PROFESSOR @UNIVERSITY OF ROM LA SAPIENZA
NANOMATERIALS FOR ENERGY
This contribution is focused on the effects and functions that some materials display in the operative processes of the devices designed for the generation, conversion and storage of energy thanks to their linear size in the nanometer scale. In particular, the feature of the nanodimensionality imparts specific quantum effects, magnifies interfacial effects and accelerates transport processes in those types of materials that retain a sufficiently high chemical-physical stability also in the nanostructured version. In case the function of the materials in the devices under consideration is crucially dependent on nanometer scale features it is then required the adoption of appropriate tools of characterization and visualization of the material not only in « static » conditions but also when the material is under operation. For this reason, multitechnique instruments with versatile configurations which are capable of executing measurements in-situ and in operando conditions have to be considered and, if not available, conceived and assembled.