Role in the project: (i) Design and synthesis of solid-state electrolytes, in particular hybrid polymer electrolyte membranes (both nanocomposites gel-type and single-lithium conduction polymer electrolytes); (ii) physical-chemistry, structural and ion-transport characterisations of all electrolytes; (iii) Development of mesoporous carbon materials (e.g. CMK-3 and CMK-5) and carbon composite based electrodes.
Relevant expertise: The University of Calabria (UNICAL) is a public institution located in Calabria region, Italy. It is a medium size university with about 45.000 students and it has 14 Departments (distributed among Arts, Economics, Engineering, Sciences, Pharmacy and Political Sciences).
The PCAM Lab (Physical Chemistry and Applied Materials Laboratory) in the Department of Chemistry, aimed at the development and investigation of innovative materials which find application in energetic and environmental fields. In particular, research focus on the design, development and characterization of nanostructured and macromolecular hybrid materials (nanocomposite polymer electrolytes) for innovative and high-performance electrochemical devices in the energy conversion and storage: (i) Fuel Cells and Electrolysers (PEMFC, AEMFC, PEM water electrolysis); (ii) Solid-state Li-ion batteries; (iii) Electrochromic devices (intelligent photoelectrochromic windows). The advanced techniques of the laboratory allow wide chemical-physical, rheological/mechanical, electrochemical characterization of materials, and advanced studies by NMR spectroscopy (PFGSE, relaxometry, MRI, MAS).
Added value: This team is internationally recognised in the area of NMR spectroscopy studies (diffusion and relaxometry methods) applied to investigate the molecular dynamics and mechanisms which are the basis for the ionic conduction in such complex electrolytes, by the direct measurement of the self-diffusion coefficients and the relaxation times (T1 and T2), related to long-range and short-range mobility, respectively. This technique is also applied for the studies concerning materials for the separation and storage of gases, and in particular CO2.
PCAMLab webpage: https://pcamlab.ctc.unical.it/home-page