Photo-printed summary

A new method to prepare catalytically active nanoparticles on large surfaces by combining inkjet printing and induced light in situ processing


The aim of this project is to introduce new and revolutionary synthesis methods to deposit nanostructured catalytic materials on sensors and electrodes for point-of-care diagnostics and for energy conversion. Inkjet printing, a powerful and versatile methodology for material deposition, will be used in combination with light treatment of suitable wavelengths to deposit and reduce in situ the catalytic precursors directly on the electrode surfaces. The deposition of noble metals and materials containing no noble metals will take place within extremely small and confined reaction volumes thanks to the high accuracy and reproducibility of the printing technology. The goal is to develop industrially scalable processes that meet important requirements such as minimal material consumption, low cost and short production times.

Targeted electroanalytic applications will include flexible and wearable sensors. Large-scale nanostructured electrodes will be studied in the context of energy conversion, such as water splitting, oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution.

This project will pioneer new synthetic methodologies of nanostructures and be transferable to a wide range of further applications in academia and industry

Duration of the project
November 2018 - October 2021

Unibo Team Leader
Andreas Stephan Lesch

Scientific responsible for the Department
Prof. Domenica Tonelli

Financing: 54,900 euros