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  • 1. Aldea, Steliana
    et al.
    Snåre, Mathias
    Eränen, Kari
    Grenman, Henrik
    Rautio, Anne-Riika
    Kordás, Krisztian
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen. Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Biskopsgatan 8, 20500 Åbo-Turku, Finland.
    Salmi, Tapio
    Murzin, Dmitry Y.
    Crystallization of Nano-Calcium Carbonate: The Influence of Process Parameters2016Inngår i: Chemie Ingenieur Technik, ISSN 0009-286X, E-ISSN 1522-2640, Vol. 88, nr 11, s. 1609-1616Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Precipitated calcium carbonate was synthesized by carbonation of calcium hydroxide in the presence and absence of ultrasound (conventional stirring) at atmospheric as well as at elevated pressures and different initial concentrations of Ca(OH)2. Spherical morphology of the formed calcite was favored at high Ca(OH)2 concentrations and low CO2 pressures. The presence of ultrasound did not show any influence on the reaction rate in case of efficient mixing. A small increase of the reaction rate was observed at lower CO2 pressures. Elevated pressures in combination with ultrasound did not lead to notable changes of reaction rate or particle morphology.

  • 2.
    Biasi, P.
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen. Åbo Akad Univ, Dept Chem Engn, Lab Ind Chem & React Engn, Johan Gadolin Proc Chem Ctr PCC, Biskopsgatan 8, FI-20500 Turku, Finland.
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen. Åbo Akad Univ, Dept Chem Engn, Lab Ind Chem & React Engn, Johan Gadolin Proc Chem Ctr PCC, Biskopsgatan 8, FI-20500 Turku, Finland.
    Sterchele, S.
    Salmi, T.
    Gemo, N.
    Shchukarev, Andrey
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Centomo, P.
    Zecca, M.
    Canu, P.
    Rautio, A. -R
    Kordàs, K.
    Revealing the role of bromide in the H2O2 direct synthesis with the catalyst wet pretreatment method (CWPM)2017Inngår i: AIChE Journal, ISSN 0001-1541, E-ISSN 1547-5905, Vol. 63, nr 1, s. 32-42Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A tailor-made Pd0/K2621 catalyst was subjected to post synthesis modification via a wet treatment procedure. The aimwas the understanding of the role of promoters and how—if any—improvements could be qualitatively related to the cat-alyst performance for the H2O2direct synthesis. The Catalyst Wet Pretreatment Method was applied in different metha-nolic solutions containing H2O2, NaBr, and H3PO4, either as single modifiers or as a mixture. The catalyst wascharacterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. It was concluded that themodified catalysts give rise to higher selectivities compared to the pristi ne reference catalyst thus opening a possibilityto exclude the addit ion of the undesirable selectivity enhancers in the reaction medium. This work provides original evi-dence on the role of promoter s, especially bromide, allowing the formulation of a new reaction mechanism for one ofthe most challenging reactions recognized by the world.

  • 3.
    Borén, Eleonora
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik. Umeå University Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation.
    Yazdanpanah, Fahimeh
    Lindahl, Roger
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Schilling, Christoph
    Chandra, Richard P.
    Ghiasi, Bahman
    Tang, Yong
    Sokhansanj, Shahabaddine
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Larsson, Sylvia H.
    Off-gassing of VOCs and permanent gases during storage of torrefied and steam exploded wood2017Inngår i: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 31, nr 10, s. 10954-10965Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Thermal treatment for upgrading of low-value feedstocks to improve fuel properties has gained large industrial interest in recent years. From a storage and transport perspective, hazardous off-gassing could be expected to decrease through the degradation of reactive biomass components. However, thermal treatment could also shift chemical compositions of volatile organic components, VOCs. While technologies are approaching commercialization, off-gassing behavior of the products, especially in terms of VOCs, is still unknown. In the present study, we measured off-gassing of VOCs together with CO, CO2, CH4, and O2 depletion from torrefied and steam exploded softwood during closed storage. The storage temperature, head space gas (air and N2), and storage time were varied. VOCs were monitored with a newly developed protocol based on active sampling with Tenax TA absorbent analyzed by thermal desorption-GC/MS. High VOC levels were found for both untreated and steam exploded softwood, but with a complete shift in composition from terpenes dominating the storage gas for untreated wood samples to an abundance of furfural in the headspace of steam exploded wood. Torrefied material emitted low levels of VOCs. By using multivariate statistics, it was shown that for both treatment methods and within the ranges tested, VOC off-gassing was affected first by the storage temperature and second by increasing treatment severity. Both steam exploded and torrefied biomass formed lower levels of CO than the reference biomass, but steam explosion caused a more severe O2 depletion.

  • 4.
    Boström, Dan
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, Energiteknik och termisk processkemi.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, Energiteknik och termisk processkemi.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, Energiteknik och termisk processkemi.
    Boman, Christoffer
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, Energiteknik och termisk processkemi.
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, Energiteknik och termisk processkemi.
    Öhman, Marcus
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Engineering.
    Grimm, Alejandro
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Engineering.
    Ash transformation chemistry during energy conversion of biomass2010Inngår i: Impacts of Fuel Quality on Power Production & Environment: 29/08/2010 - 03/09/2010, Impacts of Fuel Quality , 2010Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    There is relatively extensive knowledge available concerning ash transformation reactions during energy conversion of woody biomass. Traditionally, these assortments have constituted the main resources for heating in Sweden. In recent decades the utilization of these energy carriers has increased, from a low technology residential small scale level to industrial scale (e.g. CHP plants). Along this evolution ash-chemical related phenomena for woody biomass has been observed and studied. So, presently the understanding for these are, if not complete, fairly good. Briefly, from a chemical point of view the ash from woody biomass could be characterized as a silicate dominated systems with varying content of basic oxides and with relatively high degree of volatilization of alkali sulfates and chlorides. Thus, the main ash transformation mechanisms in these systems have been outlined. Here, an attempt to give a general description of the ash transformation reactions of biomass fuels is presented, with the intention to provide guidance in the understanding of ash matter behavior in the utilization of any biomass fuel, primarily from knowledge of the concentrations of ash forming elements but also by considering the physical condition in the specific combustion appliance and the physical characteristic of the biomass fuel. Furthermore, since the demand for CO2-neutral energy resources has increased the last years and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future, other biomasses as for instance agricultural crops has become highly interesting. Globally, the availability of these shows large variation. In Sweden, for instance, which is a relatively spare populated country with large forests, these bio-masses will play a secondary role, although not insignificant. In other parts of the world, more densely populated and with a large agricultural sector, such bio-masses may constitute the main energy bio-mass resource in the future. However, the content of ash forming matter in agricultural bio-mass is rather different in comparison to woody biomass. Firstly, the content is much higher; from being about 0.3 – 0.5% (wt) in stem wood, it can amount to between 2 and 10 %(wt) in agricultural biomass. In addition, the composition of the ash forming matter is different. Shortly, the main difference is due to a much higher content of phosphorus (occasionally also silicon) which has major consequences on the ash-transformation reactions. In many crops, the concentration of phosphorus and silicon is equivalent, which (depending on the concentration levels of basic oxides) may result in a phosphate dominated ash. The properties of this ash are in several aspects different from the silicate dominated woody biomass ash and will consequently behave differently in various types of energy conversion systems. The knowledge about phosphate dominated ash systems has so far been scarce. We have been working with these systems, both with basic and applied research, for about a decade know. Some general experiences and conclusions as well as some specific examples of our research will be presented.

  • 5.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Effects of alkali chlorides in biomass and waste-fired boilers2009Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 6.
    Eklund, Patrik
    et al.
    Department of Computer Science, Åbo Akademi, Åbo, Finland.
    Forsström, Jari
    University of Turku, Department of Clinical Chemistry, Central Laboratory, Turku University Central Hospital, SF-20520 Turku, Finland.
    Diagnosis of nephropathia epidemica by adaptation through Lukasiewicz inference1990Inngår i: Computational Intelligence, III: Proceedings of the International Symposium "Computational Intelligence 90", Milan, Italy, 24-28 September, 1990. / [ed] Nick Cerone, Francesco Gardin, co-editor, George Valle, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier, 1990, s. 237-246Kapittel i bok, del av antologi (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes a method how to arrive at a medical expert system (as a knowledge based system) to support physicians in classifying patients in diagnosis of Nephropathia epidemica (NE). We thereby present a link between Lukasiewicz inference and learning in neural nets, as a formal connection between uncertainty in logical implication and synaptic weights. The system presented uses clinical findings and laboratory investigations to arrive at predictions whether or not patients suffer from NE. Although we are willing to call our system a medical expert system, it could equally well be called a decision support system, this being more in spirit to what such a system really offers a physician.

  • 7.
    Ekspong, Joakim
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Shchukarev, Andrey
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Klechikov, Alexey
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Stabilizing Active Edge Sites in Semicrystalline Molybdenum Sulfide by Anchorage on Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotubes for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction2016Inngår i: Advanced Functional Materials, ISSN 1616-301X, E-ISSN 1616-3028, Vol. 26, nr 37, s. 6766-6776Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Finding an abundant and cost-effective electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolu-tion reaction (HER) is crucial for a global production of hydrogen from water electrolysis. This work reports an exceptionally large surface area hybrid catalyst electrode comprising semicrystalline molybdenum sulfi de (MoS 2+ x) catalystattached on a substrate based on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs), which are directly grown on carbon fiber paper (CP). It is shown here that nitrogen-doping of the carbon nanotubes improves the anchoring of MoS 2+ xcatalyst compared to undoped carbon nanotubes and concurrently stabilizes a semicrystalline structure of MoS 2+ x with a high exposure of active sites for HER. The well-connected constituents of the hybrid catalyst are shown to facilitate electron transport and as a result of the good attributes, the MoS 2+ x/N-CNT/CPelectrode exhibits an onset potential of −135 mV for HER in 0.5 M H2SO4, a Tafel slope of 36 mV dec −1, and high stability at a current density of −10 mA cm −2.

  • 8.
    Ekspong, Joakim
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Stainless Steel as A Bi-Functional Electrocatalyst – A Top-Down Approach2019Inngår i: Materials, ISSN 1996-1944, E-ISSN 1996-1944, Vol. 12, nr 13, artikkel-id 2128Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    For a hydrogen economy to be viable, clean and economical hydrogen production methods are vital. Electrolysis of water is a promising hydrogen production technique with zero emissions, but suffer from relatively high production costs. In order to make electrolysis of water sustainable, abundant, and efficient materials has to replace expensive and scarce noble metals as electrocatalysts in the reaction cells. Herein, we study activated stainless steel as a bi-functional electrocatalyst for the full water splitting reaction by taking advantage of nickel and iron suppressed within the bulk. The final electrocatalyst consists of a stainless steel mesh with a modified surface of layered NiFe nanosheets. By using a top down approach, the nanosheets stay well anchored to the surface and maintain an excellent electrical connection to the bulk structure. At ambient temperature, the activated stainless steel electrodes produce 10 mA/cm(2) at a cell voltage of 1.78 V and display an onset for water splitting at 1.68 V in 1M KOH, which is close to benchmarking nanosized catalysts. Furthermore, we use a scalable activation method using no externally added electrocatalyst, which could be a practical and cheap alternative to traditionally catalyst-coated electrodes.

  • 9.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Backman, Rainer
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Slag Formation during Entrained Flow Gasification: Silicon Rich Grass Fuel with KHCO3 Additive2018Inngår i: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 32, nr 10, s. 10720-10726Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Prediction of ash particle adherence to walls, melting, and flow properties are important for successful operation of slagging entrained flow gasifiers. In the present study, silicon-rich reed canary grass was gasified at 1000 and 1200 °C with solid KHCO3 added at 0, 1, or 5 wt % to evaluate the impact and efficiency of the dry mixed additive on slag properties. The fuel particles collided with an angled flat impact probe inside the hot reactor, constructed to allow for particle image velocimetry close to the surface of the probe. Ash deposit layer buildup was studied in situ as well as ash particle shape, size, and velocity as they impacted on the probe surface. The ash deposits were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy–energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, giving detailed information on morphology and elemental composition. Results were compared to thermodynamic equilibrium calculations for phase composition and viscosity. The experimental observations (slag melting, flow properties, and composition) were in good qualitative agreement with the theoretical predictions. Accordingly, at 1000 °C, no or partial melts were observed depending upon the potassium/silicon ratio; instead, high amounts of additive and a temperature of at least 1200 °C were needed to create a flowing melt.

  • 10.
    Holmgren, Per
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Strandberg, Anna
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Molinder, Roger
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Umeki, Kentaro
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Size, shape, and density changes of biomass particles during rapid devolatilization2017Inngår i: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, E-ISSN 1873-7153, Vol. 206, s. 342-351Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Particle properties such as size, shape and density play significant roles on particle flow and flame propagationin pulverized fuel combustion and gasification. A drop tube furnace allows for experiments athigh heating rates similar to those found in large-scale appliances, and was used in this study to carryout experiments on pulverized biomass devolatilization, i.e. detailing the first stage of fuel conversion.The objective of this study was to develop a particle conversion model based on optical informationon particle size and shape transformation. Pine stem wood and wheat straw were milled and sieved tothree narrow size ranges, rapidly heated in a drop tube setup, and solid residues were characterized usingoptical methods. Different shape descriptors were evaluated and a shape descriptor based on particleperimeter was found to give significant information for accurate estimation of particle volume. The opticalconversion model developed was proven useful and showed good agreement with conversion measuredusing a reference method based on chemical analysis of non-volatilized ash forming elements.The particle conversion model presented can be implemented as a non-intrusive method for in-situ monitoringof particle conversion, provided density data has been calibrated.

  • 11. Kassman, Håkan
    et al.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, Energiteknik och termisk processkemi.
    Berg, Magnus
    Åmand, Lars-Erik
    Measures to reduce chlorine in deposits: Application in a large-scale circulating fluidised bed boiler firing biomass2011Inngår i: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, E-ISSN 1873-7153, Vol. 90, nr 4, s. 1325-1334Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Combustion of biomass with a high content of alkali (mainly potassium, K) and chlorine (Cl) can result in operational problems including deposit formation and superheater corrosion. Among the measures applied to decrease such problems are co-combustion and the use of additives. The positive effects of these measures are to a large extent either sulphation of the alkali chlorides (KCl) to less corrosive alkali sulphates or capture of alkali from KCl during release of HCl. A test campaign was carried out in a large-scale circulating fluidised boiler fired with biomass where the measures applied were sulphation by ammonium sulphate and co-combustion with peat. Their performance was evaluated by means of several advanced measurement tools including: IACM (on-line measurements of gaseous KCl); a low-pressure impactor (size distribution and chemical composition of extracted fly ash particles) and deposit measurements (chemical composition in collected deposits). The overall performance was better for ammonium sulphate, which significantly lowered KCl in the flue gas. Meanwhile no chlorine was found in the deposits. Only a minor reduction of gaseous KCl was obtained during co-combustion with peat although the chlorinecontent in the deposits was greatly reduced. These findings were supported by the results from the impactor measurements.

  • 12. Leppänen, A.
    et al.
    Kinnunen, H.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Enestam, Sonja
    Condensation and deposit formation in the NaCl-Na2SO4 system, an experimental and modeling study2017Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 13.
    Pettersson, Anita
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business (including The Swedish School of Textiles), Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology.
    Nordin, Andreas
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business (including The Swedish School of Textiles), Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Åmand, Lars-Erik
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business (including The Swedish School of Textiles), Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology.
    Phosphorous Rich Bottom Ash with Low Cadmium Content by Ash Design by means of Co-Combustion of Municipal Sewage Sludgein a 27MWth Grate Fired Boiler2019Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 14. Qin, Danfeng
    et al.
    Xu, Ruiyu
    Shen, Hangjia
    Mamat, Xamxikamar
    Wang, Le
    Gao, Shanshuang
    Wang, Ying
    Yalikun, Nuerbiya
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Zhang, Shiguo
    Yuan, Qunhui
    Li, Yongtao
    Hu, Guangzhi
    Protic salt-based nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon for simultaneous electrochemical detection of Cd(II) and Pb(II)2017Inngår i: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 7, nr 59, s. 36929-36934Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon (NMC) derived from a single small-molecule protic salt (p-phenylenediamine bisulfate) is used for sensing toxic heavy metal ions. Using Nafion, bismuth and NMC to anchor the glassy carbon electrode surface, the fabricate electrode shows high sensitivity for detecting Cd(II) and Pb(II). The limits of detection (S/N = 3) are estimated to be 0.3 mu g L-1 for Cd(II) and 0.4 mu g L-1 for Pb(II), respectively, which are 10 and 25 times lower than the maximum acceptable content for drinking water recommended by the WHO. Furthermore, the sensor is successfully used to analyze Cd(II) and Pb(II) in tap-water with high anti-interference capability and good recovery.

  • 15. Salminen, Eero
    et al.
    Virtanen, Pasi
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen. Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo-Turku, Finland.
    Alkaline ionic liquids applied in supported ionic liquid catalyst for selective hydrogenation of citral to citronellal2014Inngår i: Frontiers in Chemistry, E-ISSN 2296-2646, Vol. 2, artikkel-id 3Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The challenge in preparation of ionic liquids containing a strong alkaline anion is to identify a suitable cation which can tolerate the harsh conditions induced by the anion. In this study, a commercial quaternary ammonium compound (quat) benzalkonium [ADBA] (alkyldimethylbenzylammonium) was used as a cation in the synthesis of different alkaline ionic liquids. In fact, the precursor, benzalkonium chloride, is a mixture of alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chlorides of various alkyl chain lengths and is commonly used in the formulation of various antiseptic products. The prepared ionic liquids were utilized as Supported Ionic Liquid Catalysts (SILCAs). Typically, a SILCA contains metal nanoparticles, enzymes, or metal complexes in an ionic liquid layer which is immobilized on a solid carrier material such as an active carbon cloth (ACC). The catalysts were applied in the selective hydrogenation of citral to citronellal which is an important perfumery chemical. Interestingly, 70% molar yield toward citronellal was achieved over a catalyst containing the alkaline ionic liquid benzalkonium methoxide.

  • 16.
    Sandström, Robin
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Innovations in nanomaterials for proton exchange membrane fuel cells2019Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Hydrogen technologies are rapidly receiving increased attention as it offers a renewable energy alternative to the current petroleum-based fuel infrastructure, considering that continued large-scale use of such fossil fuels will lead to disastrous impacts on our environment. The proton exchange membrane fuel cell should play a significant role in a hydrogen economy since it enables convenient and direct conversion of hydrogen into electricity, thus allowing the use of hydrogen in applications particularly suited for the transportation industry. To fully realize this, multiple engineering challenges as well as development of advanced nanomaterials must however be addressed.

    In this thesis, we present discoveries of new innovative nanomaterials for proton exchange membrane fuel cells by targeting the entire membrane electrode assembly. Conceptually, we first propose new fabrication techniques of gas diffusion electrodes based on helical carbon nanofibers, where an enhanced three-phase boundary was noted in particular for hierarchical structures. The cathode catalyst, responsible for facilitating the sluggish oxygen reduction reaction, was further improved by the synthesis of platinum-based nanoparticles with an incorporated secondary metal (iron, yttrium and cobalt). Here, both solvothermal and high-temperature microwave syntheses were employed. Catalytic activities were improved compared to pure platinum and could be attributed to favorably shifted oxygen adsorption energies as a result of successful incorporation of the non-precious metal. As best exemplified by platinum-iron nanoparticles, the oxygen reduction reaction was highly sensitive to both metal composition and the type of crystal structure. Finally, a proton exchange membrane based on fluorine and sulfonic acid functionalized graphene oxide was prepared and tested in hydrogen fuel cell conditions, showing improvements such as lowered hydrogen permeation and better structural stability. Consequently, we have demonstrated that there is room for improvement of multiple components, suggesting that more powerful fuel cells can likely be anticipated in the future.

  • 17.
    Sandström, Robin
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Annamalai, Alagappan
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Boulanger, Nicolas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Ekspong, Joakim
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Talyzin, Alexandr
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Mühlbacher, Inge
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Evaluation of Fluorine and Sulfonic Acid Co-functionalized Graphene Oxide Membranes in Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Conditions2019Inngår i: Sustainable Energy & Fuels, ISSN 2398-4902, Vol. 3, nr 7, s. 1790-1798Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of graphene oxide (GO) based membranes consisting of self-assembled flakes with a lamellar structure represents an intriguing strategy to spatially separate reactants while facilitating proton transport in proton exchange membranes (PEM). Here we chemically modify GO to evaluate the role of fluorine and sulfonic acid groups on the performance of H2/O2 based PEM fuel cells. Mild fluorination is achieved by the presence of hydrogen fluoride during oxidation and subsequent sulfonation resulted in fluorine and SO3- co-functionalized GO. Membrane electrode assembly performance in low temperature and moderate humidity conditions suggested that both functional groups contribute to reduced H2 crossover compared to appropriate reference membranes. Moreover, fluorine groups promoted an enhanced hydrolytic stability while contributing to prevent structural degradation after constant potential experiments whereas sulfonic acid demonstrated a stabilizing effect by preserving proton conductivity.

  • 18.
    Sharifi, Tiva
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Kwong, Wai Ling
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Berends, Hans-Martin
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Larsen, Christian
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Messinger, Johannes
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Maghemite nanorods anchored on a 3D nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes substrate as scalable direct electrode for water oxidation2016Inngår i: International journal of hydrogen energy, ISSN 0360-3199, E-ISSN 1879-3487, Vol. 41, nr 1, s. 69-78Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    A hybrid catalyst 3D electrode for electrochemical water oxidation to molecular oxygen is presented. The electrode comprises needle shaped maghemite nanorods firmly anchored to nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes, which in turn are grown on a conducting carbon paper that acts as efficient current collector. In 0.1 M KOH this hybrid electrode reaches a current density of 1 mA/cm(2) (geometric surface) at an overpotential of 362 mV performing high chronoamperometric stability. The electrochemical attributes point toward efficient catalytic processes at the surface of the maghemite nanorods, and demonstrate a very high surface area of the 3D electrode, as well as a firm anchoring of each active component enabling an efficient charge transport from the surface of the maghemite rods to the carbon paper current collector. The latter property also explains the good stability of our hybrid electrode compared to transition metal oxides deposited on conducting support such as fluorine doped tin oxide. These results introduce maghemite as efficient, stable and earth abundant oxygen evolution reaction catalyst, and provide insight into key issues for obtaining practical electrodes for oxygen evolution reaction, which are compatible with large scale production processes. 

  • 19. Shen, Hangjia
    et al.
    Gracia-Espino, Eduardo
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Wang, Le
    Qin, Danfeng
    Gao, Sanshuang
    Mamat, Xamxikamar
    Ren, Wei
    Wågberg, Thomas
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik.
    Hu, Guangzhi
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för fysik. Chinese Acad Sci, Xinjiang Tech Inst Phys & Chem, Urumqi 830011, Peoples R China.
    Microwave-assisted synthesis of multimetal oxygen-evolving catalysts2017Inngår i: Electrochemistry communications, ISSN 1388-2481, E-ISSN 1873-1902, Vol. 81, s. 116-119Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Oxygen evolution reaction (OER) plays a pivotal role in water-splitting. Here, we report a facile method to synthesize multimetal supported on commercial carbon black via a time-saving microwave process. Crystalline FeNi3 nanoparticles homogeneously doped with Mo are formed via a microwave treatment and activated to metal oxyhydroxide in-situ during cyclic voltammetry test with overpotential of only 280 mV at 10 mA cm(-2) for OER in alkaline electrolyte, outperforming RuO2. Our synthesis methodology is a promising alternative for large-scale production, delivering a valuable contribution to catalyst preparation and electrocatalytic water oxidation research.

  • 20.
    Strandberg, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Holmgren, Per
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Wagner, David R.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Molinder, Roger
    Wiinikka, Henrik
    Umeki, Kentaro
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Effects of pyrolysis conditions and ash formation on gasification rates of biomass char2017Inngår i: Energy & Fuels, ISSN 0887-0624, E-ISSN 1520-5029, Vol. 31, nr 6, s. 6507-6514Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    Pyrolysis conditions and the presence of ash-forming elements significantly influence char properties and its oxidation or gasification reactivity. In this study, intrinsic gasification rates of char from high heating rate pyrolysis were analyzed with isothermal thermogravimetry. The char particles were prepared from two biomasses at three size ranges and at two temperatures. Reactivity dependence on original particle size was found only for small wood particles that had higher intrinsic char gasification rates. Pyrolysis temperature had no significant effect on char reactivity within the range tested. Observations of ash formation highlighted that reactivity was influenced by the presence of ash-forming elements, not only at the active char sites but also through prohibition of contact between char and gasification agent by ash layer formation with properties highly depending on ash composition.

  • 21.
    Trubetskaya, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Kling, J.
    Brown, A.
    Tompsett, G.
    Umeki, K.
    Effects of Lignocellulosic Compounds on the Yield, Nanostructure and Reactivity of Soot from Fast Pyrolysis at High Temperatures2017Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 22.
    Trubetskaya, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Broström, Markus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik.
    Larsen Andersen, Mogens
    Talbro Barsberg, Søren
    Modeling of radical structures in biochar using DFT calculations2017Inngår i: ECI Digital Archives / [ed] Franco Berruti, Raffaella Ocone and Ondrej Masek, Digital Commons , 2017Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbon is a key ingredient for producing metals used for cellphones, laptop computers, photovoltaic panels, and related solid state silicon devices employed by mankind. Thus, introduction of an alternative reductant based on bioresources into steel manufacturing without significant investments in a new technology is of high importance and wide impact. The production of iron, steel, and many other metals can employ biocarbon as the needed reductant; but because of cost, coals are usually used instead. The anthropogenic CO2 emissions can be decreased by substitution of biochar in the production of silicon and metals due to the lower regeneration time of biomass < 10 years compared to 106-107 years for bituminous coal.

    This study aims to develop and to provide knowledge on the biochar structure at the molecular level including the presence of free radicals and oxygen heteroatoms that is essential for the understanding and prediction of biochar valuable properties in metallurgical applications. Both yields and biochar properties are important parameters for the optimization of pyrolysis conditions. Therefore, the pyrolysis conditions for the biochar application as a reducing agent in steel industry were optimized, and the molecular structure of the biochar by the combined use of experimental chemistry (Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) and quantum chemistry computations (Density Functional Theory methods) was modified.

    The results indicated the formation of stable radicals from biomass pyrolysis at their termination stage which were quantified by the electron spin resonance spectroscopy. Based on the experimental and fitting results, PAH structures were selected as initial compounds for the DFT modeling. The comparison of hydroxylated with methylated PAH structures showed that hydroxylated PAH are excellent candidate to represent the radical structure based on the low bond dissociation energes. The bond dissociation energy of -10 Kcal mol-1 is in the range of the best known antioxidants. The results showed that the present DFT model predicts reasonably the biochar molecular structure, and can capture changes in the biochar molecular structure under different pyrolysis conditions.

  • 23. Wang, Huijiao
    et al.
    Mustafa, Majid
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Yu, Gang
    Östman, Marcus
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Cheng, Yi
    Wang, Yujue
    Tysklind, Mats
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kemiska institutionen.
    Oxidation of emerging biocides and antibiotics in wastewater by ozonation and the electro-peroxone process2019Inngår i: Chemosphere, ISSN 0045-6535, E-ISSN 1879-1298, Vol. 235, s. 575-585Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigated the abatement of a number of antimicrobials frequently detected in municipal wastewater by conventional ozonation and a recently developed ozone-based advanced oxidation process, the electro-peroxone (E-peroxone) process. A synthetic water and a real secondary wastewater effluent were spiked with fourteen antimicrobials, including antibiotics and biocides, and then treated by the two processes. The results show that most of the antibiotics investigated (e.g., ofloxacin, trimethoprim, norfloxacin, and ciprofloxacin) readily react with ozone (O3) and could therefore be efficiently eliminated from the water matrices by direct O3 oxidation during both processes. In contrast, most of the biocides tested in this study (e.g., clotrimazole, pentamidine, bixafen, propiconazole, and fluconazole) were only moderately reactive, or non-reactive, with O3. Therefore, these biocides were removed at considerably lower rate than the antibiotics during the two ozone-based processes, with hydroxyl radical (OH) oxidation playing an important role in their abatement mechanisms. When compared with conventional ozonation, the E-peroxone process is defined by the in situ electrogeneration of hydrogen peroxide, which considerably enhances the transformation of O3 to OH. As a result, the E-peroxone process significantly accelerated the abatement of biocides and required a considerably shorter treatment time to eliminate all of the tested compounds from the water matrices than conventional ozonation. In addition, the E-peroxone process enhanced the contributions of OH fractions to the abatement of moderately ozone reactive benzotriazoles. These results demonstrate that the E-peroxone process holds promise as an effective tertiary treatment option for enhancing the abatement of ozone-resistant antimicrobials in wastewater.

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