Issue 26 – April 18, 2023


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Issue 26 – April 18, 2023



Featured on the cover of a very high impact journal, this review article shows how a set of recent studies has accelerated the development of perovskite solar cells. Operando and in situ experiments carried out in synchrotron light laboratories brought precise knowledge about the early degradation of perovskites. The review is authored by CINE researchers and collaborators.


This seminar will be held in the auditorium of the Institute of Chemistry at UNICAMP with live transmission on the institution’s YouTube, in this link. The speaker, Ricardo Rüther, is a professor at UFSC, where he coordinates the Photovoltaics Laboratory and teaches the courses of Electrical Installations, Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Solar Buildings. Rüther is Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the largest entity dedicated to solar energy. He also serves as technical director of the Institute for the Development of Alternative Energies in Latin America (IDEAL) and is a visiting professor at the University of Freiburg (Germany). In this seminar, which will be given in English, Rüther will address several aspects of very important technologies in the energy transition: photovoltaic cells, electric vehicles, batteries and green hydrogen.
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Directors of the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) visited CINE at the end of March, within the cooperation that the centers maintain since last year. Prof. Abhaya Datye (University of New Mexico), Director of International Programs, and Prof. Denise Driscoll (Purdue University), Director of Diversity and Inclusion, delivered seminars, visited laboratories and participated in meetings and debates in Campinas and São Paulo.

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A CINE team studied the potential of a group of ionic liquids as electrolytes in sodium ion batteries. The results of the calculations and simulations showed that it is worth using these compounds in the development of high performance electrolytes for sodium ion batteries, which are based on an abundant and well distributed raw material.

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In this review article, CINE researchers and collaborators address the subject of the “second life” of batteries (their use in photovoltaic or wind systems, for example, after the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles). The work is one of the first to propose a business model for second-life batteries, which can significantly reduce the economic and environmental impact of transport electrification.

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This computational study by CINE researchers brings yet another advance in the development of catalysts that can convert CO2 into compounds of industrial value. The authors showed that rhodium atoms dispersed on a silver surface generate a great change in the way silver interacts with molecules when adsorbing them.


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Prof. Raphael Nagao (UNICAMP), researcher of the CINE´s Dense Energy Carriers division, was elected chair of the Brazil section of ECS (The Electrochemical Society) in a vote carried out by the Brazilian members of this important international scientific society.


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Prof. Frank Marken (University of Bath, UK) was in São Carlos (SP) on a scientific visit from February 27th to March 10th. A renowned expert in the field of electrochemistry of materials, Marken collaborates with CINE researchers Prof. Lucia Mascaro and Prof. Ernesto Chaves Pereira (UFSCar). During the visit, the scientist gave a lecture to about 60 people on electro and photocatalysts, as well as a short course on the use of photoelectrochemistry to solve global problems.


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CINE researchers presented their contributions at the symposium on clean energy in the “34th Topical Meeting” of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), held in March in Mar del Plata (Argentina). Prof. Ana Flavia Nogueira (UNICAMP) gave an invited lecture on in situ techniques to study perovskite filmes for solar cells. Prof. Pablo Fernández (UNICAMP) spoke about the development of scientific instruments for the study of electrochemical systems used in energy generation and storage.



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