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Structured Reactors with INTensified ENergy Transfer for Breakthrough Catalytic Technologies

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Organization address
city: MILANO
postcode: 20133

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙484˙648 €
 EC max contribution 2˙484˙648 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2021-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI MILANO IT (MILANO) coordinator 2˙484˙648.00


 Project objective

Critically important heterogeneous catalytic reactions for energy conversion and chemicals production have been run for several decades in fixed bed reactors randomly packed with catalyst pellets, whose operation is intrinsically limited by slow heat removal/supply. There is urgent need for a new generation of process equipment and chemical reactors to address the current quest for process intensification. I propose that a game-changing alternative is provided by structured reactors wherein the catalyst is washcoated onto or packed into structured substrates, like honeycomb monoliths, open-cell foams or other cellular materials, fabricated with highly conductive metallic (Al, Cu) materials. The goal of this project is to fully elucidate fundamental and engineering properties of such novel conductive structured catalysts, investigate new concepts for their design, manufacturing, catalytic activation and operation (e.g. 3D printing, packed foams, energy supply by solar irradiation), and demonstrate their potential for a quantum leap in the intensification of three crucial catalytic processes for the production of energy vectors: i) distributed H2 generation via efficient small-size reformers; ii) conversion of syngas to clean synthetic fuels in compact (e.g. skid-mounted) reactors; iii) production of solar H2. To this purpose I will combine advanced CFD modelling with lab-scale experimentation in order to identify the optimal structure-performance relation of existing and novel substrates, use such new knowledge to design optimized prototypes, apply unconventional additive manufacturing technologies for their production, and construct a semi-industrial tubular pilot reactor to test them at a representative scale. The project results will enable novel reactor designs based on tuning geometry, materials and configurations of the conductive internals to match the activity - selectivity demands of specific process applications, while impacting also other research areas.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Riccardo Balzarotti, Matteo Ambrosetti, Alessandra Beretta, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
Investigation of packed conductive foams as a novel reactor configuration for methane steam reforming
published pages: 123494, ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2019.123494
Chemical Engineering Journal 2019-11-27
2020 Matteo Ambrosetti, Mauro Bracconi, Matteo Maestri, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
Packed foams for the intensification of catalytic processes: assessment of packing efficiency and pressure drop using a combined experimental and numerical approach
published pages: 122801, ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2019.122801
Chemical Engineering Journal 382 2019-11-22
2019 Laura Fratalocchi, Gianpiero Groppi, Carlo Giorgio Visconti, Luca Lietti, Enrico Tronconi
The pivotal role of an interconnected cellular conductive structure to manage heat removal in compact Fischer–Tropsch fixed-bed reactors
published pages: 1917-1921, ISSN: 2058-9883, DOI: 10.1039/c9re00280d
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 4/11 2019-11-22
2018 Mauro Bracconi, Matteo Ambrosetti, Matteo Maestri, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
A fundamental investigation of gas/solid mass transfer in open-cell foams using a combined experimental and CFD approach
published pages: 558-571, ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.07.023
Chemical Engineering Journal 352 2019-07-25
2018 Mauro Bracconi, Matteo Ambrosetti, Obinna Okafor, Victor Sans, Xun Zhang, Xiaoxia Ou, Claudio Pereira Da Fonte, Xiaolei Fan, Matteo Maestri, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
Investigation of pressure drop in 3D replicated open-cell foams: Coupling CFD with experimental data on additively manufactured foams
published pages: , ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.10.060
Chemical Engineering Journal 2019-07-25
2019 Laura Fratalocchi, Gianpiero Groppi, Carlo Giorgio Visconti, Luca Lietti, Enrico Tronconi
On the passivation of platinum promoted cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch catalyst
published pages: , ISSN: 0920-5861, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2019.02.069
Catalysis Today 2019-07-25
2018 Mauro Bracconi, Matteo Ambrosetti, Matteo Maestri, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
A fundamental analysis of the influence of the geometrical properties on the effective thermal conductivity of open-cell foams
published pages: 181-189, ISSN: 0255-2701, DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2018.04.018
Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification 129 2019-06-13
2017 Mauro Bracconi, Matteo Ambrosetti, Matteo Maestri, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
A systematic procedure for the virtual reconstruction of open-cell foams
published pages: 608-620, ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.01.069
Chemical Engineering Journal 315 2019-06-13
2018 Laura Fratalocchi, Carlo Giorgio Visconti, Gianpiero Groppi, Luca Lietti, Enrico Tronconi
Intensifying heat transfer in Fischer-Tropsch tubular reactors through the adoption of conductive packed foams
published pages: 829-837, ISSN: 1385-8947, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.05.108
Chemical Engineering Journal 349 2019-06-13
2018 Matteo Ambrosetti, Riccardo Balzarotti, Cinzia Cristiani, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
The Influence of the Washcoat Deposition Process on High Pore Density Open Cell Foams Activation for CO Catalytic Combustion
published pages: 510, ISSN: 2073-4344, DOI: 10.3390/catal8110510
Catalysts 8/11 2019-07-25
2019 Riccardo Balzarotti, Alessandra Beretta, Gianpiero Groppi, Enrico Tronconi
A comparison between washcoated and packed copper foams for the intensification of methane steam reforming
published pages: , ISSN: 2058-9883, DOI: 10.1039/c9re00125e
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 2019-07-25

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