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SuPERCO2 - Surface Polarization, Evolution, and Reconstruction for CO2 Reduction

24 months (2026)
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UE-funded research - HE - Excellent Science - MSCA
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Sole Contractor


The exploitation of fossil fuels to sustain human activities have determined a steep increase in CO2 atmospheric concentration, thus leading to climate changes. While photovoltaic devices and wind power plants provide sustainable alternatives for energy supply, chemical commodities are still mainly produced from fossil fuels. The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide enables generation of chemicals from CO2, water, and renewable energy, concurring to reduce CO2 concentration and store excess renewable energy. In the SuPERCO2 project, I aim to manufacture electrochemical cells achieving high performance and stability for converting CO2 to ethanol, ethylene, and further C3+ hydrocarbons. In fact, Cu-based materials, the state-of-the-art catalysts for converting CO2 to multi-carbon molecules, suffers low performance and poor long-term stability at high electrode sizes, thus limiting the industrial uptake of the technology. Besides, the lack of effective data sharing platforms prevent parallel optimization of CO2 reduction catalysts by different stakeholders, whereas poor understanding of the many interdependent phenomena which affects the process further prevents its industrial scale up. To overcome these limitations, I will carry out three main tasks: the search for improved catalysts, the creation of an open-source database to store experimental data, and the development of a multi-scale platform to model the processes involved. Overall, SuPERCO2 will contribute in the short term to fundamental insights in the field of CO2 reduction and in the mid to long term to a fossil-free production of multi-carbon molecules within European Union. Besides, by including academic (Politecnico di Torino, EPFL) and industrial (Teijin) stakeholders, the project will provide the researcher with an all-inclusive profile in the field of electrochemistry.



ERC sectors

PE4_8 - Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics, sensors
PE4_10 - Heterogeneous catalysis
PE6_10 - Web and information systems, database systems, information retrieval and digital libraries, data fusion
PE4_13 - Theoretical and computational chemistry
PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni|Obiettivo 13. Promuovere azioni, a tutti i livelli, per combattere il cambiamento climatico*


Total cost: € 172,750.08
Total contribution: € 172,750.08
PoliTo total cost: € 172,750.08
PoliTo contribution: € 172,750.08