Our PhD's

Ongoing PhD's:

Photoelectrochemical conversion of CO2 to methanol.

Return Photoelectrochemical conversion of CO2 to methanol. 01/03/2021 – 28/02/2025 Researcher: MSc. Michele Del Moro The increasing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere has caused a deterioration of natural phenomena over the past few years. CO2 is the main component causing this global effect, called climate change. For tackling this effect, new solutions, such as carbon capture…

CO2 reduction from amine solutions

The goal of this PhD is to develop a capture and utilization process where CO2 is directly converted from the amine capture solution to valuable products, simultaneously to the amine recycling.

Photoelectrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to methanol

Increasing droughts, storms and floods are notable examples of climate change that many countries face today. To address this imminent threat various agreements by the UN have been developed to deal with the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. CO2, one of the greenhouse gases, contributes significantly to the overall climate problem.

Defended Phd's:

Development of electrocatalysts and membranes for the cogeneration of electricity and valuable chemicals

A lot of economically valuable chemicals are obtained in industry through oxidation and reduction reactions. While many of these processes are highly exothermic, liberating energy as heat, they generally do not reach high energy efficiencies because most of this liberated energy cannot be recovered efficiently. Fuel cells offer the possibility to produce these chemicals through electrochemical reactions while converting the released energy into electricity, thus offering a clear advantage over the conventional production process.

Solvent extraction in membrane microcontactors: modeling, spacer structuring and applications

Microfluidic technology involves the manipulation of fluids (gas or liquid) in channels with
dimensions lower than 1 mm, typically between 10-100 μm. Over the past 25 years, it has
grown into a mature field. Because of the small channel dimensions, chemical process
operations like mixing, reactions, dosing, and analyses have acquired substantial efficiency
gains. However, one aspect remains underdeveloped: general techniques that enable
downstream processing.

Electrosynthesis as an environmentally friendly production method : A screening methodology towards upscaling

Organic electrosynthesis is a field within electrochemistry that concerns the synthesis of organic products using the electron as a redox agent instead of chemical reductants or oxidants. It offers several important advantages to conventional synthetic methods, such as mild process conditions as reactions can be carried out at ambient temperature and pressure, higher selectivity due to precise control of the reaction by control of the electrode potential, ability to produce unstable or hazardous reagents in situ and less generation of pollutants and waste streams

Influence of electrodeposited nanoparticles on the electrochemical halide reduction

Fundamental advances in energy conversion and storage which are full of vigor in meeting outfaces of some environmental phenomena such as waste water pollution and impact of fossil fuels are held by electrosynthesis. In the past decade organic electrosynthesis has become an interesting, versatile and environmental friendly alternative compared to classical organic synthesis.