The Mission of ADVM is devoted to the development of new (nano)material and architectures to achieve the use of CO2 as raw material for the synthesis of chemicals, materials or fuels so as to achieve the square effect of its removal from the atmosphere or the emission sources and the production of renewable products substituting fossil ones.
Different techniques spanning from chemical synthesis (Sol-gel, Hydrothermal and microwave assisted synthesis), PVD and CVD systems to 2D/3D printing of structured materials for the implementation of devices and reactors are investigated. Namely:
- Materials & solvents for CO2 capture and release with low energy consumption
- 2D/3D printable polymeric materials and 3D printed devices for CO2 capture, release and conversion.
- Nano-engineered (photo) active 2D/3D materials for renewable to chemical energy conversion
- Porous layered materials for advanced separation processes
- Nano- and micro-engineered thermal storage materials
- Graphene based materials for CO2 trapping and reduction.
- ECLab - Electrical and Electrochemical Characterization Lab
- 3D printers (DLP, SLS, SLA, FDM), Inkjet Lab, UV and Light Induced curing Lab,
- NMLab - Nano Materials Laboratory (Chemical Vapour Deposition, Parr Reactor, Microwave Reactor, CO2 Supercritical Dryer, Freeze Dryer, Electrospinner, Ultrasonic Horn, Planetary mixer)
- Chemical synthesis (UV-Vis spectrometer, Infrared Spectrometer, (Photo) Rheometer, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, Thermo Gravimetric Analyses, Dynamic Light Scattering, Single and Dual Beam Piezo Electric Evaluation System) and material processing lab
- TFLab - Thin Film Lab (Co-Sputtering, Atomic Layer Deposition)
- Clean Room (Injection Moulding, Hot Embossing, Electro Discharge Machine, Standard UV and Laser Lithography, Thin Film Deposition, Oxidation Furnace, Rapid Thermal Annealing, Reactive Ion Etching, Stylus Profilometer)
External Collaborations and Projects
Technology Platform Smart Industry – Regional Project “Smart3D”, development of electronically conductive materials for the additive manufacturing of electron devices. Duration: 36 months.
MUES – Italy/USA bilateral project for the development of new technologies for MFC in AUV applications. Duration 24 months.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - NASA & California Institute of Technology, Mobility and Robotic Systems Section. Collaboration for bilateral IIT-JPL project “THALES, The Advent of Liquid Engineered Systems”.