Our society is characterized by an increasing request of energy. Currently, most of this energy derives from fossil resources, which have a heavy environmental impact. To address these issues, scientists from all parts of world are in search of new sustainable ways to create new ecofriendly processes to produce synthetic fuels and industrial intermediates for the manufacture of chemicals. One of the most hopeful approach to do these processes is electrochemistry. In this context the EU PERFORM project is carried out, with the aim of obtaining adipic acid (AA) in a paired two-step electrochemical pathway, from D-glucose. AA is an important intermediate to produce lots of chemicals of industrial interest. Here we report the results of a preliminary screening performed on gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) used as cathode materials composed of nanocarbons (Vulcan XC-72) activated with noble Pt, Pd, Rh nanoparticles or with the corresponding 1:1 bimetallic mixed species. Characterization consists of XPS, XRD and SEM measurements, for in-depth study about catalyst surface, and CI and HPLC measurements are also underway to evaluate the glucose conversion efficiency.
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