Green Hydrogen: A future energy Vector.

28 giugno 2023
Orario di inizio 
Polo Ferrari 2 - Via Sommarive 9, Povo (Trento)
Room B107
Organizzato da: 
Department of Physics
Comunità universitaria
Ingresso libero
dr. Roberto Menichetti - dr. Giovanni Marini
Department of Physics Secretariat
Nainesh Patel, Dept. of Physics & Electronics, Christ University


The world is working at a remarkable pace to cope with the energy demand and replace conventional fossil-fuel-based energy with affordable, reliable, and cost-effective green energy sources, like hydrogen. Green Hydrogen produced by electrolysis of water through renewable energy sources is one of the go-to techniques for the same. However, the choice of catalyst, electrolyte, and operating conditions play a significant role in energy generation and pilot/industrial scale production. In this seminar, I will focus on the challenges faced by the electrocatalyst when operated in the dynamic conditions of intermittent renewable energy sources. Several material engineering strategies implemented to improve the performance and stability of the electrocatalyst will be presented.

Who is Nainesh Patel?

Dr. Nainesh Patel is working as an Associate Professor of Physics, at Christ University. He had completed his Ph.D. degree from the University of Trento, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Miotello. His research interest is focused on developing low-cost nano-catalyst for energy and environmental applications, in which he has an experience of over 19 years. He is currently working on developing a prototype of an anion-exchange membrane water electrolyzer using a cost-effective and robust transition metal electrocatalyst for hydrogen production through splitting alkaline water, seawater, and urea-based wastewater. He is also intensively involved in developing photocatalyst materials for the removal of organic pollutants from water and H₂ production by photocatalytic water splitting. He is a co-author of 112 research papers in peer-reviewed journals of international repute and has an h-index of 43 and citations of around 6650. For three years, his name appeared in the list of the top 2% of scientists in the world, published by Stanford University. He has successfully executed 4 Government funded research projects nationally and internationally and currently handling 3 projects on developing catalysts for energy and environmental issues. He has guided 12 Ph.D. students.

A Quantum of Matter

“A Quantum of Matter” è un appuntamento dedicato alla ricerca in Fisica della Materia che viene portata avanti nel nostro Dipartimento. L’obiettivo di “A Quantum of Matter” è sviluppare sinergie e collaborazioni tra i gruppi. Per questo motivo, nei seminari sarà posto l’accento non solo sui risultati ottenuti, ma anche sulle tecniche utilizzate e su possibili tematiche che potrebbero essere sviluppate in collaborazione, lasciando ampio spazio per il confronto e la discussione.

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