. Recupero. Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 146 (2009), p. 128.
  5. Stability Tests of a 5 kWeq LPG Hydrogen Generator for PEFC. F. Cipitì, V. Recupero, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà. ECS Transactions, Vol. 12 (2008), p. 487.
  6. Performance of a 5 kWe Fuel Processor for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells. F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, V. Recupero. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 33 (2008), p. 3197.
  7. Model-based investigation of a CO preferential oxidation reactor for polymer electrolyte fuel cell systems. F. Cipitì, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà, V. Recupero. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 32 (2007), p. 4040.
  8. 5 kWe LPG Hydrogen Generator for PEFC: Momentum-based Modelling of an Autothermal Reformer. F. Cipitì, V. Recupero, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà. Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, Vol. 4 (2007), p. 210.
  9. Experimental analysis of a 2 kWe LPG-based fuel processor for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. F. Cipitì, V. Recupero, L. Pino, A. Vita, M. Laganà. Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 157 (2006), p. 914.
  10. Development of a LPG fuel processor for PEFC systems: laboratory scale evaluation of autothermal reforming and preferential oxidation subunits. V. Recupero, L. Pino, A. Vita, F. Cipitì, M. Cordaro and M. Laganà. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 30 (2005), p. 963.
 

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Tenured Researcher III level
  • Personal Title: Ing.
  • E-mail address: francesco.cipiti@itae.cnr.it