October 3, 2022

Filippo Romeggio – ESR 11

Filippo Romeggio was born in 1997 in Domodossola, a small town in the north of Italy. For his bachelor’s degree, he studied chemical engineering at Politecnico di Milano (2016-2019). He continued his studies with a MSc in chemical process engineering in the same university, focusing on electrochemistry and physical chemistry. He obtained his master’s degree in December 2021 reaching maximum grades with honors. For his master thesis he spent 9 months at ETH Zürich, doing research on the electrosynthesis of conductive metal-organic frameworks to be used as electrocatalyst for CO2 electroreduction. During this research period he gained experience in many characterization techniques (e.g., SEM, Raman, XRD, NMR). He also performed in-situ XAS experiments at the Swiss Light Source Synchrotron at PSI.

Research Project
Testing activity of small clusters to nanometre-sized catalysts for methanol synthesis

My PhD focuses on the production and testing of small clusters to nanometer sized catalysts deposited on micro-reactors for methanol synthesis. In order to comprehend how to improve the selectivity towards methanol, the effect of composition and size changes on the catalysts activity will be investigated. The produced bi- and multi-metallic clusters will be tested by using catalyst characterizations such as X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements to identify the oxidation states of clusters under reaction conditions mimicking the microreactor. Furthermore, the computational modelling of the clusters will be constructed to simulate the reaction conditions within the microreactor setup. This research project will be mainly conducted at DTU in the research group of Ib Chorkendorff (SURFCAT), under the supervision of Prof. Christian Danvad Damsgaard and Prof. Jakob Kibsgaard. Moreover, two secondments are planned at PSI (Operando Spectroscopy Group) and BME (Quantum Chemistry group).