LMER

Energy storage materials – Hydrogen – Hydrides – CO2 Reduction – Hydrocarbons – Catalysis

joint lab of EPFL and Empa

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NEWS

 
  November 2022 17th International Symposium on Metal Hydrogen Systems (MH2022) PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

Chair: Craig Buckley

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  24. – 29. January, 2021 15th INT’L SYMPOSIUM HYDROGEN & ENERGY and 2nd INT. SYMPOSIUM HYDROGENOMICS

 

Chair: Andreas ZÜTTEL; Shin_Ichi ORIMO
Conference Manager: Ivana SUTER

SEEBLICK HÖHENHOTEL
Emmetten, Switzerland

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25. September 2020 Inauguration of the Sabatier reactor
11:00 – 14:00, PDC Sion  

Du gaz plus propre pour le Valais central“, Le Nouvelliste

Directeur René BAUTZ, CEO Gaznat
President Philippe VARONE, Président de Sion, VS
Directeur François FELLAY, Directeur général at OIKEN
Prof. Dr. Andreas ZÜTTEL, EPFL Valais/Wallis

Directeur Gilles VERDAN, Gaznat
M. Dominique LUISIER, Gaznat

Dr. Noris GALLANDAT,
Dr. Emmanuele MOIOLI,
M. Krzysztof ROMANOWICZ

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  1. July 2020 Seminar EPFL Valais/Wallis in Sion
10:30 – 12:00, EPFL Valais/Wallis, ZOOM  

 

Mr. Zhihao PEI
Department of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China

“Nanostructured electrocatalysts for energy conversion and
environmental applications” Abstract

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  16. June 2020 Public PhD defence at EPFL Valais/Wallis in Sion
17:00 – 18:00, EPFL Valais/Wallis, ZOOM 

 

CONGRATULATIONS! Dr. Kun ZHAO
EPFL/SB/ISIC/LMER

“Mechanisms of the Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction of CO2 Hydrogenation on Transition Metal Surfaces” Abstract

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  16. June 2020 Seminar EPFL Valais/Wallis in Sion
10:00 – 10:40, EPFL Valais/Wallis, ZOOM 

 

Dr. Sai SMRUTI SAMANTARAI
Alternative Energy and Nanotechnology Laboratory Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai-600090, India

“Catalytically and chemically modified reduced graphene oxide composites for room temperature hydrogen storage”

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  15. June 2020 Energie Apéro Luzern 04/2020
17:30 – 19:00, Webinars (Zoom) im virtuellen Raum

 

Erneuerbare Brenn- und Treibstoffe

Stand der Entwicklung im Bereich der synthetischen Brenn- und Treibstoffe
Prof. Dr. Andreas Züttel, Direktor EPFL SB ISIC LMER, Sion

Gasversorgung der Zukunft
Dr. Sabine Perch-Nielsen, EBP Schweiz AG, Zürich

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  3. June 2020 Seminar EPFL Valais/Wallis in Sion
10:00 – 10:40, EPFL Valais/Wallis, ZOOM 

 

Ms. Xiaohan SUN

Faculty of Applied and Engineering Physics, Technical University of Munich, James-Franck-Straße 1, 85748 Garching bei München

“Assessment of the ORR Activity and Stability of Nanostructured Platinum Based Electrocatalysts Synthesized by a Novel Top-Down Approach”

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1. Mai, 2020 Ms. Thi Ha My PHAM

 

PhD work “Electrochemical CO2 Reduction”

 

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PM Wissen Wasserstoff

 

19. March, 2020 SERVUS TV PM Wissen Wasserstoff

 

SERVUS TV: Schwerpunktthema: Wasserstoff der Brennstoff der Zukunft

„P.M. Wissen“ Moderator Gernot Grömer unternimmt eine Reise im Wasserstoff-Auto durch Österreich und Deutschland und sucht nach Antworten. Die Reise endet im Zillertal – dort soll die weltweit erste wasserstoffbetriebene Schmalspurbahn entstehen.”

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Experts  Apéro

13. March, 2020 Ms. Kun ZHAO CONGRATULATIONS!

 

PhD defence exam “Mechanisms of the Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction of CO2 Hydrogenation on Transition Metal Surfaces”
In short, we established equipments for an operando study of CO2 hydrogenation on catalyst surfaces, unraveled the surface reaction mechanisms and the active sites, developed a highly active catalyst, as well as initiated an efficient data analysis program.

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28. February 2020 Univerity of Helsinki

 

Prof. Timo REPO and group CATALYSIS AND GREEN CHEMISTRY
Seminar and collaboration planning

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17. February 2020 Mr. Cedric TERRIER

 

Master Semester project: “Synthesis of supported metallic catalysts”
The activity of a heterogeneous catalyst is determined by the number of active sites on the surface of the solid nanoparticle in contact with the gas phase. The goal of the semester project is to elaborate a wet chemical synthesis methode for catalytic nanoparticles, e.g. Ni, supported on Al2O3. The nucleation density and the morphology, size and chemical state are investigated by TEM, XRD, and XPS, respectively.

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Seminar talk 17. February 2020 Seminar EPFL Valais/Wallis in Sion
10:30 – 11:30, EPFL Valais/Wallis, 4th floor, Zeuzier Room

 

Prof. Akichika KUMATANI
WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai, Japan
“Spatially Resolved Electrochemical Microscopy: Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy on Energy Functional Materials”

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  5. – 10. January, 2020 1st INT’L SYMPOSIUM Hydrogenomics combined with 14th INT’L SYMPOSIUM HYDROGEN & ENERGY

 

Chair: Shin-Ichi ORIMO
Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo
Sapporo, JAPAN

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15. December 2019 Pamela CANJURA

PhD candidate “High pressure hydrides”

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  5. November 2019 8th Symposium of the SCCER H&E Storage

 

Akademie, Empa Dübendorf, Switzerland

 

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  4. November 2019 Informationsabends an die Eigentümer von Ölheizungen des Oberwallis

 

Chair: Martin Stucky, AVENERGY
Talk Andreas Züttel “In Zukunft mit erneuerbarem Öl”
Kultur-& Kongresszentrum La Poste
Visp, Wallis, Schweiz

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  14. October 2019 Medienanlass Wasserstoff – Treibstoff der Zukunft ohne Infrastrukturprobleme

 

Datum/Zeit:    Montag, 14. Oktober 2019, 10.30 Uhr

Ort:                   Hotel Schweizerhof, Bahnhofplatz 7, 8001 Zürich  (Boardroom 10)
Publications

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  8. – 9. October, 2019 6. Energie-Symposium

 

Chairs: Johannes SCHMIDT, Gabriele SEITZ

Graz, Austria

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  1. October 2019 Imen BOUSRIH

 

external PhD student from the Université de Tunis el Manar

Internship 1. 10. – 31. 12. 2019

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  27. September 2019 Seminar Heng-Yu CHI

 

“Synthesis of MOF membranes via facile deposition in aqueous medium for different applications”

10:30 – 11:30, ENERGYPOLIS Sion, I17 4 F2, Tseuzier room

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  12. September 2019, 9:30 – 10:30 Seminar talk Hannes Jonsson

 

EPFL Valais/Wallis Sion, 4th floor, Zeuzier Room

“Calculations of the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 and the Competing Hydrogen Evolution Reaction”

Prof. Dr. Hannes JÓNSSON

Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Iceland, Hjardarhagi 2, Reykjavík, Iceland

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  6. September 2019 PhD defence Robin MUTSCHLER

 

“Investigation of the heterogeneously catalysed gas phase CO2 hydrogenation reaction: Development of analysis methods and reaction analysis on basic catalysts”

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  6. September 2019 TEDx Martigny Talk Andreas Züttel

 

“La future sans carburant fossil”

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  6. September 2019 Seminar Burak BAL

 

“Hydrogen Embrittlement in a Fe-Mn-C Based Austenitic Steels”

10:30 – 11:30, ENERGYPOLIS Sion, I17 4 F2, Tseuzier room

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15. August 2019 Xin ZONG

external PhD student from the research group of Prof. Yueping Xiong, HIT,
Department of Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China, 150006

Internship 15. 8. – 14. 10. 2019, Study on CO2 electroreduction, electrocatalysis 

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  15. July 2019 Sanaz SOODI

 

Internship 15. July 2019 – 15. March 2020 on “Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to oxygenated fuels”

PhD student of the Basic Sciences Institute of the University of Zanjan, IRAN

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  9. July 2019 Master Thesis defence Alexandre BORSAY

 

“Stability of size-selected Cu-based model catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation”

Congratulation!

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  1. July 2019 Gunel AGHABAYLI

 

Internship 1. July – 15. August 2019 on catalytic CO2 reduction to methane

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering graduate with over a year’s industrial experience, who is currently doing her PhD on “Dynamic simulation of CO2 utilization at variable flow rates using Low Carbon Energy” at University of Edinburgh.

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  27. June 2019, from 10:30 to 12:00 Inauguration of the near ambient pressure photoelectron spectrometer (NAP-XPS)

 

Hosts: Andreas ZÜTTEL, Wen LUO

The first lab based near ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (NAP-XPS) in Switzerland is installed at EPFL Valais/Wallis in Sion. The instruments allows to investigate the surface chemistry of materials on an atomic level. The surface is the interface between the solid and the gas phase (atmosphere) it is where the interaction of molecules in the gas phase with the solid takes place i.e. where heterogeneous catalysis occurs.
We acknowledge the financial support that allowed us to purchase the instruments from Swiss National Science Foundation, EPFL, Start-up budget of the Laboratory of Materials for Renewable Energy (LMER) and Empa Material Science and Technology.

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  15. June 2019 Youngdon KO

 

PhD candidate (Hydrides), supervisor: Dr. Heena YANG

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  June 30 – July 5, 2019 SCCER Summer School HELIX, CANCELED

 

at Dorint · Blüemlisalp · Beatenberg/Interlaken, Switzerland
Hubel 114 · 3803 Beatenberg · Schweiz

Chair: Thomas Schmidt, Jörg Roth, PSI

3. July 2019 Day program: Hydrogen Production, Storage & Applications

1. Hydrogen Production
1.1. Elektrolysis & Photoelectrolysis: Kevin Sivula, confirmed
1.2. Battolyzer: Fokko Mulder, confirmed
1.3. High Temperature Electrolysis: Ligang Wang (Jan Van Herle), confirmed
2. Hydrogen Storage
2.1. Fundamentals of Hydrogen Storage: Andreas Züttel, confirmed
2.2. Metal Hydrides & Complex Hydrides: Andreas Züttel, confirmed
2.3. Organic liquid hydrides: Peter Wasserscheid, Erlangen, confirmed
3. Applications
3.1. Fuel cells: Felix Büchi, confirmed
3.2. Mobility: Christian Bach, confirmed
3.3. Demonstrators & GRZ: Noris Gallandat, GRZ, confirmed
Workshop
Design a system that covers the energy demand of a one family house.

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  June 30 – July 5, 2019 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Hydrogen-Metal Systems

 

Chairs: Ned Stetson and Michael Hirscher

Rey Don Jaime Grand Hotel
Castelldefels, Spain

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 2, 2019

June 29-30, 2019 Gordon Research Seminar
chaired by Hope Sartain and Giovanni Capurso

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  May 5 – 10, 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

 

Chair Marco Mazzotti, Vice Chair Roger Aines

Les Diablerets Conference Center
Eurotel Victoria
Les Diablerets, CH

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 7, 2019

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  18. – 19. 5. 2019, 10:00 – 17:00 SCIENTASTIC
ENERGYPOLIS Sion, 1st floor, Lab LMER & SSDS
Reception: Ivana SUTER, Lena SUTER, Hugo TOMÉ
SSDS: Yannick BAEHLER,
LMER Lab: CO2 reduction, methan reactor: Marco CALIZZI, Emanuele MOIOLI, Robin MUTSCHLER, Kun ZHAO, Jie ZHANG, Qin ZHANG
LMER Lab: Hydrogen storage, Hydrides: Heena YANG, Loris LOMBARDO, Victoria HE
LMER Lab: XPS & Cluster source: Wen LUO, Mo LI, Alexandre BORSAYTalk par Andreas ZÜTTEL: “LA DEUXIEME EVOLUTION ENERGETIQUE EN VALAIS”
Talk par Emanuele MOIOLI: “LA PREMIÈRE RÉALISATION D’UN RÉACTEUR DE TAILLE INDUSTRIEL DE L’EPFL EN COLLABORATION AVEC GAZNAT
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  16. 5. 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 ENERGYPOLIS SEMINAR
ENERGYPOLIS Sion, 4th floor, ZEUZIER Seminar room

“e-Infrastructure to compile and provide e- Learning Content and Engineering Tools
Olaf JEDICKE
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Institut für Kern- und Energietechnik (IKET), Hermann-von-Helmholtz Platz 1 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
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  10. 4. 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 ENERGYPOLIS SEMINAR
ENERGYPOLIS Sion, 4th floor, ZEUZIER Seminar room

“CO2 conversion to oxygenate fuels using nanocomposite photocatalysts”
Sanaz SOODI
Department of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Zanjan 45137-66731, Iran
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  22. 3. 2019, 14:00 – 18:30 General Assembly of HYDROPOLE
The Swiss Hydrogen Association HYDROPOLE (since 2001)
General Assembly and site visit at the Power2gas demonstrator of HSR IET in Rapperswil
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  21. 3. 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 ENERGYPOLIS SEMINAR
ENERGYPOLIS Sion, 4th floor, ZEUZIER Seminar room

Al-N-Compounds – Possible Materials for Hydrogen Storage”
Michael FELDERHOFF
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
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  7. 3. 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 ENERGYPOLIS SEMINAR
ENERGYPOLIS Sion, 4th floor, ZEUZIER Seminar room

Transformation of waste into new biochemical and biofuels”
Jorge Mario MARCHETTIThe Reactor Engineering and Catalysis Group, located in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway
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  1. 3. 2019 Victoria HE (Master student, TU Munich & EPFL)
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  15. 2. 2019 Qin ZHANG (Master student, ISIC, EPFL)

 

Master semester work “CO2 reduction to ethanol”

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  15. 2. 2019 Alexandre BORSAY (Master student, ISIC, EPFL)
Master work “Metal Clusters investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy”
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  Jan. 20 – 25, 2019 13th INT. SYMPOSIUM HYDROGEN & ENERGY

 

GYEONG WON JAE AMBASSADOR Incheon, South KOREA

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  11. 2. 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 ENERGYPOLIS SEMINAR
ENERGYPOLIS Sion, 4th floor, ZEUZIER Seminar room

Hydrogen storage systems for mobile and stationary applications:
an overview

Prof. Dr. Sabrina SATORI
Department of Technology Systems, University of Oslo, Norway
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  7. 1. 2019 David AUBERT (Civil service)
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 Ivana SUTER 1. 1. 2019 Ivana SUTER
Administrative assistant, Secretary LMER
Administration and Finances
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LATEST PUBLICATIONS

CO2 Hydrogenation over Unsupported Fe-Co Nanoalloy Catalysts

M. Calizzi; R. T. A. Mutschler; N. Patelli; A. Migliori; K. Zhao et al. 

Nanomaterials. 2020-07-11. Vol. 10, num. 7, p. 1360. DOI : 10.3390/nano10071360.

A polymeric ionic liquid catalyst for the N-formylation and N-methylation of amines using CO2/PhSiH3

A. Gopakumar; L. Lombardo; Z. Fei; S. Shyshkanov; D. Vasilyev et al. 

Journal of CO2 Utilization. 2020-07-08. Vol. 41, p. 101240. DOI : 10.1016/j.jcou.2020.101240.

Unraveling and optimizing the metal-metal oxide synergistic effect in a highly active Co (CoO)1– catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation

K. Zhao; M. Calizzi; E. Moioli; M. Li; A. Borsay et al. 

Journal of Energy Chemistry. 2020-05-19. Vol. 53, p. 241-250. DOI : 10.1016/j.jechem.2020.05.025.

Synergistic Cu/CeO2 carbon nanofiber catalysts for efficient CO2 electroreduction

X. Zong; J. Zhang; J. Zhang; W. Luo; A. Zuettel et al. 

Electrochemistry Communications. 2020-05-01. Vol. 114, p. 106716. DOI : 10.1016/j.elecom.2020.106716.

Thermal stability of size-selected copper nanoparticles: Effect of size, support and CO2 hydrogenation atmosphere

M. Li; A. Borsay; M. Dakhchoune; K. Zhao; W. Luo et al. 

Applied Surface Science. 2020-04-30. Vol. 510, p. 145439. DOI : 10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.145439.

Electrochemical reconstruction of ZnO for selective reduction of CO2 to CO

W. Luo; Q. Zhang; J. Zhang; E. Moioli; K. Zhao et al. 

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 2020-04-26. Vol. 273, p. 119060. DOI : 10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.119060.

Solvent- and Catalyst-Free Carbon Dioxide Capture and Reduction to Formate with Borohydride Ionic Liquid

L. Lombardo; H. Yang; K. Zhao; P. J. Dyson; A. Zuettel 

Chemsuschem. 2020-04-21. Vol. 13, num. 8, p. 2025-2031. DOI : 10.1002/cssc.201903514.

Methanol production from CO(2)via an integrated, formamide-assisted approach

J. G. Uranga; A. Gopakumar; T. Pfister; G. Imanzade; L. Lombardo et al. 

Sustainable Energy & Fuels. 2020-04-01. Vol. 4, num. 4, p. 1773-1779. DOI : 10.1039/c9se01141b.

Imaging Catalysis: Operando Investigation of the CO2 Hydrogenation Reaction Dynamics by Means of Infrared Thermography

R. Mutschler; E. Moioli; K. Zhao; L. Lombardo; E. Oveisi et al. 

Acs Catalysis. 2020-02-07. Vol. 10, num. 3, p. 1721-1730. DOI : 10.1021/acscatal.9b04475.

Light-active Metal-Organic Frameworks for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution.

S. Kampouri / B. Smit; K. Stylianou (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2020.