From 21 May, 2015 to 25 October, 2015
FROM THE PICTURE TO THE PLATE: BETWEEN ART, SCIENCE AND GASTRONOMY
Pinacoteca di Brera - Via Brera 28 - Milano
Event conceived as part of the educational project 'Inside the art and science' (which took the start in 2012) edited by Dr. Sandra Fiore - Press Office of the National Research Council. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the wider public to Italian heritage preserved in museums, valuing and making known, at the same time, the scientific risults of the National Research Council in the food industry, agriculture and for the preservation of biodiversity.
On the occasion of the Expo 2015, the Pinacoteca di Brera, which houses one of the most important collections of works of art in Italy, opens its doors to the CNR researchers and experts in the history of gastronomy to offer to the public a series of debates whose main themes will be taken from a selection of masterpieces.
Among them ‘Natura morta’ di Evaristo Baschenis, ‘La Pescivendola’ e ‘La venditrice di frutta’ di Vincenzo Campi, ‘Cena in casa di Levi’ di Paolo Veronese, ‘Cena in Emmaus’ di Caravaggio.
The event includes therefore the involvement of historians, who are asked to illustrate some selected paintings whose subject is the food, CNR researchers who expose their research and achievements in relation to the subject, entrepreneurs and associations that can bring their expertise about Italian culinary history. We also provide tastings inspired by the masterpieces. Debates are moderated by a journalist.
Lunedì 13 Aprile 2015, ore 9:30-12:00
PREVENIRE I TUMORI DELLA PELLE
Sala Convegni c/o Area della Ricerca di via Bassini 15 - Milano
Il Comitato Unico di Garanzia (CUG) del CNR, organizza per il giorno 13 aprile un incontro a carattere divulgativo sulla prevenzione dei tumori della pelle.
Questi sono i più diffusi negli esseri umani, secondi solo ai tumori al seno nella donna ed alla prostata nell'uomo.
L’incontro sarà introdotto dal Dr Aldo Luperini del CUG-CNR Lombardia e la lezione sarà tenuta dal Dr Alessandro Testori Direttore della Divisione Melanomi e Sarcomi Muscolo Cutanei dell’Istituto Europeo di Oncologia.
La partecipazione è gratuita, facoltativa ed aperta a tutti i collaboratori e dipendenti del CNR.
L’attività rientra nelle iniziative volte a migliorare le conoscenze sui problemi di salute, le abilità personali di riconoscimento di situazioni problematiche e sull'adozione di stili di vita consapevoli.
13 febbraio 2015, ore 10:00
STUDY OF A CATALYTIC MESO-SCALE COMBUSTOR COUPLED WITH THERMOELECTRICAL DEVICES FOR PORTABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION
Sala Q4 P1 16 - AdR Milano 3 - via R. Cozzi, 53 - 20125 Milano
During the last few years, the miniaturization of mechanical and electromechanical engineering devices have received growing attention, thanks to the increasing interest in the areas of microelectronics, biomechanics, and also to the progress made in microfabrication techniques.
The advances in miniaturized mechanical devices open exciting new opportunities for combustion, especially in the field of micro power generation, allowing the development of power-supply devices with high specific energy (small size, low weight, long duration). Even at 10% energy conversion efficiency hydrocarbon fuels can provide 10 times the energy density of the most advanced batteries. Therefore, the growing interest in miniaturized devices is further boosted by the desire to replace batteries with hydrocarbon-based fuels for portable power sources. In this context, both homogeneous combustion and catalytic reactors are of major interest.
The development of a device based on catalytic combustor coupled with thermoelectric modules is particularly attracting for combustion stability and safety. Furthermore, when implemented in micro-meso scale devices, catalytic combustion allows fully utilization of the high energy densities of hydrocarbon fuels, but at notably lower operating temperatures than those typical of traditional combustion. These conditions are more suitable for coupling with conventional thermoelectric modules, preventing their degradation.
In this work a novel catalytic meso-scale combustor fuelled with propane/air mixture has been coupled with two conventional thermoelectric modules. The wafer-like combustor is filled up with commercially-available catalytic pellets of alumina with Platinum (1% weight). In order to calibrate the operating conditions, the analysis of the temperature values and distribution across the combustor surfaces have been carried out.
Characterization of exhaust gases concentration and of pellet aging were performed in order to investigate combustor properties. The results of the combustor behavior characterization guided the coupling of the combustor with commercially available thermoelectric modules using at the cold side a water cooled heat exchanger. The system obtained has been characterized in different operating conditions measuring the delivered electric power in different operating conditions. Efficiency estimation proves that the system is suitable for small portable power generation.