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Electrocatalysis VI: fundamental and applied aspects of emerging and classical problems in electrochemical energy conversion

Grant number: 19/22183-6
Support Opportunities:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: July 01, 2020 - June 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Edson Antonio Ticianelli
Grantee:Edson Antonio Ticianelli
Host Institution: Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Fabio Henrique Barros de Lima ; Germano Tremiliosi Filho ; Hamilton Brandão Varela de Albuquerque ; Sydney Ferreira Santos
Associated researchers:Denis Ricardo Martins de Godoi ; Joelma Perez
Associated scholarship(s):23/04297-0 - Development of nanostructured catalyst for fundamental studies of ethanol and glycerol oxidation reactions, BP.PD
23/04729-7 - Development of nanostructured catalyst for direct ethanol and/or glycerol photo-assisted fuel cell, BP.PD
23/04944-5 - Study of the Activity and Stability of Sn-based Electrocatalysts for Selective Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid., BP.IC
22/11732-1 - Study of the Activity and Stability of Sn-based Electrocatalysts for Selective Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid, BP.IC
22/07207-9 - Au and Cu-based electrodes superficially modified with functional molecules with alkaline and hydrophobic groups for carbon dioxide reduction, BP.PD
22/05016-1 - Investigation of M-N-C (M=Fe,Co) catalysts prepared with the TPTZ molecule for the oxygen reduction reaction in PEMFC fuel cells, BP.IC
21/13564-6 - Kinetic instabilities in the electro-oxidation of isopropanol on Pt and Pt-Ru, BP.MS
20/11947-2 - Designing electrocatalysts: from first principles to efficient green energy applications, BP.PD
21/14163-5 - Electrocatalysts impregnated with ionic liquids for the electro-reduction of carbon dioxide, BP.PD
21/03263-9 - Electrochemical CO2 reduction to C1 and C2 products on catalysts made up of copper complexes with potential dynamic behavior between Cu2-ligand and metallic Cu, BP.DR
21/01268-3 - Surface modifications of nanostructured thin films of copper sulphide: a novel approach to improve hydrogen gas generation and carbon dioxide reduction, BP.PD
21/01009-8 - Investigation of Fe-Nx/C electrocatalitic structures for the hydrogen evolution reaction in acid and alkaline media, BP.IC
21/01869-7 - Investigation of Ir and Ag doped Ni and Co selenides as electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution/reduction and hydrogen evolution/oxidation reactions in alkaline media, BP.DD
21/00908-9 - Stability and activity of manganese oxide electrocatalysts stabilized by organic ligands for water oxidation, BP.DD
20/15632-6 - Synthesis of novel MXenes materials, BP.PD
18/10415-7 - Functionalization of Au Eletrocatalysts by Imidazole Dithiocarbamate Derivatives: Exploring the Molecular Junction as Strategy for Electroreduction of Carbon Dioxide., BP.PD
17/00433-5 - Design and synthesis of multifunctional metal-free electrocatalyst onto carbon fiber yarns for oxygen reduction, and oxygen and hydrogen evolution reactions, BP.PD - associated scholarships


The nowadays world fast technological development has raised the demand of electrical/mechanical energies to levels well above the capacity of their generation exclusively from sustainable/renewable sources. This implies that significant fractions of usable energies have to be derived from fossil fuels, whose consequence has strong negative impacts over the environment, one of them related to the release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which is considered the main causes of the global warming. In this way, there is a clear need of continuously removing this pollutant from the atmosphere and of enhancing usage of net zero-carbon emission renewable fuels based on biomass, particularly in the case of Brazil, and of developing and scaling-up more efficient and versatile energy conversion systems based on photovoltaic, solar, wind turbines and hydraulic electric power systems. Consistently with this scenario, the main objectives of this project include investigations of electrocatalytic processes aiming at improving the efficiency of energy conversion systems related to (i) the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to "store" electrical energy and, at the same time, producing value-added products such as hydrogen, liquid hydrocarbons, methane, ethylene, formic acid, CO, methanol, ethanol, etc.; (ii) the electrochemical energy conversion processes on water and nitrogen electrolyzers and fuel cells, aiming at improving efficiency of converting electrical energy into chemical energy stored on carrier species such as molecular hydrogen, ammonia, etc., and vice-versa and; (iii) the electrocatalysis of oxidation of alcohols and other molecules and the development of solar driven photo-assisted direct alcohol fuel cells, focusing on improving understanding of basic and applied processes related to energy conversion and syntheses of value-added products. In all cases, different types of massive and nanostructured electrocatalysts and photoelectrocatalysts will be investigated. An important goal is to determine the parameters that govern the (photo)-electrocatalytic activity and stability, reaction mechanism and kinectic instability, for constructing innovative electrolyzers/fuel cells for the production/utilization of the different energy carriers. Seven experienced investigators, assisted by four laboratory technicians, form the permanent researcher team. A group of approximately 30 post-doc researchers and scientific initiation, master and doctorate students is expected to be engaged in the research activity, stressing the high priority of forming largely qualified human resource. (AU)

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DO REGO, ULISSES ALVES; SGARBI, RICARDO; LOPES, THIAGO; DOS SANTOS, CLENILTON COSTA; TANAKA, AURO A.; TICIANELLI, EDSON A.. Effect of Substrate and Pyrolysis Atmosphere of FeNx Materials on Electrocatalysis of the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. ELECTROCATALYSIS, v. 12, n. 5, p. 548-563, . (19/22183-6, 17/15304-6, 14/22130-6)
QUEIROZ, ADRIANA C.; SOUZA, MAYKON L.; CAMILO, MARIANA R.; SILVA, WANDERSON O.; CANTANE, DANIEL A.; MESSIAS, IGOR; PINTO, MARIA R.; NAGAO, RAPHAEL; LIMA, FABIO H. B.. Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry: Evolution of the Cell Setup for On-Line Investigation of Products and Screening of Electrocatalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reduction. CHEMELECTROCHEM, v. 9, n. 12, p. 15-pg., . (20/15230-5, 18/10415-7, 19/22183-6, 09/07629-6, 16/13323-0, 17/11986-5, 16/01817-9, 14/26699-3, 19/08244-2)
PAREDES-SALAZAR, ENRIQUE A.; CALDERON-CARDENAS, ALFREDO; VARELA, HAMILTON. Sensitivity Analysis in the Microkinetic Description of Electrocatalytic Reactions. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, v. 126, n. 17, p. 4-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
PUPPIN, LARA G.; DA SILVA, LUIS F.; CARMO, MARCELO; VARELA, HAMILTON; LOPES, OSMANDO F.. Effect of the oxidation state and morphology of SnOx-based electrocatalysts on the CO2 reduction reaction. Journal of Materials Research, v. 36, n. 20, SI, p. 4240-4248, . (16/09746-3, 13/16930-7, 17/09713-0, 19/22183-6)
PUPPIN, LARA G.; DA SILVA, LUIS F.; CARMO, MARCELO; VARELA, HAMILTON; LOPES, OSMANDO F.. Effect of the oxidation state and morphology of SnOx-based electrocatalysts on the CO2 reduction reaction. Journal of Materials Research, . (13/16930-7, 19/22183-6, 17/09713-0, 16/09746-3)
DOURADO, ANDRE H. B.; DEL COLLE, VINICIUS; MUNHOS, RENAN L.; FELIU, JUAN M.; VARELA, HAMILTON; CORDOBA DE TORRESI, SUSANA, I. SO2 electrooxidation reaction on Pt single crystal surfaces in acidic media: Electrochemical and in situ FTIR studies. Electrochimica Acta, v. 403, p. 12-pg., . (19/22183-6, 15/26308-7, 17/09346-8, 13/25592-8)
PERRONI, P. B.; DEL COLLE, V; TREMILIOSI-FILHO, G.; VARELA, H.. Electro-oxidation of methanol and glucose on preferentially oriented platinum surfaces: the role of oscillatory kinetics. Reaction Kinetics Mechanisms and Catalysis, v. 135, n. 3, p. 14-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
FERREIRA, GRAZIELA C. A.; KHALID, MOHMMAD; NAPPORN, TEKO W.; TORRESI, ROBERTO M.; VARELA, HAMILTON. urface and Volumetric Phenomena on Polyaniline-Supported Electrocatalyst. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v. 125, n. 47, p. 26073-26083, . (13/16930-7, 15/26308-7, 19/22183-6)
SGARBI, RICARDO; KUMAR, KAVITA; SAVELEVA, VIKTORIIA A.; DUBAU, LAETITIA; CHATTOT, RAPHAEL; MARTIN, VINCENT; MERMOUX, MICHEL; BORDET, PIERRE; GLATZEL, PIETER; TICIANELLI, EDSON A.; et al. Electrochemical transformation of Fe-N-C catalysts into iron oxides in alkaline medium and its impact on the oxygen reduction reaction activity. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 311, p. 12-pg., . (19/22183-6)
GOMES BEZERRA, CARLOS ANDRE; TENORIO DA SILVA SANTOS, JOAO PAULO; BESSEGATO, GUILHERME GARCIA; DE PAIVA E SILVA ZANTA, CARMEM LUCIA; DEL COLLE, VINICIUS; TREMILIOSI-FILHO, GERMANO. Photo- and electro-oxidation of tetracycline hydrochloride on self-doped titanium dioxide nanotubes modified by Pt sub-monolayers. Electrochimica Acta, v. 404, p. 9-pg., . (17/01189-0, 19/22183-6)
BARBOSA, A. F. B.; DEL COLLE, V.; PREVIDELLO, B. A. F.; TREMILIOSI-FILHO, G.. Electrooxidation of Acetaldehyde on Pt(111) Surface Modified by Random Defects and Tin Decoration. ELECTROCATALYSIS, v. 12, n. 1, p. 36-44, . (16/13100-1, 19/22183-6)
OMETTO, FELIPE BERTO; PAGANIN, VALDECIR ANTONIO; HAMMER, PETER; TICIANELLI, EDSON ANTONIO. Effects of Metal-Support Interaction in the Electrocatalysis of the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction of the Metal-Decorated Titanium Dioxide Supported Carbon. CATALYSTS, v. 13, n. 1, p. 15-pg., . (19/22183-6)
ROMANO, R. L.; DAMACENO, L. P.; MAGALHAES, D. V.; PARMANANDA, P.; VARELA, H.. Electrical coupling of individual electrocatalytic oscillators. Chaos, v. 32, n. 8, p. 10-pg., . (19/22183-6, 18/23942-5)
DE ARAUJO, MOISES A.; KOVERGA, ANDREY A. A.; SAKITA, ALAN M. P.; OMETTO, FELIPE B. B.; DA TRINDADE, LETICIA G.; TICIANELLI, EDSON A. A.. M-N-C Materials for Electrochemical Reduction Reactions: Recent Strategies for Improving Electrocatalytic Activity and Stability. CHEMCATCHEM, v. 15, n. 11, p. 23-pg., . (21/01268-3, 21/14163-5, 20/11947-2, 19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
MESSIAS, IGOR; PINTO, MARIA R.; ROVEDA, ANTONIO C.; QUEIROZ, ADRIANA C.; LIMA, FABIO H. B.; NAGAO, RAPHAEL. Electrochemical mass spectrometry study of the pyridine/pyridinium in the CO2 electroreduction reaction on copper electrodes. Electrochimica Acta, v. 436, p. 8-pg., . (14/50279-4, 17/11986-5, 19/22183-6, 16/13323-0, 21/08868-6, 19/08244-2)
PORTUGAL, GUILHERME RIBEIRO; RONCHI, RODRIGO MANTOVANI; SANTOS, SYDNEY FERREIRA; ARANTES, JEVERSON TEODORO. Composition-dependent photocatalytic activity and high-mobility carrier gas in NaTaO3/BaBiO3 heterojunctions. SURFACES AND INTERFACES, v. 36, p. 10-pg., . (19/22183-6)
MELLE, GABRIEL B.; ALTAIR, THIAGO; ROMANO, RAFAEL L.; VARELA, HAMILTON. Electrocatalytic Efficiency of the Oxidation of Ethylene Glycol, Glycerol, and Glucose under Oscillatory Regime. ENERGY & FUELS, v. 35, n. 7, p. 8-pg., . (18/12491-2, 19/22183-6, 18/23942-5, 13/16930-7)
PERRONI, P. B.; FERRAZ, T. V. B.; ROUSSEAU, J.; CANAFF, C.; VARELA, H.; NAPPORN, T. W.. Stainless steel supported NiCo2O4 active layer for oxygen evolution reaction. Electrochimica Acta, v. 453, p. 10-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
PAREDES-SALAZAR, ENRIQUE A.; HERRERO, ENRIQUE; VARELA, HAMILTON. Mass transfer phenomena induced by surface gas flow rate in the hanging meniscus configuration: A case study of the methanol electro-oxidation reaction on Pt(100). Electrochimica Acta, v. 464, p. 8-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
NOGUEIRA, JESSICA A.; LOPES, PIETRO P.; MARKOVIC, NENAD M.; VARELA, HAMILTON. Active electrochemical interfaces stabilized through self-organized potential oscillations. Electrochemistry Communications, v. 121, . (14/50279-4, 17/17644-9, 15/09295-9, 13/16930-7, 19/22183-6)
CALDERON-CARDENAS, ALFREDO; PAREDES-SALAZAR, ENRIQUE A.; VARELA, HAMILTON. A microkinetic description of electrocatalytic reactions: the role of self-organized phenomena. NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, v. 46, n. 15, p. 10-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
SILVA, ANELISSE B.; DA SILVA, CAMILA D. F.; SOUZA, FLAVIO L.; LUCAS, FRANCISCO W. S.; LIMA, FABIO H. B.. All-electrochemically synthesized tin and nickel oxide-modified hematite as photo-electrocatalyst anodes for solar-driven water splitting. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, v. 391, p. 273-281, . (13/16930-7, 19/22183-6, 16/13323-0)
RONCHI, RODRIGO M.; SANTOS, SYDNEY F.; VEIGA, ROBERTO G. A.. Interfacial properties of polyethylene/Ti3C2Tx mxene nanocomposites investigated by first-principles calculations. Applied Surface Science, v. 609, p. 8-pg., . (19/22183-6)
ALTAIR, THIAGO; BORGES, LUIZ G. F.; GALANTE, DOUGLAS; VARELA, HAMILTON. Experimental Approaches for Testing the Hypothesis of the Emergence of Life at Submarine Alkaline Vents. LIFE-BASEL, v. 11, n. 8, . (18/12491-2, 13/16930-7, 19/22183-6)
VENTURINI, SEITI INOUE; ANTOLINI, ERMETE; PEREZ, JOELMA. Effect of CeO2 Presence on the Electronic Structure and the Activity for Ethanol Oxidation of Carbon Supported Pt. CATALYSTS, v. 11, n. 5, . (19/22183-6)
DEL COLLE, VINICIUS; MELLE, GABRIEL; PREVIDELLO, BRUNO A. F.; FELIU, JUAN M.; VARELA, HAMILTON; TREMILIOSI-FILHO, GERMANO. The effect of Pt surface orientation on the oscillatory electro-oxidation of glycerol. JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, v. 926, p. 11-pg., . (19/22183-6, 14/50279-4, 13/16930-7, 20/15230-5)
DE OLIVEIRA, M. G.; MELLE, G. B.; ROMANO, R. L.; VARELA, H.. he Impact of Water Concentration on the Electro-Oxidation of Formic Acid on Platinu. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, v. 169, n. 2, . (18/23942-5, 20/15230-5, 19/22183-6, 20/03519-0, 21/09489-9)
V. FORTUNATO, GUILHERME; KRONKA, MATHEUS S.; CARDOSO, EDUARDO S. F.; DOS SANTOS, ALEXSANDRO J.; ROVEDA JR, ANTONIO C.; LIMA, FABIO H. B.; LEDENDECKER, MARC; MAIA, GILBERTO; LANZA, MARCOS R. V.. A comprehensive comparison of oxygen and nitrogen functionalities in carbon and their implications for the oxygen reduction reaction. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, v. 413, p. 14-pg., . (14/50945-4, 17/23464-3, 19/20634-0, 19/22183-6, 17/10118-0, 19/04421-7, 21/13985-1)
KOVERGA, ANDREY A.; GOMEZ-MARIN, ANA M.; FLOREZ, ELIZABETH; TICIANELLI, EDSON A.. Changes in fundamental and catalytic properties of beta-molybdenum carbide decorated by a single atom of Fe, Co, Ni and Cu. Applied Surface Science, v. 631, p. 11-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/11947-2)
PAREDES-SALAZAR, ENRIQUE A.; CALDERON-CARDENAS, ALFREDO; VARELA, HAMILTON. Microkinetic Modeling of the Methanol Electro-oxidation Reaction on Platinum. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 13, n. 14, p. 13-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)
SANTOS, K. TEIXEIRA; KUMAR, K.; DUBAU, L.; GE, H.; BERTHON-FABRY, S.; VASCONCELLOS, C. S. A.; LIMA, F. H. B.; ASSET, T.; ATANASSOV, P.; SAVELEVA, V. A.; et al. Spontaneous aerobic ageing of Fe-N-C materials and consequences on oxygen reduction reaction kinetics. Journal of Power Sources, v. 564, p. 12-pg., . (19/22183-6)
YAO, JIE-YI; SERRANO, LEANDRO BERNARDES; SANTOS, SYDNEY FERREIRA; CARDOSO, KATIA REGINA. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of the Ti-V-Cr-Nb high-entropy alloys in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. Corrosion Science, v. 218, p. 11-pg., . (19/22183-6, 19/25302-6)
RONCHI, RODRIGO MANTOVANI; DE LEMOS, HUGO GAJARDONI; NISHIHORA, RAFAEL KENJI; CUPPARI, MARCIO GUSTAVO DI VERNIERI; SANTOS, SYDNEY FERREIRA. Tribology of polymer-based nanocomposites reinforced with 2D materials. MATERIALS TODAY COMMUNICATIONS, v. 34, p. 19-pg., . (20/15632-6, 19/22183-6, 20/16470-0)
CIAPINA, EDUARDO G.; DOS SANTOS, MONICA L.; SANTOS, RAYANA M. I. S.; PALOMBARINI, JULIO; JUNIOR, OSVALDO P. ALMEIDA; SANTANA, JESSICA C. C. DE CASTRO; MODESTO, DIEGO A.; LANFREDI, ALEXANDRE J. C.; SANTOS, SYDNEY F.. On the lattice dilation of palladium nanoparticles and a new methodology for the quantification of interstitials. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, v. 881, . (19/22183-6)
KHALID, MOHD.; ZARATE, XIMENA; SAAVEDRA-TORRES, MARIO; SCHOTT, EDUARDO; HONORATO, ANA MARIA BORGES; HATSHAN, MOHAMMAD RAFE; VARELA, HAMILTON. Electro-reduced graphene oxide nanosheets coupled with RuAu bimetallic nanoparticles for efficient hydrogen evolution electrocatalysis. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, v. 421, n. 1, . (19/22183-6, 13/16930-7)
BORGES HONORATO, ANA MARIA; KHALID, MOHMMAD; DA SILVA CURVELO, ANTONIO APRIGIO; VARELA, HAMILTON; SHAHGALDI, SAMANEH. Trimetallic Nanoalloy of NiFeCo Embedded in Phosphidated Nitrogen Doped Carbon Catalyst for Efficient Electro-Oxidation of Kraft Lignin. POLYMERS, v. 14, n. 18, p. 14-pg., . (19/22183-6, 20/15230-5)

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