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Chemicals are the building blocks of all the materials we use, the air we breathe, the food we consume, and even of our own bodies. Given their ubiquitous nature, the industrial manipulation of basic chemicals, frequently relying on new functionalised materials such as catalysts or membranes, impacts on virtually every aspect of our existence. Materials development can therefore result in chemical process innovation capable of reducing costs, improving product performance and enhancing the quality of life. Chemistry is capable, on the other hand, of selectively modifying existing materials to tailor them for specific applications, for example by reshaping a polymeric structure or by adding functional groups to a surface. This publication presents in a condensed form the objectives and main achievements of 18 selected projects from a group of nearly 100 projects funded under the 5th and 6th Framework Programmes in the fields of novel materials and sustainable chemistry.

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Authors: HERNÁNDEZ G, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);BØWADT S, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);VALLÉS JL, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23585 EN (2008), 27 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23585-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-09721-8
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