Despite excellent progress in the development and manufacturing of multilayered systems based on ion and mixed ion-electron conductors, fuel cells, electrolysers and gas separation membranes do not exhibit the anticipated performance. There is a need for expanding knowledge on surface exchange mechanisms, their corresponding kinetics and the relation between surface and bulk characteristics in nano-engineered materials and assemblies. The SURKINOX project is addressing this critical issue. The project will develop novel approaches to design property-driven materials with nano-functionalized surfaces and nano-structured thin films as well as necessary experimental techniques to reveal surface exchange parameters. This will have a significant technological impact by increasing system efficiency. The project benefits to academia for the generic knowledge applicable to various processes embedding catalytic reactions and to value-chain industries: powder and ceramics suppliers, technology developers and end-users (power plants, CO2 intensive industries).
SINTEF contributes to the project with the development of specialized nano-structured coating for producing properties-embedded materials and components, its large characterisation and testing infrastructure, as well as modelling of transport properties. SURKINOX is a research project supported by the Research Council under the program Nano 2021 through the M-ERA.Net framework.
The project gathers two universities UiO (Norway), UTwente (the Netherlands) and two research institutes SINTEF (Norway) and ICN2 (Spain) to foster innovation excellence and strengthen collaboration. The project is coordinated by SINETF and lasts 3 years.