UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO

(UNISA)

The PROCEED (Processes and Catalysis for Energy and Environment depollution) Lab has been active for about 20 years within the department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Salerno.

 

Coordinated by Prof. Paolo Ciambelli and Prof. Vincenzo Palma is formed by heterogeneous skills, since it’s formed by Chemists, Chemical Engineers and Industrial Chemists, and has several active research lines:

  • Production of energy from fossil fuels
  • Hydrogen production
  • Processes for air pollutants abatement

The group is involved in some European and Italian Projects:

  •  CARENA. UNISA investigates the role of structured catalysts on MSR, ATR and PDH reactions devoted to membrane assisted reactors. In particular, the benefit linked to high conductive foams carriers are investigated, by performing evaluations on heat transfer properties of supports in the reaction conditions.
  • COMETHY. UNISA in CoMETHy project involves the development of suitable catalytic formulations for LT-ESR. Monometallic and bimetallic formulation based on earth metal-based oxides (Ce, CeZr and CeZrLa)  are investigated, by stressing the role of catalyst carrier on the overall reaction performances.
  • FLUID CELL. The role of UNISA is to select, prepare and characterize the most appropriate materials to be used as active species and support, in the ESR reaction at T< 500 °C devoted to fluidized bed catalytic membrane reactor systems, with the aim to improve stability towards coke formation and selectivity to hydrogen production.
  •  IFOAM. Structured catalysts for water-gas shift reactions are investigated: in particular, catalytic formulations active at low temperature are studied. As a keystone, the better thermal management due to the catalyst deposition on high conductive (aluminum) foams as well as the flow geometry are studied,
  • PON01_02545 (Development of systems for distributed hydrogen and syngas production by multifuel catalytic auto-thermal reforming). UNISA efforts are devoted to study structured catalysts for Auto-Thermal Reforming and WGS stages, and to develop a pre-pilot scale (~10 KW) self-sustained reactor system able to produce syngas by methane processing aimed to obtain pure hydrogen by membrane separation. The study is completed by the system scale-up to a pilot plant able to produce 50 Nm3/h of hydrogen.