Materiali ceramici a struttura Aurivillius per la produzione di solar fuels

Fabbri, Simone (2020) Materiali ceramici a struttura Aurivillius per la produzione di solar fuels. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Chimica industriale [LM-DM270]
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Solar fuels from CO2 is a topic of current large scientific and industrial interest. In particular, photo-electrochemical cells (PECs) represent today one of the most promising technology for storing sun energy as chemical bonds exploiting carbon dioxide as starting reagent. In this thesis, the possibility of using Aurivillius-type compounds for the production of solar fuels was deeply investigated. Aurivillius-type perovskites, with general formula Bi(n+1)Fe(n-3)Ti3O(3n+3), were synthesized and fully characterized to study the influence of the number of perovskite layers as well as of the synthesis parameters onto their final properties. In particular, 8 different systems were considered increasing the amount of iron and, as a consequence, the number of perovskite layers. These compounds were synthesized through a standard solid-state reaction method as well as via a sol-gel technique and characterized by XRD, SEM and BET analyses. The band gap value and the photocatalytic activity towards Rhodamine B decomposition were assessed as well. For each system, a screen-printing ink was formulated to be deposited as photo-electrodes onto transparent conducting supports. The photo-electrodes were morphologically characterized by XRD and SEM analysis, and their electrochemical properties (cyclic and linear voltammetry, EIS, Mott-Schottky analysis) were determined. Finally, the most promising materials were tested as photo-cathode inside PEC cell under different illumination conditions, to quantify their ability to convert CO2. The obtained results show the potentiality of Aurivillius-type compounds as innovative material for carbon dioxide photo-electrochemical reduction.

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Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Fabbri, Simone
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Corso di studio
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Aurivillius solar fuels riduzione CO2 celle foto-elettrochimiche serigrafia
Data di discussione della Tesi
25 Marzo 2020

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