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Materials and technologies for the environmental sustainability and energy efficiency and sustainability

Working Group

Maria Pia Casaletto , Maria Angela Castriciano , Rosaria Ciriminna, Francesca Deganello, Valeria la Parola, Leonarda Francesca Liotta, Alessandro Longo, Franco Mingoia, Mario Pagliaro, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Maria Luisa Testa, Anna Maria Venezia , Marco Brucale , Bruno Brunetti , Pietro Calandra , Maria Cristina Campa , Daniela Caschera , Tilde de Caro, Gabriella Di Carlo, Amedeo Palma , Chiara Dionigi , Giuseppe Fierro , Gabriel Maria Ingo, Alessio Mezzi, Giampiero Ruani , Saulius Kaciulis, Roberta Toro , Mirko Seri (ISOF), Margherita Bolognesi (MISTER), Chiara Giuliani , Tanja Ivanovska (ICTP), Mario Prosa , Marta Tessarolo , Fabrizio Puleo , Maria Laura Tummino .



The activity focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials and development of devices for environmental catalysis, for green chemistry and for fuel and energy production from renewable energy production. These activities are aimed at the development of more advanced pollutant abatement technology, biodiesel production from biomass and electric energy generation by fuel cells or photovoltaic devices.

The Institute is nationally and internationally renowned for expertise in environmental catalysis concerning the abatement of gaseous pollutants (NOx, N2O, CH4, CO2, VOC’s) and fossil fuels upgrading through sulfur removal by using different materials (such as oxides or metal supported catalysts, mixed oxides and transition metal ions inside zeolites). Research activity is focused on the development of novel catalysts and on the investigation of structure-activity relationships with the aim to improve their efficiency. The Institute also works on the development of catalysts for oxidation at low temperature and for regioselective syntheses of organic molecules, on the biodiesel production by transesterification reactions, on the attainment of fine chemicals and fuels by reduction of platform molecules, on the hydrogen and biogas production through catalytic dry reforming and partial oxidation of methane and on the hydrogen production by thermochemical cycles. Moreover, mixed oxides with perovskite structure are investigated in fuel cell technology (FC-SOFC) and in Zn-air batteries, and composite membranes functionalised with aromatic molecules are developed for PEM fuel cell to be used in portable devise.

ISMN has also recognized expertise in organic and hybrid photovoltaics that represent the newest generation of technologies in solar power generation. Flexibility, low weight and low cost are the main benefits offered by these technologies thus enabling the development of portable applications and building integrated photovoltaics.
The current challenges reside in the combination of different factors as improving efficiency, increasing expected lifetime and decreasing production costs, having always in mind the environmental impact. In order to fit the purpose above, the research activity is focused mostly on the use of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies in organic photovoltaics, liquid electrolyte or solid state dye solar cells, and hybrid perovskite based solar cells. Special attention is paid to the development of synthesis and deposition procedures in order to allow a careful control of the morphological-structural properties, combining basic research for understanding the mechanisms governing the properties of these materials and applied research by developing methods for large-area deposition.

Projects

Collaborations

Progetti Attivi

 AcronimoTitoloResponsabile scientifico

TO-BE

Towards Oxide-Based Electronics

Dr.ssa Liotta

PRIN Q-PHO

Towards quantum-photovoltaics: ultrafast energy and charge transport in hybrid nanomaterials

Dr.ssa Castriciano

PRIN BIOPIC

Biopesticides for sustainable insect pest control

Dr.ssa Ciriminna

ITALIA/INDIA

Sviluppo di catalizzatori per l'ottenimento di bio combuistibili tramite fisher tropsch sintesi da gas di sintesi derivanti da biomasse

Dr.ssa Venezia

AIROR

Abbattimento di inquinanti gassosi in ambienti indoor su catalizzatori a base di oro

Dr.ssa Liotta

GRAPE-MAT

Materiali ibridi a base di grafene e perovskite per applicazioni nei settori dell'energia sostenibile e della protezione ambientale

Dr. Ruani

Progetti Conclusi

 AcronimoTitoloResponsabile scientifico

ALADIN

Nuova generazione di sistemi di illuminazione/segnalazione intelligenti ad alta
efficienza che incorporano generazione e accumulo energetico

Dr. Muccini

FLEXSOLAR

Celle fotovoltaiche flessibili a film sottile su substrati metallici a base di
materiali semiconduttori II-VI a basso costo ed a basso impatto ambientale

Dr. Dediu

MicroBioSis

Sistema integrato di micro-nanobiosensori per il monitoraggio remoto della
contaminazione da pesticidi e metalli pesanti nelle falde acquifere del Lazio

Dr.ssa Curulli

CNR-CSIR India

Catalytic partial oxidation of methane to syngas over Ni based nanocatalysts

Dr.ssa Venezia,Dr.ssa La Parola,Dr. Pantaleo,

PREMIALE

Fonti rinnovabili

Produzione di energia da fonti rinnovabili

Dr.Muccini
Dr. Ingo

PREMIALE Energia

Tecnologie integrate ed ecosostenibili per la produzione,l’accumulo e l’utilizzo dell’energia

Dr.ssa Liotta

PREMIALE Bioraffineria

Bioraffineria di terza generazione integratacon il territorio e biocombustibili

Dr.ssa Venezia

SEAPORT

Sviluppo di tecnologie innovative per la Sostenibilità Energetica
ed Ambientale di cantieri nautici ed aree PORTuali

Dr.ssa Venezia

STI-TAM

Sviluppo di Tecnologie Innovative il trattamento dei rifiuti
liquidi della navigazione finalizzate alla Tutela dell'Ambiente Marino

Dr.ssa La Parola

EFOR

Energia da FOnti Rinnovabili

Dr. Muccini
Dr. Ingo
Dr.ssa Liotta
Dr. Pagliaro

CNR-TUBITAK Turchia

Pd-containing advanced perovskite catalisysts for next generation Nox after treatment systems

Dr. Pantaleo,Dr.ssa La Parola,Dr.ssa Liotta,Dr.ssa Venezia

BIO4BIO

Valorizzazione Biomolecolare ed Energetica
di biomasse residuali del settore Agroindustriale ed Ittico

Dr. Pantaleo

TESEO

Tecnologie ad alta Efficienza per la Sostenibilità Energetica ed ambientale On-board

Dr.ssa Deganello

CNR-CNRST Marocco

Study of di, tri and tetravalent metal phosphates catalysts exchanged by transition metals (i.e. Ni, Co, Fe)
and/or noble metals (Pd and Ru). Application to the hydrogen production and to the glycerol acetylation

Dr.ssa Liotta

SUNFLOWER

Sustainable Novel Organic Watts Efficently Reliable

Dr. Muccini

RED-OX

Reducible oxide chemistry, structure and functions

Dr.ssa Liotta

Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA

CSEM

CH

BASF

BASF

CH

Dupont-Teijin Films

DTF

UK

AMCOR

AMC

CH

Agfa-Gevaert NV

AGFA

BE

Fluxim

FLUXIM

CH

University of Glasgow

GU

UK

Atlas

ATLAS

DE

SAES

SAES

IT

CNR – ISTM Perugia

CNR

IT

FHNW – Ecopreneurship institute

FHNW

CH

University of Chalmers

UCH

SE

FhG IVV

FhG

DE

Linköping Univ

ULI

SE

Universitat Jaume I

UJI

ES

GenesInk

GINK

FR

Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille

CNRS

FR

SAULE TECHNOLOGIES

SAULE

PL

ENEA- Laboratorio di Chimica e Tecnologia dei Materiali, Centro Ricerca Casaccia

ENEA

IT

CNR – NANO Lecce

CNR

IT

CNR – IPCF Messina

CNR

IT

CNR – ISM Montelibretti

CNR

IT

Università "Sapienza" Roma, Dipartimento di Chimica,

UNI

IT

Università "Sapienza" Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra

UNI

IT

Università “Roma Tre”, Dipartimento di Scienze

UNI

IT

Institute of Catalysis and Surface Science, Ungheria

MTA

HU

Institute of Petroleoquimica, Madrid, Spain)

CSIC

ES

Institute of Catalysis, Bulgaria

BAS

BU

GILDA Sincrotrone, France

ESRF

FR

Institute of Petroleum, (CSIR, India)

CSIR

INDIA

Chemical Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

KTH

SW

CNR-ITAE

CNR

IT

Université Mohammed V- Agdal, Marocco

CNRST

Marocco

Université de Lyon, IRCELYON, France

CNRS

FR