Partners

Politecnico di Torino - POLITO
Politecnico di Torino - POLITO
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg - TUBAF
Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg - TUBAF
ICIMSI-SUPSI
ICIMSI-SUPSI
Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l'Environ-nement de Lyon- IRCELYON
Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l'Environ-nement de Lyon- IRCELYON
Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory/ Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute / Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (APTL/CPERI/CERTH)
Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory/ Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute / Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (APTL/CPERI/CERTH)
Erbicol SA - ERBICOL
Erbicol SA - ERBICOL
Hysytech srl
Hysytech srl
UAB Modernios E-Technologijos – MET
UAB Modernios E-Technologijos – MET
Pirelli Eco Technology – PET
Pirelli Eco Technology – PET

Research group description

The group of “Chemical Reaction Engineering for Energy and Environment” (CRE3) at Politecnico di Torino includes 6 academic members and 18 contract researchers (including 10 PhDs) having different and complementary expertise (chemical and biochemical engineering, industrial chemistry, catalyst science, materials science), and is active in the fields of chemical reaction engineering, membrane separations, biochemical engineering and environmental catalysis, cooperating with several Italian and European companies and Universities. The main research activities of the group are in the field of environmental catalysis: catalytic treatment of Diesel exhaust gases; catalytic filters for flue gas cleaning; catalytic combustion of methane; catalytic membrane reactors; electrocatalytic processes; recovery of valuable chemical from waste waters via electro-membrane processes; gasoline/diesel/biodiesel/LPG/methane reforming to H2 for fuel-cell application; short-contact time reactors for syngas production; water photolysis. In the specific field of reforming and fuel cell-related processes the group is/has been a partner of the following EU research projects (5th/6th EU Framework Programmes): PROFUEL (On-board gasoline PROcessor for FUEL-cell vehicle application); MINIREF (MINIatuRisEd gasoline Fuel processor for fuel cell vehicle applications); BIOFEAT (Biodiesel Fuel Processor for a Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit for a Vehicle); HyTRAN (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies for Road Transport), MOREPOWER (Direct (m)ethanol fuel cell for portable applications); MC-WAP (Molten carbonate fuel cells for waterborne applications); FlameSOFC (Fuel Flexible, Air-regulated, Modular and Electrically Integrated SOFC-System). Moreover, a good expertise on biogas reforming was obtained in the Italian project BioH2Power - from waste to renewable gaseous fuel for current and future vehicles coordinated by the actual Bio-ROBUR coordinator.
Building on previous work carried out in PROFUEL, MCWAP, FlameSOFC and BioH2Power, the POLITO group will provide in the BIO-ROBUR project the adsorbing materials for the biogas pretreatment unit, contribute to the development of the carbon trap, to the system and component modelling, as well as to the LCA analysis. POLITO will also coordinate the project.

CVs of key personnel

  • Debora Fino, PhD: Prof. Debora Fino got her PhD in chemical engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2003 with a Dissertation on “Diesel particulate abatement via catalytic traps”, which was worth the 2004 Italgas Prize – Debut in Research. She is now Associate Professor in Chemical Plant Design. Author of about 100 papers on chemical reaction engineering, separation processes and multifunctional reactors, she has been scientific responsible of several EU projects (TOP-EXPERT, ADDNANO, FlameSOFC). She has already been the Coordinator of an industrial project (BioH2Power- From Waste to Renewable gaseous fuels) and of the platform project (Ecofood- Environment and Energy sustainability, Waste reduction, By-products reuse of the food chain) funded by Regione Piemonte. Moreover she has been the scientific responsible of the ENI industrial funded project on critical analysis of present situation and future perspectives for energy production in Piedmont from organic fraction of MSW, agricultural waste, industrial waste water, sewage sludge, livestock effluents and energy crops.