Institute of chemistry of organometallic compounds (ICCOM)


First fuel cell fuelled with ethanol: the PlatinosinteticoTM miracle

The cooperation between the institute of Chemistry of Organometallics (ICCOM-CNR) and IdeLab srl has given rise to a new family of catalysts, named PlatinosinteticoTM, projected and evolved through innovative nanotechnologies. PlatinosinteticoTM anodic and cathodic catalysts are able to reproduce, and in many cases, improve, the catalytic activity of platinum in electrodes useable in many fuel cells types. PlatinosinteticoTM catalysts contain nanometric and subnanometric iron, nickel, cobalt ...

New conjugated polymeric systems for applications in the field of microelectronics

The most significant results in the framework of this research topic is represented by the synthesis of several poly(aryleneethynylene)s with repeating units bearing glucose molecules as substituents, with regular distribution over the polyconjugated chain (Scheme). These materials have been obtained by means of a palladium-catalyzed polymerization reaction, in the presence of silver oxide as cocatalyst, between dihalo derivatives and a suitable hydroquinone O-diglucoside derivative, bearing two ...

Engineering and development of scientific instrumentation for in situ studies of chemical reactions under elevated gas pressure: autoclaves, high-pressure NMR and IR devices

Several chemical processes of utmost industrial relevance occur at medium/elevated pressure of gases, for example many Ziegler-Natta polymerizations, and almost all hydrogenation and carbonylation reactions of unsaturated substrates. The investigations in these fields are commonly carried out in autoclaves that are generally expensive and devoid of many devices of importance to control and monitor the course of the reactions. Also, a high gas pressure does not allow for in situ studies of ...

Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials

At the Pisa station, a new efficient route to the preparation of very active and specific nanostructured catalysts has been developed and optimized. The method consists in using metal vapour as reagent and allows one to obtain catalysts that are remarkably more active and selective than analogous commercial counterparts. These new catalysts can be already obtained on a kilogram scale, which forecasts an industrial application (Figure 1). It has been also developed the preparation of ...