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Bottom-up fabrication of nano carbon-inorganic hybrid materials for photocatalytic hydrogen production

Objective

CARINHYPH projects deals with the hierarchical assembly of functional nanomaterials into novel nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid structures for energy generation by photocatalyic hydrogen production, with Carbon NanoTubes (CNTs) and graphene the choice of nanocarbons. The scientific activities include the development of new functionalisation strategies targeted at improving charge transfer in hybrids and therefore their photocatalytic activity, and in transferring these synergistic effects by assembling the hybrid units into macroscopic structures.

Three different types of hybrid architectures will be explored: Hybrid 1 – consisting of inorganic gyroids impregnated with the nanocarbon; Hybrid 2 – consisting of nanocarbon membranes coated with the inorganic compound by atomic layer deposition; Hybrid 3 - electrospun hybrid fibres.

CARINHYPH specifically aims to tailor interfacial charge and energy transfer processes by means of chemical functionalisation and evaluate them with photochemical and transient spectroscopy, as well as explore the effect of the nanocarbon as a substrate and heat sink, which stabilises smaller semiconductor particles and reduces agglomeration that will result in larger accessible surface areas.

Two industrial partners in the consortium, a nanocarbon supplier and a potential end user, guarantee that both ends of the production line are taken into account for the development of new technologies and the production of a roadmap for industrial deployment. This roadmap will also measure sustainability of processes and materials developed in this project in terms of environmental and economical impact as compared to state-of-the-art techniques for the production of hydrogen by the use of adequate Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approaches.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Coordinator

FUNDACION IMDEA MATERIALES
Address
Calle Eric Kandel 2 Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico Tecnogetafe
28906 Getafe
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 485 665,92
Administrative Contact
Miguel ángel Rodiel (Mr.)

Participants (8)

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 430 504,60
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dominik Eder (Prof.)
THOMAS SWAN & CO LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 241 380
Address
Rotary Way
DH8 7ND Consett
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Goodwin (Dr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 15 072,08
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 378 350
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Hoffmann (Ms.)
CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 340 840,60
Address
Via Giusti 9
50121 Firenze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Prato (Prof.)
INAEL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 277 600
Address
Calle Jarama 1 Poligono Industrial
45007 Toledo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Beatriz Gallego (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 362 001,20
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roland Hischier (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 354 495,60
Address
Avenue De L Europe 20
1700 Fribourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Bersier (Mrs.)