Sol-gel materials for sustainable applications

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Including protective antioxidant coatings of composites, anticorrosive and functional coatings on metals and alloys, nanostructure films with corrosion inhibitors, bioactivation of metallic alloys for prosthesis, mesostructure coatings with applications in photo- catalyst and solar cells, inorganic and hybrid membranes for PEMFC, DAFC and AMEFC, electrodes and electrolytes for M- ion batteries and M-air batteries (Li, Na) and transparent nano‐glass‐ceramics for photonic materials.

Anticorrosive and functional coatings on metals and alloys

Corrosion is a key problem affecting all type of metals in their wide range of applications. Different solutions have been designed and developed for protecting diverse metals, from stainless steels to carbon steels and light alloys of aluminium and [...]

Mesoporous and mesostructure coatings for photocatalytic applications. Coatings with new functionalities

The design and development of new mesoporous and meso-structured materials showing a periodic distribution of pores of uniform size has become one of the most dynamic fields for the preparation of photocatalytic and/or biocides coatings. The porosity structure is [...]

Sol–gel transparent Oxyfluoride nano‐glass‐ceramics (OxGCs): a suitable alternative for photonic materials

Transparent glass-ceramics (GCs) own interesting optical properties for several photonic applications. The melt-quenching (MQ) method is routinely used to prepare OxGCs but the high melting temperatures (1400-1700°C) greatly affect the fluoride content. Thus, the sol-gel (SG) route appears as [...]

Inorganic and hybrid membranes for PEMFC, DAFC and AMEFC

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) is the main candidate to power electric vehicles. Modification of Nafion type membranes and development of new inorganic and hybrid organic/inorganic nanostructured membranes through a combination of inorganic alkoxides, organically modified alkoxides and [...]

Electrodes and electrolytes for for M- ion (Li, Na) and M-air batteries

Li-ion micro-batteries made-up using only solid-state materials by a thin-film process have recently become a topic of widespread research for use in low power applications. Novel mesoporous nanocrystalline architectures thin films such as Li4Ti5O12 (anode) and LiFePO4 (cathode) and solid [...]

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