SURKINOX-Designing rules for enhancing SURface KINetics in functional OXides for clean energy technologies
Zainab Aman (PhD Candidate), Henni Bouwmeester (promotor), Arian Nijmeijer (promotor)
Funding: SURKINOX is a research project supported by the Research Council under the program Nano 2021 through the M-ERA.Net framework.
The project aims to develop novel approaches to design property-driven materials with nano-functionalized surfaces and nano-structured thin films as well as necessary experimental techniques to determine catalytic properties and rate determining steps in specific processes relevant for ceramic fuel cells, electrolysers and gas separation membranes.
ceramic fuel cells, electrolysers, gas separation membranes
Despite excellent progress in the development and manufacturing of multilayered systems based on ion and mixed ion-electron conductors, fuel cells, electrolysers and gas separation membranes do not exhibit the anticipated performance. There is a need for expanding knowledge on surface exchange mechanisms, their corresponding kinetics and the relation between surface and bulk characteristics in nano-engineered materials and assemblies.
The project will develop novel approaches to design property-driven materials with nano-functionalized surfaces and nano-structured thin films as well as necessary experimental techniques to reveal surface exchange parameters. This will have a significant technological impact by increasing system efficiency. The project benefits to academia for the generic knowledge applicable to various processes embedding catalytic reactions and to value-chain industries: powder and ceramics suppliers, technology developers and end-users (power plants, CO2 intensive industries).