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Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
The Technical University Munich (TUM) has over 23000 students and approximately 420 professors, with particular expertise in Science, Engineering, Medicine, and the Life Sciences.
In 2006, the TUM was awarded the title of University of Excellence by the German government.
The Institute of Technical Electrochemistry in the Department of Chemistry is chaired by Prof.Hubert Gasteiger and was established early 2010. It is focused on the synthesis and
characterization of materials for batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers as well as on the development of in-situ diagnostic methods in order to elucidate reaction mechanisms and materials
degradation processes. The group has 500 m2 of purpose designed laboratories equipped with catalyst synthesis and characterization tools and with modern electrochemical instrumentation; it
has access to university facilities providing SEM, TEM, NMR, and XRD.
Recently, the group received a four-year grant over several million from BASF for catalyst synthesis and electrode development for lithium-air batteries >>> Press Release
IRD FUEL CELLS A/S (INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT A/S) (IRD), Denmark
IRD is an independent high-technology company devoted to research, development, and production of fuel-cell materials, fuel cells and fuel-cell systems. IRD participates in international networks and projects focusing on all aspects of fuel cells. IRD cooperates with national and international research groups, strategic partners, and customers. The aim of IRD is to transform ideas into commercial fuel-cell products through Innovation, Research and Development.
The business strategy of IRD is to develop and produce new fuel-cell products in co-operation with international research groups, strategic partners, and customers and to manufacture such products
cost-effectively using new technologies. IRD has at its research facilities established strong groups in electrochemistry and material science, polymer and ceramic process technology, electronic and
mechanical engineering and software. IRD maintains a strong patent and documentation department to establish and protect intellectual property and support customers and products.
IRD A/S, with more than 10 years R&D in the fuel-cell industry and leading core technologies, has started the transformation from a science-based company into a commercial technology company,
producing fuel cells for a focused set of industries. Aiming at the first-movers advantage, IRD started this transformation in September 2005 by strengthening its organization with a new
business management to lead this process. As a result, a business plan was launched in November 2005 to secure the implementation of strategies for the road ahead. IRDs aim is to commercialise Fuel Cell and electrolyser products through Innovation, Research and Development. IRDs core competences and thereby the present product range covers: Stack
components (MEAs and Flow plates), DMFC and PEMFC stacks, Fuel Cell modules, and Systems.
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy
Group (Catalytic Reaction Engineering for Energy and Environment) at Politecnico di Torino includes 6 academic members and 15 contract researchers (including 10 PhDs) having
different and complementary expertise (chemical and biochemical engineering, industrial chemistry, catalyst science, materials science), and is active in the fields of chemical reaction
engineering, membrane separations, biochemical engineering and environmental catalysis.
The main research activities of the group are in the field of environmental and energy catalysis: Catalytic treatment of Diesel; Catalytic filters for flue gas cleaning; Catalytic combustion of gaseous
fuels; Catalytic membrane reactors; Electrocatalytic processes (deposition and testing of electrodes for fuel cell systems; oxidation of organic pollutants in waste waters);
Gasoline/Biodiesel/LPG Reforming to H2
for fuel-cell application; Short-contact time reactors; Recovery of valuable chemical from waste waters via electro-membrane processes; lowtemperature
fuel cells (DMFCs and PEM-FCs). In the specific field of fuel cell-related processes the group was/is a partner of seven EU research projects in the FP5 and FP6 Framework
Programme of the EC.