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COFFEE - Cationic Covalent Organic Frameworks as Anion Exchange Membranes for Electrochemical Energy Applications

The COFFEE project aims to develop durable, high performance Anion Exchange Membranes (AEMs) for low-cost electrolysers and batteries.

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Anion exchange membranes (AEMs) remain plagued by either low stability in an alkaline environment or low ionic conductivities. To overcome these challenges, careful consideration of the chemical structure of both the polymer backbone and the cationic head group is required. The COFFEE project addresses these challenges by proposing a novel class of AEMs based on covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to promote enhanced membrane stability, conductivity, and selectivity. The development of durable, high-performance AEMs will push technologies such as zinc-air batteries and anion exchange membrane electrolysers closer to commercial viability. The successful commercialisation of low-cost electrolyser and battery technologies will contribute to the widespread adoption of renewable energy solutions and directly support Europe's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

SINTEF will assist in the development of molecular building blocks for novel membranes, the fabrication and characterisation of the membranes, as well as performing the in-situ testing in the Norwegian Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Centre.

  • Partners: SINTEF, CNRS (France), UBB (Romania)
  • Budget: 932 080 EUR
  • Project type – EU

M-ERA.NET has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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Project duration

2022 - 2025