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Design of Thin-Film Nanocatalysts for On-Chip Fuel Cell Technology

Objective

chipCAT aims at the knowledge-driven development of a novel type of thin-film catalysts for silicon-based “on-chip” micro fuel cells (u-FCs). Combining fundamental surface-science, model catalysis, and first-principles computational studies, a detailed understanding of the surface chemistry on complex nanostructured catalysts will be achieved. This microscopic-level understanding will be used to tailor active sites and their mutual interplay at the nanoscale in order to maximize activity and selectivity and to reduce deactivation and poisoning. Starting from new oxide-based materials with minor demand for noble metals, new material concepts will be explored. Target structures defined by fundamental research will then by transferred to standard FC and u-FC catalysis by using advanced thin-film preparation techniques, such as magnetron sputtering and vacuum deposition. Knowledge-transfer between real and model catalysis will be guaranteed with atomic-level control, using a broad spectrum of surface spectroscopies, in-situ/operando spectroscopies, and microscopies with atomic resolution. Using modern microtechnologies, the novel tailor-made catalyst materials will be integrated into working FC test devices. Prototype devices will be fabricated for performance tests with results fed back to fundamental research. Finally, a process for laboratory-scale production of u-FC batches will be developed. Thus, we will connect surface science, model catalysis, state-of-the-art theory, thin-film-technology, applied heterogeneous catalysis, and microtechnology in an interdisciplinary approach, aiming at the development of a new generation of metal-oxide FC catalysts with improved performance and stability. This project not only will allow to drastically reduce or replace usage of critical materials in the related applications but also will open the pathway to groundbreaking energy storage technologies for mobile devices.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Coordinator

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Czechia

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Matolin (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 732 896

Participants (8)

SOLVICORE GMBH & CO KG

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Germany
EU contribution
€ 160 677
Address
Rodenbacher Chaussee 4
63457 Hanau

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Bachmann (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 840 868
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franziska Müller (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DIJON BOURGOGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 567 392
Address
Esplanade Erasme Maison De L Universite
21078 Dijon Cedex

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Raphaël Bretin (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 385 991
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesca Fortunati (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 389 244
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Gutierrez (Mr.)
THUNDERNIL SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 306 400
Address
Via Ugo Foscolo 8
35131 Padova

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimo Tormen (Dr.)
L.E.T. OPTOMECHANIKA PRAHA SPOL SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 284 438
Address
Hostivarska 62
10200 Praha

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tomas Fejt (Dr.)
GREENERITY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 8 000
Address
Rodenbacher Chaussee 4
63457 Hanau

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Meyer (Mr.)