The main objective of the multidisciplinary project RELEASE is improving the performance and reducing the costs of large-scale energy storage facilitating the transition to sustainable energy for the short (2030) and long term (2050). The project is a collaboration of multiple Dutch academic, industrial and non-profit organizations and involves the development of membranes and electrodes with tunable properties for cost-effective hydrogen production, hydrocarbon production by integrated capture and conversion of CO2 and scalable flow batteries. This is completed with efforts to address system integration and societal implementation.
Major key elements in all application areas investigated in RELEASE are the ion exchange membranes. The contribution of the Membrane Materials and Processes (MM/P) group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is the development of polymer ion exchange membranes with enhanced ion transport rates of the energy carrying species for cost-effective operation at high current densities at harsh conditions. Envisaged approaches involve among others the use of electrospinning and the development of mixed matrix membranes combining polymer matrices and inorganic additives. A major objective is the implementation of the developed membranes in the devices and processes for energy conversion and storage designed by the other project participants. Mutual collaboration with the other project partners is thus encouraged.
Membrane Materials and Processes at Eindhoven University of Technology
The research will be conducted at the research group MM/P, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the TU/e (The Netherlands).
The research group MM/P focuses on the design, development, characterization and application of polymer membranes and porous electrodes to control mass transport in sustainable processes. The research combines and integrates materials chemistry, materials engineering and process technology. Application areas are water and energy, with a strong focus on the recovery and reuse of resources, the valorization of waste streams and energy efficiency. ‘Closing cycles’ and ‘value from waste’ are leading themes in the research program. Next to fundamental academic research, application-oriented research in close collaboration with the industry is stimulated.
The TU/e offers academic education that is driven by fundamental and applied research. We combine scientific curiosity with a hands-on mentality. Our educational philosophy is based on personal attention and room for individual ambitions and talents. Our research meets the highest international standards of quality. We push the limits of science, which puts us at the forefront of rapidly emerging areas of research.
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prof.dr.ir. Kitty Nijmeijer (e-mail: d.c.nijmeijer[at]tue.nl , phone: +31 (0)40 247 28 71).
Further information about the research group Membrane Materials and Processes (MM/P) can be found at www.tue.nl/mmp and more information about Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry is available at www.tue.nl.
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