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UniBo - Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Alma Mater Studiorum (UniBo), the oldest university in the world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research and a constant and increasingly broad international perspective. Since its origins in 1088, Alma Mater has been student-centred hosting prominent figures from science and the arts. Based in five campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini), with a branch in Buenos Aires, it offers a teaching catalogue diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 32 Departments and 11 Schools are offered to over 87,000 students.


With regard to Innovation, UniBo has an active patent portfolio of over 470 patents and set up 35 spin-offs and accredited 11 start-up companies (up to 2020) and can also count Almacube, as business incubator that managed 17 incubated companies up to 2020.


In Horizon 2020, UniBo is so far involved in 333 funded projects (91 as coordinator) with more than 146 ML Euros of funding. Particularly, the following on-going projects are related to hydrogen and renewable fuels:

- Sustainable Jet Fuel from Flexible Waste Biomass (flexJET)

- Synergies Utilising renewable Power REgionally by means of Power To Gas (SuperP2G)

- Zero emission hydrogen turbine center (ZEHTC)

- HEterogeneous Robust Catalysts to Upgrade Low valuE biomass Streams (HERCULES)

- Production and use in industrial cycles of synthetic fuels from CO2 and renewable electricity (e-CO2)

- High temperature testing for hydrogen separation ceramic membranes or SOFC


Hydrogen research activities in UniBo:

  • Hydrogen generation:
    • Realization and testing of innovative electrolysers’ cell and stack designs;
    • Testing of hydrogen and syngas production by catalytic partial oxidation, steam-reforming and autothermal reforming of natural gas and gasification of biomass
    • Testing of thermo-catalytic reformer (TCR) prototype
    • Solar H2 by photocatalysis of biomass derived feedstocks;
    • Development of processes for the solar and bio-production of hydrogen and of organic compounds.
  • Hydrogen separation and purification:
    • Membranes and membrane separation processes for hydrogen purification;
    • Study and optimization of ceramic membranes for high temperature hydrogen and/or oxygen purification;
  • Hydrogen storage and transport:
    • Metal hydrides for solid-state hydrogen storage;
    • Hydrogen application in the transport sector;
    • Formic acid or hydrazine decomposition for transport and generation of hydrogen;
    • Development of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) for hydrogen storage and transport;
  • Hydrogen utilization:
    • Hydrogen blending in the natural gas network: control strategies, safety concerns, design optimization;
    • Methane production from hydrogen and carbon dioxide for direct utilization in the natural gas network;
    • Green synthesis of methanol and methane production from hydrogen and carbon dioxide for H2 utilization in the production of valuable chemicals;
    • Electrochemical reactors for methane and other energy vectors productio
  • Hydrogen fuel cell:
    • Experimental analysis of small low-temperature fuel cells for stand-alone and/or cogeneration applications.
    • Design, preparation and characterization of hydrogen bonded hybrid inorganic-organometallic acid salts for application in SOFCs;
    • Characterization and modelling of ionomeric materials for PEM fuel cells;
    • Development and testing of polymeric bioelectrodes for the realization of biofuel cells transforming agro-industrial wastes in electric energy;
    • Electrochemistry, chemical physical characterization and synthesis of polymeric, ionomeric, inorganic and carbonaceous materials for PEM fuel cells and for microbial fuel cells for water treatment;


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Main Contact
Cesare Saccani ,Full Professor ,+39 051 20 9 3404
Other Contacts
Francesco Basile ,Associate Professor ,+39 051 20 9 3663

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