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SAVE THE DATE: EMEA2023

Save-the-Date for the EMEA2023: Workshop on Ion Exchange Membranes for Energy Applications organised by DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (Germany) with the support of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, South Korea) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland).

Material developments and ion exchange membrane-based systems for energy applications will be discussed by representatives from research and industry with the focus set on anion exchange membranes. In addition to invited and contributed talks a poster exhibition offers scientists and especially young researchers and students the opportunity to present their work. A price for the best poster will be awarded. 

The opening presentation will be held by NEWELY project, followed by a Get-together and the conference dinner will provide additional opportunities for lively scientific exchange in a familiar atmosphere.

The workshop will take on site in Bad Zwischenahn, between 20 and 22 of June 2023

  • Registration until May 5th, 2023
  • Abstracts for contributed talks until March 31st, 2023
  • Abstracts for poster presentations until March 31st, 2023

More information at this link: https://emea2023.welcome-manager.de/

A new scientific paper published in the Journal of Membrane Science

The article is the result of the collaboration between the researchers of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, KIST (Korea) and the University of Chemistry and Technology, UCTP (CZ). Among the authors there are also other Korean Institutions: KIST School, the Kyung Hee University, the Yonsei University and the Korea University.

The article is entitled “Pre-swelling of FAA3 membranes with water-based ethylene glycol solution to minimize dimensional changes after assembly into a water electrolyser: Effect on properties and performance” and can be downloaded from the publication sections.

Check the Scientific Publications web page. You can find the whole list of scientific articles written within the field of NEWELY!

Abstract:

Stability of membranes in electrolysers is challenged by dimensional changes, when dry membranes are assembled and wetted when the electrolyser starts. Assembling wet membranes is challenging because water evaporates during handling. To minimize dimensional changes, FAA3 membranes are pre-swollen in aqueous ethylene glycol (EG, boiling point 197°C). Membranes partially dissolve in 100 vol% EG, and swell excessively in 70 vol%. Swelling in 50 vol% shows smallest dimensional changes during handling (shrink) and re-immersion in KOH solution (swelling, mimicking start of the electrolyser). These membranes show about 30% higher conductivity (ca. 65 mS cm−1). Tensile strength and Young’s Modulus decrease exponentially with the amount of absorbed EG solution, while elongation at break increases. In addition to the improved dimensional stability during handling, EG treated membranes perform better in the electrolyser than untreated membranes. In a stability test over 120 h at 250 mA/cm2, all membranes show an initial drop in the cell voltage and then stabilize.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes12100989

Read about it at this link.

UCPT and NEWELY participated in numerous activities in 2022!

In 2022, NEWELY project partners presented the project results and analysis in numerous occasion and to different stakeholders in distinct geographical areas. 

Last week, we wrote about the participation of the partner KIST in several events in USA, Canada and South Korea. 

Now, it is the time to write about the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCTP), Czech Republic

In March 2022, Michaela Plevová and Dita Hronová participated in the Hydrogen Days 2022, the 12th International Conference on Hydrogen Technologies.

Dita Hronová participated in the poster session with “Tuning electric conductivity of non-platinum catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline fuel cell”. Michaela Plevová presented the work “Comparison of various anion selective materials and catalysts used as components in membrane-electrode assembly for alkaline water electrolysis” and received the Best Presentation Award!

The conference is an excellent frame for updates on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and represents the best setting to show the latest advances in research, projects and products in the Czech republic, Visegrad regions and Central Europe. More information on the event and the program at this link.

One month later, in April 2022, UCPT participated in the 9th International conference on chemical technology with the abstract “Influence of the catalyst particle size and crystalline phase on electrocatalytic performance of Co0.83Ni0.17Se2 for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline fuel cell”. 

The ICCT is organised by the Czech Society of Industrial Chemistry and give  the occasion to familiarize professionals with the key challenges and problems of chemistry and energy in the international context. More information at this link.

In June, the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague participated in the Workshop on Ion Exchange Membranes for Energy Applications, with the poster “Influence of the anion-selective polymer membrane on the properties of the catalyst coated membrane-electrode-assembly” and in the 241st ECS Meeting with the abstract “High-performance alkaline water electrolysis using anion-exchange membrane-electrode assembly with catalyst coated membrane and platinum free catalysts”. 

In August, Michaela Plevová and Dita Hronová participated in the ISE Regional Meeting, of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Hronová presented the abstract “Influence of the carbon support on the catalytic properties of selenide-based electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in an alkaline fuel cell”, while Plevová presented the poster “The effect of the type of anion-exchange material, polymer binder and catalyst on the performance of alkaline water electrolyser”.

The ISE Regional Meeting provide a platform to present and discuss the most recent developments in all fields of electrochemistry including analytical applications, bioelectrochemistry, electrochemical energy storage, material electrochemistry, molecular electrochemistry and physical and theoretical electrochemistry. More information at this link.

Finally, last October, UCPT participated in two events.

J. Hnát presented the work “Catalyst Coated Membranes for Alkaline Water Electrolysis” at the 6th International conference on nanomaterials fundamentals and applications, which resulted in a Book of Abstract that can be found here

Hronová presented the poster “Determining the influence of the carbon support on the electrocatalytic performance of Co0.83Ni0.17Se2 catalyst for oxygen” at the European Summer School of Electrochemical Engineering organised by the University of Southampton

In the publications section – presentations it is possible to find the whole list of abstracts and posters presented within the field of NEWELY

Three conferences for KIST and NEWELY in 2022

What a year for NEWELY! 

Thanks to the participation of the partners in several conferences, the project results and analysis have been presented in different occasions and to a wide-range of stakeholders. Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) also participated in several conferences.

In May 2022, Dirk Henkensmeier was invited to give a talk on “Polybenzimidazole-based membranes and their use in flow batteries and electrolysers” at the Conference on Polymers for Fuel Cells, Energy Storage, and Conversion, in Napa (USA).

The conference brings together the polymer community and fuel cell scientists.to discuss about the challenges in these related areas, especially the development of new polymers for membranes, structure and morphology investigations, structure-property relationships and effects on ionic conductivity, durability and lifetime studies. More information on the event and the program at this link.

One month later, in June 2022, KIST participated in the 241st ECS Meeting with the abstract “Polybenzimidazole and its use in Energy Storage and Conversion”. 

The event of The Electrochemical Society brings together the most active researchers in academia, government, and industry to discuss the areas of electrochemistry and solid state science and technology. 

More information at this link.

Finally, in August, KIST participated to the conference Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy 2022 (MCARE). 

More information at this link.

 with the poster “PBI nanofiber mat-reinforced anion exchange membranes with covalently linked interfaces for use in water electrolysers”, wich resulted from the numerous collaboration for fiber-reinforced AEM membranes between KIST and UCTP in the NEWELY project and beyond. The abstract can be read and downloaded in the publications section.

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In the publications section it is possible to find the whole list of abstracts and posters presented within the field of NEWELY

NEWELY participates in the ICSC 2022

Last November, in Marseille, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) represented the project NEWELY at the 10th International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC 2022).

Panda, Ronit Kumar (CEA) presented the abstract entitled “Performance Evaluation of the Anion Exchange Membrane Based Water Electrolysis (I)”, showing the analysis results on the role of addition of KOH and its overall impact on the behavior of MEA.

In the publications section of the website, it is possible to read and download the abstract

This conference provides the opportunity for worldwide researchers and practitioners to share together the latest developments and new trends in systems and control. For more information, visit the conference website.

In the publications section it is possible to find the whole list of abstracts and posters presented within the field of NEWELY!

NEWELY Project at Euromembrane 2022

Jan Zitka, of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences (IMC-CAS) participated in the conference Euromembrane 2022, which took place in Sorrento (Naples, Italy) on 20-24 November 2022.

The researcher presented the work “Anion Exchange Membranes based on block copolymers for use in alkaline electrolysers“, which can be downloaded at this link.

The abstract has been published in the Book of Abstracts of the conference and can be downloaded from the publication sections.

In the publications section it is possible to find the whole list of abstracts posters presented within the field of NEWELY!

New scientific paper published in MDPI Membrane

The researchers of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, KIST (Korea) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA) published the analysis of the mechanical properties of membrane when measured in temperature-controlled water.

The article is entitled “Properties of Anion Exchange Membranes with a Focus on Water Electrolysis” and can be downloaded from the publication sections.

In the publications section it is possible to find the whole list of scientific articles written within the field of NEWELY!

Abstract:

Recently, alkaline membrane water electrolysis, in which membranes are in direct contact with water or alkaline solutions, has gained attention. This necessitates new approaches to membrane characterization. We show how the mechanical properties of FAA3, PiperION, Nafion 212 and reinforced FAA3-PK-75 and PiperION PI-15 change when stress–strain curves are measured in temperature-controlled water. Since membranes show dimensional changes when the temperature changes and, therefore, may experience stresses in the application, we investigated seven different membrane types to determine if they follow the expected spring-like behavior or show hysteresis. By using a very simple setup which can be implemented in most laboratories, we measured the “true hydroxide conductivity” of membranes in temperature-controlled water and found that PI-15 and mTPN had higher conductivity at 60 °C than Nafion 212. The same setup was used to monitor the alkaline stability of membranes, and it was found that stability decreased in the order mTPN > PiperION > FAA3. XPS analysis showed that FAA3 was degraded by the attack of hydroxide ions on the benzylic position. Water permeability was analyzed, and mTPN had approximately two times higher permeability than PiperION and 50% higher permeability than FAA3.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes12100989

Read about it at this link.

NEWELY WINS THE BEST INNOVATION AWARD 2022!

The secret of success is in the membrane.

The project NEWELY won the Best Innovation Award 2022 of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking.

The Awards traditionally include three categories: Best Success Story, Best Innovation, and Best Outreach.

The Best Innovation is chosen by public vote and wishes to demonstrate how the collaboration between research, industry and policymakers  can play a fundamental role in the energy transition to a decarbonised and greener world.

The proclamation and cerimony took place in Brussels, on 26th October, as part of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership Forum.

Read more about it at this link.

NEWELY AT THE EUROPEAN HYDROGEN WEEK

The European Hydrogen Week is the biggest annual event dedicated to hydrogen with a series of great events all around hydrogen.

The third edition of the event took place in Brussels, from 24 to 28 October 2022.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) attended the event and was present at the Exhibition, an important occasion to give visibility and showcase NEWELY project results!

FIFTH PROJECT MEETING

On the 15th of September 2022, the NEWELY’s consortium met again in person!

The event took place in Prague, and was hoster by the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCTP).

The Consortium had the opportunity to strengthen relationship, exchange views and share the latest updates on the R&D activities for the prototype construction. 

The activities on the membranes, cell and electrodes are proceeding and we expect interesting news in the next months.

Stay tuned!

NEWELY WILL BE PRESENTED AT EUROMEMBRANE 2022

The latest results on the NEWELY’s Anion Exchange Membrane are going to be presented by Jan Žitka at the Euromembrane Conference organized in Sorrento (Italy) on 20-24 November 2022. Dr. Žitka will present his work entitled “Anion Exchange Membranes based on block copolymers for use in alkaline electrolysers”. 

Euromembrane 2022 is organised by the EMS (European Membrane Society) in 1982 and it celebrates this year its 40th anniversary. 

At that time, the growing interest and the tremendous progress for Membrane Science and Technology suggested to better organize the scientific efforts at the European level. 

The overall goal of the Society was (and is today) to promote education and communication among membrane scientists and technologists at the European and International level. 

Download abstract at this link

3rd SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION IN JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES

We are proud to announce that the article “Optimization of the membrane electrode assembly for an alkaline water electrolyser based on the catalyst-coated membrane” has been published in open access on the Journal of Power Sources.

This study deals with the preparation and characterisation of catalyst-coated membranes for an alkaline water electrolysis process. For this purpose, a chloromethylated anion-selective block copolymer of styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene with 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane functional groups was used both as an alkaline polymer electrolyte membrane and as an ionomer binder. Non-PGM catalysts (platinum group metals), specifically NiCo2O4 and NiFe2O4, were used on the anode and cathode side of the membrane, respectively. Air-brush deposition or computer-controlled ultrasonic dispersion of the catalytic ink were used to deposit the catalyst layers. The influence of the composition of the catalyst layer on its stability and the resulting electrolysis cell performance was investigated under typical membrane alkaline water electrolysis conditions (1–15 wt.% KOH, 45 ◦C). The optimal catalyst-to-binder ratio in the catalyst layer was identified as 93/7 using a catalyst loading of 2.5 mg cm-2 on each side of the membrane. The membrane electrode assembly prepared under optimal conditions showed high stability over 140 h at a current density of 250 mA cm-2. At this current load, the cell exhibited a voltage of 2.025 ± 0.010 V. The increase in cell voltage observed during the stability test did not exceed 1 μV h-1.

For quotation:  Plevovà, M., Hnàt, J., Zitka, J., Pavlovec, L., Otmar, O., Bouzek, K.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2022.231476 

LECTURE ON IP MANAGEMENT BY DR. JELENA STOJADINOVIC

On May, 3 2022,  Dr Jelena Stojadinovic hold a lecture on IP management in research projects. Her audience was composed by bachelor students participating to the Solar2Chem Project 4th workshop organized by the Tampere University, Finland

Dr. Stojadinovic explained how to protect new ideas and basic knowledge deriving from innovation and research projects. The NEWELY case study was presented. Dr. Stojadinovic shared her experience on IP protection related to the novel membranes to be used in electrochemical cells.  

For more information, click this link.

NEWELY PRESENTED AT MODVAL2022

NEWELY’s researchers Ronit Kumar Panda, Guillaume Serre, Pascal Schott, Yann Bultel presented at Modval2022 their modelling work on the NEWELY electrolyser.

The oral presentation detailed the need for modelling the AEM water electrolysis and the phenomenon associated with it. The context of lumped parameter based modelling approach and initial results obtained were discussed to better understand the performance of AEMWE.

To download the presentation, please click this link.

FOURTH PROJECT MEETING

Fourth semiannual meeting

2022 will be an exciting year for the NEWELY project! Most of the testing on the stack and the membranes will be concluded and new publications are expected by the end of the year.

The NEWELY’s Consortium met online today to align on the status of the activities and to plan the next steps to meet the targeted objectives.  

A new editorial plan has been created to post monthly updates on the project and to keep our audience informed about the latest development of the project.

Stay tuned to discover more!

THE AEM HUB AND CLEAN HYDROGEN PARTNERSHIP DISCUSS ABOUT FUTURE SINERGIES FOR AEMEL R&D

AEM Hub and CHP

On 28 Jan 2022, the three projects of the AEM Hub (ANIONE, CHANNEL and NEWELY) got together with the Clean Hydrogen JU experts to discuss the progress and challenges of the projects in the first two years and identify synergies and solutions for the last phase of the projects. The workshop kicked off with a short presentation from each of the project Coordinators who presented the status and challenges faced.

The main challenges identified are:

  • Concentrations of KOH between 0 and 1 M were studied in the project having influence on performance and lifetime. The ideal concentration depends on the system and still needs to be identified and its effect needs to be better understood;
  • The various AEM membranes and ionomers are varying in chemical and thermal stability;
  • Need for harmonized procedures and baseline materials to properly access and compare the progress of alternative materials:
  • Progress of the technology is a compromise between performance and durability.

The synergies that are planned to be exploited during 2022 are:

  • Revision and update of the joint testing protocols;
  • Use of the same cell for testing in the 3 projects;
  • Investigate possibility of round robin testing;
  • Writing of a joint publication on the common knowledge generated.
  • The joint effort done by the three projects in the AEM Hub is expected to bring new fruitful results during 2022.

Stay tuned for updates!

NEWELY & the AEM HUB PARTICIPATE AT FCH JU PROGRAMME REVIEW DAY

The NEWELY Project together with its siblings CHANNEL and the ANIONE projects took part to the panel session on Next Generation Electrolyzers at the Programme Review Days 2021. The PRDs have been organized by FCH JU as the last event of the European Hydrogen Week.

The three projects form the AEM Hub, joining forces to develop testing standard and common language for advancing AEMEL research in Europe. The three projects are working to demonstrate 2 kW AEM WE stack prototypes operating at high pressure for green hydrogen production.

The three projects will meet online in joint workshop at the end of January to further advance their common activities on testing protocols.

NEWELY WILL BE PRESENTED AT FCH JU PROGRAMME REVIEW DAYS

On December 2 at 2.30 pm, our coordinator Aldo Gago will present the progress of the NEWELY project in the Panel Session on “Next generation electrolysers” at the FCH JU Programme Review Days.

This two-days event will kick-close the EU Hydrogen week and, following the tradition of the past 11 years, will provide an excellent visibility platform for more than 60 projects currently on-going under FCH JU.

More than 53 selected projects and initiatives will have the opportunity to present their progress, obtain feedback, exchange ideas and best practices on the latest technological developments in the sector. Throughout the entire event we will also make available for download scientific posters for all FCH JU funded projects.

Join us on 2 and 3 December to hear Europe’s leading hydrogen projects and discover updates about the technology!

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KIST RESEARCHER MALIKAH NAJIBAH WINS BEST POSTER AWARD @ICEA 2021

Congratulation to our young researcher Malikah Najibah that won the best poster price (silver) for the poster presented at the ICAE Conference in Jeju, Korea. She presented her research conducted with the team at KIST on “Pore-Filling PBI Nanofiber Mats Using Bromoalkyl-Tethered Precursor Polymer with a Covalently Bonded Interface for use in Water Electrolysers”.

The ICAE 2021 Award is intended as an acknowledgement and recognition for scientists who have contributed to the development of the electromaterials industry with their research and case studies.

The award have been presented at the ICAE 2021 conference in Korea.

LINK: http://www.icae.kr/main/pr_awards.htm

2nd SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION IN JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE

We are pleased to announce that the open access version of the article PBI nanofiber mat-reinforced anion exchange membranes with covalently linked interfaces for use in water electrolysers is now available online.

In this work, we approach the issue of AEM reinforcing by pore filling polybenzimidazole nanofiber mats with the bromomethylated precursor of mTPN, an ultra-stable AEM material. During drying, a covalent interaction between support (PBI amine groups) and matrix (-CH2Br) is established. After quaternization, the optimized PBI/mTPN-50.120 composite membrane still shows a high conductivity of 62 mS cm−1, but 37% reduced length swelling in comparison to the non-reinforced membrane. Tensile strength and Young’s modulus increase 17% and 56% to 49 MPa and 680 MPa, respectively. In an electrolyser, a stable voltage of 1.98V at 0.25 A cm−2 was achieved, and no change in membrane resistance was observed over the test time of 200 h (50 °C, 1 M KOH, catalysts based on Ni/Fe and Mo). 

For quotation:  Najibah, M., Tsoy, E., Khalid, H., Chen, Y., Li, Q., Bae, C., … & Henkensmeier, D. (2021). PBI nanofiber mat-reinforced anion exchange membranes with covalently linked interfaces for use in water electrolysers. Journal of Membrane Science, 119832. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2021.119832Get 

FCH JU WEBINAR ON AEMEL

The NEWELY project will participate to the webinar on Anion Exchange Membrane Electrolysers organized by FCH JU. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday 6 July, 2021 | 14:00 – 15:30.

Since 2020 the FCH JU has supported three cutting-edge projects on this research field: ANIONE, CHANNEL and NEWELY.

The projects will be showcasing their targets, achievements and remaining challenges in developing 2kW prototypes of AEMEL. This will be followed by a discussion on the steps needed to upscale AEMEL including EU support.

Registration is required to join the webinar.

Please register at this link.

THIRD PROJECT MEETING

The NEWELY’s consortium has met online to share the latest updates on the R&D activities for the prototype construction. 

There are innovations deriving from the activities on the membranes, cell and electrodes. These will make NEWELY’ s a promising project for the uptake of Anion Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysers. 

More information will be posted in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEWELY

The NEWELY Project has just entered the second project year. We expect a year full of activities that will bring NEWELY a step further in the development of the prototype for next generation of water electrolyser based on AEMs.

The third project meeting is scheduled for the 26th of February 2021. The Consortium will share updates on the research activities and the preliminary test results on the membranes and electrodes.

Keep following to know more!

NEW SCIENTIFIC PAPER: AEM STATE OF THE ART AND REQUIREMENTS

The scientific paper “Overview: State-of-the art commercial membranes for anion exchange membrane water electrolysis”  has been published on the last issue (31 July 2020) of  the Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage.

The paper presents target values and technical requirements for Anion Exchange Membranes (AEMs), discusses the chemical structures involved and the related degradation pathways, and gives an overview over the most prominent and promising commercial AEMs (Fumatech Fumasep® FAA3, Tokuyama A201, Ionomr Aemion™, Dioxide materials Sustainion®, and membranes commercialized by Orion Polymer), and reviews their properties and performances of water electrolyzers using these membranes.

You can find the article at https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4047963 

NEWELY ON TECHNICAL WEEKLY

The University of Chemistry and Technology of Prague has published an article in Technical Weekly, a journal dedicated to new trends in technology & development. NEWELY has been described as a promising technology for the uptake of hydrogen as an energy vector that can boost the European journey to decarbonization.

Part of the article is accessible online and the pdf version is available to the website of UCT Prague. (Czech)

Click the links to discover more!

NEWELY SOCIAL MEDIA

NEWELY’s social media are now active.

Follow us on Twitter @NewelyProject and on LinkedIn @ NEWELY Project

We will share updates on the NEWELY’s project as well as the most recent news and information on the development of Anion Exchange Water Electrolysers. 

NEWELY WEBSITE ONLINE

The NEWELY’s official website is now online. 

The website is the main communication channel for the project. Here you will find all the information, updates, documents and publications related to the NEWELY project. 

Stay tuned!

NEWELY ON ZENODO

The NEWELY Consortium takes part to the Open Research Data Pilot encouraged by the EU Commission.

The Consortium has drafted a Data Management Plan for defining internal rules for making data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). Discover more on NEWELY’s community on Zenodo:

Zenodo Web-Site

KICK-OFF MEETING

The NEWELY project has been officially kicked-off. The eleven partners of the Consortium met in Stuttgart at DLR to present their roles and activities in the project.

The NEWELY Consortium is ready to start the journey that will lead to the creation of the Next Generation of Water Electrolysers.

Follow our journey on this website!

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PARTNER

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (now Clean Hydrogen Partnership) under Grant Agreement No 875118. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research

Project Coordinator
Dr. Aldo Gago
Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft unnd Raumfahrt (DLR)
Tel.: +49 711 6862 – 8090
Email: aldo.gago@dlr.de 

Project Manager
Regine Reissner
Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft unnd Raumfahrt (DLR)
Tel.: +49 711 6862-394
Email: regine.reissner@dlr.de 

Communication Manager
Ilaria Alberti
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)
Tel.: +39 0461 314442
Email: ialberti@fbk.eu

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