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Innovative interfaces for energy-related applications

Objective

"In this project we propose the development and investigation of a new class of composite nanomaterials for specific energy-related applications. In fact, in most cutting edge applications related to energy harnessing, harvesting and storage, nanomaterials are playing mayor role in enhancing and optimizing device performances, while maintaining affordable production costs for their effective exploitation.
Production of nanomaterials by design allows possibility of fine tuning the morphological and structural properties of complex structures, which result in new and/or modified functionalities at the nanoscale and at the macro scale, as a consequence. Critical role in determining such new properties is played by the interfaces among different nanomaterials, which regulate most of the physical and chemical characteristics of the new materials, like electronic band structure, optical properties, electron transport properties, etc.
As a few examples, Lithium ion intercalation in Li-ion batteries, electron transport in excitonic solar cells, and charge injection phenomena in photoelectrochemical systems are mostly regulated by the status of the interface at the nanoscale of suitably prepared nanomaterials addressing specific tasks like, for instance, regulating physical and/or chemical sorption, intercalation, and electrochemical reactions, inhibiting charge recombination through charge screening during electron transport, fastening exciton dissociation and charge injection from visible light absorbers (being either organic dyes and metal-organic dyes or inorganic quantum dots).
For this reason accurate and complete characterization of hetero-interfaces is a major issue for the development of advanced materials for energy applications.
The Consortium is composed of highly qualified Research and Academic centers involved in the development and characterization of advanced nanomaterials."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 163 800
Administrative Contact
Vittorio Morandi (Dr.)

Participants (4)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 48 300
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christophe Giraud (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 58 800
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jose Maria De Teresa (Prof.)
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 500
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ubachs Renate (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 109 200
Address
Avenida Vicent Sos Baynat S/n
12006 Castellon De La Plana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ismael Rodrigo-Martinez (Mr.)