NTUA is selected as the Host Institute since it is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology and has contributed unceasingly to the country’s scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. NTUA participates in national and international projects which are characterized by a high level of excellence and originality. The participating consortium in the proposed project WHYMFC is composed of the Laboratories of Organic Chemical Technology (LOCT) and Inorganic Materials Technology (LIMT) which belong to the School of Chemical Engineering of the NTUA. These Laboratories have recognized expertise on 8 the science background which is necessary for the successful prosecution of the WHYMFC project. Particularly, the Laboratory of Organic Chemical Technology (LOCT) is expert on Development of innovative microbial fuel cell systems (MFC) for energy valorization of various wastes, as well as on the Pretreatment and energetic valorization of a wide range of wastes such as food wastes, agricultural solid residues etc. LIMT has high skills in production, characterization and application of ceramic materials, metal-ceramic composites, in production of MEAs for SOFCs and in modern preparation methods for ceramic layers. Sonochemical and sono-Electrochemical methods are used for the preparation of nanosized materials for application e.g. as electrocatalysts. Other relevant activities are surface modification of ceramics, transport properties in oxide ceramic materials and electrochemical deposition methods as well as corrosion. Finally LIMT has experience and facilities in electrochemical testing of half and complete fuel cells.
Bristol Bio Energy Center – University of the West of England (UWE)
UWE is at the forefront globally of this pioneering research in creating this multidisciplinary area and therefore is best placed to develop and exploit it. University of West of England (UWE) will participate by the Bristol BioEnergy Centre (B-BiC), who has been developing Microbial Fuel Cells for practical applications since 2002. BBiC is a newly formed UWE Centre of Excellence, which specializes in waste and wastewater utilization, as a source of bioenergy, for practical applications. The Centre also specializes in ultralowpower electronics and smart energy harvesting and has at least one Leverhulme Trust funded project, focusing on 9 biodegradable smart materials for decomposing MFCs and biodegrading robots. The Bristol BioEnergy Centre sits within the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), which has a mission of understanding the science, engineering and social role of robotics and selfsustainable systems. Their multidisciplinary approach aims to create autonomous devices capable of working independently, with each other, or with us in our human society. Due to the expertise of B-BiC on developing MFCs for practical applications, it will participate in the project as an advisor on the development of MFC stacks for electricity production.
The Laboratory of Chemistry & Materials Technology (LCMT) belongs to the General Department of School of Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens .The institute is oriented towards applied science and research therefore has been involved either as coordinator or as a partner in many RTD EU-funded and numerous national projects related to innovation technologies (e.g. I-ThERM project, THEBARCODE project, Cooperation Across Europe for Cd(Zn)Te based Security Instruments (COCAE) etc.). LCMT research is related to structural & functional materials and coatings for environmental applications including energy and catalysis. It is a fully equipped chemical lab, for ceramic powders’ slurries preparations and the development of structural ceramics. Series of controllable furnaces for thermal processing up to 1750oC, syringe pumps for ultrafine flow control, thermo-analytical characterization (TGA/DTA/DSC), viscosity measurements, optical spectroscopy stands, contact angle meter, casting (spin, slip, tape, gel, phase inversion) and coating (spin, dip, physical spraying, vapor deposition, wet & vacuum impregnation) techniques which will contribute to the project scope. Due to special expertise of LCMT on the fabrication of structural ceramics its contribution will add credit to the interdisciplinary profile of the project on national level.