Specific Mission

The investigation activity of this section is aimed at understanding all the aspects of electrochemical power sources in order to comply with the upcoming challenges, such as the broadening of electric vehicles, the storage of energy from aperiodic alternative sources and smartgrids balancing. In particular, the researching interest of the section is focused on the preparation and characterization of new materials for Li-ion batteries but also for the so-called “beyond lithium-ion” systems such as lithium-air and lithium-sulfur. The electrochemical behaviour of commercial batteries during their operational life is also carried out.

Main research topics

  • Preparation and characterization of nanostructured electrode materials with high voltage and high capacity for Li-ion batteries;
  • Preparation and characterization of nanostructured electroactive materials for Li-sulfur batteries;
  • Preparation and characterization of nanostructured electroactive materials for Li-air batteries;
  • Broad study and characterization of electrolyte formulations for beyond Li-ion systems;
  • Preparation and characterization of new polymer membranes for lithium protection in “beyond lithium-ion” cells;
  • Assembly and electrochemical characterization of lab-scale energy conversion and storage devices.

Main Partnerships

The Electrochemistry Group works in close collaboration with several companies, research centers and universities thanks to the activity in several funded projects and contracts, in addition to numerous other academic collaborations with Italian companies and universities

Lithops s.r.l., now part of SERI group, since the opening of the company; the only Italian company which produces electrodes for lithium - ion cells.

  • Archimede Energia,
  • GM,
  • MAVEL,
  • OPAC,
  • JAC (China),
  • CNH,
  • SEAT,
  • Volvo
  • CRF in the automotive sector.
  • Johson Matthey,
  • Recupyl,
  • Solvionic,
  • SGL,
  • Imerys,
  • OXIS Energy, in materials and battery sector.
  • CEA (Commisariat Energie Atomique, Grenoble Fr),
  • KIT HIU (Karlsrue Institut Helmolz Institut Ulm- D),
  • CENIMAT FCT (Lisbon – P),
  • CTP (Centre Technique du Papier,Grenoble Fr),
  • INPG (Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble Fr),
  • Imperial College (GB),
  • LEITAT (Spain),
  • LUREDERRA (Spain),
  • CEGASA (Spain),
  • CIDETEC (Spain),
  • AIT (Wien, Austria),
  • University College of Cork (Ireland),
  • Tubitak (Turkey),
  • Tel Aviv Unversity (Israel),
  • University of Liubljana (Slovenia),
  • Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI, India),
  • Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l'environnement (IRCELYON, Lyon),
  • CUNY (New York , USA) ,
  • Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Projects and publications

Reference laboratories