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Heat storage

Development of porous solids for sorption-based heat storage/transformation and water harvesting; an emphasis on zeolites, aluminophosphates, porous aluminas, ZIFs and composites with inorganic hygroscopic salts as adsorbents, and water and ethanol as adsorbates.

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Studies of adsorbents on nanoscale with state-of-the-art characterization techniques to understand their structural-property-function relationship.

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Tailoring pore structures to tune hydrophilicity and kinetics in adsorbents for low-T (solar) heat storage/allocation by simultaneous optimization of the materials properties and heat/mass transfer in the storage systems.

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Video abstract: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2GVaWzFGkE 

CH and CO2 conversion

Engineering of multi-functional nanostructured catalysts and adsorbents (e.g. zeolites, MOFs and their composites with porous polymers, TiO2 based composite photocatalysts).

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Studies of catalysts and adsorbents on nanoscale with state-of-the-art characterization techniques to understand their structural-property-performance relationship.

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Testing of materials in heterogeneous catalysis for

- C-H conversion (e.g. C-H bond activation in light alkanes, partial oxidation, syngas chemistry, methane valorization, hydrotreatment of platform molecules), 

- selective CO2 capture and conversion (e.g. gas phase methanol production, liquid slurry dimethyl carbonate synthesis)

Testing of materials for selective CO2 sorption (e.g. from flue gasses)

Water and air treatment

Design of transitional metal/bimetal/multimetal functionalized porous oxides (e.g.silica, alumina, titania) and mixed oxides (e.g. titania/silica, titania/Bi2O3) as catalysts for modern wastewater and air treatment.

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Studies of catalysts on nanoscale with state-of-the-art characterization techniques to understand their structural-property-performance relationship.

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Testing of materials in heterogeneous catalysis for

- wastewater treatment processes at neutral pH and visible light (e.g. Fenton-like and photocatalytic advanced oxidation processes) ,

- air treatment processes for indoor air cleaning (e.g. photocatalytic advanced oxidation processes).

- industrial wastegas cleaning (e.g. catalytic oxidation).

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https://www.ki.si/en/news/single-prikaz/achievement/novica/katalizator-s-sinergijskim-ucinkom-za-ciscenje-zraka/

 

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