FABIO ALESSANDRO DEORSOLA

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Member of Interdepartmental Center (Ec-L - Energy Center Lab)
Referente Corsi di Studio di (Ingegneria chimica e alimentare + Ingegneria chimica e dei processi sostenibili L3LM)

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Institute Institute of Chemical Engineering
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Funded by competitive calls

  • Metal EXsolved CATalysts for the CO2 valorisation to methanol: design, synthesis, and characterisation of nextgeneration catalysts, unravelling their structure-activity relationship, (2022-2024) - Responsabile Scientifico

    UE-funded research - HE - Excellent Science - MSCA

    ERC sectors

    PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles

    SDG

    Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni

    Abstract

    The European Union goal of a 80-95% decrease of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 requires, among other strategies, new functional materials and sustainable approaches for clean energy generation and pollutant abatement. The chemical valorisation of CO2 is a highly promising green solution involving the recycling and reuse of CO2 effluents as carbon source for fuels and chemicals, such as methanol. The low CO2 conversion, triggered by catalytic nanoparticles (NPs) deactivation by sintering and limited selectivity, however, limits its industrial growth. The first aim of this proposal is to design next-generation stable and selective catalysts for the CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, that can rival state-of-the-art materials through the ambitious achievement of 10% methanol yield. This will be done by NP exsolution, a novel route to achieve stable anchored NPs, which has barely been explored for this application, despite the superior catalytic properties unique to exsolved systems. To then unravel the lack of fundamental understanding in the catalytic mechanisms of exsolved systems, we will characterise the correlation of their structure with their reactivity and selectivity via a unique in situ/operando approach (second aim). The role of active sites such as exsolved NPs and structural defects will be elucidated by in situ/operando Infrared (FTIR) and Raman studies; we will monitor the composition and strain evolution of the materials surfaces during catalytic processing by state-of-the-art in situ photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The unique expertise of the host supervisor in CO2 hydrogenation catalysts testing and characterisation by in situ/operando FTIR and Raman, and of the secondment group in XPS studies of catalysts on-stream, coupled with my experience in exsolved systems design and in situ TEMcharacterisation will advance the fields of exsolution and CO2 valorisation catalysis, allowing me to gain a unique skillset.

    Departments

  • Piattaforma motore a combustione interna alimentato a idrogeno (H2 ICE), (2022-2025) - Responsabile Scientifico di Struttura

    PNRR – Complementary Plan

    ERC sectors

    SH2_8 - Energy, transportation and mobility

    SDG

    Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni

    Abstract

    L’ambito tecnologico in cui cade il progetto “Piattaforma motore a combustione interna alimentato a idrogeno (H2 ICE)” è quello delle propulsioni alternative a zero impatto emissivo e di rapida implementazione produttiva a costi sostenibili. La capacità di fornire una rapida implementazione da parte del progetto è legata al fatto che da un lato la soluzione tecnologica ideata sfrutterebbe l’intera filiera produttiva dei motori a combustione interna e dall’altro eliminerebbe le emissioni di composti a effetto serra minimizzando la sola emissione residua di ossidi di azoto grazie alla tipologia di combustione e ai sottosistemi adottati ad hoc per l’idrogeno. Inoltre, le applicazioni considerate nel progetto sono orientate ad ambiti ancora poco esplorati ma ad elevato potenziale di sviluppo come la cogenerazione <1 MW e l’applicazione su veicoli di media dimensione ma ad elevata diffusione e con un noto elevato impatto ambientale.

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Departments

  • Cylinder Set Strategy, (2016-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Regionally funded research

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • General Motors

    Departments

Funded by commercial contracts

  • Contratto di servizi per per lo svolgimento delle attività di didattica innovativa aventi ad oggetto una Challenge rivolta agli studenti del Politecnico di Torino, nell’ambito dell’iniziativa “Challenge@PoliTo by Firms” dal titolo " The Next Gen of Coffee Packaging", (2022-2023) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial contracts for the provision of services

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
  • Contratto di prestazione di servizi tra Politecnico di Torino (Area TRIN) e la Società Agricola Italian Cricket Farm (ICF) S.r.l, per lo svolgimento delle attività di didattica innovativa aventi ad oggetto una Challenge dal titolo “Crickets in the space”, rivolta agli studenti del Politecnico di Torino, nell’ambito dell’iniziativa “Challenge@Polito”, (2020-2021) - Responsabile Scientifico

    Commercial contracts for the provision of services

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • SOCIETA' AGRICOLA ITALIAN CRICKET FARM S.R.L.