Study of the interactions of ionic liquids with surfaces of cluster-assembled nanostructured materials (Materials Science #2007.5758)

Fondazione Cariplo (from 2008-05-01 to 2011-01-31)

Grant closed
The combined use of room temperature ionic liquids (ILs) and cluster-assembled nanostructured materials for the production of photo-electrochemical devices represents a potential technological breakthrough, being the synthesis of two outstanding technologies, each carrying substantial and radical innovations in its field. Despite its huge potential, such research topic remains at present substantially unexplored.
The aim of this project is the investigation of the interactions between different ILs of technological interest and nanostructured materials. Cluster-assembled nanostructured materials suitable for the production of electrochemical devices (carbon, titanium oxide) will be produced by means of Supersonic Cluster Beam Deposition exploiting a patented cluster source.
The project aims to achieve a deep understanding of the phenomena governing the structural reorganization of ILs at the interface with nanostructured materials, and to characterize by means of surface specific techniques the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of this interface.

Coordinator: CIMaINa - Università degli Studi di Milano

Referent: Alessandro Podestà