Bruno Pinto Branco
In 2018, I obtained my MSc. Degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal.
For my master thesis in 2018, I decided to go as an Erasmus+ exchange student to Technische Universiteit Delft under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ir. J. Ruud van Ommen. During this time, I worked with molecular layer deposition (MLD) of polyester films on both TiO2 and protein particles using a fluidized bed reactor. The polyester films were deposited using different combinations of precursors: dichloride and diol, dialkyl diester and diol. The influence of the polyester coating on the particles was studied by photocatalytic tests of TiO2 and dissolution tests of protein particles.
In January 2019, I started my PhD as one of the early stage researchers from eSCALED project under the co-supervision of Prof. Dr.ir. R.A.J. Janssen (TU/e) and Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Andreas Friedrich (USTUTT). My PhD project involves the development of a novel artificial photosynthesis device by connecting a fully printed membrane electrode (MEA) assembly for either only water electrolysis or water electrolysis and CO2 reduction and a multi-junction solar cell that provides the required potential to carry out the electrocatalytic reactions. The printing methodologies mainly include screen printing and inkjet. The materials to be integrated are also a set of novel materials being currently developed by other eSCALED project partners.