Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Development

Research Areas:

Polymeric, Solid Oxide and Microbial Fuel Cells (PEMFC, SOFC, MFC). Fuel Cells are devices that can directly convert the chemical energy of a reaction into electrical energy. When coupled with hydrogen generating devices based on renewable energy sources, Fuel Cells represent the core of a zero-emission device.

Redox Flow Batteries, both organic and metal based. RFBs allowto store larger amount of energy at lower cost than traditional batteries thus representing one of the most promising options for large-scale energy storage.

Thermal solar: study of innovative technologies for medium temperatures chemicals storage systems for heat transport fluids (HTF) and heat storage materials (HSM) in concentrated solar power plants (CSP).Focus on innovation methods aimed to improve energy storage, by characterization of thermal, chemical and physical properties of materials used anddeveloping modelling systems for the design of materials used as heat storage.

Development and optimisation of natural polyphenols micro/nanocapsules and micro/nanoparticles for active delivery electrospinning of natural polyphenols for carbon fibre production and electrospun biomaterials for medical and cosmetic devices. Development of innovative materials for biofilm control.

Organic and bio-mimetic photovoltaic. Development of hybrid films supported on metallic or semi-conducting surfaces.

Electrochemical gas sensors for environmental monitoring and automotive exhaust control. Such sensor represent a viable alternative to conventional expensive and bulky spectroscopic instrumentation.

Bio-nanotechnologies: study of biological or bio-inspired materials characterized by autoassembling properties to be used in nanodevices or nanostructures for biomedical applications. A wide span of possible application is covered, from drug delivery, to tissue engineering, to molecular diagnostic. Advanced calculation techniques may also be used to design specific nanostructures.

Physical deposition of  oxides thin films and heterostructures for sensors and energy applications.   Ionicallyconductingoxides for micro-SOFCsapplications.