ALESSANDRA COLOMBELLI

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Associate Professor

Componente effettivo (Comitato Unico di Garanzia)
Componente Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo (Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo)

+39 0110907275 / 7275 (DIGEP)

Research fields Management of innovation and operations
Research projects

Funded by competitive calls

  • Soap Film based Artificial Photosynthesis, (2019-2022) - Responsabile Scientifico

    UE-funded research - H2020 - Excellent Science - FET

    View project record on CORDIS

    Abstract

    We propose a radical breakthrough by developing economically viable solar fuel production technology, exploiting the surfactant self-assembly & proton transport properties of soap films. Producing renewable solar fuel by Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) is globally recognized as a promising solution to modern energy & environmental crisis with decisive social impacts, but there are critical roadblocks in technology development. SoFiA aims to initiate & consolidate a baseline of feasibility for soap film based AP technology and its future uses by establishing the essential proofs-of principle & foundational scientific underpinnings. We propose the concept of an economic artificial photosynthetic membrane in form of soap film with photo-catalytic functional surfaces, formed at the junction between dis-symmetric soap bubble pairs. Our technology is made scalable by the design concept of a dynamic stream of regenerative soap bubbles capable of handling large volumes of gas, continuously flowing through a light exposed conduit. SoFiA bridges three mutually exclusive disciplines of surfactant science, renewable energy and fundamental science of water at nanoscale, supported by micro-systems engineering, and by actively engaging artists who are working with large soap film installations. The high risk is countered by engaging pioneering scientists and globally leading young researchers in an interdisciplinary research plan. An External Advisory Board composed of program managers from large industry and EU policy experts will guide the research deliverable towards commercial exploitation. Our long-term vision is to decisively alter Europes position in the world economic map as the leading green energy producer. Developed technology will be jointly exploited by European energy and detergent industries, kick-starting new ventures & production facilities. Major environmental impact is expected as SoFiA is devoted to transform the primary greenhouse gas (CO2) into fuel.

    Countries

    • Paesi Bassi
    • Regno Unito
    • Francia
    • Italia
    • Germania

    Institutes/Companies

    • UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
    • THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
    • UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
    • TECLIS INSTRUMENTS
    • POLITECNICO DI TORINO
    • MICROFLUIDIC CHIPSHOP GMBH
    • STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

    Departments

  • Field study Pedagogy, (2020-2020) - Responsabile Scientifico

    UE-funded research - EIT

    Abstract

    Il progetto intende sviluppare una metodologia didattica per valutare l’apprendimento e per progettarel’impostazione pedagogica di tirocini e challenge svolte dagli studenti dei programmi di laureamagistrale e di laurea professionalizzante in aziende manifatturiere. Nell’ambito del programma diricerca della EIT Manufacturing “Made in Europe” queste esperienze di apprendimento vengonodenominate teaching factory e sono orientate a trasferire agli studenti skills relativi a tecnologiemanifatturiere e sistemi di produzione innovativi abilitati dal paradigma “digitale”.

    Countries

    • ITALIA

    Institutes/Companies

    • INP - Grenoble Institute of Technology - ENSE3

    Departments