Riccardo MILAN

SOLAR FUEL: CHEMICAL ENERGY FROM WATER THROUGH PHOTOSYNTHESIS MIMICKING

My research Project focuses on the engineering of semiconductor metal oxides to be applied as photoanode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) for solar water splitting. Vacuum free, cheap and environmental compatible synthetic approaches, such as spray deposition, wet chemistry and hydtothermal methods are exploited for the fabrication of nanostructured a-Fe2O3, currently the most widely used material in the fabrication of electrodes for PEC due to its chemical stability and earth abundance. Main aim of the research is to tackle critical issues in water oxidation reaction by hematite, such as: high overpotential, limited hole free path and presence of surface trap states.
Exploitation of both an earth abundant material and scalable fabrication processes might open the way towards towards PEC with a future in real scenario applications.

 
ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL SEMICONDUCTORS FOR PHOTOVOLTAICS AND ENERGETICS

This research activity is focused on the design and fabrication of engineered metal oxide structures to be applied as high efficiency photoanodes in third generation photovoltaics (PV), namely in dye- and quantum dot- sensitized solar cells (DSSCs and QDSSCs, respectively). Fabrication of devices exploiting new molecules as light harvesters is as well investigated (collaboration with CNR-ISTM and CNR-ISMAC, Milan).

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Curriculum: Physical Sciences for Engineering

Tutor: Giorgio SBERVEGLIERI, Isabella CONCINA

email: riccardo.milan@unibs.it

 

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