Advanced nano-composite hybrid membranes and innovative electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications Line of research Research efforts are needed to meet efficiency and cost requirements for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Developing low-cost durable membranes and catalysts tolerating a wide range of conditions is challenging. In the search of high-temperature, low relative humidity electrolytes, we propose novel organic-inorganic composite membranes, formed by the incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles within a polymer matrix. Cost and CO tolerance of catalysts used for the redox reactions at the electrodes are also addressed, by developing Pt-free catalysts based on metal-macrocyclic compounds. Staff Supervisor: Maria Assunta NavarraDepartment staff: Lucia Mazzapioda Publications Functionalized Al2O3 particles as additives in proton-conducting polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cell applications Collaborations National collaborations: Nicotera Isabella (Università della Calabria)Vincenzo Baglio (Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche)Francesco Nobili (Università di Camerino) Fundings and awards Fundings: Progetto di Ricerca "Advanced nano-composite hybrid membranes and innovative electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications" finanziato da Sapienza Università di Roma. Bando 2014.Progetto di Ricerca NAMED-PEM "Advanced nanocomposite membranes and innovative electrocatalysts for durable polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells", finanziato dal Ministero dell'Istruzione, Università e Ricerca. Bando PRIN 2010-2011. Theme and ERC Theme: Renewable energyERC: PE4_1 Physical chemistryPE4_8 Electrochemistry, electrodialysis, microfluidics, sensorsPE5_6 New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles Traineeship offer Area di ricerca: Physical chemistryAvailability: one positionCourse of study (advised): ChemistryIndustrial chemistryNotes: One traineeship position for master students in Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry is available.