Camilo Peralta, born in Chiquinquirá, Colombia in 1996, is a Chemical Engineer graduated fromUniversidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga. During his bachelor’s studies, he joined theCatalysis Research Group to study the kinetic behavior of a catalyst based on nickel andaluminosilicates used for biofuel production. In 2021, he started a master’s degree in chemicalengineering at the same university where he joined the Minerals, Hydrometallurgy andEnvironment Research Group to model the effect of solar radiation over photocurrent generated ina tubular photoelectrochemical reactor.

Design and testing of a lab scale electrolyser.

Project objectives: The objective is to design a CO2 lab scale electrolyser based on MEA. The electrode membrane will be selected and optimized to work with the growth techniques and the catalysts materials developed within the network.

Working context: DC#10 will be hosted at APRIA (Spain) and will be enrolled in the PhD school of the University of Cantabria, supervised by Dr. Esther Santos and co-Supervised by Prof. A. Irabien. Part of the activity will be carried on during secondment periods at UM for a training on synthesis and characterization of Cu/M catalysts via electrodeposition, at ADVENT for a training on MEA assembly and at UCAN for a training LCA.

Expected outcome:

  • Design and construction of a lab CO2RR scale reactor for electrochemical conversion of CO2 in added value products.
  • Life Cycle Assessment analysis of the proposed system considering overall technical, economic, social and environmental aspects.