Amcel combines fundamental and applied research with the aim of finding solutions for CO2-neutral energy conversion and clean chemical conversions. Further, it will build new bridges between fundamental electrochemistry, materials electrochemistry and molecular electrochemistry, and real-life applications.
The Dutch national 2050 roadmap for ElectroChemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM) identifies three R&D focus areas:
- Integration of electrolysis and large scale chemical processes (hydrogen);
- Innovative scalable electrochemistry and materials science;
- Creating focus and critical mass in education and knowledge transfer.
Amcel will address all three focus areas by bridging science to application, strengthening current R&D programs in the relevant fields and expanding in-house and via partnering on systems integration, process development and materials science (electrodes, catalysts, and membranes).
R&D activities in electrochemistry benefit from interdisciplinary collaborations. Electrochemistry applications often require knowledge in materials science (synthesis, characterisation and testing), colloid science, organic synthesis (even if the result is a hybrid or pure inorganic material, the preparation often involves organic stabilisers and intermediates), photochemistry, spectroscopy, and computations.
Wide range of groups
Amcel benefits from the wide range of groups at HIMS:
- Fuel cells (Yan and Rothenberg);
- CO2 to chemicals (Shiju);
- CO2 to fuels and Solar Fuels (De Bruin, Reek, Van der Vlugt);
- Electrochemical reaction mechanisms (Ensing, De Bruin, Reek);
- Electrochemical activation of inert C-H, C-X and C-C bonds (Fernández Ibáñez);
- Supercapacitors (Rothenberg);
- Free-radical intermediates (De Bruin; Van der Vlugt);
- Electro-optical devices (Grecea; Zhang);
- Bio-electrochemical applications (Mutti; Yan);
- Analytical electrochemistry (group Schoenmakers); and
- New electrode materials (Grecea; Yan; Dubbeldam).
Building new bridges
The groups have excellent connections with the chemical industry. There are also opportunities for connecting the activities to the Amsterdam Green Campus, e.g. in CO2 utilisation and in connecting chemical conversion and plant-based CO2 conversions.
Further, Amcel will build new bridges between fundamental electrochemistry, materials electrochemistry and molecular electrochemistry, and real-life applications. This will be done by connecting to companies such as the Avantium Liquid Light lab (Gruter) and to the nanoscale solar cells groups and photoelectrochemistry at AMOLF (Garnett; Alarcon-Llado).