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Organisation

Applied Electrochemistry & Catalysis (ELCAT) (T_ELCAT)

Research Group

Main organisation:Chemistry/Biochemistry
Lifecycle:1 Oct 2013  →  Today
Organisation profile:The core research goal within ELCAT lies in the development of state-of-the art electrochemical reactors and catalysts, with a view towards large-scale industrial development in the field of industrial electrification, in a green and sustainable way.On the one hand, this implies electrocatalysts for electrochemical processes in industry. The scope there is to improve controllability, flexibility and energy efficiency of the reactions through electrocatalyst and reactor design. This research can thus be subdivided in three main topics, which are interrelated:• Electrocatalysis• Electrosynthesis • Electrochemical reactor engineeringFrom our research topics, two major aspects of our identity as a group clearly come to the surface: (1) industrial application and (2) green chemistry. It is our hope that by working on the different levels from the (electro)catalyst to the actual reactor, future industrial processes can be based on the environmentally more friendly electrochemical approach, replacing the conventional batch chemical processes. In this respect, ELCAT is currently also investing a lot of time and effort in the electrochemical CO2 conversion. Utilizing renewable energy, this could potentially result in decreased CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, further highlighting the green chemistry aspect of the research at ELCAT. Next to that, it also implies bespoke organic synthesis of organic linkers for nanoreactors to be applied as (electro)catalysts. Furthermore, we plan to contribute to this transition by situating our research on TRL 2-6. As such, the output of our groups includes scientific papers, PhD theses as well as prototypes and patents, which could be of potential interest for industry.
Keywords:PLASMA, ELECTROCHEMISTRY, ELECTROCHEMICAL REACTOR, ELECTROSYNTHESIS, ELECTROCHEMICAL IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY (EIS), FLOW REACTOR, ENGINEERING, CALORIMETRY
Disciplines:Catalysis and reacting systems engineering, Chemical product design and formulation, General chemical and biochemical engineering, Process engineering, Separation and membrane technologies, Transport phenomena, Other (bio)chemical engineering