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Process intensification for the continuous synthesis of high purity hydrogen peroxide using a micro-scale electrocatalytic reactor

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.02.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Chemical engineering   

Code Science Field
2.04  Engineering and Technology  Chemical engineering  
Keywords
hydrogen peroxide, synthesis, electrocatalysis, process intensification, green chemistry, catalytic micro-scale reactor, scale-up/numbering up
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
11,950.44
A''
3,505.64
A'
6,727.15
A1/2
8,560.26
CI10
24,498
CImax
929
h10
71
A1
44.06
A3
15.58
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 21, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  1,012  32,278  28,308  27.97 
Scopus  1,048  34,703  30,387  29 
Researchers (23)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  35339  PhD Rok Ambrožič  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2021 - 2024  54 
2.  35377  PhD Jan Bitenc  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  122 
3.  08385  PhD Janez Cerkovnik  Chemistry  Researcher  2021 - 2024  175 
4.  22769  Vesna Delalut    Technical associate  2021 - 2024 
5.  19277  PhD Robert Dominko  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  739 
6.  06896  Silvo Drnovšek    Technical associate  2021 - 2024  305 
7.  57066  PhD Pedro Farinazzo Bergamo Dias Martins  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024  14 
8.  31995  PhD Martin Gazvoda  Chemistry  Researcher  2021 - 2024  183 
9.  25788  PhD Boštjan Genorio  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  318 
10.  11490  MSc Ivan Grčar  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2021 - 2024  28 
11.  13822  PhD Janez Košmrlj  Chemistry  Researcher  2021 - 2024  527 
12.  32155  PhD Kostja Makarovič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2021 - 2024  173 
13.  04587  PhD Barbara Malič  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2021 - 2024  1,475 
14.  51842  Tadej Menegatti  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2021 - 2022  16 
15.  51996  Miha Nosan  Chemistry  Researcher  2022 - 2024  11 
16.  08041  PhD Igor Plazl  Chemical engineering  Head  2021 - 2024  477 
17.  24272  PhD Tadej Rojac  Electronic components and technologies  Researcher  2021 - 2024  593 
18.  32874  Mojca Seručnik  Biotechnology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  29 
19.  54645  Ana Siljanovska  Chemistry  Junior researcher  2021 - 2024  14 
20.  52065  PhD Matej Šadl  Electronic components and technologies  Junior researcher  2021 - 2022  98 
21.  29455  Gregor Šorn  Chemical engineering  Researcher  2021 - 2024 
22.  19315  PhD Tomaž Urbič  Chemistry  Researcher  2021 - 2024  309 
23.  11250  PhD Polona Žnidaršič Plazl  Biotechnology  Researcher  2021 - 2024  438 
Organisations (4)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0103  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology  Ljubljana  1626990  23,317 
2.  0104  National Institute of Chemistry  Ljubljana  5051592000  21,470 
3.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  89,961 
4.  1342  BELINKA PERKEMIJA, Chemical Industries, d.o.o.  Ljubljana - Črnuče  5487838  32 
Abstract
The versatility of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as a chemical for a wide range of applications drives its heavy industrial production. Hydrogen peroxide is currently produced by the anthraquinone process, an energy-intensive and unsustainable process that relies on the use of the precious metal palladium. Therefore, there is great interest in finding alternative green, low-cost and low-energy methods, and electrocatalytic processes that exploit the reduction of molecular O2 are undoubtedly of great appeal. The focus of this proposal is to develop a method for the production of highly pure and green hydrogen peroxide in a microstructured device with integration of leading-edge catalysts, process intensification, state-of-the-art microreactor technology, electrochemistry and analytics. Environmental concerns and resulting legislation will increase the demand for H2O2 in the coming years. In particular, most applications require H2O2 to be produced in a pure water effluent. On-site, decentralized, sustainable electrochemical production of H2O2 is particularly attractive for this purpose. The recently reported electrochemical production of hydrogen peroxide over single-site metal-N-carbon catalysts will be used as a starting point for the construction of a microscale electrocatalytic reactor for on-site production of high-purity and green H2O2. The objectives of this proposal are: 1. To prepare and test N-doped carbon and graphene (and some other) materials as promising low-cost two-electron front-face oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts with high electrocatalytic activity. 2. Development of a microscale-based electrocatalytic reactor between two parallel plates coated with catalyst. 3. Model-based design and optimization of the heterogeneous catalytic microreactor system with the application of scale-up/numbering-up concept. 4. Development of effective H2O2 analysis and stabilization of H2O2. Our proposal aims to develop a revolutionary new production of high-purity H2O2 based on microreactor technology to meet the needs of end users, such as pure, dilute H2O2 solutions for pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic, and water treatment applications. More generally, the process intensification of electrochemical production of H2O2 in microflow system is a fitting example of a broader trend that will transform the chemical industry. We believe that our project proposal is of great importance in view of the expected modern industrial trends in the coming years.
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