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

ORCID: http:// orcid.org/0000-0001-6950-6788

Education Qualifications and Specializations: Degree in Chemistry, University of Messina, 1998 PhD in Materials Engineering and Chemical earned at the University of Messina earned in 2005.

Current Education Qualification: Researcher III level

 Scientific activity:

 – Development and characterisation of components for polymeric electrolyte fuel cells

  • preparation techniques of gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) and catalyzed membranes (CM) for polymeric electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC).
  • development of low Pt-based electrodes, CO-tolerant electrodes for average temperature and low relative humidity.
  • development and characterisation of catalysts for Pt- and Pt-based and its alloys PEFC, supported on carbon materials and non-carbon materials having reduced corrosion.

measurements of electrochemical characterisation in single cell-scale test stations from 5 to 200 cm2 and stack

  • electrochemical studies in terms of performance, stability, determination of main electrochemical parameters, accelerated degradation tests on components and commercial and/or lab-realised MEA
  • design and realisation of demonstration systems ad test stations for the characterisation of single cells and stacks having power from 10W to 5kW.
  • study on the functioning of single cells having different geometries and surfaces (from 5 to 200 cm2) at different operating conditions.
  • development of electrodes and MEA that are suitable for being used in stack configuration.
  • PEFC stack realisation and test having power within 10W and 5kW, being complete through auxiliary systems and control systems for different applications.

design and realisation of hydrogen storage demonstration systems

  • study of oxides-based materials supported on polymer matrix and aiming at carrying out H2 storage.
  • H2 storage prototypes realisation

Recent Publications:

  1.  F. Matera, I. Gatto, A. Patti, E. Passalacqua, Fuel Cell performance assessment for Closed-Loop Journal of Energy Chemistry, DOI: 10.1016/j.jechem.2016.01.017, 2016
  2. M. Santamaria, C. M. Pecoraro, F. Di Franco, F Di Quarto, I. Gatto, A. Saccà, Improvement in the performance of low temperature H2-O2 fuel cell with chitosan-phosphotungstic acid composite membranes, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.01.133, 2016
  3. A. 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, 3, 23530–23538, 2015
  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, Int. Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, 17394-17401, 2015.
  5. R. Pedicini; F. Matera, G. Giacoppo, I. Gatto, E. Passalacqua, Performance assessment of an integrated PEFC and an hydrogen storage device based on innovative material, Int. Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, 17388-17393, 2015.
  6. I. Gatto, A. Stassi, V. Baglio, A. Carbone, E. Passalacqua, A. S. Aricò, M. Schuster, B. Bauer, Optimization of perfluorosulphonic ionomer amount in gas diffusion electrodes for PEMFC operation under automotive conditions, Electrochimica Acta, 165, 450–455, 2015.
  7. A. Stassi, I. Gatto, A. Saccà, V. Baglio and A. S. Aricò, Enhancement of Oxygen Reduction and Mitigation of Ionomer Dry-Out by Using Insoluble Heteropoly Acids in the Catalytic Layer of Intermediate Temperature Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cells, Energies, 8(8), pp 7805-7817, 2015.
  8. A. Stassi, I. Gatto, V. Baglio, A. S.Aricò, Evaluation of Palladium-based electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction and hydrogen oxidation in intermediate temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 39, pp 21581–21587, 2014.
  9. R. Pedicini, B. Schiavo, P. Rispoli, A. Saccà, A. Carbone, I. Gatto, E. Passalacqua, Progress in polymeric material for hydrogen storage application in middle conditions, Energy 64, 607-614, 2014.
  10. A. Saccà, R. Pedicini, A. Carbone, I. Gatto, P. Fracas, E. Passalacqua, A preliminary investigation on reinforced double layer Nafion membranes for high temperature PEFCs application, Chem. Phys. Letters, 591 149-155, 2014.

Contact Information

  • Position Title: Researcher
  • Personal Title: Dr.
  • Location: Main building - office 12
  • Telephone number: 090 624 231
  • E-mail address: irene.gatto@itae.cnr.it