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Development of systems for hydrogen production and for the generation and utilization of electrochemical energy

Grant number: 11/50727-9
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: February 01, 2012 - January 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Cooperation agreement: CNPq - Pronex
Principal Investigator:Ernesto Rafael Gonzalez
Grantee:Ernesto Rafael Gonzalez
Home Institution: Instituto de Química de São Carlos (IQSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Daniela Zanchet ; Edson Antonio Ticianelli ; Gherhardt Ribatski ; José Maria Correa Bueno ; Luiz Gonçalves Neto
Associated scholarship(s):13/17720-6 - Synthesis of novel nanocatalysts for renewable energy technology, BP.PD
13/03408-0 - Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Reaction Involved in Regenerative Electrochemical Energy Conversion Devices that Operate with H2/O2., BP.DR
12/17581-3 - Electrochemical Oxidation of Ethanol on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell. A Quantitative Study of the Reaction Pathways by On-line Mass Spectrometry, BP.DR
12/09936-6 - Kinetic modeling of the steam reforming of ethanol for hydrogen production., BP.IC


The global objective of this proposal is the partial development of the several components of complete PEFCs, which in a subsequent stage should be integrated for the development of prototypes of operational plants. These objectives can be grouped in four main research lines: (1) Development, characterization and tests of catalysts for the reforming of alcohols and the purification of the hydrogen produced, with coupling of a reactor to a single PEFC cell of 5 cm2 (2) Scale-up of the process for the preparation of catalysts for fuel cells, emphasizing the formic acid method. This group also includes the development of Membranes/Electrolyte aiming at the production of new materials for i) the substitution of Nafion®, ii) alkaline systems and iii) systems operating at higher temperatures. Both materials will be characterized and tested in porous ultra-thin layer electrodes and in single cells to evaluate the performance, stability, homogeneity and the permeability to the sub-products of the reforming process; (3) Scale-up of the Membrane/Electrodes Assembly (MEA) from 5 to 200 cm2, This includes tests in single cells, design of the gas distribution system and characterization of the heat management aiming at characterizing the performance, stability, homogeneity, current and temperature distributions in the produced MEA. Evaluation of the effects of contamination with CO in large scale electrodes will be also conducted, together with the evaluation of the effects of the operational conditions, such as the temperatures of the cell and the humidifying systems and the gas pressures, on the performance of the system; (4) Research and development of multi-cells. This includes the development of multi-cells (four to ten cells connected in series). Modeling and experimental study of the phenomena associated with the mass transport and the heat management and fabrication of the peripheral units for the control of the system and for the current conditioning, aiming at the generation of alternate current. (AU)

Scientific publications (25)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BATHOMARCO, CLARICE G.; FRANKE, KAREN N.; FERREIRA, ADRIANA P. Aspects of the interaction between Au and Fe in supported catalysts applied to the preferential CO oxidation. CATALYSIS TODAY, v. 344, n. SI, p. 176-189, MAR 15 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
RODRIGUES FIUZA, TANNA ELYN; ZANCHET, DANIELA. Supported AuCu Alloy Nanoparticles for the Preferential Oxidation of CO (CO-PROX). ACS APPLIED NANO MATERIALS, v. 3, n. 1, p. 923-934, JAN 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
TANCREDI, PABLO; DA COSTA, LUELC SOUZA; CALDERON, SEBASTIAN; MOSCOSO-LONDONO, OSCAR; SOCOLOVSKY, LEANDRO M.; FERREIRA, PAULO J.; MURACA, DIEGO; ZANCHET, DANIELA; KNOBEL, MARCELO. Exploring the synthesis conditions to control the morphology of gold-iron oxide heterostructures. NANO RESEARCH, v. 12, n. 8, p. 1781-1788, AUG 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
BORGES, LAIS R.; LOPEZ-CASTILLO, ALEJANDRO; MEIRA, DEBORA M.; GALLO, JEAN MARCEL R.; ZANCHET, DANIELA; BUENO, JOSE MARIA C. Effect of the Pt Precursor and Loading on the Structural Parameters and Catalytic Properties of Pt/Al2O3. CHEMCATCHEM, v. 11, n. 13, p. 3064-3074, JUL 4 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BRAGA, ADRIANO H.; RIBEIRO, MAURO C.; NORONHA, FABIO B.; GALANTE, DOUGLAS; BUENO, JOSE M. C.; SANTOS, JOAO B. O. Effects of Co Addition to Supported Ni Catalysts on Hydrogen Production from Oxidative Steam Reforming of Ethanol. ENERGY & FUELS, v. 32, n. 12, p. 12814-12825, DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DESTRO, PRISCILA; CANTANEO, DANIEL AUGUSTO; MEIRA, DEBORA M.; HONORIO, GUILHERME DOS SANTOS; DA COSTA, LUELC SOUZA; BUENO, JOSE MARIA C.; ZANCHET, DANIELA. Formation of Bimetallic Copper-Gold Alloy Nanoparticles Probed by in Situ X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, n. 33, p. 3770-3777, SEP 9 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
CARVALHO, DIEGO R.; ARAGAO, ISAIAS B.; ZANCHET, DANIELA. Pt-CeO2 Catalysts Synthesized by Glucose Assisted Hydrothermal Method: Impact of Calcination Parameters on the Structural Properties and Catalytic Performance in PROX-CO. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, v. 18, n. 5, p. 3405-3412, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
DESTRO, PRISCILA; KOKUMAI, TATHIANA M.; SCARPELLINI, ALICE; PASQUALE, LEA; MANNA, LIBERATO; COLOMBO, MASSIMO; ZANCHET, DANIELA. The Crucial Role of the Support in the Transformations of Bimetallic Nanoparticles and Catalytic Performance. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 8, n. 2, p. 1031-1037, FEB 2018. Web of Science Citations: 13.
PAZ, D. S.; DAMYANOVA, S.; BORGES, L. R.; SANTOS, J. B. O.; BUENO, J. M. C. Identifying the adsorbed active intermediates on Pt surface and promotion of activity through the redox CeO2 in preferential oxidation of CO in H-2. APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL, v. 548, n. SI, p. 164-178, NOV 25 2017. Web of Science Citations: 10.
BERUSKI, OTAVIO; LOPES, THIAGO; KUCERNAK, ANTHONY R. J.; PEREZ, JOELMA. Investigation of convective transport in the gas diffusion layer used in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS, v. 2, n. 10 OCT 17 2017. Web of Science Citations: 2.
CALDAS, PAULA C. P.; GALLO, JEAN MARCEL R.; LOPEZ-CASTILLO, ALEJANDRO; ZANCHET, DANIELA; BUENO, JOSE MARIA C. The Structure of the Cu-CuO Sites Determines the Catalytic Activity of Cu Nanoparticles. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 7, n. 4, p. 2419-2424, APR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 14.
DE OLIVEIRA, DRIELLY C.; SILVA, WANDERSON O.; CHATENET, MARIAN; LIMA, FABIO H. B. NiOX-Pt/C nanocomposites: Highly active electrocatalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of hydrazine. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 201, p. 22-28, FEB 2017. Web of Science Citations: 15.
MEIRA, D. M.; RIBEIRO, R. U.; MATHON, O.; PASCARELLI, S.; BUENO, J. M. C.; ZANCHET, D. Complex interplay of structural and surface properties of ceria on platinum supported catalyst under water gas shift reaction. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 197, n. SI, p. 73-85, NOV 15 2016. Web of Science Citations: 8.
DESTRO, PRISCILA; COLOMBO, MASSIMO; PRATO, MIRKO; BRESCIA, ROSARIA; MANNA, LIBERATO; ZANCHET, DANIELA. Au1-xCux colloidal nanoparticles synthesized via a one-pot approach: understanding the temperature effect on the Au : Cu ratio. RSC ADVANCES, v. 6, n. 27, p. 22213-22221, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.
SATO, ANDRE G.; BIANCOLLI, ANA L. G.; PAGANIN, VALDECIR A.; DA SILVA, GABRIEL C.; CRUZ, GLAUBER; DOS SANTOS, ANTONIO M.; TICIANELLI, EDSON A. Potential applications of the hydrogen and the high energy biofuel blend produced by ethanol dehydrogenation on a Cu/ZrO2 catalyst. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, v. 40, n. 42, SI, p. 14716-14722, NOV 9 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.
PASQUALETI, ANIELLI M.; OLIVEIRA, FRANCISCA E. R.; LIMA, FABIO H. B. Metal Oxide/Gold Hybrid Nanocomposites as Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Air Electrodes. Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society, v. 26, n. 11, p. 2171-2174, NOV 2015. Web of Science Citations: 1.
SATO, ANDRE G.; SILVA, GABRIEL C. D.; PAGANIN, VALDECIR A.; BIANCOLLI, ANA L. G.; TICIANELLI, EDSON A. New, efficient and viable system for ethanol fuel utilization on combined electric/internal combustion engine vehicles. Journal of Power Sources, v. 294, p. 569-573, OCT 30 2015. Web of Science Citations: 3.
ZANCHET, DANIELA; SANTOS, JOAO BATISTA O.; DAMYANOVA, SONIA; GALLO, JEAN MARCEL R.; BUENO, JOSE MARIA C. Toward Understanding Metal-Catalyzed Ethanol Reforming. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 5, n. 6, p. 3841-3863, JUN 2015. Web of Science Citations: 77.
PASQUALETI, ANIELLI M.; OLU, PIERRE-YVES; CHATENET, MARIAN; LIMA, FABIO H. B. Borohydride Electrooxidation on Carbon-Supported Noble Metal Nanoparticles: Insights into Hydrogen and Hydroxyborane Formation. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 5, n. 5, p. 2778-2787, MAY 2015. Web of Science Citations: 35.
CASTANHEIRA, LUIS; SILVA, WANDERSON O.; LIMA, FABIO H. B.; CRISCI, ALEXANDRE; DUBAU, LAETITIA; MAILLARD, FREDERIC. Carbon Corrosion in Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells: Effect of the Carbon Structure, the Degradation Protocol, and the Gas Atmosphere. ACS CATALYSIS, v. 5, n. 4, p. 2184-2194, APR 2015. Web of Science Citations: 103.
JACOB, JULIANA M.; CORRADINI, PATRICIA G.; ANTOLINI, ERMETE; SANTOS, NATHALIA ABE; PEREZ, JOELMA. Electro-oxidation of ethanol on ternary Pt-Sn-Ce/C catalysts. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 165, p. 176-184, APR 2015. Web of Science Citations: 23.
CORRADINI, PATRICIA G.; ANTOLINI, ERMETE; PEREZ, JOELMA. Electro-oxidation of ethanol on ternary non-alloyed Pt-Sn-Pr/C catalysts. Journal of Power Sources, v. 275, p. 377-383, FEB 1 2015. Web of Science Citations: 14.
QUEIROZ, A. C.; SILVA, W. O.; RODRIGUES, I. A.; LIMA, F. H. B. Identification of bimetallic electrocatalysts for ethanol and acetaldehyde oxidation: Probing C-2-pathway and activity for hydrogen oxidation for indirect hydrogen fuel cells. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 160, p. 423-435, NOV 2014. Web of Science Citations: 6.
AVILA-NETO, C. N.; ZANCHET, D.; HORI, C. E.; RIBEIRO, R. U.; BUENO, J. M. C. Interplay between particle size, composition, and structure of MgAl2O4-supported Co-Cu catalysts and their influence on carbon accumulation during steam reforming of ethanol. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, v. 307, p. 222-237, NOV 2013. Web of Science Citations: 25.
CANTANE, D. A.; OLIVEIRA, F. E. R.; SANTOS, S. F.; LIMA, F. H. B. Synthesis of Pt-based hollow nanoparticles using carbon-supported Co@Pt and Ni@Pt core-shell structures as templates: Electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction. APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, v. 136, p. 351-360, JUN 5 2013. Web of Science Citations: 56.
Academic Publications
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GONZALEZ, Ernesto Rafael. . 2018. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Química.

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