Adolfo Iulianelli

University of Calabria, Italy

National Research Council of Italy – Institute on Membrane Technology, via P. Bucci 17C at University of Calabria, Rende (CS), 87036 – Italy

Presentation Title: Potential of membrane engineering in the field of hydrogen generation and purification: strategies to meet the targets of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance in the framework of the European Green Deal


Hydrogen age started on 2020 when Coronavirus pandemic took place, but still most of the industrial hydrogen manufacture comes at present from steam reforming of natural gas, responsible for massive emissions of CO2 and further harmful compounds in the environment. The European Green Deal is promoting measures to limit the environmental impact of future hydrogen energy processes, and among others the exploitation of biogas as an option over natural gas could favor the energy transition from a carbon-based to the hydrogen economy. In this work, the potential of membrane engineering applied to hydrogen generation and purification is presented, particularly focusing on the different strategies based on membranes application to meet the stringent targets promoted by the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, under the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda 2021-2027. In particular, the most relevant results related to the application of Pd-based membranes and membrane reactors used to generate decarbonized hydrogen from biogas reforming are presented, according to the objectives of some ongoing Next Generation EU and Italian scientific projects supporting the research initiatives developed in the framework of the European Green Deal.

Biographical Sketch

Adolfo Iulianelli, Master Degree in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemical and Material Engineering at the University of Calabria (Italy). Nowadays, he is Senior Researcher at the Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM) of the National Research Council of Italy, and responsible for the activities on polymeric and inorganic membranes and membrane reactors for Hydrogen generation and purification. Qualified as full professor in Industrial Engineering, he is member of the “Civil and Industrial Engineering Research Doctorate (PhD)” board at the University of Calabria (Italy). Iulianelli is author and co-author of more than 250 scientific products as peer reviewed articles (h-index = 40 (SCOPUS), h-index = 44 (GOOGLE SCHOLAR)), books, chapters book, patents, editorials and proceedings. He is President of the Italian Division of the International Agency for Green Energy and serves as Monitor Expert for the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency, and as Expert Referee for the US Department of Energy (DOE), etc.  Iulianelli has been Editor of various Elsevier’s books about hydrogen, membrane engineering and renewable sources, and served as Executive Guest Editor for International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Fuel Processing Technology, Renewable Energy, Chemical Engineering and Processing Process Intensification, etc. Besides, Iulianelli is co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Membrane Science and Technology, Associate Editor of Frontiers of Chemical Engineering, and editorial board member of several others.