ICCOM - (Team Leader: Dr. A. Lavacchi)

General description:

The Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici (ICCOM) of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) (http://www.iccom.cnr.it/) consists of a head office and laboratories in Florence and two stations located in the Universities of Pisa and Bari. The permanent staff comprises 47 researchers, 9 technicians and 4 administrative persons. The non-permanent staff such as bourse-holders, contract-holders, PhDstudents, and graduate students are about 20. The institutional research relevant to the project subject covers the following areas:

· Direct Alcohols Fuel Cells (DAFCs)

· Electrolysis from alcohol containing solution for hydrogen production

· Nanostructured platinum-free electrocatalysts

· Photo and photo-electrocatalysts for water photolysis

· Production of raw chemicals from renewable resources

· High pressure IR and electrochemical cells & autoclaves design and construction

Role in the project and main tasks:

ICCOM is a project partner whose participation focuses on the following tasks:

- Design and construction of scientific instrumentation (pressurized electrochemical cell for fundamental electrochemistry and a bench-top single DEFC )

- High Temperature X-ray diffraction investigation of electro-catalytic materials.

- Fundamental electrochemical characterization.

Relevant experience:

ICCOM has a sound experience in the investigation of electro-catalytic processes relevant to sustainable development. In this context ICCOM has developed a consolidated know-how in the design and construction of pressurized EC cell as well FCs and electrolyser hardware. The Institute has been partner of a number of European (e.g. FP7 NANO-HOST, FP6 IDECAT) national and local research project. ICCOM as is also get a consistent fraction of its budget trough research agreements with private companies.

Key persons:

Dr. Alessandro Lavacchi (researcher) is an expert in material science and electrochemistry. His present research interest focuses on the investigation of the application of nanotechnology to new materials for electrocatalysis. He also has experience in the design of high temperature and high pressure electrochemical cells as well in the characterization of high temperature properties of materials.

Dr. Francesco Vizza (senior researcher) has a consolidated experience in the field of organo-metallic chemistry as well in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis. He also devoted part of his work to the development of new fuel cells and electrolyzers for renewable alcohols valorisation trough electro-oxidation.

Dr. Werner Oberhauser (researcher) is an expert in organo-metallic chemistry and its application to the electrocatalysis. His research activity also focuses on the investigation by XRD with a special emphasis on phase transition induced by high temperature.

Dr. Hamish Miller (researcher) is expert in fuel cells and electrolyser technology as well as in the fundamental characterization of electrochemical processes and of materials relevant to electrocatalysis

Mr. Carlo Bartoli is a technician whose main expertise is the realization of high pressure and high temperature chemical reactors.